This month we want to do recipes! So this week it's appetizers.
What's y'all's favorite holiday appetizer?
Here's Sean Michael's
Bacon-wrapped Chicken Bites
(recipe from Paula Deen)
1 (1 lb) package sliced bacon
1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, (about 4)
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons chili powder
Preheat oven to 350°. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden pick (i usually don't bother with the toothpick and they stay wrapped without it). Stir together brown sugar and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place chicken on rack in broiler pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
It makes a lot, so feel free to cut the recipe in half.
Here's Julia Talbot's
Dad's Relish Plate
Every year at Thanksgiving, my mother would get my dad out of her way by sitting him down at the dining table to make a relish plate. When I did my first holiday meal with my wife, way back when, I told her dad would do the relish plate. She looked at what he produced and blinked. A lot. Then she pulled out two big trays and filled one with pickles and olives and one with veggies and ranch dip. Relish plate, meet relish tray.
Ever since then we've done both.
Radishes, cut into roses. `2 per person (not kidding)
Gherkins. 3 per person
black olives. 3 per person who eat them, which was me and mom
jellied cranberry sauce from a can
celery ribs stuff with Kraft Old English cheese
cheddar cheese cut into little logs
use Grandma's deviled egg plate, or some other weird and wonderful china thing, and put cranberry sauce in the middle. Then arrange the rest in an artful pattern around the jelly goo. Voila. Enjoy the oohs and ahhs of guests.
Sausage Balls, which are a staple of the Texas holiday, and all the boys' favorite
1 lb bulk sausage
1 lb cheddar cheese shredded
1 to 1 1/2 c Bisquick (we use gluten free but either works)
1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Nix together cheese and sausage. Add 1 cup Bisquick and mix together by hand. If the mix is not quite dry enough to cling together but not be wet, gradually add more mix until consistency is achieved. Roll into balls and place, spaced, on an ungreased baking sheet. Do not use Pam or parchment or foil. Bake 20 to 30 minutes until crisp and lightly browned.
Kiernan broccoli stuffing casserole for Thanksgiving.
2 pounds fresh broccoli florets
2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
10 ounces dry bread stuffing mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Cook broccoli in a large pot of salted boiling water until just slightly tender. Drain.
3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, onion, mushroom soup and mayonnaise.
4. Place a layer of broccoli in the prepared baking dish. Pour mayonnaise sauce over broccoli. Spread stuffing mix over the sauce. Drizzle butter or margarine over all and top with shredded cheese.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
6. Top with layer of whole cranberry sauce.
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