Mini Pigs in a Blanket

This recipe needs no introduction. Its simple, its easy and its a crowd pleaser! This is a great appetizer to make for any get together. So if you like contributing yummy treats for gatherings but don’t have a lot of time to prep, chop, saute… then these little guys are for you!!

*Also these are so cute for a Halloween get-together. You can wrap the dough like a mummy, leaving some space to dot with mustard for eyes and your Mini Pigs in a Blanket become Mini Mummies in Wrappings 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

SERVINGS: Makes 32

1 pkg. Lit’l Smokies (flavor and style of choice)(I use regular and sometimes cheese filled smokies)

1 can of Crescent Rolls

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. un-roll the dough, pressing the perforated edges of two triangles together make a total of 4 rectangles. Then cut 8 lengthwise strips of dough from each rectangle. (Pizza cutter works great!) You should have roughly 32 strips when finished.
  3. Take a smoky and start rolling in one of the strips. Continue until all the dough is used.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. p1

Serve with dipping sauces. I just do mustard, but ketchup, BBQ sauce, maybe even cheese, ranch. Sky’s the limit when it comes to dipping sauces for these guys.

Thats it!! It’s that simple and quick!!

Enjoy ❤

 

 

Whole Wheat Bruschetta

Oh my word, you guys!!! This bruschetta recipe is da bomb, if I do say so myself 🙂 Granted I love tomatoes, garlic,olive oil, bread and my passion for basil runs deeper than words can express. There is nothing more fragrant than the sweet smell of basil. I seriously love it so much!! This recipe creates a perfect tomato to garlic to basil ratio. Also this is a great healthy appetizer! I enjoy eating this with some Kalamata olives and cubed cheese. Makes a great Italian spread. Pair this with a medium dry Riesling for a perfect night in. So turn on some acoustic music, pour yourself a glass of that aforementioned wine and get started on this bruschetta!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of whole wheat Italian bread (I purchased mine already sliced)

approx. 20 cherry tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch of basil leaves, minced (approx. 1/2 cup)

1 cloved of garlic, minced (I did a tsp of minced garlic from a jar)

Olive oil

Butter (Optional)

salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice 6 slices of your whole wheat Italian bread and place on a cookie sheet or in a toaster. Preheat oven to 450 (unless using toaster method). Toast bread on both sides.
  2. In a bowl mix together your chopped tomatoes, minced garlic and minced basil. Drizzle just enough olive oil to coat the tomatoe mixture. Add salt to taste.
  3. Once bread is toasted, spread with a bit of butter OR olive oil and spoon tomato mixture over the bruschetta slice. (TIP: to ensure your bread doesn’t get soggy, you may want to spoon the tomato mixture one slice at a time instead of all at once.) b2

That’s it! It is so wonderful and fresh. Perfect for a summer night. Serve with olives and cheese on toothpicks, if so desired. You could also do rotisserie chicken suated with some sun-dried tomatoes and add it to your Italian spread.

Enjoy ❤

 

Pesto Tortellini

“There’s linguine, rigatoni, fettuccine, cannelloni I will master every pasta till it’s right
Tagliatelle, lumaconi, vermicelli, macaroni for the cognoscenti there is plenty every night” Lyrics from a song in Love Story the Musical. OK, OK…so it doesn’t actually mention the pasta we are working with today…but its fun nonetheless! Tortellini, my friends, that’s what brings us here today; the best cheese filled pasta out there, in my humble opinion. A little bit of tortellini goes a long way when it comes to making you full. Everything in this recipe is healthy, except the tortellini. I didn’t use whole wheat tortellini…not sure if that is even a thing…if you have seen whole wheat tortellini please, oh please let me know!! Anywho, this dish is a wonderful rendition of Italian cuisine that doesn’t break the bank or the back! It’s easy and all the ingredients are quite accessible. The most work is spent on pulling apart the rotisserie chicken. I pull all the meat off and get rid of the bones and the skin, and by I, I mean my husband, ha! 🙂

INGREDIENTS: MAKES: about 3-4 servings

Drizzle of Olive oil for sauteing

1-2 cups Rotisserie Chicken, de-boned and skinned

1/3 cup Sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

1 Package of frozen asparagus (I used a steamable one)

1/4 cup Basil pesto

1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved

1 Package of tortellini your choice

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and 1/2 of the chopped sun-dried tomatoes until heated through. Transfer to plate.
  2. Add asparagus and remaining sun-dried tomatoes to same skillet and saute until asparagus is heated through. (I cut mine with cooking scissors as it was sauteing in the skillet) Transfer to plate.
  3. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain pasta water and add the chicken and asparagus mixture to pasta pot. Add the pesto and cherry tomatoes and mix to incorporate. Add the tortellini back in and toss. You can add more pesto if you desire. T1

That’s it! Enjoy ❤

 

 

Brownie Dip

We had a girls night a few weeks ago and I wanted to make something classic with a twist. What goes with a girls night better than chocolate?? This recipe is very easy and pairs well with lots of things. Fruit, wafers, pretzels, marshmellows, more chocolate ha! It tastes just like brownie batter!! It was a hit and is a cute treat to make for any party!!

 

Brownie Dip

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, room temp.

1/4 cup butter, room temp.

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2-3 Tbsp almond milk

5 Tbsp all-purpose flour

5 Tbsp cocoa powder

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate chips for garnish (optional) (I used mini chips)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, or mixer, beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk until creamy. Add in the flour, cocoa, brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat until creamy and smooth or until it reaches your desired consistency. (add more milk if need be)
  3. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with chocolate chips. I served mine with strawberries, vanilla wafers, pretzels and marshmellows. brownie1

That’s it!! Enjoy ❤