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Jalapeño Cream Cheese Cocktail Meatballs are a good starter for your next holiday or game day party

  • MEATBALLS:
  • 1-pound 80 to 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub of Philadelphia Jalapeño Cream Cheese Spread, brought to room temperature, or 1 (8-ounce) package of creams cheese plus 1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapeños, drained
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • RANCH DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus more to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, plus more to taste
  • coarse salt and fresh black pepper to taste
4.4/5 (31 Votes)

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Five-Spice powder is rubbed on the brisket before being braised in a broth of soy sauce, beef stock, ginger, and sc...

  • 8 ounces ginger, skin on
  • 2 yellow onions, halved
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (4-pound) brisket
  • 3 tablespoons five-spice powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
4.7/5 (7 Votes)

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A fun marshmallow treat made to look like a tiger's tail

  • Marshmallows
  • Long lollipop sticks
  • 1 1/4 cups Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 1/2 cups high quality white chocolate
  • Vegetable oil
  • Orange candy oil
  • Orange candy coloring (Don't use normal food coloring)
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4.6/5 (17 Votes)

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Blood orange juice and muddled jalapeños make this margarita spicy and with a dark color, with the same flavors of...

  • 2 slices jalapeño or serrano chile
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 4 ounces blood orange juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • juice of half a lime
4.6/5 (17 Votes)

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These spicy, cheesy, herb-filled appetizers are perfect for your next party or gathering

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sharp Cheddar or Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
4.8/5 (4 Votes)

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Guacamole has the salty crispy crunch and creamy goodness you need in a cheese sandwi

  • 1 ripe Hass avocado
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 ounces sharp Cheddar, sliced into thin shards or coarsely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3 ounces aged gouda, sliced into thin shards or coarsely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3 ounces provolone, thinly sliced or coarsely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough bread
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 4 to 6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
4.6/5 (20 Votes)

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Make this flavorful white bean and roasted garlic dip up to three days ahead to allow flavors to blend and to keep ...

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic heads, whole
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish
4.5/5 (25 Votes)

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Smoky BBQ Wings are what you're craving

  • 3.5 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
4.6/5 (15 Votes)

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Soft and moist, almost like cake--you won't want to share these Italian Ricotta Cookies

  • FROSTING:
  • 2 sticks of butter, about 1/2-pound
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (16-ounce) package ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teapoon vanilla
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups confectionery sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • spinkles, optional to garnish
4.3/5 (36 Votes)

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Delicious and simple to prepare, Warm Artichoke Olive Dip is the most delicious appetizer to cozy up with at your n...

  • 1 (8-ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, packed, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup green-olive tapenade
  • 1 (5.2-ounce) Boursin garlic-and-herb cheese
  • assorted sliced crusty breads
4.7/5 (9 Votes)

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These reindeer poop treats make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas or prank for a fun April Fool's day trick!

  • 1 (16-ounce) package white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 (16-ounce) jars dry roasted peanuts
4.4/5 (31 Votes)

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This recipe for cheese fondue is a classic, with the dry white wine and Kirsh added to the cheese mixture

  • 1/2 pound gruyere, coarsely grated cheese
  • 1/2 pound emmental, coarsely grated cheese
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 2/3 cup white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is fine)
  • 4 tablespoons kirsch (dry cherry brandy)
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
4.4/5 (28 Votes)

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