Appetizer Recipes

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Apricot Wraps

Apricot Wraps

1 (14 ounce) package dried apricots
1/2 cup whole almonds
1 pound sliced bacon
1/4 cup plum or apple jelly
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Fold each apricot around an almond. Cut bacon strips into thirds; wrap a strip around each apricot and secure with a wooden pick. Place on two ungreased 15 x 10-inch baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp, turning once.

In a small saucepan, combine jelly and soy sauce; cook and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until warmed and smooth. Remove apricots to paper towels; drain. Serve with sauce for dipping.

Yields about 4 1/2 dozen.apricot bacon wraps recipe

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Pringles BBQ Chicken Fingers

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 can Pringles

Cut chicken breasts into strips. Mix BBQ sauce, water, egg, and milk in shallow dish. Lay strips of chicken in dish and make sure they are all covered with the mixture. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Crush Pringles and roll the chicken strips into the chips to cover them. Place on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, flip over, and then bake for another 3-5 minutes.

CRAB MEAT DIP

crab meat dip1 (6 oz.) can crab meat
1 T. minced onion
1/4 tsp. salt
dash pepper

1 (8oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese
softened
2 T. milk
I\z tsp. horseradish

fvIix all ingredients together and place in a small baking dish. Cook at 375o for about
20 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and bubbly

Corny Chocolate Crunch

Corny Chocolate Crunch

Corny Chocolate Crunch

3 quarts popped popcorn
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups broken corn chips
1 (11 ounce) package butterscotch chips
3/4 pound dark chocolate candy coating

In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal and corn chips; set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butterscotch chips and candy coating; stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat. Spread into two greased 15 x 10-inch baking pans. When cool enough to handle, break into pieces.

Yields about 5 quarts.

7th Inning Hot Dogs

7th Inning Hot Dogs

7th Inning Hot Dogs

2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 cheese-filled or regular hot dogs, cut in half

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Separate dough into 8 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle in half lengthwise. Place a hot dog half lengthwise on 1 end of the dough strip. Fold dough in half over the hot dog. Press short edges to seal, leaving sides open. Please on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with catsup, mustard and pickle relish, if desired.

Yields 16 servings.

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars

2 quarts unsalted popped popcorn
1 cup salted peanuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
1 cup butterscotch chips

In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts and raisins.

In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in the marshmallows and chips until melted and smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly coated. Immediately pour into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan and press down evenly. Cool before cutting.

Yields 3 dozen.

Diabolical Chicken

Diabolical Chicken

Diabolical Chicken

1 chicken
Coarse salt
Ground black pepper
1/2 cup grainy or smooth French mustard
1 cup toasted bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons melted butter
Lemon wedges
Tarragon leaves

Rinse chicken inside and out under cold running water then blot dry inside and out with paper towels.

Place the chicken on its breast. Using poultry shears and starting on the neck end, cut out the backbone, making one lengthwise cut on either side. Remove and discard backbone. Remove breastbone. Cut off the wing tips and trim any loose skin. Pull down on legs to lay them flat. Season chicken generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Paint both sides with mustard.

Place bread crumbs, tarragon, garlic and hot red pepper flakes in a large shallow bowl or baking dish and stir to mix the chicken skin side down in the crumbs, then turn it over and do the same on the bone side.

When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Place the chicken, skin side up in the center of the hot grate, over the drip pan and away from the heat. Drizzle butter over the top of chicken. Cover the grill and cook the chicken until the crust is a golden brown and the meat is cooked through, about 40 minutes. If the crust starts to brown too much, loosely tent the bird with the aluminum bird with aluminum foil.

Apple Salsa and Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Instructions:

Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Serves 4.

Apple Salsa
2 medium tart apples, chopped (recommend Granny Smith)
2 teaspoons lemon Juice
1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
2 medium kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1 small orange
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons apple jelly, melted

Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
Water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 to 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, toss the chopped apples with the lemon juice to keep from browning. Add the chopped strawberries, and kiwi.

Grate about one tablespoon of orange peel (the zest) into the bowl. Then slice the orange in half and squeeze out about 3 tablespoons of the orange juice. Make sure to remove and seeds from the orange so they do not get into your salsa. Stir in the brown sugar and jelly; set aside.

To prepare the cinnamon tortilla chips, brush both sides of the tortillas with a tiny bit of water, just enough to allow the sugar and cinnamon to stick.

Blend together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it lightly over the tortillas, turning to cover both sides. If you have an empty spice shaker, it works well to double the mixture and sprinkle it over the tortillas from the shaker. Any leftover sugar and cinnamon is perfect for preparing cinnamon toast, quick and easy.

Cut each tortilla into 8 equal pie-shaped wedges as you work and place the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been lightly coated with a non-stick cooking spray or a thin brush of butter.

Bake the cinnamon coated tortillas in a preheated 400 degree F degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool until crisp, then serve with the apple salsa on the side.

Candied Popcorn

 

Candied Popcorn
Candied Popcorn

6 quarts plain popped popcorn.
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water
4 cups (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar
1 cup miniature marshmallows

Place popcorn in a large roasting pan.

In a 3-quart saucepan, coming the remaining ingredients; cook and stir over low heat just until the mixture comes to a boil. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Cool.

Store in an airtight container.

 

Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn Crunch

Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn Crunch+

Cinnamon and Sugar Popcorn Crunch

1 egg white
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
12 cups air popped popcorn

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jellyroll pan with Pam.

In small bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, beating until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. Place popcorn in large bowl. Fold egg white mixture into popcorn. Spread in sprayed pan. Bake 15 minutes, stirring twice during baking. Cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Makes 6 (2 cup) servings.

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

Deviled Crab

This also makes an excellent stuffing for bell peppers.

2 eggs, well beaten
1 (5 1/2 ounce) can evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
4 to 5 scallions with tops, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, to taste
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 pound crabmeat
Cracker crumbs

Mix eggs, milk, butter onion and seasonings. Mix well, but gently, to leave lumps of crabmeat. Add just enough cracker crumbs to hold mixture together. Place in crab foils, individual ramekins or a casserole. Sprinkle lightly with cracker crumbs. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Rolls

Apple Rolls

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
4 cups pared thinly sliced apples
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar

Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with 2 spatulas. Add milk, Mix quickly and lightly. Turn onto lightly floured board. Roll in oblong sheet 1/4 inch thick. Brush with melted butter.

Cover with apples. Sprinkle with 1 cup brown sugar and the cinnamon which have been mixed. Roll like a jellyroll. Cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices.

Sprinkle the additional 1/4 cup brown sugar over bottom of well-oiled pan. Place rolls, cut down, in pan. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees F) about 40 minutes.

8 Layer Dip

Instructions:

8-Layer Dip

I love this dip. It fills us for dinner and works great as a party dip.

1 (16 ounce) bottle bleu cheese dressing
1 pint sour cream
1 can refried beans
1 package Taco seasoning
Lettuce, shredded
Onions, diced
Tomatoes, diced
Black olives, sliced
Monterey jack cheese, shredded
Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small can green chile peppers, minced

Mix refried beans with taco seasoning( this will be your bottom layer.) Spread onto serving platter.

Spread bleu cheese dressing onto beans.

Spread sour cream onto bleu cheese dressing carefully.

Sprinkle onions and green chile peppers onto sour cream.

Sprinkle lettuce over onions and chile peppers.

Sprinkle tomatoes over lettuce.

Sprinkle olives over tomatoes.

Mix both shredded cheeses and spread over olives. (Last layer)

Serve with Tostitos chips/crackers/corn chips.

Almond Honey Popcorn

Almond Honey Popcorn

Almond Honey Popcorn

Softened butter
1 1/4 cups sliced almonds
4 quarts popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Butter a large bowl with softened butter. In the bowl toss together the almonds and the popped popcorn.

In a saucepan with high sides, melt the butter. Add honey and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and allow to boil for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla extract. Pour over popped popcorn and stir to coat. Place on large cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, loosen from pan and cool.

BEAN DIP

Bean Dip1 (8′oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese
1 (8-oz.) jar salsa (med.-hot)

Misty Riquier
grade K
1 (l6oz.) can chRi with beans
1 (8-oz.) cube Cheddar cheese

Put Cream Cheese on bottom of microwave safe dish. l-ayer chili next and salsa on
top. Heat in microwave approximately 10 minutes. Add Cheddar chunk after stirring
and let sit for 5 minutes.

DIPPITY-DO

Dippity Do Dip4 oz. soft Cream Cheese
Lia c. sour cream
2 T. tomato juice

Mrs. Ferreira ‘s class
1 T. dry Italian salad dressing mix
assorted raw vegetables

Mix in a bowl: Cream Cheese. sour cream. tomato juice. Add Italian salad dressing
mix andmfx well. Cut up raw vegetables for dipping. Dip and munch! Our class
made this dip after reading Gregory the Terrible Eater!

Coconut Pecan Popcorn

Coconut Pecan Popcorn

Coconut Pecan Popcorn

16 cups popped popcorn
1 package coconut-pecan frosting mix
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Divide popcorn between 2 ungreased rectangular pans.

Heat dry frosting mix, butter, corn syrup, water and salt, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Continue cooking over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda until foamy. Pour over popcorn. Stir until well coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.

Makes 16 cups.

FRESH TEXAS SALSA

fresh salsa recipe10 med. tomatoes, quartered
Liz C. chopped onion
1/2 C. sliced green scallions
1 lg. jafapefio pepper, quartered and
seeded~

Luke Marino
grade 4
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
I T. granulated sugar
I tsp. freshly ground pepper
juice of I/2 lime
salt to taste

In food processor. combine tomatoes. onions. scallions. jalapeho pepper and cilantro.
Process until sauce is just chunky. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining
ingredients. Cover and store in refrigerator up to two weeks. Serve as an appetizer
or a sauce for fish, chicken. beef or pork

Cranberry Popcorn Bars

Cranberry Popcorn Bars

Cranberry Popcorn Bars

6 cups popped popcorn
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, cook and stir marshmallows and butter until smooth. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, orange peel and salt; mix well. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Press into a greased 11 x 7-inch baking pan. Cool. Cut into bars with a serrated knife.

Yields 1 dozen.

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Apple Pecan Dumplings

Pastry for 3 pie shells
2 oranges
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 medium cooking apples
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 to 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine
2 tablespoons broken pecans

Grate 2 tablespoons orange peel; squeeze orange juice. Measure and add water to make 1 cup.

In a saucepan, mix 1/2 cup of each sugar with flour; add grated orange peel and juice. Cook and stir until mixture thickens and clears, about 3 minutes.

Pare, core and cut apples into 3 horizontal slices. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Cut cold butter into 6 pieces.

Roll pastry 1/8-inch thick; cut into six 7-inch squares. Place 1 apple slice on each; sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar. Top with second apple slice; press 1 piece butter into center of apples; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Brush pastry edges with water. Wrap around apples. Pinch to seal. Place dumplings in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Spoon some orange sauce over dumplings; bake 10 minutes. Spoon over more sauce. Bake 10 minutes. Repeat, sprinkling with pecans. Bake 15 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Pastry
1 pie shell
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold lard or shortening
2 or 3 tablespoons chilled club soda, lemon-lime or
other flavored soda or ice water

Combine flour and salt. Cut in lard to make a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of cold soda, tossing with a fork to mix. Repeat until flour is moistened and can be pressed into a ball. Shape into 1 flat rounded ball if making 1 pie shell; 2 balls for 2 pie shells or 1 double crust pie. Wrap ball in plastic wrap or wax paper and let rest for 5 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 ball into an 11- to 13-inch circle to fit an 8-, 9- or 10-inch pie plate. Fold into quarters or roll around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate. Follow directions for pastry on apple pecan dumplings.

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