Category Archives: Appetizer

Honey-Mustard Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey breast

1 egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup crushed butter flavored crackers

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 tsp ground ginger

6 T Dijon mustard, divided

1 1/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 T honey

1 T cornstarch

1/4 tsp onion powder

In a bowl, combine turkey, egg, cracker crumbs, cheese, onion, ginger and 3 T mustard. Form into 30 balls, 1″ each. Place in a greased 13 x 9″ baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until juices run clear. In a saucepan, combine pineapple juice, green pepper, honey, cornstarch and onion powder; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more; reduce heat. Stir in remaining mustard until smooth. Brush meatballs with about 1/4 cup sauce and return to the oven for 10 minutes. Serve remaining sauce as a dip for meatballs.


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Peachy Fruit Dip

15 1/4 oz can sliced or halved peaches, drained

1/2 cup marshmallow creme

3 oz package cream cheese, cubed

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Assorted fresh fruit

In a blender or food processor, combine the first 4 ingredients; cover and blend until smooth. Serve with fruit.

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Spiced Honey Pretzels

This is Mary Lou Moon’s recipe, from Beaverton, Oregon.

4 cups thin pretzel sticks

3 T honey

2 tsp butter, melted

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil; coat with Pam. Place pretzels in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine the other ingredients. Pour over pretzels; toss to coat evenly. Spread into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes, stirring once. Cool on a wire rack, stirring gently several times to separate.

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Christmas Cheese Ball

8 oz package cream cheese, softened

2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

2 green onions, chopped

2 oz jar diced pimentos, drained

2 T butter, melted

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Assorted crackers

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the cheddar cheese, onions, pimentos, butter and Worcestershire sauce. Press into a small bowl; smooth top. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before unmolding. Serve with crackers.

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Kim’s Cheese Ball

I love this one, although Mike thinks it has too much A-1.  Bear that in mind for your own preferences.

2, 8 oz packages cream cheese

2 packages Carl Buddig Beef

2 T A-1 sauce

2 T dehydrated onions

Dice beef and save 1/3 to the side. With cheese at room temperature, mix all ingredients and roll into a ball.  Roll the ball in the remaining beef dices to cover the outside.  Enjoy with crackers.

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Irma’s Salsa

I used to work with Irma at the bank and I loved her salsa so much I received it from our office’s secret Santa one year.

48 oz can whole tomatoes

cilantro (1 sprig or a handful)

green onions (a bundle)

jalapenos (1 if it has white specks, 2 if there are no white specks)

garlic salt

Pour tomato juice in a large bowl.  Chop cilantro, green onions (no white ends), & peppers.  Add tomatoes to the chopped greens. (It didn’t mention if the tomatoes should be chopped.  You decide.)  Pour everything into the juice and add some garlic salt.

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Potluck Meatballs

1 egg, beaten

2/3 cup soft bread crumbs

1/2 cup grated onion

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/4 tsp pepper

1 lb ground beef

1 T cornstarch

10.5 oz can condensed consomme, undiluted

In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; add beef and mix well. Shape into 1 1/4″ balls. In a skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; drain. Transfer to a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Combine the cornstarch and consomme until smooth; add to skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Boil for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over the meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until no longer pink.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

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