Posts Tagged ‘appetizer’

This past weekend was thisclose to being the perfect football weekend. Gamecocks? Check. Bears? Check. Anything resembling a win? ::crickets::

Not only did both teams lose, they lost in an extremely painful fashion. A little piece of us died at the end of both games, and it’s entirely possible we ate our feelings.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Verdict

Nailed it. Delicious and adorable. I think these are my new favorite way to eat tacos. I also like that they’re incredibly easy to pull together and would make a great (i.e. less messy/awkward) alternative to nachos or dip at a festive event.

Alterations

I skipped the beans so my layers were: wonton, meat, cheese, wonton, meat, cheese. I then topped mine with salsamole while the husband ate his one layer at a time with guac on the side.

 

 

Original recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

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Things the husband will not touch: meatloaf

Things the husband cannot get enough of: meatballs

Naturally I had to point out meatballs are really nothing more than mini meatloaf. His response was a suspicious look followed by, “No.” (That was then followed by a winded explanation about what forms he likes his meat in. If you think that sentence sounds bad, you should have heard the whole conversation.)

I think it’s abundantly clear at this point that I’m dealing with a 31 year old toddler. But right now I kind of don’t care because I figured out a loophole to get meatloaf back in my life.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Chicken, Spinach, and Feta Meatballs

Verdict

Nailed it. I’ve made this twice, and the husband has willingly eaten the leftovers both times (he’s not the only one). The first time, I served them in pitas with sweet potato fries on the side and ate the leftovers as a salad. The second time, I served them sans pita with smashed red potatoes and roasted broccoli on the side (yep – meatloaf style).

Alterations

I sauteed the spinach in olive oil until it wilted.

 

 

 

Original recipe from Healthy. Delicious.

As of yesterday, the husband and I have been married for 2 years. What does that have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. I just felt compelled to share.

In other news, I’m the oldest of 3 girls (hold on – I promise this one’s going somewhere). There’s 4 1/2ish years between me and the youngest and 18ish months between me and the middle one. As you can imagine, the middle one is fiercely competitive – mostly with me and especially in the kitchen. She’s always doing crazy things like making her own bread and elaborate cakes for my nieces’ birthdays. So you can imagine my mom’s surprise over the weekend when I told her I now make my own taco seasoning. Her response was, “You’re as bad as your sister!”

And now you know why I kept my mouth shut on the homemade ravioli front.

Nailed It/Failed It: Spinach Ricotta and Mozzarella Ravioli

Verdict

Nailed it. They’re definitely more work than opening a bag, but I really like the fact that I can put whatever I want in there – I’m not stuck with beef or cheese.

Alterations

While my sister probably would have made her own pasta (she makes her own gnocchi after all), I was not above using wonton wrappers. We like our ravioli sauceless (weird I know but it also makes these easy to serve as an appetizer), so I skipped that. I also sauteed my spinach and baked the raviolis rather than boiling them. And I’m pretty sure I’ll throw feta in the mix next time. I may even get really crazy and saute the raviolis. Who knows what the future holds?!?!?

 

 

Original recipe from The Kittchen.

I don’t know what it is about appetizers, but I love them. I could easily make an entire meal out of them. Spinach dip with zucchini pizzas or baked parmesan tomatoes with toasted ravioli sounds like an excellent dinner to me. The husband, however, slightly disagrees.

He’s on board the appetizer wagon – he just prefers it be as an actual appetizer. Which is how I found myself making this roasted tomato bruschetta on the 4th of July. Because as we all know, bruschetta pairs perfectly with BBQ chicken, grilled corn, and pasta salad.

 

Nailed It/Failed It: Roasted Tomato Bruschetta

Verdict

Nailed it. Even that self-proclaimed tomato hater husband of mine couldn’t get enough. And that, kids, is the mother of all victories.

Alterations

I chopped my tomatoes in half and roasted them with the olive oil, garlic, and basil. I also skipped the mint because this is not toothpaste and served it with warmed up pita instead of ciabatta (although I have no doubt the ciabatta would be a thousand times better).

 

 

 

Original recipe from Uni Homemaker.

The husband and I have been working together since October which means gone are the days where I’m making dinner for one. It’s nice because a) I actually get to spend time with him now and b) I tend to not eat as much crap/random combinations for dinner. However, every once in awhile, he’ll have a meeting or event that means he’ll miss dinner. For the most part, I stick to solid choices on those nights because, let’s be honest, food regret’s the worst. But sometimes a somewhat questionable choice is all I’m interested in.

Nailed It/Failed It: Pizza Quesadillas

Verdict

Nailed it. Holy deliciousness. This sucker is everything you want in a pizza with about a quarter of the work. Pretty sure I could have eaten two, but I also wanted to still fit in my pants the next day.

Alterations

I used whole wheat tortillas, turkey pepperoni, leftover marinara, and mozzarella. I did fry the pepperoni but only for as long as it took George to heat up so it wasn’t overly crispy (I was hungry and had about zero patience. . .per usual). As you can tell, mine ended up much flatter than the original and kind of exploded. And that would be because I cooked it on George rather than in a skillet. But you better believe I scooped up all the oozed innards off those grill plates.

 

 

Original recipe from Snixy Kitchen.

Happy Boxing Day! Damn I love this holiday. There’s nothing quite like a day dedicated to boxing up your old crap and taking it to Goodwill – while listening to Christmas music, of course, because technically the Christmas season doesn’t end until New Year’s Day. (Actually, technically it doesn’t end until January 6th when the 12 days of Christmas wraps up, but sometimes I don’t like to push my luck with the husband.) And that, kids, means you still have plenty of time to make these cookie cutter mini pizzas.

Kara Food Service: Cookie Cutter Mini Pizzas(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Cookie Cutter Mini Pizzas

Verdict

Nailed it. These were as delectable as they were adorable. I’ve declared them our Christmas Eve dinner tradition.

Alterations

I didn’t actually open the link so much as squeal with excitement when I saw the pin and apply it to my pizza recipes (regular and BBQ chicken).

 

 

Original recipe from Kara Food Service.

All last week, the weather gurus were predicting we going to have a rather rough Saturday. 40% chance for tornadoes rough. Obviously I dealt with this in my usual style – stocking up on wine. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing really. But it does explain the wine bottle in the background.

You know what else explains the wine bottle? The South Carolina LSU game. A little piece of us died that night. And then a bigger piece of us died when the new rankings were released and the Gamecocks fell from 3rd place.

chicken-and-spinach-flautas(pinned here)

chicken-and-spinach-flautas

Verdict

Nailed it. These are so good. So so so freaking good. They’re good by themselves, good with salsa, good with guacamole, and good with salsamole (guac mixed with salsa – it looks like baby poop but trust me,  it’s delectable). And they’re absolutely perfect for a night of college football.

Alterations

Chicken breasts instead of thighs went into the Crock Pot and were cooked with water rather than beer. The jalapeno pepper was skipped because I am unbelievably wimpy when it comes to spiciness. No but really – I am a child.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Healthy. Delicious.