Category Archives: Appetizers, Snacks, Dips

Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip

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Pineapple Coconut Fruit Dip

This is the most scrumptious fruit dip I have ever eaten!  It is totally addictive.  And so easy to make.  I used strawberries, pineapple and grapes but you can use any fruit you like.

  • 1 can (8-oz.) crushed unsweetened pineapple, undrained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 package (3.4-oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Fruit of your choice

In a blender, combine all ingredients except fruit; cover and process for 1 minute or until smooth.

Serve dip with fresh fruit.  Store in the refrigerator.

Yield:  2 cups

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Real Cheez-its

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Real Cheez-its

If you like Cheez-its, you will love these.  Low carb and healthier.  Bet you can’t just eat one.

  • Sargento Ultra Thin cheese slices

I used Sharp Cheddar slices, but I think Pepper-Jack, Swiss or anything would be good.

Cut each slice into 4 squares and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 250 degrees for 35 minutes.

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Cocktail Sausage Meatballs

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Cocktail Sausage Meatballs

This is good for just about any kind of social function.  Entertaining at home or for a potluck.  I know I don’t need another meatball recipe on my blog, but my husband insisted I put it on.

  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 pound bulk sausage (I used mild)
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef (I used 1/3 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed soda crackers
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Combine egg, sausage, ground beef, crackers, milk, and sage until well mixed.  Shape into meatballs and brown in a small amount of oil in a large pot.  (Or, like I did, put into a pan and bake 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until brown.)  Drain the meatballs and place in a baking dish.  Combine water, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce in a bowl.  Stir until well blended.  Pour sauce over meatballs and bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

Serves 8 to 12.

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Peanut Butter Dip

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Peanut Butter Dip

I wanted to serve fruit Saturday night at my party and I wanted some kind of dip for it.  Something different than the ones I have served before.  I decided on this dip but was a little hesitant whether it was going to be good or not.  BUT……one taste and I was drooling.  And everyone else absolutely LOVED it also.

  • 1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Whisk all together and transfer to serving bowl.  Serve with sliced apples, pears, bananas, strawberries or pineapple.

Makes 1 1/2 cups dip.

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Neiman Marcus Dip (aka Million Dollar Dip)

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Neiman Marcus Dip

I served this at my party Saturday night and it went over big time!  Comments were, “This is addicting”.  I will say, though, that the next time I make it I will make my own bacon bits as the Real bacon bits were too salty for me.  I served it with Ritz crackers and Club crackers, but use whatever you like.

  • 5 green onions, chopped (I used part of the green tops) (Use all of the onion or none, your preference)
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cups slivered almonds (You decide if you want to toast them or not) (I didn’t toast them.)

Mix all ingredients together in bowl and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.

Serve.

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Mini Strawberry Santas

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Mini Strawberry Santas

Not a very professional job decorating these cuties.  But I think they will eat pretty good tomorrow for my luncheon and cookies exchange.

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles

Cut the hulled-side strawberries so they can stand up on a plate.  Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the “hat”; set aside.

Beat cream and confectioners’ sugar in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form.  Lift your beater or whisk straight up; the whipped cream will form soft mounds.

Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the ‘face’ and ‘beard’.  Set the ‘hat’ atop the ‘face’.  Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the ‘hat’ for the ‘pom-pom’ and  2 dots on the strawberry base for ‘buttons’.  Place 2 sprinkles on the ‘face’ for ‘eyes’.

Note:  I used Cool Whip for these santas.

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Braunschweiger Spread

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Braunschweiger Spread

I remember eating braunschweiger sandwiches when I was a kid.  Then it was kind of a forgotten food.  The other day, for some reason, I got hungry for braunschweiger.  This is what I came up with for a snack.  It is really delicious.

  • 8 oz. braunschweiger
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream

Mix all together with a mixer until smooth.  Use any cracker of your choice or use tortilla chips, which are very good also.  Store in refrigerate.

Makes 1 1/2 cups dip.

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