Parmesan Tortellini Bites

It is coming…… in fact, it’s right around the corner.  The biggest day of the year for football {and commercial} lovers across the country.  The Superbowl.  It is here.  Chances are that many of you are going to be at a gathering, party, celebration or what have you.  And while my favorite team {GO PACK GO} didn’t quite make it.  I am still there to cheer on someone and watch all the new commercials and of course eat lots of food!  So today I have a fantastic new appetizer that will make the perfect game day snack.

These Parmesan Tortellini Bites are crunchy and cheesy and all together wonderful.  They don’t have to be right off the stove hot to be enjoyed, which helps if you are going somewhere or if you want to have the mess cleaned up before the crowd arrives.  Here or there, football or commercials, private or party the one thing for sure is that these will disappear!

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Parmesan Tortellini Bites
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated CHEESE TORTELLINI
  • ½ cup VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1 cup PANKO BREAD CRUMBS
  • ¼ cup PARMESAN
  • ½ cup FLOUR
  • 2 EGGS, beaten
  • ½ cup dipping sauce, marinara or alfredo
Instructions
  1. First cook tortellini according to package instructions; drain well. *I found it helpful to spread the tortellini out on a flat surface after draining. To avoid them sticking together.* Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Combine Panko and Parmesan; set aside. Begin dredging tortellini in flour, dip into eggs, then through Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Then working in bathces add tortellini to the skillet, 8 or 10 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve with dipping sauce, garnished with additional Parmesan, if desired. ENJOY!

Recipe Source: Damn Delicious


 

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Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn {+ a Party Popcorn giveaway}

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Sweet and sticky, Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn is ready to make an appearance for so many occasions…holidays, game day, movie night, girls night in…the list could go on and on.

With the exception of my youngest, we are a popcorn loving family.  Our favorite way to enjoy air popped popcorn?  With salt and equal parts melted butter and coconut oil…it’s amazing!  There are times, however, that we need to think outside the bowl for a crunchy popcorn treat.  Enter Party Popcorn, a book all about popcorn written by Ashton of Something Swanky.

Party Popcorn Book

You guys, this book is a complete resource.  There is seriously something for everyone…nacho cheese doritos popcorn, german chocolate cake popcorn, basil garlic popcorn, peanut brittle popcorn.  Gourmet varieties that you can make at home in your very own kitchen.  The instructions for each recipe are easy to understand and follow.  There’s also a chapter for the little ones…Strawberry Fizz Popcorn, anyone?

Today I’m sharing the recipe for Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn, which in the book is made with M&Ms, but I wanted to make it a little more seasonal so I switched those out for conversation hearts for a yummy twist.  You can store this for up to a day, it may or may not have lasted that long at my house…I’m not telling ;)

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Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups POPPED POPCORN
  • 4 cups MINI MARSHMALLOWS
  • 3 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 1 drop RED or PINK FOOD COLORING (optional)
  • ½ - 1 cup VALENTINE CONVERSATION HEARTS*
Instructions
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and make sure to take out all of the unpopped kernels.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat marshmallows and butter for 1 minute on medium power. Stir to combine. Heat in additional 30 seconds increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Add food coloring to marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Pour over popcorn and add candies. Stir to coat as completely as possible. Serve right away.
Notes
*If fruity conversation hearts aren't your thing, use your favorite candies (such as M&Ms)

Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Party Popcorn by Ashton Swank


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You can win your own copy of Party Popcorn, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to enjoy popcorn – are you a classic butter and salt popcorn eater or do you go for something more adventurous?

Giveaway will end Wednesday, February 4 at midnight EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email, if they haven’t responded within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Prize is provided and fulfilled by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are my very own.

Taco Popcorn

Continuing with our popcorn recipes, I knew that I needed to even it out with a savory flavor.  Beyond the usual buttered popcorn, I hadn’t tried many savory flavors.  Recently in my quest to find some family favorites I came across this Taco Popcorn.  I also had a Buffalo Parmesan Ranch, who’s flavor I loved but the addition of the parmesan cheese at the end made for a soggy popcorn texture.  But this Taco Popcorn had the same amount of punch as far as flavor is concerned but retained more of the crunchy texture I love.  AND on top of that it is SO SO SO SO easy! Just melt the butter, stir in taco seasoning, pour over popcorn, and EAT!  Did I mention how easy it is???

 

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Taco Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 12 cups freshly popped POPCORN*
  • 6 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning (homemade or store-bought, I used Cheesy Taco by McCormick)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a small pan. Stir in taco seasoning, mixing until combined. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. ENJOY!

*For instructions on popping popcorn on the stove, check out this post.

Recipe Source: Gimme Some Oven


 

 

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Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers

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This super simple appetizer {Sausage Stuffed Mini Peppers} is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

I love fall and its holidays!!  Planning the Thanksgiving dinner menu is something I look forward to every year.  We always have the classic feast, but I like to add a few new things each year too…you never know when you might find a new favorite!  Stove Top Stuffing is most definitely on the menu every year.  My husband has always been a fan of it and I can’t imagine that will ever change.  This year however, we won’t only be enjoying Stove Top Stuffing alongside our turkey and taters.  I’m including it in this fast, flavorful and hand held appetizer to be enjoyed while things are coming together in the kitchen…. 

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Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms

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Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Mushrooms are just the thing for your next tailgating spread!

I adore any reason to enjoy appetizers. Be it football games, holidays or just dinner with friends, I can always find a reason to make a tasty bite to include in our spread. Stuffed mushrooms happen to be one of my faves. These bite sized gems have been kicked up a notch with all of the goodness you’ll find in a jalapeno popper. Cheesy, hot and sooooo good!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread

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A quick and delicious appetizer or light dinner dish, Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread is a total crowd pleaser!

You guys, we are in the middle of packing our house to move…that means I’m writing this post at my dining room table while sitting next to a juicer, other randomness that came off of the top of the fridge and 3 frothing pitchers, among other things.  I’m doing my best to focus on the prize at the end of the challenge called moving – a new home sweet home for this sweet family of mine.  We’ll get there, heck, I’m optimistic after  yesterday – we actually already cleaned the fridge out completely {that’s never happened in all of our 10 moves – #notmyfavoritetask}.

So about this Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread…it’s the right combination of all of the good stuff – bacon, cheddar cheese and dill pickles all on a thin flatbread crust.  So many things that I love, putting them all together in small amounts on a flatbread is the way to go.  All the goodness of that huge bacon cheeseburger in a smaller dose.  Add a side salad and dinner is served ;)

I’m joining Rachel and the Fabulous Flatbread challenge and so can you!  You can get all of the challenge details on Rachel Cooks, get the deets on prizes and link up your own fabulous flatbread recipe!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Flatbread
 
Serves: 4 flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. PIZZA DOUGH
  • OLIVE OIL
  • ½ lb. GROUND BEEF
  • ½ Tablespoon KETCHUP
  • ½ Tablespoon YELLOW MUSTARD
  • ½ teaspoon SEASONED SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon PEPPER
  • ¼ teaspoon GRANULATED GARLIC (or garlic powder)
  • 4 pieces CRISP COOKED BACON, chopped
  • 4 oz. SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE, shredded
  • DILL PICKLES, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons MAYONNAISE
  • 2 Tablespoons SOUR CREAM
  • 2 teaspoons HOT SAUCE (I used Frank's Red Hot)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef and drain any grease.
  3. Add ketchup, mustard, seasoned salt, pepper and garlic. Stir to combine and set aside.
  4. Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces. Roll out one piece into a oval/rectangle. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Drizzle dough with about a teaspoon of olive oil and brush to the edges. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven.
  5. Divide meat mixture and distribute evenly over each flatbread. Top with chopped bacon and cheddar cheese. Return to the oven for 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Cut into pieces. Top with chopped pickles and drizzle with sauce.
To make sauce:
  1. Combine mayo, sour cream and hot sauce.


 

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Zesty Chicken Taquitos

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An easy weeknight meal or a new game day favorite, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

As we switch gears from summer into fall {my absolute favorite season!}, we’re trading beach towels and swimsuits for socks and sweatshirts.  It’s also time for back to school and football games galore.  I’m always on the look out for fresh, new dinner inspiration – preferably something that’s quick and flavorful.  A great way to add a different spin on a family favorite recipe is to switch out the condiments or spices in a dish.  A.1. Original Sauce is one of those super versatile condiments that complements everything from steak to pork and chicken.

Baked taquitos make a terrific and easy main dish or a super addition to an appetizer spread for any football watching gathering.  The filling in this taquito recipe is creamy, flavorful and comes together quickly.  I love how crispy the outside of the tortilla gets after baking it.  Delicious!  If you’re serving a larger group of people, this recipe is easily multiplied and the filling can be made ahead of time.  So, what are you waiting for?  All you need is about 25 minutes from start to finish and this simple dish will be ready!  Click here for the full recipe: Zesty Chicken Taquitos

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Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders with Asian Slaw

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders topped with Asian Slaw – an easy meal that perfect for any weeknight or football party.

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Genius marketing…Lay’s Potato Chips has it figured out.  Opening up a contest where people suggest flavors for new chips and then creating them and narrowing it down to four finalists…is a super idea.  I then I ‘have‘ to buy 4 bags of chips to ‘see‘ what I like the best.  Well, except for Cappucino (could that actually be a serious contender?!)…my personal favorite are definitely the kettle cooked Wasabi Ginger. #notsponsored

If you’re looking for an easy and flavorful meal that makes dinner easy or game day delicious, these sliders are it.  The work is minimal and the results are intensely flavorful.  I served them alongside my favorite new chips and cucumber slices, but they’d be tasty with Potatoes Au Gratin too!… 

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Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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That’s right, THE Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, you only need 3 ingredients to make this mouthwatering meat for sandwiches, tacos and more!

I cook pork shoulder at least once a month.  It’s super versatile and a main dish that our family loves.  I own a smoker, which I love, but I don’t always have time to babysit the meat while it cooks.  But I have finally found a pulled pork recipe that is made in the slow cooker that tastes like it was made in the oven or maybe even the smoker.  My husband is partial to the smoked meat – who wouldn’t be?!  So the first time I made this, I didn’t tell him it I made it in the crock pot because I didn’t want him to judge the taste based on that.  He really liked it and gave it a thumbs up.  I think I’ve made it twice since then.

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There’s a tiny bit of science behind the prep to this recipe.  When I smoke meat in the smoker, I brine it in a salt water brine to add flavor and make the meat more tender.  Since we’re cooking this in the crock pot, we don’t have to worry about losing moisture, but we want to enhance the flavor.  To do that, we’re going to salt the entire piece of meat and wrap it up for several hours before we cook it.  I know, I know – it takes a little bit of planning ahead, but nothing is difficult about the actual process.  After it’s been salted and sits awhile, throw it in the slow cooker with a little more salt and liquid smoke and your work is done.  8 to 10 hours later, you’re ready to pull the pork and serve it with BBQ sauce on buns, in a taco or however you like…. 

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