Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Appetizers anyone?

Tonight is knitting night at my house. Each week one of us brings a snack. I seem to make the same thing every week. One of my friends, Ingrid, shared the recipe. I put a package of cream cheese in the bottom of a baking dish, pour a jar of salsa on top and then sprinkle a bag of Mexican cheese and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. It is quick, easy and oh so good.

I need some good ideas for quick easy appetizers so I don't bring the same thing each week! Do you have any idea?

THANKS!

take care,
Dawn

20 comments:

Lorrie said...

Hi Dawn, I like to melt a small box (1 lb) of Velveeta in a corning ware dish and mix in a jar of salsa. Serve warm with chips. Very easy and people love it!

Jeanne said...

Dawn, that looks yummy. This is one snack I love. (I rarely snack at all).
My friend makes this with velveeta cheese like Lorrie above. I do take 8 oz. of cream cheese and pour green pepper jelly over the cheese and serve it with crackers. Real tasty and real quick. Have a happy day.

Love, Jeanne

Beverly said...

I will come back later to give you a recipe. I'm off to work now. ;-)

Jeanne said...

Dawn, I came back to tell you how wonderful to see Louisa's home. I would love to go there and now it is on my list of vacations. Maybe this summer. We can stop and see you. I would love that. We are going to Missouri in May to visit Bill's sister in Gladstone. Dana lives about 30 min. from there. We are planning to get together. Fun is going to happen. LOL.

Love, Jeanne

Lorrie said...

Oh Dawn, check out this recipe for Easy Corn Bites on Weasel's Journey http://weaselsjourney.blogspot.com/

They sound delicious and so simple!

Smilingsal said...

Yum, I wonder if this could be zapped in the microwave.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

yumma!
Love me some salsa and chips! We call that "favorite snack" around here.
Oh, come on over. I've got something for you.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Do the same thing, just add a can of chili; makes it a little heartier. I love the cream cheese and pepper jelly, too, like Jeanne said.
For cool dip, take a softened bar of cream cheese and a small jar of picante (salsa) and whirl it together in the food processor till it's thoroughly mixed.

Neabear said...

I'll crochet while the rest of you knit. If I think of a different interesting easy snack, I'll let you know.

Darlene said...

Something totally different but people love is a package or two of cocktail weinies (I know I am spelling this wrong cause it looks funny) with a bottle of BBQ sauce, and throw it in a crock pot to stay warm. I never have any of this left over when I take it somewhere to snack on.

Sam said...

Buffalo Chicken Dip
4 chicken breasts - bone in, skin on
2 - 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese (you can use light or fat free too)
3/4 cup of hot sauce ( I recommend a buffalo wing sauce - at
home I use "Wing It" sauce, here I use
Texas Pete's)
1 cup Ranch dressing (again you can use light or fat free too)
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

I pre cook the chicken - i use a rub of garlic powder, parsley, basil, paprika, sea salt & pepper. I cook the chicken slowly - at 300 degrees. Once cooked, I remove the skin and bones and pull the chicken - into bite size chunks.

Put the chicken in a large skillet with the hot sauce and cook on medium heat until blended and hot. Add the cream cheese - I cut it into chunks as I add it, so it melts quick and even. Stir until it is thoroughly melted and blended, add the cup of ranch and continue to cook/stir until it is all blended well. It will be a light Salmon color. Put it all in a crock pot on low. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top, put the lid on and let it set until the cheese is melted - serve with nacho chips - SCOOPS style works best.


Varieties:
1. You can add or delete the amount of hot sauce depending on your taste - 3/4 c seems to be the most popular amount.
2. You can substitute blue cheese dressing for ranch. I have not tried that myself, but heard it is good.
3. You can buy canned chicken (2 -10 oz cans) or use boneless breasts for convenience - I find it dryer if you do.

Jalapeno Poppers

1 (8oz) pack cream cheese, softened
1 (8oz) pack of shredded sharp cheddar
1/4 c mayo
15 fresh jalapenos, halved, and seeded
2 eggs beaten
1/2 tbls. milk
2 c cornflakes, crushed

1. Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl mix together cream cheese, sharp cheese, and mayo. Stuff jalapenos with mixture.

2. Whisk together eggs, and milk in a bowl. Place cornflakes into another bowl. Dip each pepper in egg mixture, then in cornflakes.

3. Bake for 30 min or until bubbly.

southerninspiration said...

Here's a quick and easy one, that is deliciously yummy.

1 c. shredded sharp cheddar
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. chopped green onions
Mix together and add enough mayo to hold it all together. Mound it together and cover with red pepper jelly. Serve w/ crackers (wheat thins are good).

Enjoy!

Suzanne

southerninspiration said...

Oh there's also a corn dip on my blog maybe about a month ago that's also very yummy!
Suzanne

Debi said...

Ooooh, why change?!! That looks sooooo scrumptious! I can't wait to try it!

judicreations said...

Hi Dawn
I hope you are having a nice evening knitting and sharing yummies with your friends tonight.
Two ideas popped into my head immediately..then I saw that Lorrie beat me to it...then your second comment by Jeanne gave my second suggestions! Imagine...
and then I saw all the other suggestions and I decided I would have to think on this.
This has been great for me too I found some new ones...and you too!
see you again
Judi

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Dawn,
This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. If you didn't see it, check out my 'crowd pleasing dip' post.

It is usually a big hit!

Shelia said...

Hi Dawn! Yum, I love the looks of your snack. I'm going to have to make this, too! Oh, congratulations on your win of the giveaway. Don't you just love Blogland?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

This sounds wonderful, Dawn! I will have to try this one. I make one similar you may want to try. You spread a package of softened cream cheese in the bottom of a glass pie plate, or any type of dish comparable. Add a can of hormel chili, without the beans, spread on top of the cream cheese and then sprinkle a heavy dose of mild cheddar cheese on top of that. I put it in the microwave long enough for the cheese to melt well. Sorry, can't remember exact time, and then serve with tortilla chips. It sounds heavy and a good cause for heartburn...LOL! But it really isn't and is delicious. Sounds a lot like your recipe, just a little different. I found a great recipe for a dessert "pizza" today, made from a sugar cookie dough, with fruit on top. If you like fruit, let me know and I will send it to you also.

Oh, and the hash brown casserole is really good with the corn flake topping. Sounds strange, but it makes it! And I use the store brand plain ole corn flakes! I bet Brittany is excited to be hosting Thanksgiving in her new home! Now that is something to be Thankful for! :) ~Rhonda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

everybody done beat me to the easy ones for you . Gosh this made me hungry !

nikkimo said...

awesome--yummy----i have all those items from this recipe. i think i will try it!!!!