Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce

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Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

People love fry sauce. I don’t exactly know why. Perhaps it’s because we get stuck in a rut where we just put the standard fixin’s on our burgers or we get bored dipping our fries in plain old ketchup. Ask anyone – fry sauce makes most things better. Its a proven scientific fact. Know what else people love? Bacon & jalapeno!

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Much like peanut butter & jelly, chocolate + wine, and chips & salsa, bacon was pretty much made to be paired with jalapeno. Let me rephrase. Bacon is perfectly fine on its own. Rather, jalapeno was made to be paired with bacon. Yeah, that’s better.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

I feel kind of funny giving you a recipe for fry sauce because it’s mayonnaise and ketchup. We don’t really need a recipe for that, now do we? I suppose the point of this post is more of an idea than a recipe. Because, after all, you can change the quantities of each ingredient and still have something delicious to dip your fries in or smother your burger in.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Speaking of burgers, this is actually a burger that is made of 50% grass fed ground meat and 50% ground up applewood smoked bacon. Yes, you read that right. I fed my family beef and bacon burgers for dinner on a white bun with french fries and fry sauce. Before you brand me as the worst mother ever, I’ll have you know that my kids each drank a glass of freshly pressed juice made from beet greens, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger, and pomegranate seeds before dinner. It’s all about balance, amIright?

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

So, next time you want to shake things up with your all-time favorite foods, make this fry sauce…and bacon jalapeno deviled eggs. I told you everything is better with bacon & jalapeno.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

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Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!
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Cuisine: appetizer
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cooked crisp bacon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh jalapeno, minced
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately. Use as a dip for fries or onion rings or as a spread for sandwiches and burgers.

And while you’re at it, but sure to chop up a whole lot more bacon and jalapeno so you can make this mac ‘n’ cheese:

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As well as this bacon wrapped jalapeno popper chicken:

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Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!
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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I’ll admit, cauliflower has not been one of my favorite foods, but much like beets, broccoli, and squash, I have grown to like it throughout my adult years. After I made this recipe, I would actually dare to say that I loved it.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I really wasn’t sure how this recipe was going to taste but I found myself having to hold back because I just wanted to keep eating more!

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I paired my spicy and flavorful buffalo cauliflower bites with a rich and creamy blue cheese dressing as well as some cool, crisp celery sticks that helped mellow the heat from the hot sauce.  Overall, it made a healthy snack. I’m not going to lie – I love a good chicken wing. But, when you think about all that delicious skin that makes the chicken wing so wonderful, replacing it with something like cauliflower is often a good choice.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.This snack would be a huge hit at any game day celebration.  

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.I prefer them to be served slightly warm, however I had some after they cooled to room temperature and they were still super tasty. Even if you don’t like cauliflower (like, for example, my husband), you might be surprised to find how much you love this recipe!

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These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup (5ml jar) hot sauce (I prefer Frank's Red Hot)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Heavily grease baking sheet with butter. Divide cauliflower into bite sized chunks.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, water, olive oil, garlic powder and salt until well combined. Add cauliflower and gently toss to coat each piece evenly. Transfer coated cauliflower to prepared baking and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Remove from oven.
  3. In large bowl, combine hot sauce and melted butter. Add partially cooked cauliflower and gently toss to evenly coat. Return cauliflower to baking sheet and continue cooking for an additional 20-25 minutes, turning once, until pieces start to turn golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven and serve warm with blue cheese dressing and fresh celery sticks.

These Buffalo Cauliflower Bites taste so much like traditional chicken wings, but are a healthy vegetarian version perfect for a light snack.
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Smoked Salmon Crostini

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If you’re looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

I adore salmon. In fact, I hadn’t realized how many salmon recipes I actually had on my own blog until I did a quick search. I suppose living in Portland, Oregon, has spoiled me. I also love little appetizers that can be enjoyed in two attractive bites or shoved entirely in my mouth when no one is looking. I love these little crostinis because they really couldn’t be easier to make, but they’re just so darn pretty! Doesn’t garnish make everything better?

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

I modeled this recipe after my smoked salmon dip which is the food equivalent to crack, in my opinion. Seriously, don’t put that stuff in front of me because I will shock and awe everyone around me when they see how much salmon dip I can consume.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Similar to my dip, this recipe has cream cheese, fresh dill, a little kick from fresh jalapeno, and lemon juice. If you’re eating salmon, you must have lemon and dill. That’s just a fact. Don’t even try arguing with me. I also do love me some capers with fish. All the flavors blend together oh-so-perfectly.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Aren’t they pretty? Now imagine yourself walking around your holiday party passing these out. I guarantee your guests will be fighting over them.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

Wanna know a secret?  As soon as I finished photographing these, I ate every single last one of them. Not ashamed. Not one bit. In fact, its been a few hours since I devoured them and I’m starting to crave more. That’s how wonderful they are.

If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!

If you love smoked salmon and need a recipe for a party, a game day feast, or just to satisfy your cravings, you’ll love my Smoked Salmon Dip:

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And my childhood favorite which quickly became my kids’ favorite dinner time recipe, my famous Salmon Patties:salmon-patties-ig

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If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!
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Recipe type: appetizer
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces wild smoked salmon
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill, stems removed and minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish with capers and more fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat both sides of bread slices with olive oil. Arrange in single layer on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning after about 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Arrange toasts on a platter with a piece of salmon on top of each one.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, jalapeno, dill, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Either spoon a small amount on top of each crostini or squeeze out of a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.
  4. Top with capers and additional dill.
If you're looking for an elegant and tasty yet easy to make appetizer for your next dinner or holiday party, Smoked Salmon Crostini is always a favorite!
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Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites

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Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you’ll find.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Party appetizers are the best, don’t you think? The final three months of the year are always loaded with so many fun events with friends and family. From the costume required Halloween parties to the sweet and savory pumpkin potlucks in October, to Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving dinners in November, all the way through the Ugly Sweater Christmas parties, appetizers are abound.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Each year, its a given that we’re either hosting at least one of these events, or we attend one where its requested that we bring a crowd friendly appetizer. Let me tell you, nothing gets eaten quite faster than warm roasted pieces of delicious kielbasa sausage wrapped in flaky puff pastry dough.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Even I couldn’t resist when I was making this. I made a very poor decision to make them when I was pretty hungry, and the result was me burning the roof of my mouth because I shoved one in my face a few minutes before I should have because I simply couldn’t wait.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Let’s just talk about how easy these are to make for a minute. All you have to do is cut the kielbasa into equal sized pieces. I always welcome math and geometry challenges in the kitchen when I’m cooking. Same thing with the dough, and there’s just something satisfying about cutting puff pastry with a pizza cutter. Call me crazy, but that was my favorite part.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Then you wrap each little piece of meat up with a strip of dough and bake. I don’t even bother with an egg wash. How else could I have called these two ingredient wrapped kielbasa bites, after all?

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.

Serve them up warm with toothpicks for grabbing and a nice stone ground mustard for dipping and I guarantee your guests will call these their favorite appetizer on the table!

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Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.
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Recipe type: appetizer
Yields: 18 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) kielbasa
  • 1 pre-made puff pastry sheet
Instructions
  1. Cut kielbasa into 18 even sized pieces. Start by dividing in half, then each half into thirds, then each chunk into thirds.
  2. Cut puff pastry into 18 even sized strips. Do this by first rolling out puff pastry to flatten a bit but still maintain the square shape. Then, cut the square into three long strips, then cut each strip into thirds, and finally cut the length of each of those strips in half.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Wrap each piece of kielbasa with a strip of dough. If dough is not sticky enough to seal on its own, you may wet your fingers with water to help it seal. Put each piece, seal side down, on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm with stone ground mustard. Any remaining appetizers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Taking just minutes to prepare, Two Ingredient Wrapped Kielbasa Bites, made with puff pastry, are the easiest and tastiest party appetizer you'll find.
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Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas

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If you’re looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can’t beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.

If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.Have you ever tried these? I find them highly addictive. Good thing they are much MUCH much healthier than potato chips.

If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.These make such a fantastic snack for so many reasons. First, they’re healthy. Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are loaded with fiber, and we all know a little fiber goes a long way! Second, they’re easy to make. This time of year when summer is flying by faster than we can handle and half the country has already returned back to school, we need all the time saving tricks we can get! Third, they’re cheap! I’d snack on fresh crab or or a nice creamy brie any chance I’d get, but occasionally I like to go for the pocket book friendly foods as well.

If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.My kids love snacking on these flavorful crispy little snacks by the handful. I think they taste best warm but I’ve eaten them cold and didn’t really mind them that way at all. The kids don’t really seem to notice a difference between hot and cold – they just shove them in their mouth. How does someone a third my size eat the same amount? If only I could have the metabolism of a 7-year-old…

If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.

Do yourself and make these this week. You’ll love them and will be happy to have a new snack addiction!

If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.

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If you're looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you can't beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.
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Recipe type: snack, appetizer
Yields: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 15-ounce cans of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and dried
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (more depending on preference)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. To best dry the garbanzo beans, lay out on a clean dish towel and allow to air dry completely. This may take up to a day however I took a fan and blew it over them because I didn't want to wait. The more moisture they have, the less crispy they will roast up, so be sure to dry them the best you can.
  3. Toss the chickpeas with oil, herbs, and seasoning. Spread on a large baking sheet and bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.
  4. Serve immediately or store in an air tight container for a snack later.

 

If you are looking for a tasty snack packed full of nutritional benefits, you cannot beat these delicious and high in fiber Roasted Rosemary Thyme Chickpeas.
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Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites

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If you’re looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite. Plus, you can plan to save on time and clean-up activities on party day by preparing the filling ahead of time!

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

I don’t know about you, but I love little two bite appetizers, especially when they consist of a flaky crust and a warm cheesy filling. These little gems will have your party guests asking for more.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

When you’re hosting a party and are looking for tasty food to serve your guests, there are a few things you should always keep in mind: Is it easy to make? Can it feed a crowd? Does it need plates and silverware or can it be eaten as finger food? Can I prepare any of it ahead of time? I’m pleased to tell you this delicious savory treat is a resounding “yes” to all of these questions.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

The dough is made using refrigerated cresent roll dough. All you need to do is roll it out, form little squares, and press them into a mini muffin pan – easy. The filling is divine. This is not your typical spinach artichoke dip made with cream cheese; it’s more reminiscent of a delicious fondue.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

On the day of your party, all you need to do is scoop the filling into the dough and then bake them. Ideally, you’re able to serve them warm. Based on how much your guests will love them, I’m willing to bet they will never get the chance to go cold. If they do, however, they will still taste great. Enjoy!

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

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If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.
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Potato Wedge Fries

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Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and are a great appetizer or side for your burger or dog.

Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.

I sure do love me some fries. There’s something wonderfully delicious about oven roasted fries versus traditional deep fried fries. Don’t get me wrong – I love my trans fats (I’m only partially kidding), but if you ask me what my personal favorite is I will tell you its a perfectly seasoned, crisp-on-the-outside soft-on-the-inside oven baked fry.Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.

I traditionally make my oven baked fries thinner and love to add lots of garlic and herbs, but this time I was in the mood for thick cut fries, and I had these perfect organic jumbo sized golden potatoes that were just begging to be cut into wedges and turned into jo-jos. Do you call them jo-jos in your house? I don’t even know if that’s a real thing, but that’s what we call these fries.

Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.

Just a bit of oil and the right seasonings are all you need along with a really hot oven and some kind of non-stick surface on your baking sheet.

Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.Nothing goes better with fries than an outstanding burger, and for this particular dinner I made stuffed bacon jalapeno cheddar burgers with homemade potato buns and sauteed corn off the cob. Oh yes – it was a good as it sounds.  No need to feel jealous… just make it yourself!

Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.

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Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, side dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large yukon gold potatoes
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion dip mix
  • salt and pepper, as desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Wash and dry potatoes. Cut in half lengthwise and then cut each half into 4-6 wedges, depending on size of potato.
  3. Use a gallon sized sealable plastic bag to combine olive oil with spices. Add potatoes, seal bag, and squeeze until all wedges are coated with mixture.
  4. Using a large jelly roll pan covered in a silpat, parchment, or foil to prevent sticking, lay out potato wedges into a single layer. Bake in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until soft and slightly brown, turning once after about 30 minutes of cooking time.

Oven baked and perfectly seasoned Potato Wedge Fries are easy to make and make a great side for your burger or dog.
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Mini Shrimp Tostadas

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Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

Who doesn’t love shrimp? For that matter, who doesn’t love a tasty little two-bite appetizer? Well, if the general population is anything like my family, then they will love these tasty little treats.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

This recipe starts with little tortilla rounds that you cut out from corn tortillas. Don’t throw away the scraps! Just put them back in the bag and fry them up for a different meal. Aren’t they cute?

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

Next, add some refried beans. Now, you can just scoop them up, but I took what I felt was the easier route and added them to a plastic bag, snipped off the corner, and piped those beans on like I was frosting a cupcake! Now, your guests would be pretty disappointed if this were all that you served them. They deserve some flavor!  Enter the salsa. Today’s families are exploring new flavors and new ways of creating meals. You may call these people “Flavor Seekers”. LA VICTORIA® Brand now has the sweet and spicy flavors of Mango Habanero Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, and Roasted Pepper Salsa – all of which go great with seafood like shrimp.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

Everyone celebrates food with their own unique style. LA VICTORIA® Brand wants to celebrate with you! They are hosting a social giveaway called “Flavor Seekers.”  They want to know where people seek out fresh summer flavor. Whether it’s a trendy fish joint, a local dive, or your grandma’s kitchen. Besides the fact that you get to eat some delicious food, you should totally capture a video and/or photo for a chance to win.

How:
1. Follow @LAVICTORIABrand on Instagram and/or like on Facebook

2. Share a video and/or picture showing where you seek out fresh summer flavor (whether a trendy fish joint, a local dive, your grandma’s kitchen-you name it!)

3. Tag entry with #FlavorSeekers and #MangoHabaneroSalsa and tag handle @LaVictoriaBrand

4. “Follow” and “Like” @LaVictoriaBrand on platform entry was submitted (Instagram and/or Facebook).

Why: A chance to win prizes!

Grand Prize: One (1) Weekend Getaway for Two in Sunny San Diego (flight and hotel included, valued at $3,500)

Honorable mentions prizes: Number awarded at discretion of brand and may include a variety of the following: grill kits, branded t-shirts, cinch sack, lip balms, stickers, etc.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

Don’t these rounds already look better with some salsa on top?

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

The shrimp is amazing. Kind of crazy what a little butter, garlic, and spices can do to wild caught shellfish. Stack them up with some avocado and a squeeze of lime and watch them fly off the platter!

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

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Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 15 tostadas
Ingredients
  • 15 corn tortillas (1 tortilla per shrimp)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 10 ounces raw jumbo shrimp, shells and tail removed, deveined
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • cilantro and fresh lime, for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Using a round 3" cookie cutter or the rim of a glass, cut enough tortilla rounds for the amount of shrimp you have. Save tortilla scraps for another meal.
  2. In a heavy 9" skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot enough where a small piece of one of your scraps boils when added (this is a good way to test), add a single layer of rounds and fry on both sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Add a small amount of beans to each tostada round. You can spoon them on, but I added them to a sandwich bag, snipped off the corner, and piped them on like I would frosting.
  4. Spoon a layer of salsa on top of the beans.
  5. Thinly slice the avocado and add some to each tostada.
  6. To cook the shrimp, discard the oil from the tortillas (just pour it out, no need to wipe the pan). Over medium high heat, melt the butter with the chili powder, cumin, and salt. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until the tops start to look a very opaque pink, 4-5 minutes. Turn them over and continue cooking another 2-5 minutes until cooked through. Remove from heat and place one shrimp on each tostada.
  7. These appetizers can be eaten cold or, if preferred, warm in 300 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through prior to serving.

Mini Shrimp Tostadas, made with crisp corn tortilla rounds, beans, salsa, and sauteed jumbo shrimp, are an easy appetizer perfect for parties or game day.

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Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

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This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

This post was made possible by Mezzetta, but all opinions are my own.

I’m not gonna lie – this recipe was good. Like, really good. As in, I just made it and I already can’t wait to make it again.

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

The foundation of this recipe is Mezzetta peppers. I used both the Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers as well as the Roasted Bell Peppers. Mezzetta truly is one of my favorite brands and I’ve loved every single one of their products that I’ve tried, from their pasta sauce to their olives to these peppers. Those roasted red peppers are darn near perfect – they have the perfect amount of charred roasted flavor and also have the perfect ratio of tasty oil marinate to tender flavorful peppers. They are the best I’ve ever had!

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

This recipe has two components – the roasted shrimp and the homemade aioli. So many aioli recipes have you combine ingredients with already made mayonnaise. I much prefer to make it myself. The components of a homemade aioli are egg yolks, lemon juice, garlic, and oil. I added some of the Mezzetta Jalapenos and even more of the Roasted Red Peppers and it created the most flavorful and delicious aioli. Keep in mind that this recipe makes quite a bit of aioli – much more than you need for the shrimp. That is a very good thing, however. We’ve been using it as a spread on our sandwiches and my-oh-my does it provide an insane amount of flavor. YUM!

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

For the shrimp, I used a recipe idea I found from the Mezzetta website. They recommended to use the brine from the red peppers, along with some fresh rosemary and garlic, to marinate the shrimp. This, alone, was a fantastic recipe. The shrimp had the perfect amount of flavor to eat on their own or on top of something like a salad. The rosemary made them especially visually pleasing.

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

Shrimp is so darn easy to cook. I highly recommend this recipe to serve for dinner, perfect for enjoying while dining al fresco, or as an appetizer. Either way, I guarantee people will love them and will be begging you for the recipe!

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

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This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.
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Recipe type: main dish, appetizer
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
Aioli:
  • 6 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Mezzetta® Roasted Bell Pepper, drained and chopped (Reserve brine for marinade)
  • 1 tablespoon Mezzetta® Deli Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
Grilled shrimp:
  • 1 pound large shrimp, washed, deveined, tails left on
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • roasted red bell pepper brine
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos and process until well combined. Scrape the sides.
  3. While the machine is still running, add the oil in a thin, steady stream until it is completely incorporated and the mixture is thickened.
  4. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Refrigerate until ready to use.

This red pepper marinated Grilled Shrimp with this scratch made Roasted Red Pepper Aioli makes the perfect flavorful summer appetizer or dinner.

 

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10 Spicy Jalapeno Recipes

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Turn the heat up in your kitchen this summer with these 10 SPICY JALAPENO RECIPES that will make your mouth water while its on fire!

Turn the heat up in your kitchen this summer with these 10 Spicy Jalapeno Recipes that will make your mouth water while its on fire!

Wanna hear a funny story? I’ve been a mom for almost a decade now, but before I was pregnant I didn’t like anything spicy or pickled. I think back to my eating habits and boy were they boring! Something miraculous happened when I was growing that beautiful baby of mine in my belly… I started wanting to put Tobasco on everything and for the first time in my life, I couldn’t seem to get enough olives and crunchy dill pickles. Some of my old habits didn’t change. I still loved my sweets and actually made an entire box of hot chocolate pudding (don’t judge – it was the small box) every single night with a layer of whipped cream covering the surface (don’t judge – it prevents a pudding skin from forming). I ate that 500 calorie treat every night in the bath. Its a wonder I didn’t gain more than 40 pounds with that pregnancy! Why am I telling you all of this? Well, its because I have grown to love jalapeno anything but that is a new found love as of the last 10 years. I wonder what kind of culinary treats will be appealing to me after menopause? I hope you enjoy these spicy treats below!

twice-baked-potato-jalapeno-poppersTwice Baked Potato Jalapeno Poppers | Self Proclaimed Foodie

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15012744222_bd3f48f17e_zJalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Jalapeno-Lime-DipJalapeno Lime Dip | Mandy’s Recipe Box

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IMG_8704-533x800-2  Jalapeno Stuffed BBQ Shrimp | Around My Family Table

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Turn the heat up in your kitchen this summer with these 10 Spicy Jalapeno Recipes that will make your mouth water while its on fire!

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