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Oscar Night Snacks

It’s Oscar Night and here are some quick snacks to to keep you entertained! I made a Candied Bacon, Truffle Popcorn, and Tequila Sangria! Perfect for just you or if you have guest stopping by…

Candied Bacon
Thick Cut Bacon
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1 tbsp of Red Pepper Flakes
Put your brown sugar and pepper flakes in a pie dish or a deep dish so you can mix it all around and then lay your bacon into the mixture coating each piece of bacon. You can cook your bacon in the oven on 400 12-17 minutes until crispy on a broiler pan or you can cook on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet. It has a nice sweet sticky flavor from the carmalized brown sugar and a tiny kick from the red pepper flakes.

Truffle Butter Popcorn

You can pop with fresh kernels or you can take the shortcut and use the store bought popcorn you pop in the microwave. I used a regular size bag of butter flavored (you can use plain too) and after popping place in a big bowl. Melt 1 tbsp of butter and add 1/4 tsp of truffle oil. Pour over your popcorn and stir it all around. Then add 1/4 cup of crushed parmigiano reggiano and sprinkle with dried parsley. It’s such a tasty treat!

Tequila Sangria
Tequila
Peach Schnapps
Red Wine (fresh & fruity)
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
Simple Syrup (equal parts sugar & water melted)
Fresh Blackberries & Pineapple
In a shaker add 2oz or 4 tbsp of tequila. Add 2 tbsp of peach schnapps, simple syrup, and pineapple juice. Add a splash of orange juice and shake well. Pour over ice, pour red wine on top and garnish with blackberries and pineapple. DELICIO-SO!
Hope everyone enjoys the Oscar’s!

Truffle Popcorn, Candied Bacon, & Tequila Sangria

Truffle Popcorn, Candied Bacon, & Tequila Sangria

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Fig Preserves & Fromager D’Affinois

Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvre (whatever your occasion or whatever you like to refer to them as) are HUGE with me! I think they are a great pre-dinner snack, perfect with wine, and are a crowd pleaser! I paired fig preserves with fromager d’affinois (similar to brie), marcona almonds, and served on top of a natural crispbread (thin wafer). Oh, my ….these bite size treats are mouth watering! The fig preserves are a nice compliment to the french double-cream soft cheese made from cows milk and the marcona almond (from spain) adds a sweet & salty crunch and flavor. I highly recommend these when entertaining or just having the girls over some wine and cheese!

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figs&brie

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Deviled Eggs

What’s a holiday without Deviled Eggs? I couldn’t make it home this year to Georgia so I brought the South to me! 🙂
Ingredients
1 Dozen Eggs
Sweet Pickles
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Salt & Pepper
Boil you eggs. Crack & peel and place on paper towel to absorb any water. Place cooked yolk in bowl add 1 tbsp of mustard, 3 tbsp of diced sweet pickles and 2 tbsp of pickle juice, 5 tbsp of mayonnaise, and 1/4 tsp salt & pepper. Mix together well (you can add more ingredients to flavor to your liking) and stuff your egg whites. I was going to use a piping bag to make the presentation pretty but I was having a hard time getting it through the tip. Then sprinkle with paprika. Wa-La ..Deviled Eggs!

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Wonton Taco Cups

Taco lovers unite…Happy Taco Tuesday Everyone! 🙂 I made wonton taco cups which are great if your having a Taco Tuesday party at home. Almost bite size, makes them perfect for picking up and eating, no silverware needed. No fuss, No mess! You can get as creative as you like with yours. I made beef ones with 97% lean beef 4% fat. Saute your beef in a pan, drain any unwanted grease. Add  2/4 cup of water, 2 tbsp of ortega spice mix, diced onion, jalapeno, green chilies, and a few spoonful’s of black beans. Spray muffin pan with pam, place a small wonton wrapper in each muffin cup, add a spoonful of beef mixture, sprinkle with cheese. Place in a 350 degree oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. I topped mine with a diced tomato and green chili fresh salsa. COMER!

 

 

 

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Guacamole

I made the guacamole as an appetizer with the tacos but it goes with any mexican dish. Take two ripe avocados, a packet of guacamole seasoning mix, and a jar of guacamole mix. Peel the avocado, discard the pit, and mash the avocado with a fork. Then stir in the packet and half the jar of guacamole mix (contains gourmet seasoning with tangy tomatillos, green chiles, and garlic). Add a squeeze of lime if you like ….and you have PERFECTION!

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Heirloom Tomato

Lunch anyone? I was at the farmers market the other day and grabbed these heirloom tomato’s (THE BEST flavorful & juicy)  and decided to top them with buffalo mozzarella for lunch. Sprinkle with a little salt & pepper and drizzle with your favorite balsamic. I’m not a huge fan of the vinegar flavor in balsamic so I reduce it back on the stove so it thickens and taste sweet. (Just a little trick)

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Bruschetta Appetizer

I’m living in Denver and the other day I stopped in a little restaurant in Cherry Creek called “North”. They serve Italian food and I ordered there  bruschetta appetizer  which was incredible. So, of course I had to do my own version at home and I must say, you will thank me later! It’s easy to prepare and you could serve as an appetizer to compliment your dinner for the evening or it would be great as an Hors d’oeuvre for your social gathering. You need 5 simple ingredients…..

baguette
asparagus
mozzarella burrata (soft & creamy) or buffalo
truffle oil
prosciutto parma
Slice your baguette into thin slices and toast lightly under the broiler. Brush each piece lightly with truffle oil (strong in flavor so brush lightly you just want a hint of truffle). Place a piece of mozzarella on top of each baguette slice and place back under broiler until cheese is slightly melted. Roast your asparagus before hand under broiler until tender (you can add lemon juice or spices to flavor) then cut stalks into small pieces that will lay across baguette. Place your asparagus on top of your mozzarella and prosciutto parma piled on top. Bon Appetit!

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