Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Appetizers. Show all posts

Roast Beef Rollups with BLT Dip...a great appetizer!

With New Years right around the corner, this recipe will definitely be an appetizer that you will make over and over again. Aren't we always looking for a great appetizer? Pinwheels and rollups are a great appetizer idea. This recipe from Pampered Chef is definitely a keeper. They are easy to make and everyone loves them. There are hundreds of great rollups. This post has a few of those great rollups and pinwheels. From beef to salami to chicken ranch and Italian deli style rollups. If you're looking for some appetizers that will be the star of the appetizer table, I'm sure one of these will fit the bill.
My last few posts were on cakes...all kinds of cakes. This one is on another fun party food, rollups and pinwheels. Oh how many times I've made rollups. Sometimes I think I should bring something else, but the rollups are usually the first thing to go. So, I just bring different kinds of rollups now. Same assembly, but with different ingredients and always a crowd pleaser.

Now for the recipe for Roast Beef Roll-Ups and BLT Dip. One of my favorites...easy and delicious!

Roast Beef Roll-Ups & BLT Dip
  • 8 oz  cream cheese spread
  • 3-4 tsp  prepared horseradish
  • 8 (6-in.) flour tortillas
  • 6 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef (8 slices)
  1. Combine cream cheese spread and horseradish in a small mixing bowl; mix well. For each roll-up, spread tortilla evenly with 2 T. (30 mL) of the cream cheese mixture. Top with tomatoes, cucumber, onion and roast beef. Roll up tortilla tightly.
  2. Wrap filled tortillas individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate, seam side down, 30 minutes. Cut each roll-up crosswise into thirds and serve on Medium Bamboo Platter.
Yield:  24 appetizers
Along with the roast beef rollups, the BLT Dip is a great compliment to this appetizer.

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Dip

Yields approximately 2 1/2 cups of dip
Prep time: 15 min. | Chill time: 3 hours

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup ranch saladdressing
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 6 bacon slices, crisply cooked, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Lettuce leaves or crackers for serving
  1. Place cream cheese in a medium bowl.  Gradually stir in dressing; mix well
  2. Remove seeds from tomato and dice it.  Reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish.  Finely chop bacon, celery, and onion.  Add tomato, bacon, celery, onion, and sugar to cream cheese mixture; mix well.  Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours to allow flavors to blend.
  3. To serve, line a bowl with lettuce leaves.  Fill with dip.  Garnish with reserved tomato.  Serve with bread, crackers, or crudités.

One Final Thought...
I do hope you enjoyed this post. So many variations for rollups or pinwheels to choose from. All delicious and easy to make. A great idea for the Holidays! Until next time...Enjoy!

Always remember..."Life's dessert first!"...words to live by! 

There's Salsa and then there's SALSA!!!

Fruits and vegetables...sweet or savory..."S-A-L-S-A...Yum!!! Who doesn't love those homemade summer salsas and Margaritas, of course. These recipes are a party goer's favorite and definitely a healthy snack. I don't think I've ever had any leftover after a party get-together. These recipes are from around the internet. I have tried several of them. You can't go wrong with fresh fruit in any form! Or "Margaritas" in any form...😊

More Summer Breeze Adult Beverages...Recipes for these follow the salsa recipes...
Last week I wrote a post on summer adult beverages, or as I call them, summer breezes. I thought I would add a few more, because as we all know there truly isn't too many "summer breezes"!
Ultimate Strawberry Margarita 
Mango and Lime Margaritas 
Pink Lemonade Margaritas 

  • 1 cup red watermelon, roughly cut
  • 1 cup yellow watermelon, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Jicama, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 fresh Jalapeno chili, seeded
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro
  • 3 T. fresh lime juice
  • salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and give it a few light turns until you get a medium chunky salsa. Enjoy on chicken, fish, pork or with chips!

#2 Corn Salsa by Wish-Bone

This recipe gives this salsa a nice tangy sauce. Corn salsa made with fresh summer corn is so totally delicious. With tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, either green pepper or a little jalapeno and that fresh corn....Yum! It's the best!

  • 1/2 cup Wish-Bone Italian Dressing
  • 1 can (11 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 4 tsp. finely chopped jalapeno pepper or hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp. grated lime peel
Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 30 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature with your favorite chips and grilled foods. Also terrific with Wish-Bone Robusto Italian, Light Italian or Fat Free Italian Dressing

#3 Fresh Fruit Salsa

Let's face it, salsa has everything we need in vitamins...and it tastes so good! This one from the Key Ingredient website is a sweet salsa. The kids love it. Add some cinnamon chips from fruit salsa below and you have a great snack.

"Use any fresh fruit in season, cut into small pieces. This salsa is wonderful in the summer with BBQ!"
  • Peaches 
  • strawberries 
  • apricots 
  • bananas
  • kiwi
  • oranges
  • grapes
  • Brown sugar
  • Lime juice
  • cilantro, chopped
  1. Cut up a combination of colorful fruit, (2-3 cups) sprinkle approximately one tablespoon brown sugar and the juice of one lime.
  2. Add chopped cilantro approximately one-two tablespoons. Refrigerate and serve. Simple!
#4 Sweet & Spicy Strawberry Mango Salsa

This fun sweet salsa from the Key Ingredient website is great with cinnamon tortilla chips! Recipe below in next Fruit Salsa Recipe.
Yield 2 cups

  • 3/4 cup diced strawberries
  • 3/4 cup diced mango
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 2 T. diced red onion
  • 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tsps. honey, or more to taste
  • Juice of 1 lime
In a large bowl, combine strawberries, mango, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, honey and lime juice
Serve immediately...
#5 Texas Caviar

This is my favorite!!! I make this in the summer and winter. It's so good and healthy and everyone loves it!

  • 2 C. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
Place all ingredients above in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly and making sure sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat and let cool to room temperature. 

While the above is cooling, mix the following ingredients in a very large bowl...
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 c. celery, chopped small
  • 1 bell red pepper, diced small
  • 1 bell green pepper, diced small
  • 1 bell orange pepper, diced small
  • 2 cans drained shoepeg corn
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans regular corn, rinsed and drained
Add cooled liquid to the vegetables. Store in refrigerator overnight. Drain, and then serve with chips, or crackers or Scoops. If there are any leftovers, and in most instances there won't be, you can store in fridge for up to about a week.

#6 Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

This recipe from "The Girl That Ate Everything website has apples in it. Who would have ever thought...a sweet salsa with apples served on cinnamon chips!

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 1-16 oz. carton of strawberries, diced
  • 2 T. white sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 T. brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 3 T. fruit preserves, any flavor
Directions for Salsa:
  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cinnamon Chips:

  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • Melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray
  • cinnamon sugar (1 cup white sugar and 2 T. cinnamon
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).
  3. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes.
Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be served with cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off too much juice and gets runny.

#7 Strawberry Salsa...

Another strawberry salsa...strawberries make the best fruit salsa...

  • 2-1/2 cups finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup prepared Catalina salad dressing
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • Pepper to taste
  • Tortilla chips
In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, green pepper, onions and parsley. Stir in the salad dressing, hot pepper sauce and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 3 cups.

More Summer Breeze Adult Beverages...
Frozen Mango-Lime Margaritas
Mango and Lime Margaritas from the Kitchen is so refreshing....sweet and tart in one sip! What a great summer drink. If you are having a Girl's Night In, I think this drink would steal the show!


To rim glasses:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 cup fresh chopped mango
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • Honey (optional)
  • 2-3 cups ice
  • Lime slices for garnish (optional)
  1. Pour the sugar in a small saucer, then wet the rim of each glass with the lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into the sugar to coat. Set aside.
  2. Add mango, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec to a blender and puree. Taste for sweetness--depending on your mango, it may be plenty sweet already, or you may want to add honey, a teaspoon or two at a time, until it's sweet enough. Add 2 cups ice and blend completely, adding additional ice to attain desired thickness.
  3. Pour into glasses, garnish with a lime slice if desired, and serve.
Note: Can substitute Grand Marnier for the Triple Sec
Pink Lemonade Margaritas
This is a light cocktail from the Secrets, Lies and Margarita website. It very light and really refreshing for those hot summer days and nights!

  • 1 tub CRYSTAL LIGHT Pink Lemonade Flavor Low Calorie Soft Drink Mix
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup cold orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. tequila
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 5 cups crushed ice
  1. PLACE drink mix, water, orange juice, tequila and lime juice in blender container; cover.
  2. BLEND on high speed until drink mix is dissolved.
  3. ADD ice; cover. Blend on high speed until thickened and smooth. Serve immediately
  4. Optional: pour drink mixture over ice if you don't want a frozen Margarita
Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita
You can't get better than a Frozen Strawberry Margarita! This recipe is from  the All Recipes website...So refreshing on those hot summer days!

  • 6 fluid oz. Tequilla
  • 2 fluid oz. Triple Sec
  • 8 oz. Frozen sliced strawberries in syrup
  • 4 fluid oz. frozen limeade concentrate
Fill a blender with ice and crush. Pour in the tequila and triple sec. Add the strawberries and limeade. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in sugar. Makes 4 servings. I tried this recipe this past weekend... it was "the Ultimate"....A Great recipe!!!!

Bloody Mary Skewers
Well, this one was a long one...but there are so many great salsa recipes and adult beverages out there I barely touched the surface...but all have been tried and are terrific! I hope this summer you have a change to try at least one of refreshing and so, so good!

Always remember..."Life's dessert first!"...words to live by!