It’s Taco Tuesday and at my house that calls for a batch of Homemade Fresh Salsa. I know there are lots of bottled salsa out there, but seriously? Bottled salsa can’t compare to homemade!
In my husband’s family there’s a serious Salsa recipe competition! Each of my in-laws guard their “secret” salsa recipe; and each one claiming boasting rights to the best Salsa in town. Having tried their salsas I must admit the male darned good salsa! Who has the best, that’s hard to say without offending anyone!
Now having watched them make their salsa over the years I’ve been able to piece together my own version that of course is just as good!
Making homemade salsa isn’t very hard it just takes a bit of time and effort, but the end result is so worth it!
I usually mix up enough to fill 2 quart size Mason jars. This will keep in the fridge about a week or so, not that we have it for that long. We love using it on tacos, nachos, and even in fresh pita bread. It’s seriously that delish!
So here’s how to make Fresh Salsa, try it and you’ll never buy another bottle of it again!
Perfect for snacking or feeding a large crowd. They’re just so addicting, and you won’t be able to stop!
It can get a bit hectic around the holidays as you try to find the perfect gifts for your niece and nephews, the must-have sweater vests for your baby corgis, while hosting the biggest dinner party with friends and family in your closet-sized kitchen.
That’s why these oyster crackers are everything.
The combination is absolutely heavenly.
Now you can easily find this ingredient at Walmart – the perfect resource for all of your holiday entertaining, and you can transport these addicting crackers in these Glad Food Storage Containers. Just toss it right in, throw on the lid and you’re set.
See, I told you. Easy! You can even make this ahead of time, although you’ll probably end up eating all of the crackers before you make it to your boss’ holiday party!
- 2 (8-ounce) packages oyster crackers
- 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Lightly coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray.
- Add oyster crackers, Ranch Seasoning, garlic and dill. Stir in vegetable oil and gently toss to combine.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Stir in butter until melted, about 1-2 minutes.
- Remove crackers from slow cooker and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Stir in Parmesan and let cool completely.
- Serve, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Spice up your child’s snack this holiday season!
Fun “themed” snacks can help increase fruit and vegetable intake within your family. When foods are served in a creative form, children are more likely to eat the food served regardless if they may not have previously chosen to eat that specific food.
This snack is perfect for children to get involved in creating. Once the apples and cheese have been cut, assembly is child proof. Their involvment in the preparation may increase acceptance of more fruits.
What is needed for this creation?!
A slice of yellow cheese (preferable low fat)
5 -7 small pretzel sticks
8 green apple slices
8 craisins or raisins`
What’s better than a chicken pot pie? A chicken pot pie topped with a flaky puff pastry!
Don’t you love it when you decide on what to make for dinner and you just so happen to have everything you need right in your very own kitchen? It’s rare, but it happened to me when I had a craving for chicken pot pie.
I started rummaging through my fridge, pantry, and freezer, and was amazed to find that I could pull this together without even running to the store. I found puff pastry leftover from my Peach Tarts, heavy cream from my Salted Caramel Oat Bars, and fresh thyme from my Slow Cooker Pot Roast.
- 1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream, divided
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (about 10 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 large egg yolk
- Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each pastry sheet into a 12×10-in. rectangle. Cut one sheet crosswise into six 2-in. strips; cut remaining sheet lengthwise into five 2-in. strips. On a baking sheet, closely weave strips to make a 12×10-in. lattice. Freeze while making filling.
- Toss chicken with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat; saute chicken until browned, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pan.
- In same skillet, heat remaining butter over medium-high heat; saute onion until tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in garlic and herbs; cook 1 minute. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in broth and 1 cup cream. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in vegetables, lemon juice, chicken and the remaining salt and pepper; return to a boil. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2 qt. oblong baking dish. Top with lattice, trimming to fit.
- Whisk together egg yolk and remaining cream; brush over pastry. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and golden brown, 45-55 minutes. Cover loosely with foil if it starts getting too dark. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Test Kitchen Tips
- For a crisper crust, bake on a rimmed baking sheet. Trim lattice to fit baking dish, then place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400°. for 20-25 minutes. Then place on top of your hot filling before serving.
- Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
- To make a fresh garlic clove easy to peel, gently crush it with the flat side of a large knife blade to loosen the peel. If you don’t have a large knife, you can crush the garlic with a small can. The peel will come right off.
- Check out 11 of our most genius crumb crust ideas.
1 serving: 523 calories, 25g fat (10g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 768mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 30g protein.
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Are you looking for something simple and easy to add to your Thanksgiving menu? Try these delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters! They’re easy to make, you can mix up a batch in about half an hour!
Corn & Cheese Fritters make a great snack, appetizer, side dish, or even a light meal! Garnish it with chopped chives or green onions and serve with a dollop of sour cream! Super yummy! I guarantee your friends and family will love them!
Here’s my recipe for the delicious Corn & Cheese Fritters. This recipe makes about a dozen 2″ fritters and can easily be doubled to make more.
One thing about these fritters, you want to fry them up nice and crisp so don’t make the patty too thick. When the Corn & Cheese fritters are too thick the middle doesn’t cook well and you end up with a raw batter center, yuck!
1 1/2 cup flour
1 large can (15.25 Oz. size) corn kernels
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded cheese, preferably cheddar, monteray jack, or a combination of both
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tbs. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped chives or green onions
Oil for frying
Sour cream & chopped chives or green onions for topping
Mix all dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients except the oil to the flour mixture.
Mix well until all the flour has been incorporated. Batter will be very thick, do not water it down.
Heat about 1/2′ oil in frying pan.
Drop spoonfuls of batter into hot oil. Lightly press down on each patty to spread it out and thin the patty to about 1/2′ thick.
Fry until golden brown turning each patty as the first side brown.
Drain on paper towel.
Serve garnished with chopped chive or green onions and a dollop of sour cream.