Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

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Because it’s not a party without a cheesy appetizer…this recipe for Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft 

One of my family’s favorite things to do is entertain. I’m not talking about tablescapes, place settings and name tags – I mean everyday, anytime, pull out the paper plates kind of entertaining.  We usually get together with friends every other week or so for dinner at one of our homes.  The menu often includes an appetizer and more times than not it is made with cheese!  The versatility of an 8 oz. block of cream cheese is amazing to me at times.  You can make so many different things with it.  I love using Philadelphia Cream Cheese as the starting point for a hot or cold creamy dip…. 

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Quick and Easy Appetizers with Pacific Foods

Today’s post about easy and delicious party food is brought to you by Pacific Foods.

Quick and Easy Appetizers with Pacific Foods

Having dinner with friends is one of my favorite things to do and we never even need a real reason to do it, beside the fact that it’s fun to get together.  I recently hosted a ‘small bites’ party on a Thursday evening – oh how I love summer evenings!  One of the things I loved about it – how super easy it was to put together.  Not to mention how fun it is to eat a plate full of so many different things.  You can try Pacific Foods new products yourself – enter the giveaway at the end of this post!… 

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Salsa Verde Taco Dip

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Quick!  Grab the chips!  This easy Salsa Verde Taco Dip appetizer will be gone in no time at all.

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You guys…who loves a good chips and dip appetizer?  I am frantically raising my hand.  I do in so many ways.  And this tray of appetizer goodness is just right for so many occasions…parties, game day, girl’s night in, the list could go on and on.  A couple of weeks ago, we went to a birthday party where they were serving up a taco bar.  I volunteered to bring some kind of a dip appetizer and this is what I made.  It received rave reviews on taste and presentation and was gone in no time at all.

I was trying to think of the best way to present a dip like this and it occurred to me to try my springform pan.  It was perfect!  Everything layered up nicely and it was easy to serve.  I LOVE the flavor and color of salsa verde, so that’s what I used here but regular salsa would also work too.  If you don’t have a springform pan, you can easily use a pie plate.  Feel free to layer on any extra taco toppings you might have – chopped cilantro or olives, avocado would be delicious too if you’re going to eat it right away.  Any way you top it, it’s sure to go fast! :)

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Salsa Verde Taco Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 8 oz. pkgs. CREAM CHEESE
  • ½ teaspoon CHILI POWDER
  • ¼ teaspoon GARLIC POWDER
  • ¼ teaspoon SEASONING SALT
  • 1 cup SOUR CREAM
  • ½ cup SALSA VERDE
  • 1 cup SHREDDED LETTUCE
  • 1 cup SHREDDED CHEDDAR
  • ½ cup CHOPPED TOMATO
  • Additional garnish - sliced green onion, chopped cilantro, chopped olives, etc.
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds to soften slightly. Beat cream cheese, spices and sour cream together until smooth.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan (or a pie plate if you'd prefer). Pour salsa verde over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Layer on shredded lettuce, cheese, tomato and garnish with green onion, cilantro or olives.
  4. Remove outer ring from springform pan and place on a platter before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
Notes
You can make this ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.


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Mango Guacamole

Oven Roasted Salsa

Mexican Artichoke Dip

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza

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Three cheers for easy dinner recipes that will be on the table in no time!  This simple recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

While enjoying the warmer months, easy recipes are in high demand. They are called the lazy days of summer for a reason. Plenty of long days at the park, the pool or the ball field call for not spending an hour (or more!) in the kitchen making dinner in the evening. Skillet recipes keep you from having 14 pans to wash and kabobs don’t heat up the kitchen if it’s an unbearably hot day. Having a well stocked fridge and pantry makes putting dinner together quickly an easy task…. 

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Mexican Artichoke Dip

Mexican Artichoke Dip | Crumbs and Chaos

Hot, gooey, cheesy – this Mexican Artichoke Dip has all of the components of a perfect appetizer and will be a great addition to your Cinco de Mayo spread!

You guys…there are more than a few recipes in our archives that deserve another chance in the spotlight.  This dip is one that Megan shared on the blog quite a while back and I’ve been making it ever since with a few adaptations.  Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, I thought it would be a terrific time to share it again…. 

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Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers | Crumbs and Chaos Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers – an easy appetizer that is so packed with flavor you may just ignore the main dish all together!

Can I start out today’s post by saying that any party that starts with an appetizer that involves cream cheese is a party I want to be at?  One of my go-to appetizers is ridiculously easy – 1 block of cream cheese mixed with 4-5 fresh minced garlic cloves.  Served warm or room temperature spread on crackers is about the best thing ever.

Well, these stuffed peppers are an upgrade of that particular cream cheese combination.  Sweet, crunchy peppers stuffed with a robust garlic and herb cream cheese, they’ll be devoured in no time.  And they’d be so perfect for any occasion because you can make them ahead of time.  Using fresh garlic cloves gives these quite a kick, if you’d prefer a more muted version using jarred minced garlic should do the trick.

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Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
 
Serve up a plate of Garlic & Herb Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers at your next gathering and watch them disappear!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. block CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 4 GARLIC CLOVES, freshly minced or grated
  • ½ teaspoon DRIED PARSLEY*
  • ¼ teaspoon DRIED DILL
  • 10-11 MINI SWEET PEPPERS, stems and seeds removed and cut in half long ways
Instructions
  1. Mix together cream cheese, garlic and herbs.
  2. Stuff each pepper half with about 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese mixture. Chill until serving.
Notes
*If you're using fresh herbs, multiply these measurements by three.

 

becca

More appetizers to love…

Garlic Feta Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

Simple Southwest Potatoes {Alexia Blog Party + Giveaway}

Quick and easy – this recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is the perfect weeknight side dish!

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net Potatoes…delicious, versatile and the perfect backdrop for so many flavor combos.  I’m stoked today to be joining Carrian {Sweet Basil}, Kristy {Sweet Treats and More} and Deborah {Taste and Tell} to share a healthy side dish using Alexia’s Smart Classics Potatoes.  Be sure to check out all of the recipes from today’s party further down in this post and stick around until the very end for an incredible giveaway!

Get Smart with Alexia Blog Party Side dishes are usually not the star of the meal and sometimes the time just isn’t there to prepare a tasty one.  Alexia has made healthy side dishes easy with their Smart Classics line of potatoes and fries.  Being 98% fat free and having 100 calories per serving makes them a great choice for any meal.  Follow Alexia on Facebook to discover even more ways to enjoy their products.

Simple Southwest Potatoes | Crumbs and Chaos #sidedish #potatoes www.crumbsandchaos.net The beauty of taking a little help from the freezer section for dinner is, that while you’re working on the main dish, your potatoes are baking away.  I chose to season mine simply and sprinkle them with a little bit of shredded cheese because potatoes and cheese just go together.  Adding fresh cilantro and finely chopped green onion brings the flavor explosion.  Don’t forget the dipping sauce – a little greek yogurt and hot sauce spices things up just a bit.  The potatoes come cut in chunks small enough to stab with a fork or big enough to be a finger food should you want to enjoy these as an appetizer for game day.

Want to make this a main dish?  Top with seasoned ground turkey or ground beef, pork carnitas or cafe rio chicken and dinner is served ;)

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Simple Southwest Potatoes

This recipe for Simple Southwest Potatoes is easy to make and packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 (32 oz.) bag ALEXIA SMART CLASSICS TRI-CUT POTATOES
  • 1 Tablespoon TACO SEASONING
  • 1/2 cup PLAIN YOGURT (or sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoon HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot - use more if you'd like it spicier)
  • SHREDDED CHEESE (use as much as you like)
  • FRESH CILANTRO, chopped
  • GREEN ONION, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bake potatoes according to package directions.
  2. Make dipping sauce: mix together yogurt and hot sauce, set aside.
  3. When potatoes are done baking, sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir together to coat all of the potatoes. You can sprinkle on the cheese now and put back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Or if your serving dish is oven safe, you can put the potatoes in the serving dish and then top with cheese and put back into the oven to melt cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onion. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
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The Best of 2013: Snacks & Appetizers

The Best of 2013: Snacks & Appetizers on Crumbs and Chaos

It’s been fun reviewing some of our favorite recipes this past year – breakfast, soup & bread and main dish, along with Finding Joy In My Kitchen and others.  Today’s all about two things we could never do without – snacks and appetizers :)

SNACKS

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Candy Bar Apple Dip | Crumbs and Chaos #dip #apples #candybar This easy 4 ingredient dip is light and fluffy and perfect for this season's apples! www.crumbsandchaos.net Candy Bar Apple Dip

Easy Chocolate Snack Mix | Crumbs and Chaos #snackmix #HersheysHeroes #SpreadPossibilities www.crumbsandchaos.net Easy Chocolate Snack Mix

APPETIZERS

Garlic Feta Dip | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #dip #fetacheese www.crumbsandchaos.net Garlic Feta Dip

Mango Guacamole | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #guacamole #avocado www.crumbsandchaos.net Mango Guacamole

Cranberry Pecan Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #Thanksgiving www.crumbsandchaos.ne Cranberry Pecan Spread

Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #easyappetizer #bluecheese #dip www.crumbsandchaos.net Apricot Gorgonzola Cheese Spread

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Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip

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Happy Friday to you!  I’m really excited about today’s post for two reasons – first, it’s a hot, gooey cheesy appetizer that’s perfect for your holiday parties and second, it’s my first video post.  That’s right, I’m showing you step by step how to make this yummy dip!

This Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip is made with ingredients that are easy to have on hand.  You’ll be able to whip up this dip at a moments notice and your family and friends will love you!  You can easily make this ahead of time and bake until hot and bubbly when needed. Be sure to grab your money saving Kraft coupons at target.com to take a little help for the holidays from Kraft.

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Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip

An easy recipe for Smoky Bacon Mushroom Dip comes together in minutes and is ooey, gooey delicious!

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. FRESH MUSHROOMS, finely chopped
  • 4 slices CRISP COOKED BACON, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT MAYONNAISE
  • 1 cup KRAFT ITALIAN CHEESE BLEND (plus more for the top if desired)
  • 3 cloves FRESH GARLIC, minced (use 1 teaspoon of garlic powder if you must)
  • 1 teaspoon ITALIAN SEASONING

Instructions

  1. Saute mushrooms in a bit of butter or olive oil. While they're cooking, place remaining ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add cooked mushrooms, stir well.
  2. Put into a oven safe dish, such as a pie plate, sprinkle with extra cheese if you'd like. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is golden on the edges.
  3. Serve with your favorite dippers - pretzel crisps, crackers, veggies.
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becca More fabulous appetizer dips…

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Garlic Feta Dip

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From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

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Cranberry Pecan Spread

Cranberry Pecan Spread | Crumbs and Chaos #appetizer #Thanksgiving   www.crumbsandchaos.ne An easy appetizer that will tide you over until turkey time – this Cranberry Pecan Spread is creamy and studded with dried cranberries, cherries and pecans.

Around our house, we like small bites.  They’re easy to share and you get to try a little of everything.  After all, the holidays = hanging around  and enjoying good food together, so whether it’s almost time for the turkey or you’re wanting to add something new to your next appetizer spread this December, I’ve got you covered.  This creamy spread is perfect for your favorite cracker.

Tangy goat cheese combined with cream cheese, dried cranberries and cherries, crunchy pecans and savory green onions…easy, flavorful and sure to be gone in no time at all.  So you’d better have double the ingredients on hand to whip up another batch.  What’s your favorite quick and easy appetizer to serve around the holidays?

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Cranberry Pecan Spread

This Cranberry Pecan Spread is an easy holiday appetizer and comes together in just minutes.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. HONEY GOAT CHEESE (or plain)
  • 4 oz. CREAM CHEESE, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CRANBERRIES, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons DRIED CHERRIES*, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons PECANS, finely chopped
  • 3 GREEN ONIONS, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine goat cheese and cream cheese. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Serve chilled or at room temperature with crackers or pretzel crisps.

Notes

*You could use all cranberries instead of adding cherries.

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Our favorite small bites…

Garlic Feta Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

BBQ Chicken Dip

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