Category Archives: Appetizers

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

1 large bunch of broccoli florets
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup, packed, torn fresh bread (no crust)
1/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup (4 ounces, 114 g), packed, grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Place 1 inch of water in a pot with a steamer basket. Bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets. Steam the broccoli florets for 5 minutes, until just tender. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Finely chop the steamed broccoli florets. You should have 2 to 2 1/2 cups.

2 Place the beaten eggs and the torn bread in a large bowl. Mix until the bread is completely moistened. Add the grated onion, mayonnaise, cheese, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir in the minced broccoli.

3 Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the wells of 2 mini muffin pans (1 dozen wells) with olive oil (so the bites don’t stick). Distribute the broccoli mixture in the muffin wells. Bake for 25 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned on top.

If you don’t have mini muffin pans, you can cook the bites freeform. Just grease a baking sheet and spoon large dollops of the mixture onto the pan. Baking time is the same.

Credit: Broccoli Cheddar Bites Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

Cheeseburger Mini Muffins

1/2 pound ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the ketchup, milk, butter, eggs and mustard; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the beef mixture and cheese.

Fill greased miniature muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 425° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 5 dozen. Yields about 30 muffins.

Smoked Atomic Buffalo Turd Jalapeno Poppers (aka – A.B.T.)

10 jalapeno peppers
10 bacon slices, cut in half
10 mini sausages or smokies (or 20 if they are very small)
1 cup cream cheese
1 cup grated monterey jack
1 tsp chipotle or chili powder
2 shallots, minced

Slice the jalapenos lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and membrane. If using bell peppers, quarter them after they are seeded.

Mix the cream cheese, monterey jack, chipotle powder and minced shallots. Fill the hollowed out portion of the peppers with the cheese mixture.

Place the smokie on top of the cream cheese. Wrap the half slice of bacon around the jalapeno. If the bacon is not staying tightly wrapped, it may be necessary to use a toothpick to hold it in place.

Smoke the ABTs in the smoker, set at 225F, for 2-3 hours, or until the bacon is browned

Notes
To cook on the grill: Cook on a medium heat grill until the jalapeno is tender and the bacon is browned. Keep the lid covered while cooking. To cook in the oven: Bake the ABT’s in the oven, set at 425F, for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is browned.

Credit: Smoked Atomic Buffalo Turd Jalapeno Poppers (aka – A.B.T.).

Beer Cheese

12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (12 ounce) bottle beer, preferably brown ale
5 ounces evaporated milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Kosher salt, to taste

Toss cheese with cornstarch in a medium bowl; set aside.

Whisk together beer, milk, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until gently steaming, whisking frequently to prevent scorching.

When beer mixture is warm, add cheese, stirring until completely melted, bubbling slightly, and thickened. Stir in hot sauce and season with salt to taste; serve immediately.

Credit: Beer Cheese | Serious Eats : Recipes.

Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup Frank’s Redhot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Frank’s Redhot Buffalo Wing Sauce
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cans (12.5 oz. each) White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained

HEAT oven to 350°F. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.
MIX in salad dressing, Frank’s RedHot Sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.
BAKE 20 min. or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Credit: FRANK’S® REDHOT® BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP Recipe | Frank’s® RedHot®.