This weekend we had an annual picnic at my aunt and uncle’s house and I volunteered to make an appetizer. I was going to make corn and black bean salsa, but my cousin and his wife were bringing that … so off to Pinterest I went to be inspired.
Whenever we go out to dinner, we usually get a hummus plate and thought that would be perfect thing to snack on while hanging out at the pool and catching up with our family. It was a huge hit and it’s so simple and easy to make! You can make your own hummus, but I was short on time, so I picked up a couple containers while I was grocery shopping. This will definitely be a staple potluck appetizer for any future events we’re invited to!
If you were lucky to snag garlic scapes this summer, don’t let them go to waste. I haven’t seen them at our Farmers Market lately and was so surprised to see one of the stands have a couple bags of them. If you’ve never had a garlic scape before, they’re green, curly and look like green beans. They are the step and flower bud of hardneck garlic plants – this is the most common type of garlic grown in North America.
Scapes are packed full of garlic flavor and make for a delicious pesto. I decided to use this batch and make dip with white beans. It was creamy, simple and went great with mini pitas. It would go great with a plate of cucumbers, carrots and sliced peppers.
My family loves brussels sprouts – which is completely opposite of how I grew up. I remember my mom would make a bag of frozen brussels and they were always mussy and gross. We would have to eat one brussels sprout and I would gag the entire time. Needless to say, I thought I never liked them … until I had them sauteed in pan until they were crispy. It was completely different and now we eat them several time a month.
I was looking for something different with a bag of brussels sprouts and saw this recipe for dijon aioli and thought I would give it a try. The aioli was amazing and I loved the creaminess it added to the roasted vegetables.
My kids snack all day long. Do yours? I’m not finding I’m snacking too … which is not great for trying to not gain weight right now. I’m on the hunt for new recipes for snacks that are healthier and will keep them full longer. I swear they have about 15 snacks before lunch every morning. I’m going to need to building a revolving door in the my pantry!
I had bought a bunch of cucumbers during my last Costco run and needed to use them up. I also had a block of cream cheese that was close to expiring, so off to Pinterest I went. I found a recipe for this spread that had both ingredients and I whipped up a batch. It was really good. I love the adding of the diced cucumber to the cream cheese and it was perfect to eat on sliced cucumbers or butter crackers.
If you love horseradish, you’ll love this dip. My mom used to make this dip all the time when I was younger and I loved it. Now that dairy and are no longer friends, I’ve only sampled a small amount to make sure it was perfect. My husband and kids loved it. We enjoyed it with pretzels and veggies.
Last weekend, I stopped by a neighboring town’s Farmers Market and was excited to see one of the stands had garlic scapes. If you’ve never had a garlic scape before, you’re missing out. They are the flower bud of a garlic bulb – they taste like garlic and can be used in any recipe as a substitute for regular garlic. Usually in late June, the green tops are removed to encourage the garlic bulb to grow thicker.
I decided to make a dip with the ones I picked up. It was so delicious and made for a perfect afternoon snack. I added a couple basil leaves to bring the garlic flavor down a level, but you could omit it if you don’t have fresh basil.
I have also used scapes before to make pesto and tossed with fresh pasta. I can’t wait to see if the farm stand has them again this weekend!
I have to give my mom credit to sharing this recipe with me. She recently made it for a picnic and it was a HUGE hit! It’s a quick and easy dish to make for any gathering. I made it for a Father’s Day picnic at my in-law’s house and everyone enjoyed it.
It’s basically all the insides of an Italian hoagie chopped up, mixed together with a dressing and served with sliced bread. I know this is going to be a staple in our house!
Do you ever find yourself with a bunch of random ingredients in the refrigerator and want to use them up before they go bad … or is it just me?
I had a block of cream cheese that I needed to use and thought it would be great to make an appetizer for Easter dinner a couple weeks ago. I threw together this cheese ball and it was a hit.The flavors of the garlic, onions and cheese go so nicely together. I paired it with pita chips, but it would go great with vegetables or crackers. You can easily double the recipe to make a large ball or make multiples for a party.
Spinach dip is the ultimate appetizer for any party or gathering. I decided to take it to another with the addition of roasted poblano peppers. They added a bit of heat and gave this dip a great twist. My kids didn’t even notice the peppers and ate it with no issues.
I’m always looking for a new recipe to bring to parties and events; this may be my new favorite recipe! Caramelizing the onions brings onion dip to a completely different level! There is much more of a richness of onion flavor. I definitely recommend making it a day before you plan to serve it. This give is enough time for all the flavors to really develop. It goes perfectly with chips or veggies! It would be great over a baked potato too!