Category Archives: Appetizers

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS

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PREP TIME
5 mins

COOK TIME
40 mins

TOTAL TIME
45 mins

Sweet and sour meatballs, the secret to a great sauce is using ketchup.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground beef
1 egg
¼ cup dry bread crumbs
1 onion, diced

Sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour or cornstarch
1½ cups water
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
¼ cup ketchup

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix the brown sugar, soy,vinegar, water and ketchup in a pot.
Combine the breadcrumbs, egg and ground beef together in a bowl.
Roll the meat mixture into meatballs, whichever size you want. I prefer slightly larger ones, they don’t dry out as quickly.
Pop them into the 375 degrees oven and start them cooking.
Mix your flour or cornstarch in cold water then whisk it into the sauce.
After about 20 minutes, take the meatballs out for a second, and drain the fat out of them.
Now you can cover those meatballs up with sauce.
Finish cooking them until done, and they look oh-so saucy and delish like this!When cooking meatballs I like to insert a thermometer in them and make sure they have reached a temp of at least 165 degrees. With all the beef recalls lately, it’s far better safe than sorry!I love sweet and sour meatballs on rice, especially bad-for-you, white rice!

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Grilled Cheese Bacon Crescent Squares

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Grilled Cheese Bacon Crescent Squares

Source: Mrs Happy Homemaker
Prep time:  5 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  20 mins
Serves: Serves 6-8 
Ingredients
2 cans of crescent rolls
Velveeta cheese – sliced (or substitute your favorite cheese)
12oz or 16oz package of bacon, cooked
flour for dusting (optional)

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Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Lightly flour your work surface or spread parchement paper if you don’t want any crescent roll stickage.
Unroll one can of crescent rolls on your work surface. Using your hands, press the seams together and lightly press & stretch a little into a nice rectangle. Add a layer of cheese (I like a pretty thick layer, & I use Velveeta because I love how it melts) & then add your layer of bacon. Unroll the remaining can of crescent rolls on top & press all the seems together both on top and all around.
Using a pizza cutter or a knife (I prefer a pizza cutter personally) slice into squares. Place the entire thing on your baking sheet using a large spatula, working in batches if you need to. Lay all the squares right beside each other, just as they were before you sliced it. You want all the cut seams to be touching so that your cheese doesn’t leak out.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top of the crescent rolls are lightly browned. Remove from the oven & cool on a wire rack for 3-5 minutes before digging in. The crescent squares will pull right apart.

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Grilled Cheese Bacon Crescent Squares

Serve & enjoy!

Chinese Sweet N’ Sour Sauce for Meatballs or Wings

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1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 can pineapple chunks in juice
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 small chopped green pepper
1 small chopped red pepper, optional

Mix sugar and starch.
Add all ingredients in a medium saucepan EXCEPT the peppers.
Heat slowly to a boil, stirring often.
Add peppers. Simmer 3-5 minutes.

Toss with cooked meatball or wings. Serve with rice or pasta.

So You Forgot You Committed to Bring Snacks…

I love the pinwheels

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If you’re anything like me, you are constantly offering to bring a side dish/dessert/snack to dinners/baby showers/get togethers…. you catch my drift. And then the inevitable happens. You forget. Talk about embarrassing. Maybe you remember the day before and still have time to get to the store. Or if you are still like me, you forget until the day of, you remember while you are eating lunch at work, run by the grocery store on your way home, and have 42.7 minutes to prepare something amazing. Because you have a wicked pride streak that will not allow you to show up to a partying carrying only a fruit tray. You just WON’T, okay? Yeah, this happened to me just yesterday. But fear not!! I have some DELISH options that I have proven myself can be done in 20 minutes or less. 

Option #1: Ranch and bell pepper pinwheels

Here’s…

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