Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

Spinach Puffs & Other Appetizer Recipes for Your New Year’s Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is just days away!  Whether you’re throwing a big bash or just ringing in the New Year with your significant other finger foods are a must have.  After all you shouldn’t start the New Year on an empty stomach!

This year I’m making these yummy Spinach Puffs as well as a few other tidbits to go with our bubbly!  Here are some of my favorite appetizer recipes, maybe you’ll find one or two that tickles your fancy!

Spinach PuffsThese Spinach Puffs are light and delish, your friends and family will love them.  Best of all Spinach Puffs are very easy to make, you can make them ahead of time or whip them up in about a half hour.

You’ll just need 4 main ingredients to whip up a batch of these Spinach Puffs.

You can make them ahead of time and freeze them in ziplock freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  Just thaw them out to room temperature then pop them in a 400º oven to heat up.

By the way, you can use them for any occasion, you’re not limited to New Year’s Eve!

Spinach Puffs

Makes 24 Spinach Puffs

3 sheets frozen puff pastry – thawed to room temperature

5 oz. bag fresh baby spinach leaves

1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. finely minced garlic

1 tsp. olive oil

Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)

salt & pepper to taste

cooking spray

Procedure

Heat oil in a medium skillet

Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown

Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color – use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces

Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper

Cook one more minute

Turn off heat and let cool slightly

Add mozzarella cheese and stir well – cheese may melt

Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray

Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3″ circles with a cookie cutter

Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in

Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup

Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside

Pre-heat oven to 400º

Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown

Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.


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Spinach Puffs
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Servings: Puffs
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet
  2. Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown
  3. Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color - use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces
  4. Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper Cook one more minute
    spinach puffs
  5. Turn off heat and let cool slightly Add mozzarella cheese and stir well - cheese may melt
  6. Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray
  7. Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3" circles with a cookie cutter
  8. Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in
    spinach puffs
  9. Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup
    spinach puffs
  10. Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside
    spinach puffs
  11. Pre-heat oven to 400º
  12. Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown
  13. Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.
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Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!

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 I recently started seeing pins of “Earthquake” Cakes on Pinterest.  They looked yummy!  I made me curious, what exactly is an “Earthquake” Cake?

I read descriptions about how delicious these cakes were and looked at recipes for various flavors.  The “original” seems to be a chocolate cake with shredded coconut and chopped pecans, sort of like a German Chocolate cake without the icing.  There was also a recipe for a pumpkin earthquake cake that I may try for Thanksgiving.

After looking at recipes and reading the raves people have posted about these cakes I gathered that the reason for the name is because the cake is made with a cream cheese concoction that will seep into the cake batter as it bakes.  This is what gives the top surface an uneven churned look, sort of like the sidewalk upheaval after a fairly strong earthquake.  This also results in the sweet gooey yumminess when you cut into the cake.  The name could also be due to the fact that this cake is so good it will rock your world!

I decided I should make one of these cakes, it quite easy.  But I didn’t want to make it using the recipes I found online, basically because my family does not like shredded coconut in anything, and think that pecans belong solely in their beloved Pecan Pie.  The pumpkin flavored cake wasn’t going to work for me either, the only one who likes anything pumpkin is my younger daughter and she lives in another state.  Besides, I was hungry for something with bananas and chocolate!

To make a long story short I made up my own version of the Earthquake cake.  It’s very simple to make using Duncan Hines Supreme Banana cake mix.  Instead of water I use sour cream for a moist rich cake.  The cream cheese mixture that’s layered on the cake batter seeps into the batter during baking resulting in a cake with a sweet gooey center that is oh so good!

Here’s my recipe, enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines Supreme Banana Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream – softened to room temp
1 stick of butter
1 package of cream cheese
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cooking spray

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2.  Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray

3.  Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan.  You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.

4.  Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.

5.  Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don’t have to melt completely.  Set aside.

Earthquake Cake
6.  Put cake mix in a mixing bowl.  Add eggs, oil, and sour cream.  Mix until smooth.
7.  Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
Earthquake Cake

8.  Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter.  Make sure you get some around the edges.

Earthquake Cake

9.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.

Earthquake Cake

10.  Bake for 50 minutes.  Don’t over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes.  If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean,  you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.

Earthquake Cake

Serve warm or cold, it’s delicious either way.  My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
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12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Rock Your World with this Banana Chip Earthquake Cake!
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Pieces 20 Minutes
Cook Time
50 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pieces
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray
  3. Melt butter on the stovetop using a heavy saucepan. You can melt it in the microwave as well, but I feel I have more control on the stovetop.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in softened cream cheese until it mostly melts.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips. Chips don't have to melt completely. Set aside.
  6. Put cake mix in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, and sour cream. Mix until smooth.
  7. Spread cake batter evenly in oiled baking pan.
  8. Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Make sure you get some around the edges.
  9. Sprinkle chocolate chips over all.
  10. Bake for 50 minutes. Don't over cook it, remove from oven after 50 minutes. If you test the center with a toothpick the toothpick will not come out clean, you might think the cake is not done, but it is, the center is supposed to be gooey.
  11. Serve warm or cold, it's delicious either way. My son loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
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Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta

Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta

Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta

Ever wonder what to serve for dessert at a dinner party?  Impress guests with this molded Panna Cotta with a slight orange flavor.

It’s so pretty and elegant looking guests will think you spent hours preparing it.  It’s very simple to make the night before your party.  You can serve it with fresh seasonal fruits or drizzled with your favorite sauce.  I serve it with a drop of my Mango Sauce on the side.  Real yummy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 envelope unflavored gelatin

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

3 slices of orange peel

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp. clear pure vanilla extract

cooking spray

Directions:

1.  Put 1/4 cup of whipping cream into a small bowl and sprinkle top with gelatin, don’t stir.  Leave to soften for 15 minutes.

2.  Place rest of cream, sugar, and orange peel into heavy saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Cook until it starts to simmer.

3.  Remove from heat.  Stir in gelatin mixture until it dissolves.

4.  Remove orange peel.  Let cool about 15 minutes.

5.  Add vanilla and yogurt.  Stir until smooth.

6.  Spray 4 cup tube mold with cooking spray.  Use a paper towel to distribute oil to cover mold, this is important if your mold has a design.

7.  Pour cream mixture into mold.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate at least 8 hours or until set.  It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days so you can make it ahead of time.

8.  When ready to un-mold run a knife at the sides and in the tube part of the mold.  You can also dip mold in warm water for a couple of seconds.  Place serving dish over mold and turn it over.

Garnish with fresh fruits or your favorite sauce.

Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta

 

Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta
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4 Servings 30 Minutes
Passive Time
24 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Passive Time
24 Hours
Simple Orange Infused Panna Cotta
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Passive Time
24 Hours
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4 Servings 30 Minutes
Passive Time
24 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. 1. Put 1/4 cup of whipping cream into a small bowl and sprinkle top with gelatin, don't stir. Leave to soften for 15 minutes.
  2. Place rest of cream, sugar, and orange peel into heavy saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Cook until it starts to simmer.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in gelatin mixture until it dissolves.
  4. Remove orange peel. Let cool about 15 minutes.
  5. Add vanilla and yogurt. Stir until smooth.
  6. Spray 4 cup tube mold with cooking spray. Use a paper towel to distribute oil to cover mold, this is important if your mold has a design.
  7. Pour cream mixture into mold. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or until set. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days so you can make it ahead of time.
  8. When ready to un-mold run a knife at the sides and in the tube part of the mold. You can also dip mold in warm water for a couple of seconds. Place serving dish over mold and turn it over.
  9. Garnish with fresh fruits or your favorite sauce.
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Easy Spaghetti Casserole

Easy Spaghetti Casserole

Spaghetti Casserole

My grandsons love spaghetti.  They will eat it every day if they could.

I’m sure everyone has their own favorite spaghetti recipe using different types of meats and sauces.  In our family we enjoy spaghetti with meat balls, meat sauce, or as a casserole.

The casserole version is very easy to prepare, it uses sauce from a jar.  It can be made ahead of time and frozen, just pop it in the oven whenever you want to serve it.

I’ve been making Spaghetti Casserole for years.  It’s not as “saucy” as regular spaghetti with meat sauce, but it’s still yummy!  I add a bottle of Chili Sauce to give it a unique taste, the only problem I’ve had is the bottle of Chili Sauce looks so much like Cocktail Sauce which is usually placed on the same shelf next to it.  Many a time I’ve come home with a bottle of Cocktail Sauce instead, meaning an extra run to the market for the right sauce and some shrimp!

Here’s the recipe.  Served with a small salad it makes a great dinner when you’re pressed for time.

Ingredients: 

1 lb.  ground beef
1 lb. spaghetti
1 bottle Pasta Sauce
1 bottle Chili Sauce
1 tbl. minced garlic
1 tbl. cooking oil
6 slices American cheese
Cooking spray

Spaghetti Casserole

Directions:

1.  Prepare spaghetti as directed on package.  Drain hot water and replace with cold water to keep pasta from sticking together.  Set aside.

2.  Heat oil in a large deep frying pan.  Add garlic and sautee until it turns golden brown.

3.  Add ground beef.  Cook until meat is browned and crumbly.  Drain oil.

4.  Add pasta and chili sauce.  Stir well and simmer until sauce starts to bubble.

5.  Remove sauce from heat and stir in drained pasta.

6.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and pour pasta mixture into the pan.

7.  Arrange cheese slices over all.

8.  Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts.

9.  Serve warm and enjoy!

Easy Spaghetti Casserole
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6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Easy Spaghetti Casserole
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6 Servings 20 Minutes
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Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare spaghetti as directed on package. Drain hot water and replace with cold water to keep pasta from sticking together. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large deep frying pan. Add garlic and sautee until it turns golden brown.
  3. Add ground beef. Cook until meat is browned and crumbly. Drain oil.
  4. Add pasta and chili sauce. Stir well and simmer until sauce starts to bubble.
  5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in drained pasta.
  6. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray and pour pasta mixture into the pan.
  7. Arrange cheese slices over all.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!
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Double Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Double Chocolate Brownies

Double Double Chocolate Brownies

Brownies are one of our favorite treats.  They’re are go to food whenever we have a craving for chocolate!  Most of the time we use brownie mixes to bake up a batch, but there’s no better brownies than those made from scratch, and the best ones are these Double Double Chocolate Brownies!

They’re made with 4 types of chocolate with real creamy butter, there’s no skimping on these brownies.  I use the best chocolates I can find, usually Valrhona when I can find it, if not Gharardelli and Guittard work well too.  Bake some today, you’re sure to love them!

Ingredients:

Double Double Chocolate Brownies
1 cup unsalted butter
4 squares Valrhona or Ghirardelli unsweetened baking chocolate (or the best quality brand you can find)
3 tbls.  unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup Ghirardelli white chocolate chips (or the best premium brand you can find)
1 cup Ghirardelli or Guittard semi-sweet chocolate chips (or the best quality brand you can find)
cooking spray
Directions:
1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
2.  Place butter and baking chocolate in microwave safe bowl.  Microwave about 2 minutes or until melted.  Check and stir the mixture after 2 minutes, if it’s not completely melted return to microwave for 30 second until melted.  Stir mixture every 30 seconds between microwaving to prevent chocolate from burning and butter from separating.  Set aside to cool.
3.  Sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt.
4.  In another mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar together until creamy.
5.  Stir in vanilla extract and cooled chocolate mixture.
6.  Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
7.  Pour into baking pan and sprinkle white and semi-sweet chips over all.
8.  Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set and tester comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares.
Double Double Chocolate Brownies
Double Double Chocolate Brownies
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Servings Prep Time
9x13 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
9x13 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Double Double Chocolate Brownies
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Servings Prep Time
9x13 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
9x13 Pan 20 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pan
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place butter and baking chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave about 2 minutes or until melted. Check and stir the mixture after 2 minutes, if it's not completely melted return to microwave for 30 second until melted. Stir mixture every 30 seconds between microwaving to prevent chocolate from burning and butter from separating. Set aside to cool.
  3. Sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar together until creamy.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract and cooled chocolate mixture.
  6. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  7. Pour into baking pan and sprinkle white and semi-sweet chips over all.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until center is set and tester comes out clean.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares.
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