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!

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.
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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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Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll know that my inspiration comes from all sorts of different sources. Whether it be something I saw at the farmer’s market or a weird craving I had in the middle of the night, the origin of each and every one of my recipes comes from somewhere. Wanna know why I made these? Bradley Cooper. Oh yes. Mr. Handsome bright-blue-eyed Bradley Cooper. Allow me to explain the connection.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

Bradley is in a new movie called Burnt. Put a handsome man in a movie that’s about food and I’ll be there. Wanna know who else is in the movie? Jamie Dornan. If you don’t know who he is, you must find out. Now. These oh-so-naughty rich and delicious stuffed mushrooms are the absolute best.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

I love love love sauteed mushrooms.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

A lot of stuffed mushrooms tell you to discard the stems. Why on earth would you get rid of half the mushroom when you can saute them up with garlic in a bit of bacon grease? Why? Why? It makes no sense to me. Once cooked to a golden brown, they are the perfect addition to the cheese mixture.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

I tell you, once you blend up the cheeses with the mushrooms, garlic, fresh chives, and crisp cooked bacon, you’re gonna want to dive right in with a spoon. But do the right thing – stuff the mushrooms and cook them to melted perfection.

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

You’ll know they’re done when the cheese starts to melt and the tops just start to turn golden brown. Set these out at any party and you’ll be the hit of the crowd! I mean, who doesn’t like blue cheese and bacon?

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

Have I convinced you to make these?

These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.

Who loves to watch bacon cook? I do! I do! I made the VIDEO below just for you. Click play and try to imagine the glorious smell!

Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
 
These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 24 mushrooms
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • 24 large button mushrooms
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces blue cheese, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
Instructions
  1. Cut bacon into small pieces and cook in heavy bottom dutch oven or pan over medium high heat until crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Discard all oil from pan except for the last remaining tablespoon.
  2. Clean any dirt off mushrooms with a dry brush. Slice the very bottom of the stem off and discard. Gently press the remaining part of the stalk until it snaps away from the cap. Set aside, and then chop up all of the stems while leaving the caps whole.
  3. Cook chopped stems over medium heat in the remaining bacon fat for 3-5 minutes, then add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Combine cooked stems and garlic with blue cheese, cream cheese, chives, and cooked bacon in a bowl.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Fill each mushroom cap with a small spoonful of cheese mixture. Do not overfill. Cook in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until you see the cheese start to melt. Serve warm and garnish with additional chives.
These Bacon Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an incredibly rich and decadent appetizer that are the perfect party finger food everyone will love.
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Perfect Cobb Salad

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This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

Its not every day when you already have all the ingredients ready to go in your refrigerator to make a delicious cobb salad. But, given the fact that I’m always the one the grocery store clerk asks “stocking up?” while I’m going through the checkout line, and my answer is always “sort of, but I’ll buy this same amount next week, and this is how much I bought the week before.” Yeah, so to say that I already had all of these ingredients in my frig isn’t that shocking.

This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

First, I must tell you that this was the best damn cobb salad I’ve ever had. Hands down. You can pretty much see how to make it based on the first photo, but I figured I’d better walk you through the process in case you’ve never done it before. Most salads start with lettuce. I used both romaine and baby red lettuce. The romaine is hidden under the red lettuce because 1) it was getting old and was no longer photo worthy and 2) don’t you just want to make an art project out of those baby red leaves? They’re just so darn pretty.

This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

Next, you have a wide variety of toppings. Tomato – I prefer cherry and I like them to be quartered. They’re easiest to stab and shove in my mouth that way. Avocado – go with a California avocado if possible. I grew up on these and they are hands down the best. Shredded chicken – do yourself a favor and make a whole chicken in the crockpot. It will be the most flavorful and moist shredded breast meat you will ever use. Hard boiled egg – these are my true nemesis, although I’m finally getting the hang of it after decades of trying. Green onion, or scallion – whatever, they’re the same thing. And cooked bacon ends and pieces. I pretty much always have some on hand.

Its super easy to make your own homemade Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing. The end result is a super tasty dressing or dip that is made without any additives.

I decided to make my own bleu cheese dressing for my salad because I knew it would taste best and, well, I have a food blog. Oh yes, it was good.

This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

One mustn’t forget the additional crumbled bleu cheese on top. Present your salad like this, but be sure to give it a good toss before serving. I crave this salad. If you make one salad this summer, please oh please let it be this one!

Its super easy to make your own homemade Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing. The end result is a super tasty dressing or dip that is made without any additives.

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This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!
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Recipe type: entree, salad, main dish
Yields: 2 large servings
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  1. On large plate or platter, arrange romaine and dark red lettuce. Top with separate piles of all chopped ingredients as shown in photos. Pour buttermilk bleu cheese dressing over salad. Toss well before serving.

This easy to make Perfect Cobb Salad has everything you want in a delicious summer salad including lots of greens, protein, and bacon!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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These Bacon Wrapped Dates are stuffed with blue cheese and blanched almonds, baked to perfection, then drizzled with maple syrup and garnish with mint. YUM!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon wrapped dates. There are few things in the world better than a good bacon wrapped date.  I should just end my blog post right there.

But you know me and I have a food story for everything.

Here’s my bacon wrapped date story:  We were on an extended family vacation a few weeks ago in Sunriver, Oregon.  There are usually 12-14 adults that go on this trip every year and we always play board games at night. One night, we were playing Taboo.  If you aren’t familiar with the game, the objective of the game is for a player to have their partners guess the word on the player’s card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card.  The word on my card was DATE and the five words I couldn’t say were FIRST, RESTAURANT, KISS, DINNER and CALENDAR (or something like that). DATE is a pretty easy word to guess.  You could go along the lines of two people dating or you could go the calendar route and get your team mates to guess the word DATE that way.  What do I do?  I look right at my team mates and say, “bacon wrapped …., you stuff them with blue cheese and almonds…, they’re very sweet”.  In my mind, I was wondering how on earth they didn’t know what I was talking about. Unfortunately, my convert-foodie-husband wasn’t on my team but he later told me he immediately knew the answer. That made me proud.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Now, you know I’m a lover of all things bacon.  I’m not, however, a fan of photographing raw meat, even if it is bacon. For the purposes of these bacon wrapped dates, I stepped out of my comfort zone and took the above photo to show you how I had them arranged on the baking sheet.  A lot of recipes call for toothpicks but I found it super easy to pierce them with metal skewers. This also kept them vertical which helped them cook evenly.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Don’t they look good? I drizzled them with some pure maple syrup and thin ribbons of mint. I will not admit how any of these babies I devoured.  Okay, okay.  I think I put away an even dozen. I have no shame when it come to bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Blue Cheese and Almond Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
 
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These Bacon Wrapped Dates are stuffed with blue cheese and blanched almonds. baked to perfection, then drizzled with maple syrup and garnish with mint. YUM!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: makes 24 dates
Ingredients
  • 24 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup blanced almonds, whole or slivered
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 12 ounces applewood smoked bacon, 8 slices cut into thirds (24 total)
  • Pure maple syrup and fresh mint leaves to garnish.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Split each date on one side and remove pit.
  3. In small bowl, use hands to mix almonds and blue cheese. Squeeze into log, and then divide into 24 equal sized balls by dividing log into half, then quarters, then each quarter into halves, and each chunk into three balls.
  4. Stuff each blue cheese almond ball into each date. Wrap each stuffed date with bacon, overlapping ends. Squeeze each wrapped ball to help form the shape.
  5. Use three metal skewers to pierce through each wrapped date, ensuring the end of the bacon goes through the skewer first to create a tight wrap. Place 8 wrapped dates on each skewer, spaced evenly, rotated such that they are vertical. This allows the bacon to cook evenly and grease to drain down to the foil.
  6. Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes or until bacon is crisp, rotating sheet and flipping skewers half way through.

 

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