Category Archives: Appetizers

Superbowl Party Time!!

Well it’s finally here – Patriots vs. Giants!!! This is such a huge game – I can’t wait….for the food!!!

We have some friends coming over who are bringing some buffalo wings, pizza and some other snacks. Here’s what’s on the ‘To Cook’ menu today:

Meatball Sandwiches
Spinach Pesto Chicken Quesadillas
Potato Skins
Bacon Wrapped Artichoke Hearts
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stay tuned for the new recipes! Here are some more great ideas:

Touchdown Treats
Homemade Pita Chips
Pizza Bites
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Stuffed mushrooms
Making slider versions of the delicious cheeseburger
White Chicken Chilli

Want to dress up your party? Here are some fabulous printables from Living Locurto.

Which team are you rooting on???

Cheers,
Sabrina

Homemade Pita Chips

The Pats are going to the Superbowl – Go New England! That was one crazy play-off game, wouldn’t you say?! We went to a friend’s house to watch the game. I decided to make some snacks to bring along. I made the Buffalo Chicken Dip with homemade pita chips. They were a huge hit. I think everyone said how good it was 2-3 times. And I also made my chocolate chip cookies – another huge hit too.

Here are the super easy pita chips recipe; So easy, and so good!

Ingredients:

Pita Bread
Olive Oil
Garlic powder
Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Start by cutting the pita bread into little triangles. Place them on a greased cookie sheet, with the inside of the pita facing up.

Brush each piece with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Place in a preheated oven (350 degrees) for approximately 5-10 minutes. It is crucial to keep an eye on them after the 5 minute mark. They will brown extremely quickly (I threw my first batch out).

Remove from the oven and place on a plate covered with paper towels to soak up the excess oils.

The next step is very important – dip it in something delicious or eat by itself.
Savor it.

Cheers,
Sabrina

Cauliflower Pancakes

I came across this recipe yesterday, and I couldn’t help but smile. I have great memories of these yummy fritters – my mom used to make these all the time. I’d wait beside her at the stove. She’d be frying these babies up, and I’d be waiting anxiously for the first batch to be done. I’d eat them right off the hot plate!

So I had to try out this recipe–my mom hasn’t made them in so long and I didn’t have the recipe from her. I already had my dinner planned out for the night and it was already in the works. I decided to fry these up as a little appetizer. I was nervous because I know Mr. P., my husband is not a fan of cauliflower, but somehow I thought these would be an exception… and they were. Score!

I tweaked the recipe slightly. Here is my version.

Ingredients:

4 cups steamed cauliflower (roughly chopped)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup hot water
salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together the chopped and steamed cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, cheese and salt + pepper. Add the water and mix it up until its creamy.

Heat a skillet on med/low heat with the olive oil. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure the batter and spoon it onto the pan, flattening slightly.

Cook until crispy brown on each side.

Cheers,
Sabrina

A Mouthful of Fun – Pizza Bites!

Mr. P and I are a cheese couple. He’ll say “No way!” because he thinks his love of cheese is much stronger than mine, but I disagree. Sure I may not eat squares of cheddar cheese with pepperoni and crackers, like, 4 nights a week as he does, BUT he also is not lactose intolerant. Yes people, I am lactose intolerant and I still eat cheese. Now that’s love!

I found a super fun, great recipe on Annie’s Eats a few weeks ago and was dying to try it out and surprise Mr. P. Food (especially with cheese) make him very happy. This is a different, more fun version of a regular pizza – Pizza Bites! I changed the recipe slightly to add tomatoes. You can have it for dinner like we did, with perhaps a side of salad. Or make it for appetizers.

Pizza Bites

Ingredients:
1 bag of store bought pizza dough (or you can make your own)
1cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
Sliced pepperoni
2 garlic cloves
8 oz can of diced tomatoes
Olive oil
oregano
basil
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Lightly spray a pie pan or glass casserole dish with cooking spray. Take your can of diced tomatoes and add to a small bowl with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of dried crushed oregano, a crackle or two of fresh pepper, and a few leaves of basil chopped. Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces.

Take one of the dough pieces, and roll out into a small circle.

Top a small dollop of diced tomatoes, a cube of cheese and a slice or two of pepperoni.

Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed.

Place seam-side down into the pan.  Continue with the rest of the dough bites.

Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.  Serve hot!

Want to add some veggies? Other meats? Go ahead!

What would you add?

Cheers,

Sabrina

One Potato, Two Potato… I want more!

Here is another appetizer I whipped up for the Superbowl. Remember how much I love potatoes? Well this is one of my favorite ways to eat them (I said one of!). Potato Skins.  Potato, cheese, bacon, Oh my! Top with some sour cream and you’re in Potato Heaven. Out of the oven, these tend to get cold fast. Serve on a heated platter (mind the fingers!) to keep these warm longer.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 5 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green onions if desired
  • Sour cream if desired

Directions

Start by washing the potatoes very thoroughly. Pierce a couple of holes in the potatoes to let steam out when baking. Next, rub the canola oil on each potato. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for up to an hour.

While the potatoes are baking, you can fry up the bacon. Fry until the are browned and crispy. Chop those up into small bits.

After about an hour, pierce the potatoes to see if they are tender. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool. When they are cool, and you can actually touch them, slice each potato the long way.

Scoop out the middle with a spoon. You’ll want to leave about 1/4 ” think of potato surrounding the skin.

When they are all scooped out, brush each potato with some more canola oil.

Turn them upside down, so the skin is faced up, and place back in the oven for 7 minutes.

After 7 minutes, turn them and bake for 7 more minutes. You want them to be lightly browned and crispy. If needed, bake longer.

Next go ahead and add that cheese! Oh yeah! Top with bacon bits too. Oh so good. Serve by topping with green onions if desired and sour cream.

Hey, watch the drool!

Cheers,

Sabrina

P.S. Let me know what you think of the skins!

Super Dip for the SuperBowl

What a game! Glad to see Saints finally win the Superbowl. Last minute we had some friends over for the Superbowl. Unfortunately, I threw out my back and have been in terrible pain, but I was determined to make some food. It’s fun ordering out sometimes, but more fun cooking yummy foods. Warning: These foods are in no way healthy!

First up is this delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip. I tried to purchase the low fat ingredients, but mostly splurged. Hey, if only once a year! Make sure to save this one for next year.

Buffalo Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pre-cooked skinless chicken, chopped into very small pieces
  • 12 ounces Low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup Low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook chicken in pan until no longer pink in the middle.

Let the chicken cool a little. Once its warm to the touch, chop up the chicken in small pieces.

Add cream cheese to a bowl and stir in blue cheese dressing, hot sauce and shredded cheddar cheese until well mixed. Add the chicken too!

Put mixture into a heat-proof casserole and bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through.

Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or anything else you can come up with! Your friends will be raving! By the way, sorry for the lousy pictures. I wasn’t getting any natural light love.

What are your go-to Superbowl recipes?

Cheers,

Sabrina

Fish on Sticks

I wanted to incorporate some fish into my menu for my dinner party potluck. Something easy, yet delicious. These kabobs were a simple and yummy option. I prepared everything ahead of time, and even cooked them up to an hour before serving. Not to mention the presentation looks awesome. I heard a few “OoooOohh”s when I brought them out.

The mango, papaya, and lime definitely add a tropical twist to this appetizer. You can even play around and add a piece of solid fish such as halibut if you like. Definitely mix and match!

Fish Kebobs

Tropical Seafood Kabobs
Servings 10

3/4 lb. scallops
8 medium shrimp

1 mango cut in chunks
1 firm papaya cut in chunks
1 green pepper in chunks
3 limes, sliced
1/3 cup red wine
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Soak bamboo skewers in water for a half an hour so they don’t catch fire on the grill.

Thread the bamboo skewers alternately with all ingredients
except the lime wedges. End each skewer with one slice of lime.

Fish Kebobs3
Combine marinade ingredients and brush on the kabobs.
Barbecue the kabobs brushing with the marinade often.

Finished product!

Fish Kebobs

Cheers,
Sabrina