05 October 2009

Awesome Appetizers!

Our theme for September cooking club was appetizers. We enjoyed some wonderful company and some amazing appetizers. Our theme next month is comfort food. Perfect choice as the weather starts to get colder.

Crab Ragoon: prepared by Dawn

-2 cans crab meat (drained well)

-2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese

-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

-3 green onions (finely minced)
-3 Tbsp mayo

-1 clove garlic (finely minced)

-1 pinch pepper
-wonton wrapper

Mix first 7 ingredients together. Set aside. Place wonton wrappers in muffin cups and spray with cooking spray. Put tablespoon of crab mixture inside. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Watch after about 13 minutes so top corners of wonton wrappers don't burn. Makes about 45 ragoons. Recipe can be easily divided.

Cream Cheese 'n Herb Cucumber Bites: prepared by Melissa

-1 carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup), divided

-1/2 cup Philadelphia chive and onion 1/3 less fat than cream cheese

-2 cucumbers, cut lengthwise in half, seeded

Reserve 2 Tbsp. carrots. Mix remaining carrots with cream cheese; spoon into cucumber shells. Top with reserved carrots. Cut each cucumber half into 5 pieces to serve.

Pumpkin Fluff Dip: Prepared by Jenn H.

-1 (16 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed

-1 (5 oz) package instant vanilla pudding

-1 (15 oz) can solid pack pumpkin

-1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

-Nilla wafers or graham cracker sticks

In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Acorn Cupcakes: Prepared by Jenn H.

-prepared cupcakes

-1 tube chocolate decorating frosting

-Hershey Kisses

-mini vanilla wafers

-vanilla frosting

-finely chopped walnuts

Pipe a dot of chocolate decorating frosting on the flat side of the chocolate candies. Place a mini vanilla wafer on top, flat side down. Pipe a small dot of chocolate frosting in the center of each cookie as the stem. Spread the vanilla frosting on top of the cupcake and make smooth. Roll the edge of the cupcake into the chopped nuts to coat the side. Arrange 3 of the acorns on top of the cupcake and place an additional acorn at the base of the cupcakes.

Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats: Prepared by Jenn H.

-4 Tbsp. margarine

-10 oz bag white mini marshmallows

-6 cups rice krispies cereal

-red and yellow food coloring

-green fruit roll-up

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Microwave the marshmallows and margarine on high for about 90 seconds. Stir the mixture and add 15 drops of yellow food coloring and 8 drops of red food coloring. Microwave an additional 60 seconds. Stir in 6 cups of rice krispies. Spray or butter your hands and mold the mixture into 2 1/2" balls. Set to the side. For the stems and vines, roll green fruit roll-up like a log and slice into 1/2" pieces. Use a toothpick and make an opening and place the stem on top of the pumpkin and squish the rice krispies to hold it. Take the leftover green fruit roll-up and slice into long thin strips. Curl them around the pumpkin and press the top into the hold with the stem.

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds: Prepared by Jenn H.


-sour cream

-bacon, cooked and crumbled

-green onion or chive, finely chopped

-shredded cheddar cheese





-garlic powder

-grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery stuff)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash your potatoes and then slice into 1/4" rounds. Melt some butter. Using a basting brush, brush the front and backs of the potato rounds with butter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Take the potatoes out and flip them over. Evenly cover the potatoes with the Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes. Pull them back out, flip over one last time. Top each potato round with a little cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream, bacon and green onions.

Cucumber Sandwiches: Prepared by Jenn H.

-1 English cucumber (long and thin, usually wrapped in cellophane)

-1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

-2 Tbsp mayonnaise

-1 envelope Good Season's dry Italian salad dressing mix

-2 Pillsbury refrigerated French loaf

-dry dill weed

*Note: I used Pampered Chef bread tubes. I don't think they sell them anymore but I found mine on ebay. They come in different shapes too, like heart, flower, star, etc.

Mix cream cheese, salad dressing mix and mayo together and refrigerate at least 2 hours to blend the flavors. Slice cucumber thinly and cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.
Spray bread tube pans generously with Pam. Push bread dough with wooden spoon down into tubes and cover the top with lids. Stand tubes upright on oven rack. Bake at 385 for approx 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly - remove top and bottom lids and push bread out standing up on cooling racks to cool completely.

To assemble:
Slice bread into 1/4 inch slices; spread cream cheese mixture over each bread slice, top with a cucumber slice, and sprinkle the dried dill weed lightly over the cucumber. This should make about 24 (+/-) sandwiches depending on thickness of bread slices.

You can do all the prep work the night before and then assemble about an hour before serving. You don't want to assemble too early or the bread will get soggy. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Sour Cream Taco Dip: Prepared by Tiffany O'Sheal

-1/2 package taco seasoning (or more to taste)
-16 oz. sour cream (I used fat free)

Mix together and serve. Keep refrigerated. Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Cheese Dip: Prepared by Sandi

Rye Party Puffs: Prepared by Jen F.

Salsa: Prepared by Christy

Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts: Prepared by Sandi

1 comment:

buffalo chicken wing said...

Miss you girls! The food looks incredible! Can't wait to try some of the recipes.