Appetizers

Water Chestnut Appetizers

Summary

Yield
16 Servings
SourceCarol Van Swearingen (1972)
Prep time
40 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
1 hour

Ingredients

1 cn
5 oz. water chestnuts (drained)
1⁄4 c
soy sauce
1⁄4 c
brown sugar
4 sli
bacon (each cut in half crosswise and lengthwise)

Instructions

Marinate water chestnuts in soy sauce for 30 minutes. Roll each chestnut in brown sugar, then wrap with a strip of bacon and secure with a cocktail pick or toothpick. Arrange on a cake rack in a shallow pan or in broiler. Bake in hot oven at 400° for 20 minutes. Drain on paper toweling. Before serving, return to a moderate oven at 350° for about 5 minutes to reheat and crisp the chestnuts. These are best when made in the morning and reheated. Makes about 16 appetizers.

Artichoke Spread

Summary

Yield
24 Servings
SourcePat Langley (1985)
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
35 minutes

Ingredients

1 cn
artichokes (packed in water, not marinade)
1 c
Parmesan cheese
1 c
mayonnaise or salad dressing

Instructions

Drain artichokes and chop fine. Add Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise. Spread in glass baking dish. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and bubbling. Serve with assorted crackers. 

Fiesta Cheese Ball

Summary

Yield
8 Servings
SourceNancy Roth, Main Library (2008)
Prep time
20 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
35 minutes

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 c
pecans (chopped)
1 oz
taco seasoning envelope
16 oz
cream cheese (softened)
1 T
green Tabasco sauce
1 T
jalapeño pepper (seeded and diced)
1 T
red onion (diced)
1 c
red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
8 oz
Colby Jack cheese (shredded)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300º. Place pecans on a small baking sheet and toast in oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning; set aside.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese, remaining taco seasoning and Tabasco sauce until smooth, approximately 2 minutes. Add jalapeño, onion, bell pepper and Colby Jack cheese. Stir to combine. Use a rubber spatula to shape cheese into a large ball. Place a large sheet of plastic wrap on counter top, sprinkle reserved seasoned nuts over plastic. Roll ball in nuts, coating the entire outside. Bring sides of plastic wrap up around ball to seal. Wrap in additional layer of plastic wrap to seal. Place cheese ball on a plate and refrigerate several hours until firm. Serve with crackers.

Crocked Cheese

Summary

Yield
1 Servings
SourceMrs. Charles J. Chastang (1992)
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb
sharp cheddar cheese
4 oz
cream cheese
3 oz
blue cheese
3 T
butter
1⁄2 c
beer
3 ds
Tabasco sauce
1 t
Worcestershire sauce
2 t
catsup

Instructions

Grate cheddar, let first 4 ingredients soften at room temperature. Mix all ingredients to blend well. Pack in crocks (can be sealed with clarified butter). Serve with crackers or melt on toast. 

Raw Vegetable Dip

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
SourceMary Austin (2002)
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
15 minutes

Ingredients

1 c
sour cream
3⁄4 c
mayonnaise
1 t
Beau Monde seasoning
1 t
dill weed
1 t
parsley
1 t
onion salt

Instructions

Combine ingredients. Serve with raw bite-sized vegetables. 

Miniature Chicken "Drumsticks"

Summary

Yield
40 Servings
SourceBess Mealer (1975)
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
45 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients

20
chicken wings (about 3 pounds)
2 T
salad oil
1⁄2 c
soy sauce
1⁄3 c
sherry, med. or dry
3
star anise (opt.)
1⁄4 c
catsup
2 T
sugar
1⁄4 t
ground ginger
 
Shredded lettuce

Instructions

Cut wing tips off at joint (use tips in soup another day). Cut each wing in half at the joint. In 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepan, cook chicken wings in hot salad oil over high heat for 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium; add remaining ingredients except shredded lettuce, stirring to blend well. Cover and cook about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover Dutch oven and cook 10 minutes longer, stirring frequently until almost all liquid is absorbed and chicken is tender. Cover and refrigerate to serve cold later on bed of shredded lettuce or serve warm. Makes 40 appetizer servings. 

Philadelphia Cheese Ball

Summary

Yield
15 servings
SourceDottie Aumiller (1990)
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
15 minutes

Ingredients

2 pk
Philadelphia cream cheese (8 oz size)
1 cn
crushed pineapple, medium sized (well drained)
4 T
onion (chopped)
1⁄2 c
green pepper (chopped)
 
pecans (chipped or halved)

Instructions

Soften cheese, blend all ingredients but pecans above, make into 2 balls. Roll in chipped or halved pecans until outside of ball is covered. Refrigerate. Serve with crackers. 

Claudette's Dip

Summary

Yield
10 Servings
SourceMary Ault (1986)
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
30 minutes

Ingredients

1 lb
sausage (try Jimmy Dean, sage)
1 lb
ground beef
1 cn
cream of mushroom soup
1 ds
garlic salt
2 lb
Velveeta cheese, cut in chunks

Instructions

Cook and drain the sausage and ground beef. Add the soup, cheese and garlic salt. Melt in double boiler in crockpot on low or in microwave. Stir together and serve with taco chips to dip. 

Cheese Cubes

Summary

Yield
6 Servings
SourcePat Landis, Main Library (2005)
Prep time
8 hours, 10 minutes
Cooking time
15 minutes
Total time
8 hours, 25 minutes

Ingredients

1 lf
day old bread
1 pk
cream cheese (small! )
4 oz
extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1
margarine (stick)
2
egg whites (beaten stiff)

Instructions

Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Melt cheese and margarine in double boiler till bubbly. Fold in egg whites. Dip bread cubes in mixture and place on cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart. Chill overnight. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 

Souffle Sandwiches

Summary

Yield
6 Servings
SourceBillie Stillinger (1974)
Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
1 hour
Total time
1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients

12 sli
buttered bread (crusts removed)
6 sli
ham or Spam
6 sli
sharp cheese (cheddar)
4
eggs
3 c
milk
1 t
salt

Instructions

Make 6 sandwiches (a slice of ham and cheese between 2 slices of bread).

Beat eggs. Add milk and salt. Place sandwiches in 2-inch deep fry pan and cover with egg mixture. Cover dish and refrigerate overnight. Bake 1 hour at 350°. Serve immediately. Serves 6. (Use 3 sandwiches and 1/2 the egg mixture for 2 people.)

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