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Make beef, pork, lamb, chicken or turkey the star of your starters. Meat and Poultry Appetizers give your meal a satisfying start as dips, spreads, kabobs, nachos and more!

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Rate this recipe 4.7/5 (19 Votes)
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Servings 24
Preparation time 10
Cooking time 55

  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 to 12 slices of thin cut bacon, cut into halves or thirds
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Parsley, for garnish

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These sweet chicken bacon bites are easy to snack on! Bet you can't eat just one! Great for a party or family movie...

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Pulled pork nachos are easy, hearty, and cheesy of course! Serve them up at a party or family gathering along with ...

  • 3 large handfuls of tortilla chips
  • 1 cup leftover carnitas or pulled pork
  • 1 tablespoon barbeque seasoning
  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced
4.4/5 (21 Votes)

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Sausage wontons will be a hit at your next tailgate, snack on these savory bite sized morsels of fun!

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 60 wonton wrappers
  • Vegetable oil
4.5/5 (27 Votes)

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Taco burger sliders are the best of both worlds; tacos and well burgers! Slide these onto your plate and into your

  • 2 tablespoons lower sodium salsa, such as Newman's Own® Mild Salsa*
  • 4 teaspoons taco seasoning
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 4 very thin slices 2% cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces), halved (optional)
  • 8 small round whole wheat dinner or potato rolls, split and, if desired, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup lower sodium salsa
4.3/5 (12 Votes)

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Put the chicken on the barbie! Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs make a grilled treat that goes good with any side dish!

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 12 skewers
4.5/5 (38 Votes)

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These potato pancakes are great to use up leftover mashed potatoes and are a family favorite!

  • 3 slices bacon
  • 4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
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These meatballs are delicious in their bourbon whiskey sauce

  • 1 pound bag frozen meatballs
  • 1/2 cup ketchup, heaping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cups bourbon whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4.5/5 (183 Votes)

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Savory meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes are the perfect fun, silly, snacky, appetizer-y bites when you get that ...

  • MASHED POTATOES:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, extra lean
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups cubed peeled Yukon gold potato, about 2 pounds
  • 1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • GARNISH:
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 4 pieces of bacon cooked and them chopped
4.5/5 (178 Votes)

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Looking for a great appetizer? These Crescent Bacon Cheddar Pinwheel Appetizers will be loved by everyone

  • 1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 4 to 6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese, about 2 ounces
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions, about 4 medium
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, optional
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The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for it to finish in the crock pot

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 packet Zesty Italian dressing seasoning
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, (softened)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
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Perfect for a snack or appetizer, these Chicken Enchilada Dip Roll-Ups are the best!

  • 2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced (I used my garlic press)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Rotisserie chicken, skinned and shredded - If you can find a southwest flavored chicken, that would be even better.
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 10 ounce can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 package jalapeno cheddar tortillas
4.5/5 (133 Votes)

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Crock pots are so convenient, plug them in and go to work

  • MEATBALLS:
  • 20 ounces (1.3 pounds) ground turkey breast 93% lean
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt + fresh pepper
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I like Tuttorosso)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or parsley
4.5/5 (127 Votes)

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If you're a fan of hot melted cheese dips and bacon double cheeseburgers then this is the perfect dip for you! Tast...

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
4.5/5 (122 Votes)

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The perfect Beef & Broccoli recipe for your Crockpot

  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 cup beef consumme
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar or honey
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cooled sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
4.5/5 (119 Votes)

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Enjoy all the flavor of meatball pizza in a bite-sized morsel

  • 1 can Pillsbury golden layers biscuits
  • 10 frozen fully cooked Italian style meatballs, thawed and cut in half
  • 2 sticks string cheese, - cut into 10 pieces each
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Marinara sauce
4.5/5 (96 Votes)

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