Posts Tagged ‘appetizers’

Baked Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Quick, easy AND delicious? Yep, it can be done! And really, who doesn’t love bacon wrapped uhm, anything?! That seems to be the new craze these days, and yes I guess I have been sucked into it! I don’t even like bacon that much, but you wrap it around something and cover it in a sugar-spice mixture and bake it and I’m all in!  I went with chicken thighs because the dark meat stays much more tender and juicy then white meat, and I have a picky dark meat loving husband! Now we don’t have to fight over who gets the dark meat! These were even good leftover, I just stuck them back in the oven for awhile to crisp up the bacon again, because lets face it, there are few things worse then slimy bacon! LOL These are really good with roasted potatoes or a rice dish… or you can make these as appetizers or snacks; they’d be great for football season! Feel free to change up the spices, you can make these tasty little guys spicy by adding or substituting the paprika with chili powder, I’m just not big on spicy. Well, I will keep it short and simple, just like this recipe; so give em a try and enjoy 🙂

Baked Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Thighs (Printable Version)
Photo Aug 24, 8 12 43 PM
Ingredients:
6 boneless, skinless, chicken thighs
6 slices thick-sliced bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Dash garlic powder

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cover a jelly roll pan with foil. Place a rack on the pan and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Cut chicken thighs in half. Cut each bacon slice in half. Wrap each chicken thigh with bacon and place on rack in pan.
4. Stir together brown sugar, paprika, parsley and garlic. Sprinkle over chicken and rub in.
5. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until chicken registers 180 degrees.

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Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips (Gluten & Dairy Free)

All this talk about salsa lately…. yup, it was just Cinco de Mayo and I swear everyone made some kind of salsa. Well… I can’t eat tomatoes, so what’s a girl to do?! Hmmmm….. how bout some amazingly delicious fresh fruit salsa. Not only is it gluten and dairy free, buts its tomato free too! YAY! Finally a salsa I can eat! Of course I had to compete with hubby for it…..he’s a salsa lover and this one was definitely on his win list! The home-made cinnamon sugar tortilla chips are a perfect complement to the salsa. Its a nice refreshing treat that’s really pretty healthy too! Just in time for spring and summer! Hope you’ll give it a try! Enjoy 🙂

Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips (Printable Version)

 

Fruit Salsa:

1-2 cups diced strawberries

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple

(or crushed pineapple, drained)

1/2 cup diced peaches

1/2 cup diced mango

2-3 kiwis, diced

2 Tbsp berry jam

Extra sugar, if desired

 

Mix fruit and jam together in a bowl. Add sugar to taste if desired. Put in fridge or freezer to chill.

 

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips:

6-inch white corn tortillas

Pam or Crisco spray

White granulated sugar

Ground Cinnamon

 

Spray both sides of all the tortillas. Stack the sprayed tortillas and cut into 6ths. Place pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 F for 1—15 minutes. Let cool on pan.

No-Bake Granola Bites

As much as I love the granola bars that I make….eating them every single day for my mid-morning snack gets kinda old! I found a recipe for these little gems, and tweaked it just a bit until I got something that I liked! You can easily switch out the “extras” with what you have on-hand, or try any combination of extras to keep it fresh! With the peanut butter, oats and nuts, you get a nice little energy burst…and the chocolate chips and honey gives it just enough sweetness to satisfy those  sweet tooth cravings! These freeze well, so you can just take a couple out in the morning and enjoy them later in the day! They are also super easy to make…..just stick in all in your kitchen-aid mixer and ball em up! No need to even turn on the oven! So have fun with these…. you pretty much can’t go wrong! Enjoy! 🙂

No-Bake Granola Bites (Printable Version)

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

2/3 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup diced walnuts

1/2 cup ground oats

1/2 cup Ghiradelli chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything above in a Kitchen-aid mixer until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week or freeze.

Roasted Potato Wedges & Homemade Ranch Dip (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

Somewhere in my distant memory I have this vague recollection of creamy ranch dressing.  I remember how I used to put Ranch dressing on everything! I also remember getting really bad indigestion after eating ranch dressing! That’s probably because of the buttermilk…since I’m allergic to milk and didn’t realize it! LOL! But now that I know…. I realized how much I miss ranch! So I set out to find a gluten free AND dairy free ranch dressing/dip. Found one! And OMG it tastes amazing! Its incredible paired with sweet little crunchy baby carrots, or these delicious roasted potato wedges! Yum! You can thin it down if needed with more almond milk to make a great creamy salad dressing too! If I could have pizza….trust me I’d be dipping it in this ranch sauce! Now I’m thinking of all the things that I can make that will utilize this fabulous dip! Got any suggestions?! Let me know! LOL. In the meantime though… give these a try! The wedges are super yummy with or without the ranch. They make a nice complementary side dish or have em just for a snack! Enjoy! 🙂

Roasted Potato Wedges (Printable Version)

Ingredients:
2 large Yukon Gold potatoes

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1/4 tsp paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

 Dash of Parsley flakes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425F.  Wash and scrub the potatoes well. Cut potatoes into wedges and place in a large bowl. Add oil, paprika, salt, pepper and parsley and mix well to coat thoroughly. Spread the wedges, side down, on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake in the oven 15 minutes, turning potatoes, and bake for another 15 minutes.

Gluten & Dairy Free Ranch Dressing/Dip (Printable Version)

Ingredients

1 cup regular or lite Mayo
1/4 cup almond milk with a dash of lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dried Parsley
1/2 tsp dried Chives
1/2 tsp. dried Dill
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/8 tsp. Sea Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Makes 1 cup

Party Mix

I’m trying to stay away from sugar, and attempting to follow a yeast-free (or as much as possible) diet, and with my sweet tooth, I’m finding it extremely hard! I’m substituting sweet for salty, and since I’m not a big cereal for breakfast person, this is a great snack! I realize that the bagel chips DO have yeast in them…..but i JUST found these at Walmart, so I had to buy a box! Sometimes I’ll use the gluten free pretzels, but those have soy in them, and yeast too….just depends on what I’m in the mood for. Usually these “extras” end up in the bottom of the bag and all the cereal is gone! LOL! I’m also not eating peanuts, as I have a slight peanut allergy, so I stick to cashews, but feel free to use mixed nuts instead! With the Super Bowl approaching, if I even end up watching it, at least I’ll have something to eat! I was really excited to learn the Lea & Perren’s Worcestershire sauce is not only gluten free, its also soy free now! YAY for those of us with sensitivities! You can’t really go wrong with this recipe! Mix it up and enjoy! 🙂

Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Party Mix (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

4 cups corn chex cereal

4 cups rice chex cereal

1 cup cashew pieces (or mixed nuts)

1 cup gluten free bagel chips

6 Tablespoons non dairy, soy free butter

2 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1  Tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

Directions:

Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts and bagel chips; set aside. Melt butter in microwave, stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture and mix until evenly coated. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool in pan. Store in airtight container.

Appetizer Pleasers!

I found 2 seriously yummy looking “appetizer” recipes that I just HAD to try! I use the work appetizer loosely because this ended up as dinner, lunch and snacks! They’re so good, and simple to make that you can enjoy them anytime! The first one is Apple Pie Chex Mix. I love that Chex is gluten free. I’ve never really liked cereal in your typical cereal and milk for breakfast way. Id rather eat it dry in a snack mix. Trust me, I’ve got many different snack mix recipes, which as I make, I’ll share, but since its fall, this one sounded perfect! We just hit freezing temperatures and although I’d rather bake an apple pie, this was much faster to make and just as tasty! The other recipe is for Sausage & Cheese Balls. (I know it sounds…funny!) but these are omg sooooo good! There are lots of recipes out there for this recipe and they all call for different amounts of the same ingredients and bake times and temps, all resulting in different yet similar tasting balls. I took a couple different ones and substituted for gluten free and just kinda winged it. The end result was fantastic! Thank goodness I’ve got some amazing self control or I could get into some serious trouble with these little things hanging around! I also cut it down so it only makes 12, which is plenty for me…. but it can easily be doubled or tripled or whatever if you’re using them for entertaining. And trust me, they won’t last long if you do! So lets get started… Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Pie Chex Mix (Printable Version)

Ingredients

6 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal

1 cup walnut pieces

½ c coconut flakes

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

10 oz dried apples, broken

½ c dried cranberries (optional)

2 squares white chocolate candi-quik

Directions

In large microwavable bowl, mix cereal, walnuts and coconut.

In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg uncovered for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.  Microwave uncovered on High 4 minutes, stirring after each minute. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool. Sprinkle apples (and cranberries) evenly over cereal mixture.

In small microwavable bowl, microwave candi-quik uncovered on High about 1 minute or until it can be stirred smooth. Drizzle over cereal mixture; let stand until set. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight container.

Adapted From: Taste of Home

Gluten Free Sausage & Cheese Balls (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½  lb. bulk sausage (any kind will do, but I used maple flavored)
2/3 c Gluten Free Bisquick
¼ cup milk

Mix everything together in a Kitchenaid mixer until thoroughly combined. Use a large cookie scoop and then roll into smooth balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet 1-2 inches apart. Should make 12 balls and fit on one cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees F or until a meat thermometer reaches 170 or higher.

Yield: 12 balls

 

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