Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese

Because I love tacos and because I love mac-n-cheese, I combined the two.
This 30-minute one pot skillet meal is yummy and delicious!

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese...a delicious, family friendly one pot 30-minute meal!  Use your leftover taco meat and combine it with a creamy, rich, cheesy pasta. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The kids have been back to school for a couple weeks now, but I still feel like we are a bit on Christmas break hangover.

Between late starts {lovely Iowa winter weather}, random days off for teacher in-service days and the kids still feeling entitled to eating like it's Christmas dinner for every meal, my patience has been thin and emotions have been running high.  Plus, when temps are hovering around zero, we're all couped up and walking all over each other.  It's really quite fun.

Since the indulgence of the holidays, I've been trying to keep meals simple, easy and relatively healthy.  We've eaten a lot of taco salads, grilled meats and veggies and brothy soups.  I've enjoyed it immensely.  I think after about two weeks of it the kids were starting to hate me.

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese...a delicious, family friendly one pot 30-minute meal!  Use your leftover taco meat and combine it with a creamy, rich, cheesy pasta. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My oldest gave me a pouty look one afternoon after school asking what was for dinner.  Honestly, I had no idea, other than I had one pound of leftover taco meat from the night before staring back at me in the fridge.

He asked for mac-n-cheese.

Again, I had taco meat.

Light blub.

Taco Mac-n-Cheese it is.

When I make my homemade macaroni at home, I often so a one pot skillet version where the noodles cook right in the milk and water and no draining is involved.  It's genius really.  Less dishes for me to wash and it makes the creamiest sauce you'd ever imagine.

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese...a delicious, family friendly one pot 30-minute meal!  Use your leftover taco meat and combine it with a creamy, rich, cheesy pasta. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So that is what I made that night for dinner.  I appeased myself using up leftovers and I delighted my eight year old by announcing mac-n-cheese was for dinner.

The family gobbled this stuff up.  Imagine a gourmet version of Hamburger Helper {you know that stuff we lived on in college?}.  I got all fancy and sprinkled on extra salsa, tomatoes and shredded lettuce, but you could certainly leave it plain if that's your thing.

And guess what?  To reheat, simply add a splash of milk.  It brings the creamy cheese sauce back together again and does not taste like a leftover at all.

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese...a delicious, family friendly one pot 30-minute meal!  Use your leftover taco meat and combine it with a creamy, rich, cheesy pasta. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Do me a favor, if you try this one, let me know!  I'd love to hear your comments or see you pinning it on Pinterest.  Better yet, show me on Instagram and tag it #sweetsavoryeats. 

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Skillet Taco Mac-n-Cheese

All the flavors of a taco...in mac-n-cheese! Double bonus, it's a one pot meal and comes together in 30 minutes.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 25 mins

ingredients:


  • 1 lb. taco meat
  • 2 cups 2% milk + additional 1/2 cup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded Colby cheese
  • 1 T. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • shredded lettuce (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 1 T. dijon mustard

instructions


  1. Heat a large rimmed skillet to medium-high heat.  Pour in 2 cups of the milk and the 1 cup of water.
  2. Add in the salt and macaroni.  Continue to stir the macaroni in the milk/water/salt mixture, being careful to not let it stick to the bottom.  Bring mixture to a low boil.  As the macaroni cooks, the liquid will thicken and make a creamy sauce.  This takes about 10 minutes.
  3. Once the liquid has evaporated by half and the macaroni is cooked, add in the dijon mustard and additional 1/2 cup of milk.  Continue to stir.
  4. Add in shredded cheese, stirring to melt.
  5. Finally add in the taco meat to heat through.
  6. Serve warm, straight out of the skillet, topping with additional tomatoes, salsa and lettuce (optional).
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars

Your standard breakfasts getting old?
Give these healthy Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars a try!

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars...a fun, healthy breakfast!  Oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, diced fruit, milk and more make the most delicious, yummy breakfast! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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How's the New Year treating everyone?

I have to admit the first two days of the New Year were less than stellar for me.  A lot of miscommunication with various school events put me in an awful mood.  But, I kept getting up and tackling another day and eventually the week got better.

I am loving my new Nourished Planner.  It's keeping me organized, it's tracking our meals and I love it.  I'm also head over heels with my new daily devotional.  Written by one of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist, it's called Savor - check it out if you are looking for one.  Both of these items helped that first week to get a little better.

As with everyone I'm trying to eat better.  What?  Grabbing one of the kid's pancakes as I run out the door isn't a good option?  Could have fooled me.

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars...a fun, healthy breakfast!  Oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, diced fruit, milk and more make the most delicious, yummy breakfast! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love oatmeal and often make big batches of my steel cut slow cooker version.  But often, our fridge is FULL and I don't feel like making room for that big batch, know what I mean?

I had eaten overnight oats before at a friend's house, but honestly had never made it for myself.  Basically, instead of cooking the oats {and other various add-ins}, you let the oats steep in liquid overnight in the fridge and they get soft in the process.

The end result is genius!

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars...a fun, healthy breakfast!  Oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, diced fruit, milk and more make the most delicious, yummy breakfast! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What I love about this recipe is that you can add in whatever you like.  I added diced apples, some coconut and a bit of brown sugar to sweeten it, but seriously add whatever you enjoy.

Cranberries + Almonds

Cinnamon + Pears

Walnuts + Sliced Bananas

Honestly, the list is endless.  I don't care if you grab all remaining bits of your fruit basket, dice them up and throw them in.

It all works.  Do whatever you want.

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars...a fun, healthy breakfast!  Oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, diced fruit, milk and more make the most delicious, yummy breakfast! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What you get the next morning is glorious.  Chewy, soft and nutty....I LOVE THIS STUFF.  I think I prefer eating my cold, straight out of the fridge, topped with a bit of good quality granola, but I do know people who enjoy heating it up a bit in the microwave for a warmer cereal.

That works just fine too.

This recipe makes ONE JAR.  I did this on propose.  I think it's best to make just one and see if you like it.  There is no use making 7 jars for the week and it not being your favorite thing.  If you like that first jar, then make more!

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars...a fun, healthy breakfast!  Oats, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, diced fruit, milk and more make the most delicious, yummy breakfast! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm incorporating these into my weekly breakfasts.  Maybe three a week.  I'll rotate some form of egg type breakfast in between.  If I eat the same thing every day I get cranky.  BORING.

Who is going to try these?

Y'all have a great week!

Yield: 1 jar

Overnight Breakfast Muesli Jars

Overnight oats are easy to assemble and even better to eat! Healthy, full of fiber and great to eat on the go. Try any combination you like!

ingredients:


  • 1/3 c. dry old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 t. ground flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 t. chia seeds
  • 1 T. coconut
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. chopped apples, pears, dried cranberries, raisins, etc.
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 T. heavy cream or coffee creamer
  • dash of vanilla extract

instructions


  1. Wash and dry a pint glass jar with lid, set aside.
  2. Add dry ingredients to the jar - oats, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut, brown sugar and diced fruit.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk, cream and vanilla.
  4. Give the jar a gentle shake/swirl to let the wet ingredients soak into the dry ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. In the morning, eat straight out of the jar, giving it a healthy stir, or pour into a bowl.  Can be topped with additional fruit, granola or nuts.

notes

I prefer eating this cold, straight out of the fridge, but it can be heated in the microwave for 30 seconds for a more warmer cereal.
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups

Hearty, healthy breakfasts like these Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups 
need to be on your menu!

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.

Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups...a protein-filled, hearty breakfast that's easy to prep ahread and bake off for the week ahead.  Turkey bacon, eggs, creamy avocado and salsa make the perfect bite!  Sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.  (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Like most, I'm striving to eat healthier in 2018.  Some say it's cliche to wait until January 1st to get on the healthy bandwagon, but I just say it's a great time to restart.  Why not?  Here in the Midwest we're stick inside anyway and we need something new to do!  It's a new year and we all have new goals.  Taking a better look at what I eat is one of mine.

Here's the thing, I've tried getting by on just a measly granola bar or single piece of fruit for breakfast and more often than not my stomach is roaring by 9 a.m.  It just doesn't work for me.  I need something hearty.

Eggs are by far my FAVORITE breakfast item {minus, gooey cinnamon rolls, but this is a healthy eating post!}.  Eggs contain 6 grams of protein, all 9 essential amino acids and only 70 calories.  There is a reason why they keep me fuller longer.


Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups...a protein-filled, hearty breakfast that's easy to prep ahread and bake off for the week ahead.  Turkey bacon, eggs, creamy avocado and salsa make the perfect bite!  Sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

When researching simple and healthy recipes for this post I wanted something different, yet not too crazy that my readers would run for the hills.

I settled on these Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups that from start to finish are done and on your plate in around 25 minutes.

We all love bacon, yet it's not the healthiest, so I picked it's first cousin turkey bacon.  Each slice is wrapped around a freshly cracked egg, generously sprinkled with salt and pepper, then topped with nice, ripe diced avocado and fresh salsa.  Because everythiing in my opinion tastes better with avocado and salsa thrown on top.

Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups...a protein-filled, hearty breakfast that's easy to prep ahread and bake off for the week ahead.  Turkey bacon, eggs, creamy avocado and salsa make the perfect bite!  Sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Another goal for myself {and essentially my family's health} is to do a bit better at meal planning this year.  I'm fairly good at, yet sometimes I get lazy.  Like any busy Mom I often rely on a few too many frozen pizzas on the weekends and cold meat sandwiches when time is limited.

It's okay, we're all human!  I don't beat myself up about it.  I just try and refocus the next day.  Eggs for many years have become a meal staple at our house.  Whether they are simply scrambled with a side of fruit or if I take the time to assemble a batch of my breakfast burritos on the weekend to stock the freezer.

Eggs add moisture, color, flavor and nutritional value to any recipe.  I love including them.  Essentially during a two week span {I do my grocery shopping every two weeks}, we have eggs AT LEAST ONCE, often times more.

Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups...a protein-filled, hearty breakfast that's easy to prep ahread and bake off for the week ahead.  Turkey bacon, eggs, creamy avocado and salsa make the perfect bite!  Sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Did you know that more eggs are consumed during the winter months than any other time of the year?  Right now, during the month of January, is a great time to start incoporating them into your diet.

Our family doesn't just save them for breakfast.  I'll happily eat them anytime of the day.  Boil up a half dozen on Sunday for a quick snack before your morning workout {hint: eggs that are a week or older peel easier} or lightly toast some whole wheat bread with a fried egg on top for a late night snack if you've had a busy day from start to finish.

Whenever I'm making a baked egg dish, like my Hash Brown Crusted Spinach and Egg Quiche, I make sure to make it ahead and pour the eggs over the top of the dish.  The egg mixture will soak into the ingredients to ensure a moist dish while baking.

Egg and Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups...a protein-filled, hearty breakfast that's easy to prep ahread and bake off for the week ahead.  Turkey bacon, eggs, creamy avocado and salsa make the perfect bite!  Sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You guys.

I made this and the kids came flocking.  Not only are they just neat to look at, but they thought they were fun to eat.  Forks weren't needed by them!

I preferred plate and fork, but either way they tasted just the same.  The turkey bacon gets crispy and surrounds the egg perfectly, making a little bed for it to cook in.  The creamy avocado and tangy salsa just take the flavors over the edge.  

I'm so happy the Iowa Egg Council and I decided on this recipe.  It is one I'll be making all year long.  The husband will also love to take a couple in his lunch when he's on the road and eating out of a cooler.  A few bites and he has some great protein to keep him going.  They are great warm or at room temperature.

So cheers to healthy eating!  I'd love to hear what you are making new in 2018 using eggs.  Comment below with some of your favorite ways to incorporate them!

Thank you to the Iowa Egg Council for sponsoring this post.


Yield: 12Pin it

Egg & Avocado Turkey Bacon Cups

This healthy breakfast alternative to traditional bacon and eggs doesn't leave out ANY of the flavor! Delicious turkey bacon is wrapped around a cracked egg and topped with chopped avocado and salsa.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 24 MINStotal time: 29 mins

ingredients:


  • 12 slices turkey bacon
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 c. salsa
  • salt
  • pepper

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a 12-count metal muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Take each strip of turkey bacon and line it against the outside edges of the muffin tin, creating a circle.
  3. Crack one egg into each each of the turkey bacon wrapped muffin tins.
  4. Spinkle each egg generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the egg is firm and cooked.
  6. With a knife gently remove the turkey bacon wrapped egg and serve warm, topped with chopped avocado and salsa.

notes

* It's easy to prep breakfast for the full week making 12.  They keep well covered in the fridge.  Just reheat in the microwave or oven to get warm.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups

Who came in #1 this year?
Read on to see my Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups!

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

When each year ends, I love taking a look back and seeing what recipes took off and which ones died an ugly death.  I've found you can't please everyone!  And as always, many surprise me.

What?  That dish didn't go over well?  We loved it!  Or - how in the bloody heck did that one get hundreds of shares...I literally didn't plan a lick of it and threw it together on a whim.  It just goes to show you never know what people are in the mood for.

So cheers to 2017!  Let's take a look back at the year and see what was popular, and five extras that just squeaked by making the top 10.  If you are reading this, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#10 Zesty Spaghetti Salad.  I made this pasta salad for the first time this past summer and I'm not ashamed to admit, I've made it 267 times since.  My middle daughter LOVES it.  I love it.  Honestly, I could probably eat it as a meal.  What's fun about it, is that each and every time I whip it up it comes out different.  Sometimes I add black olives, sometimes I add diced pepperoni.  Often I go heavy on the shredded Parm {because, hello, Parm} and sometimes I add sliced green onions.  Whatever you have on hand in your fridge works.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#9 Chicken & Spinach Stuffed Shells.  Top pasta dish of the year!  My local friends and I recently had a freezer swap {you make multiple pans of the same dish, gather with friends, then swap} and I brought this dish.  It has become a family favorite. I've since had those said friends text me and say their family raved about this one - including the kids!  And it's includes green stuff {spinach}, so I'm giving this one a BIG win. 

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#8 Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls.  Aren't these beauties pretty?  They kinda scream happiness in my opinion.  These came in second for breakfast.  Did you know you can actually make cinnamon rolls in an hour?  Feel free to spread any fruity jam in between these doughy layers, strawberry just happens to be my favorite.  I often make these in three disposable pans and deliver two of them to friends!

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#7 Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer.  This homemade coffee creamer went crazy over the Fall months when everyone is gaga over anything pumpkin pie spice.  It's super simple to make and lasts for a good week in the fridge.  All coffee lovers will love this one, especially those of you who enjoy doctoring up your coffee a little {like me}. 

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#6 Hot Cast Iron Skillet Herbed Bread with Spinach Artichoke Dip.  A friend commented last week on my Facebook page that she has made this appetizer three times already!  It's that good.  Any skillet works, as long as it is oven proof - as baking both the bread {dippers!} and the dip in one pan is genius.  I plan on making this for New Year's Eve.  It can be prepped ahead and taken to whatever party your attending, thrown in the oven, ready in just 20 minutes.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


#5 Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Gifts for Under $20.  People love help when it comes to shopping, especially during the holidays.  So many people to buy for!  This list was a fun one as I hand picked 20 items that are budget friendly.  I still want to buy myself {they are saved in my Amazon cart for checkout} the elephant bookends and the cute camera strap.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#4 20+ Valentine's Day Treats.  Guess what major holiday is next?  Yep, Valentine's Day.  This list contains both salty and sweet items from sweet breads to mini pizzas to funfetti popcorn.  Whether you have a sweetheart or not, I feel it is still fun to bake for your kids or invite loved ones over, just because.  Come late January {or now!} browse through these selections and find one that is perfect for you.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


#3 5 Minute BLT Frito Dip.  I first created this dip pre-summer of this year anticipating pool parties and summer picnics.  And wowza, did it go over well!  Here's the thing it's great anytime of the year.  Filled with all your BLT favorites, it's creamy, salty, cheesy and pretty darn delicious.  But only eat with Fritos, I repeat, only Fritos.  It makes the dip.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#2 Amish Breakfast Casserole.  This is our new favorite egg dish.  I made it for our Christmas morning breakfast and even my 8 year old boy who would sometimes rather do extra chores than eat eggs, eats this one.  There is one secret ingredient.  It makes the dish.  The addition of onion, bacon and sometimes when I'm feeling frisky, ground sausage all comes together for the perfect breakfast.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017 + 5 Runner-Ups...sweet rolls, pasta, cheesy appetizers, breakfast casseroles, Valentine's treats, salads and MORE! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

#1 Meal Plan: 2 Weeks, 5 Mouths, All for Under $115.  After being a food blogger for 8 years, I've learned a few things.  What I've learned is that come January, once the holidays are past us, people want meal plans.  They want to get organized and get back on track {say goodbye Christmas cookies!}.  Moms especially feel the need {me included} to plan, plan, plan and attack the new year with avengance.  This blog post clearly won all the awards.  It's easy, budget-friendly and included all our favorite meals.

And because I always love an underdog....here are five honorable mentions.

  

Friday, December 22, 2017

Santa Meltaway Cookies

Alright, Moms, don't stress!
These Santa Meltaway Cookies are easy and quick.

Santa Meltaway Cookies...just in time for Christmas!  These easy, minimal ingredient cookies come together quickly on Christmas Eve.  No need to stress Mom! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Golly, I realized when I woke up this morning that it was just 3 more sleeps until Christmas morning.  Can you believe it?  By this time I hope you have all your shopping done, the presents are wrapped and you are relaxing.

I'm trying.  Yesterday was the first day of school break and despite the four fights I broke up prior to 9 a.m., it was a pretty good day.  We had a hearty, big breakfast, ran some last minute errands, went out for lunch and then came back for naps {or cookie baking or me} and ended the day with burgers on the grill.

Because I'm still grilling due to waiting on our first significant snowfall.  Where is the SNOW?  Even the south has seen more snow than us.  Ugh.  I hate not having a white Christmas.

Santa Meltaway Cookies...just in time for Christmas!  These easy, minimal ingredient cookies come together quickly on Christmas Eve.  No need to stress Mom! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Let's talk cookies!

Okay Moms, I've been there.  It's Christmas Eve and you realize you have no pretty cookies to set out for Santa.  Plus you're tired and all you really want to do is get the kids tucked in bed before the chaos ensues in the morning.

Guess what?  These Santa Meltaway Cookies are done start to finish in 30 minutes!  Plus, double yay, they make a small batch - just 20 cookies.  At a time when you are most likely already overeating, who needs another HUGE batch of cookies in the house?  I love that this recipe is simple, uncomplicated and delicious.

Did I mention they contain no eggs?  Super simple, they literally melt into your mouth.  They taste in between a piece of shortbread and a sugar cookie.  Pretty darn perfect I'd say!

Santa Meltaway Cookies...just in time for Christmas!  These easy, minimal ingredient cookies come together quickly on Christmas Eve.  No need to stress Mom! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Yield: 20 cookies

Santa Meltaway Cookies

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins
Start to finish in just 30 minutes - these are perfect to throw together quickly on Christmas Eve!

ingredients:

Cookie Dough
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. cornstarch
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 c. flour
Icing
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 T. almond extract
  • 4-5 T. milk
  • Christmas sprinkles

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or hand held mixer cream together the butter and powdered sugar.  Add in the cornstarch and vanilla, creaming together.
  3. Sift the salt and flour together and add to the batter.  Scoop dough out into balls and place on the cookie sheet, then flatten the balls out with the underside of a cup dipped in powdered sugar.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool on a wire cookie rack.
  5. To make the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar, extract and milk.  This should make a medium to thin glaze, adding more milk if you need to thin it out.
  6. Place a small spoonful of icing in the middle of the cookie and add sprinkles.  Allow glaze to harden.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Holiday Appetizer Toasts

Holiday appetizers are just the best!
These simple toasts are fun and unique for any holiday party.

Holiday Appetizer Toasts...perfect, bite-sized treats for any holiday party! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Whew!

The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind.  My 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways was a smash.  I'm just over the moon on your response.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for entering, sharing and enjoying those posts as much as I did.

I'm already excited for next year!

On the other hand - it was a LOT of work.  Posting every day for 12 days straight must have gotten to me, as somewhere around Day 4 I came down with what I can only call as the plague of 2017.  It was the head cold of all head colds and it was attacking every person in the house.  At one point I figured pounding my head against the wall might make me feel better.  It was that bad.  But, I got throught it and by Day 7 or so I was back on track.

So, I made it!

Holiday Appetizer Toasts...perfect, bite-sized treats for any holiday party! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So, who is ready for the holidays?

My gifts have been bought, wrapped and I'm READY.  It feels so good to be done and now I can sit here and enjoy what truly is one of the greatest times of the year.  Last night we took the kids to dinner and then rode around and looked at all the Christmas lights.  The squeals and laughter from the back seat was just the best.

Aside from the kiddos, who is attending a family dinner or holiday party?  We have a few to attend and these Holiday Appetizer Toasts are so fun and just perfect.  Really, you can top them with whatever you want, but I came up with four festive toppers and they are delicious.

You can copy me.

That is the whole point of a food blog.  Copying recipes.

Holiday Appetizer Toasts...perfect, bite-sized treats for any holiday party! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I found these simple cocktail sized pumpernickel bread slices at the grocery store.  They also had a rye version.  Or feel free to cut up a hearty baguette, really any small sliced bread works.  Just make sure it can be toasted in the oven to get crispy!

Here are my four toppers:
  • Cream Cheese & Raspberry Jam
  • Pesto & Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cream Cheese, Grape Tomatoes & Dried Oregano
  • Brie Cheese & Spicy Chili Jam
I love making a topper that is both sweet and spicy, or tangy and sweet or really just anything that has opposite affects!

You put these little toasts on a holiday platter and walk into a room and I can bet you'll be flooded with hands grabbing one here and there.  They are so good!  Toast up the bread for just a few minutes drizzled with a little olive oil, spread with the toppings and serve at room temperature.  They'll stay good for hours!



Yield: 30 servings

Holiday Appetizer Toasts

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 5 MINStotal time: 15 mins
These simple holiday toasts are the perfect appetizer! Four different varieties will please any palate.

ingredients:


  • 30 thin slices of cocktail pumpernickel bread
  • jarred pesto
  • raspberry jam
  • spicy chili jam
  • grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • cubed mozzarella cheese
  • sliced brie cheese
  • cream cheese, softened
  • dried oregano
  • olive oil

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange the pumpernickel slices on a large rimmed cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and toast for 5 minutes.
  2. Spread on the 4 varieties of toasts: softened cream cheese/raspberry jam, pesto and cubed mozzarella cheese, softened cream cheese, slice graped tomatoes and dried oregano and slice brie cheese and spicy chili jam.
  3. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature.

notes

Feel free to use any small, sliced bread in replace of pumpernickel.
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