Showing posts with label lunch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lunch. 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! 

Club Quesadillas...Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!

What can be better? Any kind of quesadillas...they're the best! Kids and adults love them equally. Kids like them for lunch or a great after school treat. Who hasn't taken a tortilla, filled it with cheese and nuked it in the microwave. So yummy and takes the edge off when you are really hungry. They are also a great dinner time favorite with soup, or as an appetizer when you have guests. Plus they are a great appetizer when you're out for dinner. They are also great with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.
In my bowling days I would have one with chicken just about every week with an adult beverage and my  bowling buddies. Nothing better than that! There are so many kinds of quesadillas out there. Club quesadillas are great and I've added a few more at the bottom of this post that might interest everyone.

Let's Make A Club Quesadilla...
First spread the ranch dressing on the tortilla. Then add some cheese on top of the dressing.
Sprinkle some bacon and chicken on top of the dressing and cheese.
Then sprinkle with tomatoes and place the second tortilla on top of the ingredients. I have a tortilla maker. Plug in so the maker gets hot. Once the green light comes on you're ready to place the first tortilla on the maker. Cook for about 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.
And here they are. I didn't have large tortillas, but the small ones worked also. I placed some more bruschetta on top of the tortillas for extra flavor.

Club Quesadillas Recipe...
  • 2 flour tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1 T. Ranch Dressing
  • Chopped chicken or turkey
  • 1 slice bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tomato (diced) - I used some left over bruschetta that we had had the night before.
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • *Salsa (optional) but what's a quesadilla without the fixings. I also put ranch dressing out and sour cream.
**Note: this recipe is for 1 quesadilla...just double or triple your ingredients for more quesadillas              
  1. If you are lucky enough to have a quesadilla maker, follow instructions on how to cook.
  2. Heat grill or non-stick skillet on top of the stove to medium heat. Spread tortillas with ranch dressing.
  3. Layer remaining ingredients on one tortilla. Place second tortilla on top of ingredients and other tortilla.
  4. Grill or heat in frying pan 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until quesadillas are golden brown on both sides and singles (cheese) are melted
How to Cook Quesadillas the Old Fashion Way...on the stove!
You can also make quesadillas the old fashioned way...on the stove. I actually think the quesadillas are much better when cooked on the stove. Below is a youTube video with Nicole McLaughlin from All Recipes. They look delicious! So if you don't have a quesadilla maker, just do it the old fashion way!
Easy Quesadillas by Nicole McLaughlin from All Recipes

One Final Thought...
This is just a quick post on a quick snack or accompaniment to dinner. I love quesadillas. You can do a lot with tortillas. They aren't for just Mexican food. I've added a few different kinds of quesadillas that I think would be great, especially the breakfast quesadilla. What can I say, anything on a tortilla is great. A quick and easy lunch or dinner. And don't we want something easy these days! 

Also check out the Helpful Tips at the bottom of this post. How to Clean windows both inside and out.

Cleaning Windows inside and out!
Oh those nasty windows...Every spring it's inevitable we need to clean those nasty windows. I came across this method on the internet. I have to say though, I have always used Dawn for cleaning my windows inside. They are always clean with no residue. But this helpful hint covers the outside windows. I think we have all tried the store bought cleaner. And although it works OK, it just doesn't fit my standard for clean windows. Here's a recipe that will work every time with no rubbing, scrubbing or drying. It cuts the amount of work down to manageable.

Outdoor Window Cleaner Solution:
1/2 gallon warm water
1 T. liquid Jet Dry
1-2 T. Dawn Dishwashing Detergent

  1. Mix all ingredients above in a large bucket.
  2. Spray windows down with your hose.
  3. Wipe or brush cleaning solution onto windows, immediately hose off your windows
That's it! You are now done. The remaining water will sheet off, leaving clean streak free windows.

Source:  33 Barefoot Lane

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