Monday, September 12, 2011

Jalapeño Popper Dip

The start of football season - the search for new snacks & recipes get revved up as well. I'd been saving this recipe I saw in various places over the summer. It could be part of my new goto dip recipes. It was yum! with just the right kick! Give it a try!

Jalapeño Popper Dip

2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can chopped green chilies, drained (4oz)
1 can diced jalapeño peppers, drained (4oz)
1/2 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an oven safe serving dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Using an electric mixer, blend the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth.
3. Stir in green chilies, jalapeno peppers and Mexican and mozzarella cheeses. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
4. Mix together the Panko and Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it over the cream cheese mixture.
5. Spray the Panko and Parmesan with a quick spray of non-stick cooking spray.
6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot and the topping is lightly browned.

Serve dip with French bread, fresh vegetables, tortilla chips, crackers, etc....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Asian Slaw

Another version of an Asian Slaw. I made this one for Ryan's 1st Birthday. The recipe has been requested a couple times. Easy to throw together and goes with so many things.

Asian Slaw

1 bag of mixed coleslaw
3/4 c. sunflower seeds
3/4 c. sliced almonds
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 pkg. of beef top ramen noodles, crushed
1 c. of chow mein noodles

1/3 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. canola oil
Seasoning packet from beef top ramen

Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Make a little ahead so sugar will dissolve (Only use Beef Top Ramen) Pour dressing over salad ingredients about 10 minutes before serving. Recipe serves 6-8.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Asian Lettuce Wraps

It's been TOO long since I've added to the blog. I had a hankering for some lettuce wraps this week ~ I dug around for recipes and settled on this one. It was worth posting. I will definitely make this again. Easy, healthy & delicious!

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1 TBSP canola or vegetable oil (we used sesame)
1 medium shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP minced fresh ginger
1 LB ground turkey or pork
1 can water chesnuts - rinsed & chopped (this was an addition)
2 TBSP soy sauce
1/4 bottled chili sauce
1 tsp fish sauce (I omitted - didn't have it on hand)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
1 head butter or Boston lettuce, separated

1. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet. Stir fry shallots in hot oil for several minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the ground meat and separate for even cooking. Stir in soy sauce, chili sauce, fish sauce and sugar.

2. Cook until meat is brown and crumbly and the liquid is reduced, stirring frequently. Stir in cilantro. Spoon the meat mixture into a serving bowl. Mix in the peanuts.

3. Self serve: Spoon meat mixture onto a lettuce leaf and roll tightly.
1/3 cup minced peanuts