Appetizer night

Tonight we are just having munchies for dinner. I’m going to try FrugalUpstate’s Buffalo Chicken dip. It sure looks like it would be tasty. Check it out if you are interested.


Game Day Snacks: Dried Chipped Beef Cheeseball/Candy Buckeyes

Jen at Frugal Upstate is asking for football game day snacks. Saturdays in the fall are Ohio State Football days. We love to watch the Buckeyes play football. They aren’t playing as well as I’d like this season but around here we still say…..Go Bucks! The following snacks are good to have around during the game, in fact, they are traditional in this house!

Dried Chipped Beef Cheeseball

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 small OR 1 large package dried chipped beef, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Accent® seasoning mix
1/4 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients. Form into a ball. Serve with Ritz crackers.

Candy Buckeyes
3 lbs. powdered sugar
3 cups peanut butter (2-12 oz jars plain or crunchy—we use plain)
1 lb butter, softened to room temperature
2-12 oz packages chocolate chips
1/4 bar parafin wax
Mix the powdered sugar, peanut butter and butter thoroughly (use a sturdy mixer for this, the dough is very stiff). Roll in balls the size of buckeyes (about 1-2″ diameter). Set aside.
In double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and parafin wax. Using a toothpick to hold onto, dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate, leaving about 1/4 of the ball uncoated. Set on foil lined tray to set up. This recipe makes a lot of “buckeyes”. Extras can be frozen, in fact they are yummy to eat straight from the freezer, trust me, I KNOW this!

Day 14 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Snicker Pretzels

These would be terrific wrapped up as gifts.

Snicker Pretzels

2 bags short pretzel rods
1 pound milk chocolate candy coating
1 cup peanuts — crushed
1 package caramel apple wrappers — cut into 1/2-inch strips

Wrap 2/3 ‘s of each pretzel in a caramel strip
Melt chocolate and dip wrapped pretzel in chocolate leaving end bare for holding. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
Let dry for a minute then roll pretzels in crushed peanuts
Let dry another minute and using tines of a fork drizzle with more chocolate
Combine any left over nuts, chocolate and broken pretzels to make a nut cluster
May freeze after completing

Day 13 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Spiced Pecans

These are addicting!

Spiced Pecans

1 egg white — lightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
3 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In  bowl, beat egg white with water. Stir in the pecans mixing until well moistened.  In  a small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Sprinkle over nuts. Spread nuts on prepared pan.  Bake 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Be careful not to overcook and burn nuts.

Day 10 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Another snack I have on hand for this time of year. This is really easy to make

Seasoned Oyster Crackers

1 box or bag oyster crackers
1 1/2 teaspoons dill
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 cup cooking oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Day 9 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Puppy Chow

This is a highly addictive snack. It is rather messy, but oh so yummy! I don’t know where the unappetizing name came from.

Puppy Chow

24 ounces chocolate chips
2 sticks margarine
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
12 ounces Rice Chex Cereal.
2 cups powdered sugar — (may need more)
Melt chocolate chips, margarine and peanut butter together. Pour over Rice Chex cereal in layers. Put powdered sugar in a large grocery bag and add cereal mixture. Shake to coat. Can be frozen.

Day 8 of 25 Recipes of Christmas: Raisin Granola

This is not necessarily a holiday recipe, but this is the only time of the year that I make this. I usually have this on hand for our New Year’s Eve celebration.

Raisin Granola

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or almonds
1 teaspoon salt
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cups raisins

Combine oats, coconut, wheat germ, nuts and salt in a large bowl. Stir in condensed milk; add oil and mix thoroughly. This will be very stiff and sticky. Spread mixture on a shallow baking pan lined with parchment or oiled foil. Bake in 300 degree oven, stirring occasionally for 1 hour or until golden. Remove from oven and stir in raisins while still warm. Store in tightly covered container.