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Looking to kick things up a notch?! Try this yummy Spicy Ranch Ritz Crackers recipe

  • Full box regular Ritz crackers
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of melted, unsalted butter
  • One package Ranch Seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4.4/5 (27 Votes)

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These spicy, crunchy, spinach-filled phyllo cups are the perfect way to start any dinner party or social gathering

  • 1 (10-ounce) package baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chipotle flavored hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 45 mini phyllo shells
4.7/5 (3 Votes)

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Who knew that Cherries & Apricots are a match made in heaven? Crostatas are very easy to make

  • For the crust:
  • 1 stick or 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur Brand)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water
  • For the filling:
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • For the fruit:
  • 20 about 20 cherries, pitted
  • 3-4 apricots, pitted and sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (or 1 teaspoon clear jel)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional, but my favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons apricot or peach jam (optional)
  • coarse sugar (for a delicious crunch on the dough)
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with water
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
4.5/5 (13 Votes)

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This cornbread dressing is straight out of Grandma's own personal recipe collection and is guaranteed to be a hit o...

  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, plus more to taste
  • 5 cups white bread, crumbled
  • 5 cups corn bread, crumbled
  • 2 cups chicken broth, plus extra
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sage seasoning, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon of salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
4.5/5 (15 Votes)

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Walnuts give this Gorgonzola cheese bread a nice crunch and flavor

  • 1 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, toasted*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • French bread slices
  • Apple and pear slices
4.5/5 (14 Votes)

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Sweet Potato Mini-Latkes are a great twist on the a traditional dish

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded, about 1-pound
  • 2 medium green onions, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • sliced pecans, if desired
4.6/5 (5 Votes)

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The sweetness of the fresh figs, with cream brie and the saltiness of the prosciutto works in harmony that deliver...

  • Fresh figs, cut in half
  • Brie, cut into small squares
  • Prosciutto
  • Skewers
4.5/5 (8 Votes)

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Chipotle meatball appetizers have a little heat and are good to eat! Nested in bite-sized pastry cups and topped wi...

  • 1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 3 tablespoons adobo sauce
  • 12 frozen Italian-style meatballs (1/2-ounce each), thawed and halved
  • 4 (1-ounce) pieces mozzarella string cheese
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled, cut into 24 small slices
4.4/5 (19 Votes)

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I LOVE CHEESE! These Cheese Balls are baked, not fried so have at 'em and enjoy!

  • COATING:
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese (I used the reduced fat not fresh kinda I had in the fridge and it worked just fine)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (I used Lawry's)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • CENTERS:
  • String cheese (fat free) broken into pieces
4.4/5 (22 Votes)

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Spicy fried mixed nuts are packed full of flavor and can be enjoyed with a nice cold adult beverage

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 cup unsalted cashew nuts
  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted macademia nuts
  • 1 rosemary twig, just the leafs
  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
4.4/5 (16 Votes)

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Crab Artichoke Dip in a Bread Bowl is a delicious way to curve your guests' appetites before the main course is ser...

  • 1 large or 2 small round sourdough bread or rye bread
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar lump crab
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon buffalo hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 cup mozzarella or sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack, shredded
4.4/5 (15 Votes)

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Puff pastry is a magical and easy ingredient to create so many recipes

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator overnight
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 parmesan, grated and divided
  • 1 large egg
4.5/5 (6 Votes)

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