Archive | July, 2013

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

29 Jul

I am often looking for good and healthy dips. I feel like I might have played out some of my white bean dips – I was looking for something new for Sunday Family Poolday 2 weekends ago. I stumbled onto this keeper. It was so good, I made it this past weekend AGAIN for Family Birthday Extravaganza Part Deux (with frozen ryes included)!!

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It was from a Good Housekeeping magazine. I saw it on a random beauty page (7 years to stay younger). But it was FOUR ingredients. How could I resist? Plus it sounded really good! Annnnnnd all the ingredients are heart-healthy – BONUS!

Boy was I right. I think my sister-in-law and I single-handedly took down this bowl of dip in about 30 minutes or less. It was amazing.

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I doubled the recipe – and I tasted it when adding the vinegar and cumin. I added a smidge more of both – but that was just to my liking. This dip is a GREAT fun appetizer to bring to a get-together because it travels well (doesn’t need refrigeration) and tastes great! AND most importantly, you can make this dip in literally 3 minutes. Time yourself and let me know how long it takes you!

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 10-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 Tblsp balsamic vinegar

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients. Serve with veggies or pita chips!

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Peppadew Goat Cheese Appetizers

17 Jul

These are painfully simple and yet completely delicious. Are you ready for this? There are TWO ingredients…..TWO! It doesn’t get much simpler than that, folks.   IMG_1474

My mom has been serving these for years as part of her appetizer spread. My dad used to stuff the peppadews with cheese to help her out in the kitchen. All you need to do is take a little bit of fresh goat cheese (or any type of fresh soft cheese of your liking) and shove it in the cavity of the pepper. That’s it!!!

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You can easily find peppadews in your local supermarket’s olive bar. If you have never tried one, peppadews are a little tangy/spicy in flavor – which is why stuffing them with a smooth soft cheese tones down the tang!

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These colorful gems look great mixed into a spread of olives and random meats as part of an appetizer smorgasbord.

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Doesn’t that look nice? Next time you are stumped for some finger-foods to put out for company, give these babies a try! 20130622_190837

Peppadew Goat Cheese Appetizers

Ingredients:

  • Peppadews (as many as you want to make)
  • 1 Goat Cheese log (or any other fresh soft cheese)

Directions:

Drain any water out of peppadews. With small teaspoon, shove some goat cheese inside the cavity of the pepper.

Place on a plate and serve!

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