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Easy Appetizer with Dates and Bacon

easy goat cheese recipe

Easy Appetizer

I love appetizers. This is the story behind this recipe. I went on a date with my husband to a tapas bar. I ordered these and then I had to order another plate. They were so good I couldn’t believe that they were so easy to make. These easy goat cheese appetizers can be made with turkey bacon or with normal bacon. I made mine with turkey bacon because that is what my son likes.

easy appetizer recipe

Ingredients for easy goat cheese appetizer:

Goat cheese

Turkey bacon

Dates

and Brandy if you wish. This is optional but wonderful!

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You will need to remove the pits from the dates.

ingredients spoon date (1 of 1)

This is how I do it. I put the spoon in the date and then I pull it out.

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Then stuff the dates with the goat cheese

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I wrapped the bacon around the date and then I cut the bacon

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Then you place a toothpick through the date.

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Then you should place the dates on a tray.

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Then I brush the bacon wrapped dates with brandy. I place them in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. You may have to turn them over.

Easy Bacon Recipes

easy bacon recipes

Easy Appetizer with Dates and Bacon
Recipe Type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Spanish
Author: amee
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Serves: 4 dates per
Bacon Wrapped dates with a brandy glaze
Ingredients
  • brandy
  • turkey bacon or “real” bacon
  • dates
  • goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash the dates and pat them dry. Then you will need to take out the pit. Once the pit is out stuff them with goat cheese. Then wrap a piece of bacon around the date. I cut off the extra turkey bacon. You will secure the bacon with a toothpick. Then glaze the bacon with brandy.[url href=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/veertical-final-1-of-1.jpg”][img src=”https://cookinginbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/veertical-final-1-of-1-682×1024.jpg” alt=”” width=”470″ height=”705″ class=”alignnone size-large wp-image-2560″][/url] Finally, put them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 you may have to turn the date over to make sure the bacon has cooked.

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Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

I needed a recipe that was easy to prepare and kid friendly. This recipe has to be one that I could take with me to parties and not have to worry about a big spill. I also wanted something that looked pretty. This recipe is inexpensive and pretty. I love nothing more than a good “Monkey Bread” in fact my favorite recipe is for  Raspberry monkey bread.  <– check it out right there.

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Ingredients:

Pepperoni

3 tins of 8 count jumbo biscuits

1 8 0z package of cheese

Cooking spray

Directions:

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1) Spray the Pan

2) Open up the biscuits

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3) Push them flat

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4) Put 3-5 slice of pepperoni in the center

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

5) Place Cheese on top of the pepperoni

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

6) Fold in half

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7) Layer the folded biscuits in the pan

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8) Place them in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

9) Serve warm

10) You can bring pasta sauce for dipping if you wish. If you want to make some of this Easy marinara or my famous gravvy  spaghetti sauce recipe

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Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Amee
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Serves: 4-6
Three ingredient Appetizer
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Pepperoni
  • 3 tins of 8 count jumbo biscuits
  • 1 8 0z package of cheese
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. ) Spray the Pan
  3. ) Open up the biscuits
  4. ) Push them flat
  5. ) Put 3-5 slice of pepperoni in the center
  6. ) Place Cheese on top of the pepperoni
  7. ) Fold in half
  8. ) Layer the folded biscuits in the pan
  9. ) Place them in the over at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  10. ) Serve warm
  11. ) You can bring pasta sauce for dipping if you wish. If you want to make some of this marina or my famous gravvy.

 

 

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pepperoni pizza bread recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Bread Recipe

Acorn Squash

 

 

 

 

 

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 Acorn Squash

I had no idea how easy it was to cook an Acorn Squash. I mean it looks so fancy. I decided it can’t be that hard and I was right. It takes just 5 minutes to prepare and about one hour to back. Then you place it on the plate and people think. Wow! She is a marvelous cook. The site is called cooking in bliss and our tag line is every recipe has a story.

This is the story of the :

Acorn Squash

  I once went to a very fancy dining establishment with my Father it was the Dupont hotel in Delaware. I ordered a grand dish and the side was Acorn Squash. I ordered it feeling very fancy but I couldn’t image how they were going to cook acorns. I really didn’t put together that an acorn squash wasn’t the same thing that a squirrel ate. I assumed they were on in the same. I just thought it was a type of acorn. I mean we were in a fancy place and who knows they douse everything in truffle oil there. I wasn’t sure that that meant either. I was baffled when my fillet arrived with this huge thing on my plate. I kept looking for the acorn. I finally asked where the acorn squash was which resulted in a huge point to this object on my plate. I have to say from then on it has been a favorite of mine. I always have ordered it when we go out. I always assumed it must be hard to prepare but I was wrong. It is so easy.

This is how it is done:

1) Preheat oven to 400°F.

2)  Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.

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3) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.

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4) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.

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5) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.

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6) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.

7) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
8) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.

 

Acorn Squash
Recipe Type: side
Author: Amee
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Serves: 2
Acorn corn Squash is healthy and Easy to make
Ingredients
  • 1 per 2 people Acorn Squash
  • 1 TBSP of Butter
  • 1 TBSP of Brown Sugar
  • 1 TSP of maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. ) Take out a cookie sheet with a lip.
  3. ) Fill the cookie sheet with 1 cup of water. This will help the skin of the acorn to not become dry.
  4. ) Using a strong chef’s knife to cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end.
  5. ) Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. 6)Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife or a fork will also work.
  6. ) Then you will need to coat the inside of each half acorn half with the 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
  7. ) Bake in the oven for 1 hour .
  8. ) You will know you are done when the squash is very soft and the tops are browned.

 

 

Southern Peas & Dumplings Recipe

Chicken and Dumplings is a well known southern delicacy. It’s just as good during the week as it is for Sunday supper. Dumplings don’t just go with chicken though. Another southern favorite, at least ’round my parts, is peas and dumplings. But we don’t use the slick dumplings for our peas & dumplings recipe. Instead, we use something called drop dumplings. Now, drop dumplings are more of a biscuit than a dumpling but they’re made mostly the same way. The biggest difference is you don’t need to roll them out or cut them.

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This is the way Granny makes her peas and dumplings and it’s one of the best comfort foods I’ve had. Sick in bed? Peas & dumplings (as long as there’s no fever)! Just got dumped? Peas & dumplings! There wasn’t much growing up that a big bowl of peas and dumplings couldn’t fix. The beauty of Peas & Dumplings is they can be a meal on their own or act as a side dish – totally up to you. We had them the other night with some rosemary baked pork chops.

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Southern Peas & Dumplings Recipe
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • [b]Peas & Stock[/b]
  • 2 cans sweet peas, drained (or 1 bag frozen or 4 cups fresh, hulled and cooked peas)
  • 4 cups milk (2%)
  • 2 sticks butter (I never said this was healthy!)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • [b]Dumplings:[/b]
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. [b]Peas & Stock[/b]
  2. Bring the milk and butter to a simmer in a large pot. Season and carefully add in the peas and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. While you’re waiting for your stock to boil make the dumplings.
  4. [b]Dumplings:[/b]
  5. Sift together the dry ingredients. Mix in the milk and butter and form a dough ball.
  6. Pinch off pieces of the dough (I use a cookie dough scoop for uniform sizing), roll into balls and carefully drop into the boiling stock.
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  8. Cook for 10 minutes or until dumplings are cooked.

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Corn Fritters Recipe

Fried food in the south is pretty much commonplace. If it’s edible chances are we’ve fried it at least once. If you live or have visited the south you know this is true. One of my favorite sides as a kid was my moms corn fritters. She’d serve them up in a basket with syrup as a dipping sauce. Fritters are pretty common around here – oyster fritters, clam fritters… so corn fritters fit in with our lifestyle.

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This is the corn fritters recipe my mom taught me when I first moved out on my own. Kids love them because when you dip them in syrup they’re almost dessert sweet. Adults love them because they’re simple and we can call them healthy since they’re filled with corn. *Note* they’re not actually healthy – we just make ourselves feel better by calling them that.

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This recipe can easily be transformed to savory with the addition of onion, jalapenos, scallions or other savory ingredients. I like them just the way they are though! They make a great side dish to pretty much any southern meal. They’re also wonderful as an appetizer or just a snack – versatility at its best – booyah!

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The ingredients for your basic corn fritters are pretty modest and chances are you already have them on hand. They take only minutes to prep and cook so I’m sure you see why these are so popular around here!

Corn Fritters Recipe
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1 can of corn, drained (not creamed)
Instructions
  1. Heat vegetable oil to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Beat in the egg and milk, then dump in the corn.
  4. Stir to combine well.
  5. Drop the mixture into the fryer 1 tablespoon at a time. Drop 3 – 5 spoons per batch.
  6. When the fritters are golden brown and floating remove from the fryer and place on a paper towel line plate to drain.
  7. Serve warm with syrup or honey.