Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pesto Roll Ups

The roll ups I'm sharing today are made with pesto.


 I love the fresh  taste...reminds me of summer and all the basil around that I could ever want! You can use the store bought for these or make your own. Here is a simple pesto recipe I often use, which also freezes well.

The recipe is one my daughter used for Christmas Eve, and we all really liked. I think they would be great with some chopped black olives, and you could also use chopped tomatoes in place of the red pepper. Actually any deli meat would be delicious too. I wonder what roast beef would be like...I'll have to give that a try!

Pesto Roll Ups

Two 8" flour tortillas
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp. mayo
2 Tbsp. pesto
deli turkey
shredded Colby jack
roasted red peppers

Mix the cream cheese, mayo and pesto. Spread on tortilla's and layer with deli turkey. Top with finely shredded Colby jack cheese and chopped roasted red pepper, Roll tightly, wrap in sryan wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes. Slice into pinwheels.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Salami Roll ups

I"m back with another fun appetizer my daughter made for Christmas Eve. This one is SO simple and yet packs alot of flavor! They look so pretty on a green tray for the holidays too. 

I'll be back later this week with the recipe for the other roll ups!

Salami Roll Ups

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. finely chopped chives
pimentos, patted dry
20 thin salami slices

Mix cream cheese and chives and spread on salami, fold in half, then in half again.Thread toothpicks with pimento and secure in salami. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pasta Salad on a Stick

The next several recipes that I will be sharing are some my daughter served Christmas Eve. She made some awesome appetizers ....and they were SO delish! Appetisers are always so fun and she really outdid herself on these. It made Christmas Eve so special!

I'll start out with this favorite...pasta on a festive and fun with the colors red and green. The salad dressing was so creamy and added so much flavor, plus it looked so pretty drizzled over it all!

Pasta Salad on a Stick

9 oz. package cheese tortellini
1 pt. cherry tomatoes
fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 c. Italian dressing
1/4 c. mayo

Cook, drain and cool tortellini . Assemble on skewers. tortellini, tomato, mozzarella, repeat. Combine the Italian dressing and mayo and drizzle over the skewers before serving.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bacon Twists

Bacon! Who doesn't like bacon?

Dredging it in a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon makes it even more delicious.

These really come in handy too, as you can make them up ahead, freeze, and reheat as needed!

Bacon Twists
(T of H)

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 lb. bacon strips

Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut bacon crosswise in half. Dip the bacon in the mixture,twist and place on foil lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until crisp.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Swedish Almond Strips

New to my cookie tray this year were Swedish Almond Strips. We love anything with almond flavoring, so I had to give this shortbread cookie a try.

They are a crisp butter cookie, full of sliced almonds, drizzled with a sweet icing.


Here are a few other recipes on my cookie tray this year:

And I always make:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Swedish Almond Strips

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 3/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1-2 Tbsp. milk for brushing

1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
milk till right consisitency

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients and form into a ball. Cut in four. Shape each forth into a 12x3 inch rectangle. Place on greased baking sheets. Flatten with fingers slightly. Brush with milk and top with sliced almonds. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned at edges. Cool 5 minutes, then cut into diagonal slices. Cool completely before drizzling with frosting.