Halloween Party Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

Halloween Party Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

This fun appetizer will surprise your Halloween party guests. A few simple ingredients make this delicious snack a terrible simple addition to your party table.

 

Ingredients

  • 24 mini cheese rounds
  • 24 green olive slices
  • 8 black olives
  • red gel food color
  • chopstick or skewer
  • small paintbrush

Instructions

1: Remove the wax casing from the cheeses. Use a paring knife to carefully cut a divot in the center of the cheese that’s approximately the size of a green olive slice
2: Press a green olive slice into the divot firmly, being careful not to damage the olive slice

4: Dip a small paintbrush into the red gel food coloring and paint squiggly lines from the olives outward to give the eyes a bloodshot effect. Six to eight lines per eyeball will provide the best look. 

5: Keep cold until ready to serve. Serve alongside fresh veggies and your favorite crackers or pita bread for a healthy Halloween party snack. 

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Grilled Bruschetta

Grilled Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped and seeded plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 16 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • Sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 3 tablespoons, 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, shallot, basil, 2 teaspoons olive oil and garlic. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Brush remaining oil over both sides of baguette slices. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
  • Top toasts with tomato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic syrup; sprinkle with sea salt and Parmesan. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 58 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Level: Easy

Total: 30 min

Active: 30 min

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

Ingredients

 

 

Directions:

1. Cut the kernels from the corn. Cut 2 thin rounds of the Fresno chile and reserve them for garnish. Seed the remaining chile, if desired, then finely chop it.

2. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender, about 6 minutes. Add the heavy cream and chopped chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese until melted, then remove from the heat and season with salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the scallion greens and the chile slices. Serve hot or at room temperature with tortilla chips for dipping.


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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

 Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 30 min 

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 1 hr

Cook: 10 min 

Yield: 12 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute, removing before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden). Pour the garlic and oil into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Add the red and yellow tomatoes, balsamic and basil to the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and then taste and add more basil if needed, and more salt if needed (don’t over salt, though!) Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time. 
  3. Cut the baguette into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread on both sides, making sure they’re nice and buttery. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the other half of the bread. 
  4. To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a big platter as a first course or appetizer.

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Southwest Quesadillas

Southwest Quesadillas

 

One of my favorite appetizers are Southwest Eggrolls, I order them all the time at Chili’s and The Cheesecake Factory.  I also make Southwest Eggrolls at home!

But Southwest Eggrolls are usually fried, that’s what makes them so good!  But anything fried pretty much means high in calories and everything else that aren’t the healthiest things to eat.  So I recently thought why not make Southwest Quesadillas?  After all Quesadillas aren’t deep fried, they’re grilled, so much healthier I think.

I usually make a batch of the Southwest Eggroll filling and using them in quesadillas works as well. Instead of rolling the filling burrito style I grill it on a tortilla, whole wheat of course!

You can make a batch of the filling and use it however you want.  You can freeze the filling and thaw it out when needed.  Or you can roll them into eggrolls and freeze until ready to use. However you choose to use it this Southwest filling is very versatile.  Did I mention it’s a pretty healthy choice too?

Yes the filling is pretty health.  It’s got fiber, protein, and other vitamins, and it’s fairly low in calories and fat.  So go a head make a batch today!

So here’s how to make Southwest Quesadillas!

Southwest Quesadillas

Southwest Eggroll filling click here

Whole Wheat Tortillas (you can use any type of tortilla)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Cilantro

Cooking Spray

Toppings of your choice:  Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, etc.

Spray a skillet with cooking spray.

Heat skillet and place 1 tortilla in it.

Sprinkle shredded cheddar all over the tortilla.

Spoon about 1/2 Cup of Southwest Eggroll filling on HALF the tortilla.

Lift the other half of the tortilla with a spatula and fold it over the filled half.

Press the top half down and cook about 1 minute.

Carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook the other side about 1-2 minutes or until it starts to turn crunchy and cheese is melted.

Remove from heat and cut into 4 triangles.

Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

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Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

Here’s the recipe from Mom Endeavors![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

If you don’t want to make the cupcakes then just make the marshmallow pops!  It’s made the same way as the cupcake toppers using the food writer pens, just stick them on lollipop sticks instead![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

Click here for recipe and directions![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

This would make an awesome centerpiece for your dessert table![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!