Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cheese Balls

Easy to make and quick to disappear, at least at our house.
Cheese balls are a family favorite, I make them often but my kids will tell you not often enough.
For one medium ball;
Soften 1 8oz package cream cheese
Mix with 12 oz shredded cheese, use cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper jack, or any mix or cheese you like.
Now it is up to you, you can leave it simple like that or mix in chopped onions, peppers etc.
Or chopped beef, crab meat, minced shrimp, the possibilities are endless.
For seasoning I usually mix paprika with a hint of cayenne and bit of dried chives.  If you have a powdered spinach dip mix this is also a great seasoning.
Serve with crackers or crusty bread.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Asparagus Rolls

 Phyllo dough
thin sliced ham
Parmesan cheese

Use one sheet of phyllo per appetizer, fold into quarters starting at long end, brush with melted butter or use spray butter to cover entire sheet of dough
place 1 slice of ham and 1 or 2 asparagus spears, roll up and spritz with butter.
Bake at 350 for 20 min
While hot, grate fresh Parmesan over the top and serve.
Be sure and follow directions on package of Phyllo. You must keep it covered with a moist towel when not in use as it dries out very quickly.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mosaic Kitchen

 North Dakota   appetizer ideas like 
Black bean salsa  and Spinach pinwheels 

 It's parties and tablescapes

 Cupcakes and Cakeballs

 Breads and Muffins

Dutch apple , Herbed Dinner rolls and scones

 pies  oh my!

Hearty main dishes
like ethnic favorites of potato klub
and sauerbraten
honey creamed pheasant
and brinning a turkey
 I hope you can find something you like at ND Kitchen and maybe even like it on Facebook. Thanks

 Joining Mosaic Monday

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups

 You will need
Chocolate for melting, milk, dark or white
small paintbrush
silicone muffin cups, I used the small size,  you may use candy molds or regular muffin tins*
peanut butter
jelly, any flavor

Melt your chocolate over a double boiler
lightly spray mini muffin cups
place melted chocolate in each cup and paint up the sides for an even coat, this will take two to three layers, let each layer of chocolate set up in fridge before adding another
When cups are hardened and have no thin spots
Add  a small amount of jelly in bottom of each and a dollop of peanut butter, you may thin you peanut butter with a little milk, this is optional
Cover and seal with more chocolate , return to fridge until set. remove from molds.

 * silicone muffin cups are available in most kitchen stores, and anywhere Wilton cake decorating materials are sold
I highly recommend them, not only for this project but general baking.
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