Neely's Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) can original crescent dough
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
20 mini hot dogs or cocktail franks
1 egg, lightly beaten
Poppy seeds or sesame seeds
Tangy Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
Tangy Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard


Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise, making 3 small strips from each roll.

Brush the dough strips lightly with Dijon mustard. Put the mini hot dogs on 1 end of the dough and roll up.

Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

Tangy Dipping Sauce:

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
Can be made a day ahead.

 



Triple Pork Sliders

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1/2 pound fresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casings removed
1/4 cup finely grated pepper jack cheese
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked crisp
16 small dinner rolls, sliced in half
Curly leaf lettuce
3 sliced plum tomatoes

Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Sriracha)

Directions

Preheat a flat top grill pan to medium-high heat.

In a medium bowl, mix the ground pork, sausage, cheese, shallot, garlic, and salt and pepper, to taste. Form the meat mixture into small equal-sized patties.

Cook the burgers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove them from the pan and serve on split rolls with a half a slice of bacon, lettuce, tomato and Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise.

Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise:

Mix all of the ingredients together in s medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving, allowing the flavors to meld. Can be made a day ahead.

Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

18 ounces peanut butter, recipe follows
1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
12 ounces milk chocolate, melted
Peanut Butter:
3 cups peanuts, shelled, unsalted and dry roasted
Peanut oil, if necessary

Directions

In a large bowl, combine peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and butter. Mash together until combined. Form the mixture into balls. Transfer to the refrigerator until hardened, about 30 minutes. Dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and set inside mini paper cupcake forms. Let the chocolate set before serving.

Peanut Butter:

Peanut Butter: In the bowl of a food processor, grind the peanuts until smooth. With the motor of the food processor running, add peanut oil if necessary, and puree until the peanuts are the consistency of peanut butter.

 



Pretzel Turtles

Ingredients

24 pecan halves
24 mini pretzel twists
24 individually wrapped soft caramel squares, unwrapped
8 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Put the pecan halves on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake, shaking the sheet once halfway through, until lightly toasted, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Arrange the pretzels neatly on the baking sheet, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped caramel. Bake until the caramels soften (but are definitely not melting), 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and gently press a pecan half onto each caramel, just enough for the caramel to fill the pretzel. Set aside to cool completely.

Remove the cooled pretzel/caramels from the baking sheet. Spoon 24 small dollops (1 1/2-teaspoon helpings) of the melted chocolate all over the baking sheet, then lightly drop a pretzel onto the middle of each dollop, making sure the pretzel is centered. Allow them to cool completely before serving (you can hasten this along in the fridge).

Peanut Swirl Brownies

Ingredients

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 12 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the remaining 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared sheet pan. Spoon the peanut butter over the top of the chocolate mixture and using a knife, swirl it through the chocolate mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes more or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into large squares.



Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 scoop low-sugar vanilla protein powder
1 large banana, sliced and frozen
 

Directions

Combine the almond milk, yogurt, peanut butter, protein powder and banana in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note: Slice overripe bananas and freeze for future smoothies or banana bread.

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

 


OLD FAVORITES

  
Banana Cocoa Refrigerator Oatmeal

 

This easy, no-cook "summer porridge" has make-ahead convenience and is packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start. Make it in individual mason jars for a perfect serving size and an easy grab-and-go breakfast straight from the fridge (it's eaten cold). Take it along to work or anywhere. Great to serve on a breakfast or brunch buffet. High in protein, calcium & fiber; low in fat & sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup diced ripe banana, or enough to fill jar (approx. half of a small banana)

Directions: In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

Check additional flavors here - http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal

 

 

Slow Cooker Banana Walnut Oatmeal
Too good for words!!


 

 

Irish Pub Sliders

Layer sliced ham, tomato and Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese on small slices of rustic brown or whole grain bread. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 5 minutes to lightly melt cheese. Toss baby greens with Dijon mustard vinaigrette dressing and pile onto warm sandwich. Eat open-faced.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix In A Jar

 


Ingredients:

1 3/4  cups all-purpose flour
3/4  teaspoon baking soda
3/4  teaspoon salt
1 1/2  cups  (9 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

COMBINE
flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
 

 

Peanut Butter Brownies in a Jar Recipe   Brownies in a Jar Recipe     Classic Cocoa Recipe


 

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy
 

** The decision to have a child is to accept that your heart
will forever walk about outside of your body.
by: Katherine Hadley

 

Above everything else, Love one another .....


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