Super Bowl 2012

Super Bowl 2012Super Bowl is right around the corner. Are you planning a neighborhood tailgating party? Are you having friends or family over for a buffet? Is your husband in front of the television with his buddies screaming and debating all the game turnovers with each other?

Regardless of what you plan for Super Bowl Sunday, chances are you are going to need food. Lots and lots of food. I am not talking about chips and dip and a few wilted raw vegetables. If you are serving appetizers, it is important to provide a variety.

How about some Bacon and Cream Cheese Roll Ups? Make sure you double or triple the recipe. This is the perfect appetizer to serve to a roomful of hungry sports fans working their way through a keg of beer. These tiny bites pack a lot of flavor. They are so good they will go fast!!

Instead of serving the usual bag of chips, bake up some Lacy Parmesan Crisps. These can be made ahead and stored in airtight containers. This is another recipe that you will want to double. They are delicious eaten as is or you can dip them in your favorite dip.

What about serving something sweet? Everybody loves chocolate right? Brigadeiros are a chewy, fudgy Brazilian bon-bon. Make them in advance. Easy. Delicious. Chocolate.

Grab a plate, fill it up with food and sit down and enjoy the game.

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year 2012It’s hard to believe New Year’s Eve has come and gone. Making a New Years resolution is something of a tradition, but not making them is becoming more and more popular. I am not a fan of big New Year’s resolutions. It’s a personal thing: grand plans for reform just don’t work for me. What I need are specifics. I need a goal. I’m a break-it-down kind of person. If it’s not concrete, it’s not happening.

Starting this web-site has been a labor of love. I started with the idea of just having a brigadeiro recipe site.  These little goodies are a family tradition and are so versatile. You can make the simple traditional chocolate with only three ingredients or be adventurous and try other flavors. Quick to make and quick to disappear.

Then I started to add recipes that my teen-age son and his friends snack on.  If you have a teenager you are well aware that they love to eat. When you have a pack of boys over you better make sure you have something available to serve such as  Meat and Bean Patties.  They are easy to make and are very filling.

Well, I was on a roll! So, I decided to change my concept to add simple, basic finger food. Some of the recipes are classic such as, Candied Bacon.   Others are not your run-of-the-mill appetizers. I hope you enjoy these bite size food recipes as much as I have.

So, my non-New Years resolution is to keep serving up some more great bite size recipes. Whether you made a resolution or not, I wish you an amazing 2012. And to the folks who were brave enough to make a resolution, I wish you luck in following through.

Cocktail Egg Balls
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Serves: 24
 
Classic deviled egg with a twist. Not only is it delicious but looks like you have spent hours preparing.
Ingredients
  • 6 hard cooked eggs, finely chopped
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tablespoon finely chopped pimento
  • 1 teaspoon minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces ) shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients until creamy
  2. Mix the chopped parsley and shredded cheddar cheese in a separate bowl
  3. Shape the creamy egg mixture into 1 inch balls
  4. Roll in cheese and parsley combination
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Notes
May replace the pimento with olives for a stronger flavor

 

Candied Bacon
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Serves: 8
 
Great snack while watching football games! Grab a beer, put up your feet and start snacking.
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds thinly sliced good quality bacon
  • 1½ cups of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Spread brown sugar on a platter
  2. Lay bacon slices out on brown sugar until it adheres to bacon
  3. Turn bacon over until this side is also coated with brown sugar
  4. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil
  5. Arrange in a single layer on broiler pan
  6. Bake until the bacon is crisp and bubbly
  7. Remove from boiler and place on paper towels to drain and cool
Notes
The more sugar you use, the crispier the bacon tends to get

 

Bacon and Cream Cheese Roll-ups
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Serves: 15
 
Great holiday recipe! Set these out on the buffet table and get out of the way quickly, so you don't get trampled.
Ingredients
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf white bread, crusts trimmed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package garlic herb cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound good quality sliced bacon, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut each slice of white bread in half horizontally
  3. Spread evenly with garlic herb cream cheese
  4. Tightly roll each piece of bread with half a piece of bacon. The bacon should be on the outside of the bread. Secure with toothpicks.
  5. Arrange roll ups in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until bacon is no longer pink and bread is lightly browned.
  6. Drain on paper towels for about 5 minutes to cool a bit, and serve.
Notes
Variation: Use pineapple cream cheese and then sprinkle a little brown sugar over the bacon before baking Once they are secure with the toothpicks you can go ahead and bake them, or you can place them in the fridge or the freezer to bake later (if baking from frozen, add about 5-10 minutes to your cooking time).

 

Marinated Feta Cheese
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Serves: 14
 
Spend time with your guests. Make these the day before your party. Colorful and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Feta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of Italian Vinaigrette
  • 1½ teaspoon of finely chopped fennel
  • 1½ teaspoon of finely chopped rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Party toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Cut cheese into 1 inch cubes
  2. In small bowl mix the remaining ingredients
  3. Add cheese cubes and mix lightly
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour
Notes
Best if refrigerated for 12 hours May replace feta cheese with mozzarella Serve with a variety of crackers or bread chunks

 

Beef Barbecue Baskets
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Serves: 6
 
Beef barbecue with a twist.
Ingredients
  • 1 (12-ounce) can buttermilk biscuits
  • 1½ cups cooked shredded beef with barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place each biscuit in one muffin cup. Press biscuit down into bottom of each cup until about ¼-inch thick
  3. Press biscuit up side of muffin cups to form crust
  4. Divide beef evenly into biscuits (about 2½ tablespoons each)
  5. Sprinkle with cheese
  6. Bake 20–25 minutes until biscuit edges are golden and barbecue beef is thoroughly heated
Notes
May substitute with pork barbecue.

 

Buffet Snack Kabobs
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Serves: Many
 
Mix and match flavors, textures and colors to heart's content! This simple, flavorful recipe offers you many options.
Ingredients
  • Fruit = Seedless grapes, Kiwi fruit, pineapple chunks, melon balls, strawberries, blueberries, dried or fresh figs
  • Vegetable pieces = cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, red or sweet onions, bell peppers, cauliflower, mushrooms
  • Meat cubes = Cooked ham, corned beef, salami, turkey
  • Cheese cubes = Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Swiss
  • Assorted pitted olives
  • Assorted pickled vegetables
  • Cocktail toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Wash the fruit
  2. Cut or peel as necessary
  3. On each of the toothpicks, thread your choice of 3 of the above suggested ingredients
  4. To serve, arrange the kabobs on a serving platter
Notes
Variation: You may also add cooked shrimp or scallops

 

Red Wine Sausage Slices
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Serves: 20
 
These little sausages pack big flavor. It is a welcome bite sized addition to any gathering.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chorizo or kielbasa links
  • ¼ cup dry red wine (such as Bordeaux, Merlot or Rioja)
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne)
Instructions
  1. Cut sausage into ½ inch thick slices
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot
  3. Add onion, stirring occasionally for about 4 minutes until softened
  4. Add garlic to mixture and cook for about 1 minute
  5. Add sausage slices and cook for 4 minutes turning once (should be lightly browned)
  6. Stir in the paprika and ground red pepper
  7. Add tomato sauce and wine
  8. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally
  9. Serve warm sausage mixture with cocktail toothpicks
Notes
May use smoked sausage or Polish sausage links