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Pampered Chef: What's your favorite appetizer?

  1. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

    I'm having 8 family members over for dinner on Sunday for my daughter's birthday. I have NO idea what to server for munchies. I served homemade egg rolls (which they were begging me to make LOL), large cooked shrimp and the Artichoke Bread Bowl dip for Christmas Day but don't know what to make now. Nothing interests me. I need at least 2 ideas since there will be 12 of us in total.

    Thanks for any and all help :)
    Jan 1, 2010
  2. smarteez2

    smarteez2 Advanced Member Gold Member

    I like homemade jalepeno poppers myself, slice and deseed the jalepenos insert cream cheese wrap in bacon and bake in onen at 450 until bacon is crispy!!!
    Jan 1, 2010
  3. cookingwithdot

    cookingwithdot Advanced Member Gold Member

    I recently made the Pesto Cheese Pastries and Savory Pecan Crusted Blue Cheese Bites. Both were pretty yummy. The Blue Cheese bites were pretty rich ... I've been wanting to make the chili lime meatballs ... I'm doing an appetizer/wine party in Feb, so I'm starting to think of some that I want to make too.
  4. janezapchef

    janezapchef Veteran Member Gold Member

    Hot Wings Dip is my new favorite thing! Let me know if you need a recipe.
    Jan 1, 2010
  5. janezapchef

    janezapchef Veteran Member Gold Member

    Oh, and I had the Tangy Bacon Bites or something like that from Stoneware Inspirations at a Christmas party. I had forgotten all about those -- yummy!

    And, it reminded me of something I used to make. We would take those long, crispy "breadsticks" that are like crackers and wrap them in bacon. Put them on the bar pan and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake until the bacon is done and everything looks caramelized. Haven't made them for years, but they were so good!
    Jan 1, 2010
  6. kcjodih

    kcjodih Legacy Member Gold Member

    I've never heard of this and would love to read the recipe. Thanks!
    Jan 1, 2010
  7. janezapchef

    janezapchef Veteran Member Gold Member

    Here ya go...
    Hot Wings Dip
    2 8oz. cream cheese blocks
    2 large cans chicken (I actually use about 3 breasts of chicken, cook in dcb and chop up fine)
    1 c. shredded Colby Jack cheese
    1 c. ranch dressing
    3/4 c. hot sauce (I also actually use the entire bottle because I use so much more chicken -- makes it yummier)

    Place cream cheese in 9x13 pan and bake about 5 min. in 350 degree oven, just until soft enough to spread. Spread on bottom of pan. (If the cream cheese is already softened, I just spread it, don't heat it.) Mix hot sauce and chicken in saucepan and heat. Pour chicken mixture over cream cheese. Pour ranch over chicken mixture. Bake 20 min (or until bubbly); stir and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes more, until cheese is melted. Serve with Fritos scoops, tortilla chips or celery (my personal favorite choice). Mmmmmmm, so yummy!
    Jan 1, 2010
  8. chefjeanine

    chefjeanine Senior Member Gold Member

    Substitute blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese salad dressing for the Colby Jack and ranch dressing. Now you're talking. :D
    Jan 1, 2010
  9. janezapchef

    janezapchef Veteran Member Gold Member

    Sorry, not a blue cheese fan at all, but sub all you want! :)
    Jan 1, 2010
  10. chefheidi2003

    chefheidi2003 Senior Member Gold Member

    The Pizza Dip is really good..as well as the Jalepeno Popper Pizzas.
  11. doughmama

    doughmama Advanced Member Silver Member

    the artichoke cheese squares in the SBRC is delicious and serves a lot of people

    three layered dip is always good
    cream cheese on bottom
    hormel chili in middle
    8 oz shredded cheddar cheese on top
    microwave for 5 minutes or until it starts to bubble. serve with tostitos.

    and of course, don't forget veggies and dip. everyone is looking for something somewhat healthy this time of year.
    Jan 2, 2010
  12. scottcooks

    scottcooks Veteran Member Gold Member

    Pizza or taco dip - hands down. Another family favorite we had, before the 3 PC brie recipes came out:

    Company Baked Brie:

    1 small wheel of brie cheese (Costco has one)
    2 Tbspn curry powder
    3/4 cup chopped cashews
    1/2 jar Major Grey's Mango chutney (or any kind of chutney)

    Roll the wheel in curry. Coat all sides, top, bottom. Place on baking stone, add chutney on top. Cover top with cashews, pressing them into the chutney. Heat in a slow oven 20 minutes. Serve with bagel crisps, or tortilla chips or crackers. SO yummy!
    Jan 2, 2010
  13. kcmckay

    kcmckay Advanced Member Gold Member

    My absolute favorite appetizer is mini pesto pizzas from SB Fall/Winter 2007. I think they are great and I'm an extremely picky eater but love pizza, but didn't know I liked pesto till I tried these at my very first cluster meeting! They are also very easy to make, even if you make the pesto yourself or use premade pesto.
    Jan 2, 2010
  14. lockhartkitchen

    lockhartkitchen Senior Member

    Me too! When I made these that season, they were a big hit. It's easy for kids to eat!
  15. kaiser

    kaiser Member Gold Member

    roasted potato bites!!!!
    Jan 2, 2010
  16. tys1031

    tys1031 Member

    Could someone post the mini pesto pizza recipe? My husband has just gotten into pesto and I'd love to make these for him. Thanks!
    Jan 2, 2010
  17. JAE

    JAE Legacy Member

    Brie is great! I love the one with brown sugar, dijon mustard and almonds. SBRC FW 07 I think. Or was it 08. The one with the chocolate desserts.
    Jan 2, 2010
  18. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

    It is in the Spring/Summer 2008 Season's Best cookbook.
    I found it on the CC Recipe section searching the Season's Best books.

    But for your convenience, here it is:

    The Pampered Chef ®
    Mini Pesto Pizzas

    2 plum tomatoes
    1/4 cup (1 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup walnuts
    1 pkg (13.8 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
    1/3 cup prepared basil pesto or Basil-Walnut Pesto
    1 cup (4 oz) grated mozzarella cheese

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice tomatoes using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with v-shaped blade; set aside. Grate Parmesan cheese using Microplane® Adjustable Grater. Coarsely chop walnuts using Food Chopper. Combine walnuts and Parmesan cheese in Prep Bowl; mix well.

    2. Place dough onto Cutting Board (do not unroll dough). Using a sawing motion, slice dough into 15 disks (about 1/2 in. thick) using Utility Knife. Place disks onto Large Bar Pan; lightly press to flatten and seal seams.

    3. Spread 1 tsp pesto over each crust with back of Easy Adjustable Measuring Spoon. Divide mozzarella cheese evenly among pizzas. Top each pizza with one tomato slice and Parmesan mixture. Bake 12-15 minutes or until crusts are golden brown. Remove pan from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack. Serve using Mini-Serving Spatula.

    Yield: 15 servings

    Nutrients per serving: Calories 140, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 14 g, Protein 6 g, Sodium 300 mg, Fiber less than 1 g

    © 2009 The Pampered Chef used under license.
    Jan 2, 2010
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