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This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe will be the star of your next party

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 jalapeños, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped and divided
  • Crackers, for serving
4.3/5 (35 Votes)

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When I was a little kid, Cracker Jack was one of my favorite treats

  • EQUIPMENT:
  • Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper
  • 2 large baking sheets or one deep roasting pan, lined with parchment paper or with a silpat mat
  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 15 cups popped corn (1/2 cup kernels, unpopped)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups peanuts, optional (I used Spanish peanuts)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
4.6/5 (18 Votes)

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Vary tasty and simple to make! Shredded cheese and seasonings are sandwiched between sheets of puff pastry, cut int...

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg white, slightly beaten
  • 1 package cheddar cheese, shredded
4.7/5 (6 Votes)

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Almonds and tarragon may seem like unusual additions to a mushroom and pepper tart, but the combination is simply a...

  • 1 (9-ounce) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups (8-ounces) shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup (4-ounces) jarred roasted red peppers, patted dry and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (4-ounces) Gruyère, coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 3 tablespoons almonds, sliced
4.7/5 (6 Votes)

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Pamper your guests this holiday season with this decadent and delicious treat, Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam, Almon...

  • 1 10x10-inch piece frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 (8-ounce) wheel Brie cheese, rind intact
  • 2 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, softened in hot water, drained, and patted dry
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Crackers (optional for serving)
  • Sliced baguette (optional for serving)
  • Sliced apples (optional for serving)
  • Grapes (optional for serving)
4.7/5 (6 Votes)

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Hearty White Bean & Prosciutto Bruschetta is a quick crowd-pleasing appetizer

  • 2 cups cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced, fat removed, cut into thin strips
  • Bruschetta
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, minced
4.7/5 (6 Votes)

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These easy canapes are perfect for a light snack or appetizer in autumn

  • 24 walnut halves (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 24 thin slices whole-wheat baguette, from 1/2 baguette
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, choped, plus whole leaves for garnish
4.6/5 (10 Votes)

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I made this Christmas Brie for our last holiday gathering and everyone loved it! I'll be making it again this year,...

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • Wheel of brie (large or small)
4.6/5 (10 Votes)

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Baked cauliflower and fresh thyme make this white bean dip a light and easy choice for your next party

  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can Great Northern beans (or any white bean), rinsed and drained
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Extra olive oil for drizzling
4.5/5 (18 Votes)

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Smoked Salmon Cheese Balls? Yes please! Make individual balls so everyone has the perfect amount, or make one large...

  • 1 (8 ounces) package Changing Seas Norwegian Smoked Salmon, roughly chopped
  • 1 (8 ounces) package Neufchâtel cheese
  • 1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
4.5/5 (18 Votes)

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Fried mac and cheese balls are the perfect ooey, gooey comfort food filled with creamy cheese and pasta, then deep-...

  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) package process cheese spread, cubed
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • peanut oil for frying
  • Franks Hot Sauce to taste
4.5/5 (19 Votes)

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This isn't your normal basic cheese ball! Bacon Spinach Cheese Ball is sure to be a hit at your next party, if you ...

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4.5/5 (24 Votes)

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