A nationwide celebration as big as the Super Bowl is the perfect occasion for serving all-American hamburgers. Translate them into game day eats by passing around plates of bite-sized sliders. Keep them simple (and not too sloppy!) by topping them sparingly with caramelized onions. Or, if you're feeling up to the challenge, take inspiration from another football favorite — seven-layer bean dip — for a winning combination of fixings. Get both finger foods when you read more.
For those of you who are planning a Super Bowl bash this year, ditch the pretzels and chips in favor of some homemade potato skins. If you're worried about it all coming together, stick to the simple and sweet: nothing but meaty russet potato skins, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Or, win over fans with a fully-loaded version, topped off with crisp-cooked bacon, sautéed peppers and onions, and oozing cheddar cheese. Craving either (or both) renditions? Then get your potato skin game on.
Whenever I find myself in need of creative inspiration, I simply look to the Kitchen Goddess group. This week, I came across a killer app — mini celery boats stuffed with chicken salad and peas. I'm thinking these would make a great appetizer to bring to my next book club, since they're bite sized and not too messy. Apparently, I'm spot on: Jenious says they're such a big hit at gatherings that she always doubles the recipe. To make these for your next get-together, read more
This week I had my banker over for dinner and I decided to wow him with a Tex-Mex-inspired meal. Naturally, nachos were on the menu. Since I wanted something a little healthier than chips and melted cheese for the main course, I served the nachos as appetizers. To make them bite sized, I used Tostitos scoops. Each chip bowl is filled with a classic ground beef taco mixture and topped with cheese. The mini edible bowls are broiled until the cheese is melted and the chips are crispy.
These nachos are incredibly scrumptious and this recipe is easily adaptable, so feel free to get creative! The scoops would be wonderfully delicious with grilled chicken or black beans. For more details on my variation, read more
So you were just asked to be maid of honor at your best friend's wedding and are horrified at the thought of planning her bachelorette party. Well have no fear all this week I'll guide you through the steps of creating a memorable and wonderful send off for your bff. Start by picking a date and sending the invitations. Next decide on the activities (I chose a stripping class and lingerie shower) and plan a menu of delicious appetizers. Earlier today I wrote about the vegetarian friendly finger foods and right now I'll reveal the recipes for the meat-lovers' hors d'oeurves. All of the appetizers are healthy, but a little heavier in order to soak up the large quantities of alcohol that will be consumed during the course of the night. So please read more
Although you might not generally associate food with a bachelorette party, I can't plan a party (no matter what kind) without offering guests a little something to snack on. The bachelorette will be no different and I'm making an assortment of tasty finger foods for the gals to munch on throughout the afternoon. Following the details on the invitation, Julie's gal pals will be arriving at 5 pm. A stripper will be giving an informal dance class at 6 so the girls will have time to snack before and after the class. As heavy drinking is most likely a part of the night, my appetizers are heavy on dough, cheese, and yummy fillings. I'll start with 2 vegetarian bites (that can both be made in advance!): creamy mushroom phyllo triangles and Greek cheese squares. To get the recipes, read more