Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: December 2019

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top 10 Recipes of 2019

It's been a great 2019 for Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats!
Thank you for riding along, let's take a look back at this year's biggest recipes.

top 10 recipes of 2019

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to log into my Google Analytics account and see which recipes soared and which recipes tanked.  And yes, there are always a couple that tank!  Not everything becomes a world wide web hit and that's live and learn.

I grabbed my Top 10, plus a couple honorable mentions for fun - it's always neat to see what recipes you guys loved.  Some hands down, always surprise me and others are a dead giveaway.

I'd love to hear what you made of mine and loved!  Shoot me a message in the comments or tag me on Instagram and I'll be sure to share your photos and your comments.  Feedback is the only way I know what you like!

Let's dive in.


top 10 recipes of 2019 crockpot dill pickle bacon cheeseburger soup

My Crockpot Dill Pickle Bacon Cheeseburger Soup was showcased back in October and even the pickle haters wanted to try it!  It's everything you love on a classic cheeseburger but in soup form.  It's cheesy, salty, hearty and filling.

Not only are their chopped pickles in the soup, but also pickle juice.  That tangy brine helps offset the rich cheese - it really is the perfect combo!


top 10 recipes of 2019 peanut butter energy balls

Last winter these Peanut Butter Energy Balls become a fan favorite, I do believe because it was that time of year when many of us were searching for healthier eats and snacks to get us through the day.  These are the answer!

They are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to tide you over until dinner.  Made with dates, oats and peanut {that's really it!} they come together easy in a food processor and keep well in the freezer.  Perfect for grabbing on the run.


top 10 recipes of 2019 savory ham and cheese dutch baby

Anything with eggs always goes over well on my blog.  You people love your eggs!  This fun take on a savory pancake is great to prep for breakfasts for the week or even dinner.  My Savory Ham & Cheese Dutch Baby is also a great excuse to get out that cast iron skillet.

You could really fill this up with anything {peppers, mushrooms, sausage, etc.} and each and every time it will turn out light, fluffy and darn delicious.


top 10 recipes of 2019 sweet glazed ham ball sliders

My original ham ball recipe continues to bring in a ton of pageviews, but this past year when I made this fun new version, my Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders, you all went nuts.

I love to make anything into sandwich form.  When I made this ham ball slider patty with a super sweet glaze and sat them on top of grilled pineapple and a Hawaiian bun, well, it was just a match made in heaven.

These are perfect for summer grilling parties!


top 10 recipes of 2019 cast iron skillet biscuits with honey butter

Again, you people seem to love the cast iron skillet.  I don't blame you!  These Cast Iron Skillet Biscuits with Honey Butter are so easy to make and accompany so many meals {our favorites include soups, scrambled eggs and along side pasta}.

These take less than 40 minutes start to finish and give you slightly crispy edges, with a tender, flaky inside.  Pretty much the best biscuit ever!


top 10 recipes of 2019 23 sheet pan meals

Meal planning and food round-up posts ALWAYS do well.  People love to read one post that includes a ton of like-minded recipes.

My 23 Sheet Pan Meals post was no exception.  Who doesn't love a dinner that only requires one pan, yet can cook/bake multiple items?  We all do.  Sheet Pan meals are easy, with minimal clean up and can feed a crowd.


top 10 recipes of 2019 loaded healthy freezer friendly breakfast burritos

Eggs again!  My Loaded Healthy Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos are filling and tasty.  Anytime I get in a meal prepping mood these are made.  We not only eat them for quick breakfasts before school, but for dinner too!

Filled with sausage, spinach, eggs, peppers and parmesan cheese - the flavor is amazing.  I wrapped these up in low-carb tortillas and dosed them in hot sauce.  They stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months, but never last that long.


top 10 recipes of 2019 25 air fryer recipes

Another great round-up post!

I feel like most people bought or received an Air Fryer in 2019 and therefore this post went bonkers.  You can literally cook anything in it - burgers, cakes, steaks, french fries - the list goes on and on.

People love Air Fryers as they use no oil, yet give you that crispy texure like it was.  Pretty much can't beat that!  This post features 25 Air Fryer Recipes, a neat combination of main dishes, sides and desserts.


top 10 recipes of 2019 pumpkin cinnamon roll coffee cake

My Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake just might be my favorite recipe of 2019.  As soon as I posted it, I was bombarded with comments and accolades.

It only went a few months ago, but rushed up to #2 pretty quick.  It has your favorite pumpkin flavor stuffed into your other favorite flavor - the cinnamon roll.  The two married and had this beautiful baby.  It feeds a big crowd and stays fresh for DAYS.


top 10 recipes of 2019

Yes, I know, my book isn't technically a recipe....but it still came in at #1!

I released my book Bread & Butter in early September of this year.  My first round of copies sold out in 6 days.  I have since reordered two more times.  It's been a hit and a blessing in 2019.

You can read all about this book process HERE.  Plus see what other kitchen product I placed in my store back in October HERE.  Selling items of mine this year has been a new venture, but a fun one.

You can order your book HERE, just in time for the New Year.

top 10 recipes of 2019

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for continuing to support my food blog, now 10 years running.  You are all a great blessing and one of the main reasons I continue writing and cooking.  I hope you enjoyed 2019!

Here's looking at you 2020.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

Need a holiday appetizer?
This onion dip is both sweet & savory and great served on crackers.

This post is sponsored by Kalona SuperNatural.

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This new recipe comes in just in time!

Holiday parties are in full force right now.  If you are like us, we have Christmas' to celebrate until the weekend after New Years.  The holidays don't stop on December 25th for us!

I've said it before - good snacks around the holidays are my favorite.  I'd gladly skip that big traditional meal for a variety plates of dips, crackers, appetizers and desserts.  You get to munch on a lot of yummy apps instead of a big heavy meal.

I created this Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip for a few reasons....1) doesn't it look pretty and festive? 2) I love any sweet and savory combo and 3) well, Kalona SuperNatural asked me too.

Yep!  I'm back with one of my favorite Iowa companies Kalona SuperNatural using some of their products {sour cream and butter} and pretty much drove face first into this dip.

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When I walked into the grocery store a few days ago I wondered if cranberries would still be on the shelf, sitting fresh and pretty....and they were!  Apparently, cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving!  I grabbed a bag and headed home.

I got to work on creaming together some yummy cheeses, caramelizing onions and layering them all together in a pretty pie plate as quickly as possible so I could dive into it with a handful of crackers. 

Which did indeed happen.

This dip was my lunch. 

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I love, love, love Kalona SuperNatural products and have agreed to jump on board with them again in 2020 as a Brand Ambassador.  Woo-hoo!

I wanted to make a dip that screamed the HOLIDAYS that allowed me to use a couple of their products.  This one uses their organic lightly salted butter and their organic sour cream {which also graces our tacos in this house every Tuesday night}. 

I mean, doesn't this cheese spread dip look like Christmas?

It has all the pretty colors on a light green pie plate, so pretty much it's perfect for your holiday gathering this year.

The bottom cheese layer is a combo of cream cheese, Kalona SuperNatural sour cream, feta cheese and cheddar cheese.  What?  Then it's topped with caramelized onions and sweetened cranberries and let me just say the salty cracker and cheese topped with this festive sweetness is A GAME CHANGER.

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Kalona SuperNatural started in 2005 in small town Iowa and are now known across the United States.  They know every farmer they work with, their families and the land they produce on.  They invest in their producers and take such pride in their products.

I truly enjoy using their products in many of my recipes - including this one!  

Let's all make this onion dip this holiday season, shall we?  It can be whipped up the day prior and just hang out until ready to eat.  People will LOVE the ease and simplicity of it.  

Be ready to share the recipe!

Thank you to Kalona SuperNatural for sponsoring this post.

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip
Yield: 24
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 45 M
The perfect holiday appetizer! A creamy, salty cheese layer topped with caramelized onions and a sweet cranberry sauce. The ideal sweet & savory combo.


Cheese Layer
Caramelized Onions
Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar


How to cook Very Merry Cranberry & Caramelized Onion Dip

  1. In a stand mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add in the sour cream, crumbled feta and shredded cheddar until blended.  Spread this cheese mixture into a shallow 8 inch pie plate.  Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a skillet add in the butter to melt over medium-heat.  Add in the sliced onions and cook/stir for 4-5 minutes until tender.  Then reduce the heat to low and stir in the sugar.  Cook for 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown.  Remove onions from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water over medium-heat.  Stir occasionally, while the cranberries start to pop and the mixture thickens.  Stir in the vinegar and caramelized onions, heating a few more minutes to combine.  Set off the heat to cool.
  4. When ready to serve, remove the chilled cheese mixture from the fridge and top with the cooled caramelized onion/cranberry mixture.
  5. Serve with crackers.
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Fiesta Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

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Busy families need delicious and easy meals! Mission® Protein Tortilla Wraps help amp up the protein in these creamy chicken enchiladas.
This post is sponsored by Mission Foods.
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We are now into the time of year where hearty meals are welcomed. We want warm, stick-to-your-ribs good dinners to keep that cold chill out of our bones. In our family, that means everything comforting – soups, casseroles, lasagnas and enchiladas!
These Fiesta Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas to be exact.
For our busy family of five, dinners need to be quick and filling. With three elementary-aged kids {two of whom are heavily involved in sports} they are always hungry.
Often I am prepping and making food in between school and practices and more often than not we are eating in shifts. It just depends on the day!
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My kids {and the husband, can’t forget him} absolutely love Mexican food. It regularly makes the rounds weekly. Who can blame them? It’s full of flavor and often feeds a hungry crowd.
My crowd.
MissionFoods has now introduced these Mission® ProteinTortilla Wraps. They are lower carb, high in fiber and a good source of protein. With my three very active kids they fit the bill.

They also have the added health benefits of incorporating plant-based protein {which I think we often forget about} into a balanced diet.
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I used all our favorite enchilada fillings to stuff into these Mission®  Protein Tortilla Wraps. What is not to love about the ease of shredded rotisserie chicken mixed together with cream cheese, peppers, Mexi-spices and shredded queso cheese?
There is nothing wrong with that.
And then I did the unthinkable. I poured heavy cream over the top of these beauties right before they were topped with more cheese and baked. It makes for the most incredible cheese sauce.
These enchiladas are tender, yet just a tad crispy on the outside where the cheese is lightly browned. They are perfect.
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Who wouldn’t want to eat at this table?
In my opinion, nothing looks more inviting. Hearty, creamy, cheesy enchiladas served and topped with fresh salsa and slices of ripe avocado.
Tasty, right?
Dinner doesn’t have to be intimidating or awkward. Serve this on a Tuesday night to your family or serve this to friends who have gathered at your house for a celebration. Either works!
There isn’t a person who will turn these down.
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I hope these chicken enchiladas grace your table during the holidays. After a long day of shopping or just a cozy weekend in. They are perfect for every occasion.

Fiesta Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

Fiesta Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
Yield: 12
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 55 M
These creamy and cheesy chicken enchiladas will become a favorite on Mexi-night! Take some help with rotisserie chicken and you can be eating in under an hour.


  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 banana peppers, diced
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups shredded queso cheese
  • 12 Mission® Protein Tortilla Wraps


How to cook Fiesta Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a rimmed skillet over medium heat, cook the diced banana peppers for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Cut the softened cream cheese into squares and place in the skillet to melt.
  4. Once melted, add in the shredded chicken and stir. Then sprinkle in 1 1/2 cups of the shredded queso cheese and stir to combine.
  5. Place two heaping spoonfuls of the chicken filling into a Mission® Protein Torilla Wrap and wrap up. Place seam side down in the baking dish.
  6. Continue doing this until all the filling is used up.  It will make 12 enchiladas.
  7. Pour the heavy whipping cream over the enchiladas and sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil and turn up the heat of the oven to 375 degrees.  Bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Serve warm with fresh salsa and sliced avocado.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bonus Beauty Day Giveaway: Day 12

It's Day 12 of my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!

And's a bonus SECOND giveaway today, but don't worry it's worth will 
make you beautiful.

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Yes, you're reading this right!

It's a bonus giveaway here on Day 12.  Most of you probably already read that I apparently cannot count to 12 and instead found 13 giveaways for this holiday series.  I mean, this isn't a bad thing, right?

I realized this around Day 3 when I happened to glance at my list, re-count, then re-count again then proceed to lay my head on the table in frustration.  Being my 4th year doing this, you'd think I had this gig down, but it just goes to show we all make mistakes, me included. we go you lucky dogs!

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I have never featured a "beauty day" here on the blog.  Never!  Honestly, it just never crossed my mind.  It should have considering 85% of readers are women, but again I've never claimed to be the smartest person around.

I've been eyeing some of my favorite beauty products around the web, most of which I use and some that my favorite beauty bloggers have recommended.  Let's hope you like it all!

I'll never claim to be a total beauty guru, but I do have a few things I've stuck with over the years.  They are simple - a really good moisturizer, an excellent lip balm and mascara.  If I don't wear mascara I pretty much look like death. I don't need all the fancy eyeliners or tinted creams, but I do need those basics.

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Here are all the goods!

Essense Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara - I was told about this mascara a few months back and it has become a favorite!  It sells at a decent price and seems to naturally extend my otherwise short and stubby lashes.

Burt Bee's Miceller 3-in-1 Make-up Removal Wipes - I love these wipes when on the run or traveling and you don't have all your usuals on hand.  Sometimes mascara is hard to get off!

Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Organic Lip Balm - I'm not a lipstick girl, I never have been....but I cannot lip without lip balm.  I have one in my purse, one by my side of the bed and one in my van.  I'm never without, I loathe chapped lips.  All of these lip balms are mint flavored - I find them refreshing!

CocoRoo Organic Coconut Mint Moisturing Lotion - I've been using CocoRoo's original coconut oil moisturizer as an eye make-up remover for years...but this year got my hand on their mint version.  I love it for this time of year when my hands get extremely dry and cracked in the harsh winter weather.  I also love their coffee scrub for the shower!

Jade Beauty Roller - this ancient beauty tool made with Jade stone has become a hot trend!  It helps allievate puffiness {me please!} while promoting cell growth and improving skin tone.

Travel Make-up Case & Organizer - if I give you all these goods, then I need to give you something to put it all in!  I first heard about this travel case from Jen of The Rambling Redhead.  I watched her switch out the compartments depending on what she was carrying that trip - it's truly a neat case!


Now to the part you've been waiting for!  TWO lucky winners will receive this complete beauty package!

Simply use the Rafflecopter Giveaway icon below for multiple ways to enter.  Also make sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook as I'll be chosing one winner from those social media channels as well.  U.S. residents only please.  Two random winners will be chosen on December 16th.

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