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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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 Recipes Where Cheese is the Star

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If you’re like me and think cheese deserves its own food group, then you will love these 10 RECIPES WHERE CHEESE IS THE STAR!

If you're like me and think cheese deserves its own food group, then you will love these 10 Recipes Where Cheese is the Star!

We are a cheese loving family. Ooey, gooey, creamy, melty, aged, or hard – I love all kinds of cheese. Love might just be an understatement. I think if I had any health issues that prevented me from eating dairy, I might just have to go on a hunger strike all together. I love cheese so much that I’d even be willing to give up gluten before I gave up cheese. Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk – its all wonderful in my opinion. I’ve raised two cheese loving kiddos as well. They know a good thing when they see (or taste) it! If you don’t believe me, just search “cheese” or “cheesy” on my blog and you’ll come up with tons of recipes. Some of my favorites are my cheesy loaded mashed potato casserole, cheesy green chile chicken lasagna, cheesy bacon ranch jalapeno poppers, cheesy ham & broccoli tater tot casserole… and the list goes on and on. You will never find my deli drawer without at least 4 different variations of cheese. In fact, my mouth is watering right now just looking at all of these cheesy photos. Enjoy!

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If you're like me and think cheese deserves its own food group, then you will love these 10 Recipes Where Cheese is the Star!

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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!

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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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Beer Cheese Ranch Dip

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If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled BEER CHEESE RANCH DIP should be the game day appetizer you make!

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Bottom line: beer really should be incorporated into every game day recipe. I’ll be the first to admit that I love cooking with beer. It is the secret ingredient in my game day chili, but I’ve also used it to make my decadent beer bacon cheddar soup as well as my butter beer chipotle wings. Mercy. Those recipes are all hot. This dip is the first cold recipe I’ve made with beer, and it was good.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Its a simple recipe, which is a bonus if you happen to be drinking large quantities of beer while making the food. You pretty much dump, stir, and serve.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

The thickness of this dip depends on how much beer you add, so add some, give it a good stir, and then add some more if you think it needs to be thinned. Thin dip = lotsa beer.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

I highly recommend serving this dip with pretzel rods. Beer + cheese + pretzels just go well together. I have no idea why, but they do.

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

Besides the beer, the secret ingredient that adds all the flavor to this dip is ranch seasoning. Who doesn’t love the flavor of ranch? Name one person! If you love the flavor of ranch, be sure to check out these ranch inspired game day recipes here!

If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!

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If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup beer (amber ale recommended, amount will vary depending on desired thickness of dip)
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, mix cream cheese, seasoning mix, and shredded sharp cheddar on medium speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add a small amount of the beer and mix on low until combined. Continue to add beer until you've reached desired thickness of dip.
  3. Dip is best served with crackers, pretzel rods, or fresh veggies.
If you love beer, cheese, and the flavor of ranch, then this easy to make chilled Beer Cheese Ranch Dip should be the game day appetizer you make!
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Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip

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Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

Last month I went to an ugly sweater Christmas party. My friends, Malcolm & Elissa, not only throw a great party, but they put out an awesome spread. My husband and I got to the party right when it started because we’re fuddy duddies and can’t stay up late, but that allowed me to be there as the kitchen prep was happening. I made a batch of my brown butter brownies to share and was waiting for oven space to finish them off. You see, I doubled the recipe but used the same size pan and just could not get them to set. Gooey brown butter brownies still taste pretty damn good, but you can imagine that party goers might not be too inclined to grab a brownie if they can’t actually pick it up. Note to self: if doubling the batch, increase the size of the pan.

Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

Anyway, while waiting for my turn in the hot oven, Elissa pulled out the most delicious looking spinach artichoke dip. This warm cheesy dip is a staple on any good recipe blog and I had yet to make it. The first thing she said when she described it was that she hated cheesy dips full of cream cheese and mayonnaise and that this one had neither. I was intrigued so I had to try several, okay – many, bites to see what she was talking about because, well, you can’t be certain if you only try one or two bites, right?

Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

She was right! The flavors were subtle and sophisticated. It was more like a fondue than a greasy dip. The gruyere and parmesan gave it that hearty and robust flavor while the mozzarella gave it that ooey gooey cheesiness you want in a warm dip. The fact that she made the crusty bread bowls to go along with the dip didn’t hurt either. You can certainly bake this dip in a dish and serve it alongside chips, but we all know bread is best.

Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

recipe from http://www.itsnoteasyeatinggreen.com/

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Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: about 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 1/2 cups lowfat milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 ounce Gruyere Cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 ounce Parmesan Cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 pound frozen spinach, thawed with all the liquid squeezed out
  • 1-14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained (not marinated or packed in oil)
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, shredded
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat and add flour. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the flour just starts to change color and turn fragrant, about five minutes. Do not let the flour brown.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until very fragrant, about 30 seconds longer.
  3. Combine milk and half and half in a measuring cup and add about a 1/2 cup at a time to the flour mixture, whisking after each addition until smooth. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Add the Gruyere, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir until the cheese has just melted, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Working over a bowl or the sink, squeeze the liquid out of the spinach. Chop the artichokes fine and then fold both the spinach and the artichokes into the sauce.
  5. Pour the sauce into an oven safe baking dish (or multiple dishes) or a hollowed out bread bowl. Top with the shredded mozzarella.
  6. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for about 30 minutes until the edges are bubbly and the cheese on the top is dark golden brown. Serve with bread cubes or chips.

Unlike warm cheesy dips made with cream cheese or mayonnaise, this Spinach Artichoke Fondue Dip is made with Gruyere, Parmesan, and mozzarella.
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Artichoke Dipping Sauce

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If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.

If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.

This is one of those recipes that I made for myself and had no intention of posting it to the blog. I made it simply because I saw the most beautiful Italian artichokes at the farmers market and had a serious craving. I came home, steamed one up with olive oil, and devoured the entire thing with my dipping sauce only wanting more. It was at that point that I decided I had to post my recipe to the blog because it was just too darn good.

If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.

We ate artichokes a lot when I was growing up and I have memories of dipping them in either pure butter or plain mayo. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful the addition of fresh lemon juice, garlic, and thyme is. Those three elements compliment the creamy (and naughty) mayo like you wouldn’t believe. I love to dip each leaf into the mixture and when I’m all done, you better believe that I take those extra few steps to cut the heart right out of that artichoke.

If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.

The heart is the best part, you know! If you’ve only ever enjoyed artichokes that have been marinated in a can, you’re totally missing out. A fresh artichoke with this amazing sauce is the best appetizer or snack you’ll enjoy.

If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.

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If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Enjoy with a hot steamed fresh artichoke!

If you love a delicious hot artichoke as much as I do, then you will find nothing better than my easy to make Artichoke Dipping Sauce with lemon and thyme.
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Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip

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This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd!

This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd!

This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

Have you seen that BuzzFeed Food video that has been floating around social media on how to make pizza dip? I’m a huge sucker for those 30 second recipe videos and I’ve had pizza dip on the brain ever since I saw it. Of course, my goal was to make it even better than their version, and I’m happy to say I succeeded!This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

Step 1: break in my brand spanking new Cuisinart Food Processor. What an awesome and necessary part of my kitchen this appliance has become. I use it for everything from shredding to chopping to kneading dough.This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

I love lots of toppings on my pizza. Like lots and lots. The problem is that I usually put so many toppings on my pizza that the dough never properly cooks through because there’s too much moisture. That’s another reason why this pizza dip was so great – I didn’t have to worry about soggy crust!  My goal was to chop each ingredient up really small so that it just became part of the dip. Who likes to dig into a hot gooey cheesy dip and have huge chunks of toppings fall off your toasty piece of bread anyway? I also prefer to get chunks of cheese and shred them myself. The preshredded stuff is fine if you’re in a hurry, but it typically costs more per pound and never tastes as good compared to when you grate it yourself.This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

Here’s how I constructed this wonderful pizza dip. First, you heat up some milk, cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan in a saucepan to create the base layer. Then, you layer the mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, more mozzarella, the toppings, and then pepperoni. I always prefer to put my pepperoni on top because I love crispy pepperoni and the veggies taste even better when the fat from the meat melts down into them. You know I’m right.
This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

Pop that baking dish into a very hot oven and watch the whole thing become perfectly melty and gooey good.This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd! 

I was really afraid that I put too much sauce in, but it all worked out so perfectly. I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Plus, the veggies were chopped up so small that they gave the dip the perfect flavor without making it chunky. YUM!This sinful but incredibly delicious Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip is simple to make and is the perfect game day appetizer to feed a hungry crowd!

Loaded Cheesy Pizza Dip
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces mozzarella, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1-2 cups toppings (mushroom, onion, peppers, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, olives, etc.), diced
  • 4 ounces pepperoni, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Use Cuisinart food processor to shred cheese and dice toppings.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, and the parmesan cheese. Stir frequently until all the cheese has melted. Transfer to a 9x9 inch baking dish.
  4. Cover with half of the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Add spaghetti sauce and spread to create an even layer.
  6. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  7. Next, add all of the diced toppings. Then, cover with a single layer of pepperoni.
  8. Cook in preheated oven until hot and bubbly, 15-20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with a thinly sliced baguette that has been toasted in the oven with olive oil.
  10. Can be prepared ahead of time and reheated in the crockpot. This is especially awesome for tailgating!

 

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Green Goddess Dip

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This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack.

This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack.

This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack. 

I prepared for our last camping trip the way I prepare for everything in life – with food. My job is to get all the food ready and I make my husband do everything else. My favorite things to do when we go camping is to sit by the campfire and read while the kids play… and EAT. But the one thing I don’t like to do when we go camping is dishes. That’s why I always spend a good half a day prepping everything so that camping life can be filled with only the things I enjoy.

This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack. 

I knew our menu would be filled with favorites like hot dogs and s’mores, so I wanted to balance it out with some healthy snacks. I’ve been wanting to make a green goddess dip for quite some time, and now I can finally cross it off my list. Much like other dips that are full of sour cream and mayo, this dip has just enough of the naughty stuff to make it creamy with the added bonus of protein packed greek yogurt, but the main ingredients are fresh raw vegetables.This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack. 

As with most recipes like this, you can alter the ingredients however you wish. I basically threw in a few things I knew I wanted as well as some other stuff from the frig that had to be used up.This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack. 

The end result was a tasty dip that I didn’t have to feel guilty about eating with the added bonus of extra veggies I used for dipping. You could totally use this dip on top of grilled fish or chicken as well. You’ve seen me post a lot of naughty desserts and cheesy treats. Now you know I like to balance those out with healthy snacks every so often. This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack.

Green Goddess Dip
 
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This guilt-free creamy and healthy Green Goddess Dip with just a hint of heat is packed full of veggies and herbs and makes the perfect summer snack.
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Recipe type: appetizer, dip
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups trimmed watercress (about 2 bunches)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 small ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • squeeze of lime
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pulse all ingredients until well combined in food processor. Serve as a dip with fresh vegetables. Can be used on grilled meats.

 

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