Sure you can find soft pretzels in the frozen section at your local grocery, but what about beer soft pretzels? Complete with cheddar-cream cheese spread.
Carbs and cheese might be one of the best appetizer food combinations ever created, improved only by the addition of bacon. While I neglected to add that salty meat into the mix this time, there’s no denying soft homemade pretzels and cheese dip. The inspiration for this ensemble comes from one of my favorite bar foods at the Flying Saucer – soft pretzels served with queso dip (just like Ro*Tel queso dip) and a cheddar-cream cheese spread.
While homemade soft pretzels are a bit of a commitment, it’s worth it in my opinion. I’ve never been disappointed with the end results and since most of the time is spent waiting for the dough to rise it makes for a great weekend project. Speaking of the weekend, why not make them with beer instead of water? Boozy pretzels! You can’t buy those at the store.
I took the opportunity to bust out Red Star’s Platinum yeast for the occasion, being the first yeasted recipe to be made in my kitchen since moving in. (Yes these were made before the skillet rolls I posted on Sunday which btw were also made using Red Star’s Platinum yeast.) Let me tell you, that yeast does some work! And I know my yeast ;-). I may spoil myself by only buying that brand from now on because it’s not as finicky as others I have used in the past.
One year ago: Cookie Dough Oreo Cake
Two years ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake
Romance is a warm bowl of melted chocolate and all of your favorite things to dip into it. Make it ever sweeter with this easy two ingredient recipe including Nutella!
Nothing says romance like a bowl of hot melted chocolate and today just happens to be National Chocolate Fondue Day! I’ve already made a couple chocolate fondues (white chocolate, and a healthier version) which were served with eggless, raw cookie dough bites. But since today is also World Nutella Day I decided it was time to combine the two holidays and make the easiest, two ingredient fondue ever – Nutella Fondue.
For this fondue all you need is heavy cream and your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread. On any other day that is not World Nutella Day you could also use any kind of spread you prefer (try peanut butter, almond butter, or straight up melted chocolate). But it’s time for romance and Nutella in preparation for Valentine’s Day, making this fondue a perfect addition to #TripleSBites this week.
What do you like to dip in your chocolate fondue? I went with fresh strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows. Maybe you should create a fondue-s’mores and skewer the marshmallow and strawberry together and then sandwich them between two pretzels? Cookies, mini cupcakes, cookie dough, and other fruits would have been stellar as well. Let’s go for a dip.
When I dip you dip we dip.
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Two years ago: Nutella Pecan Pie Bars
Three years ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies
What’s better than a cheese ball? Miniature cheese balls! With this recipe you can adjust for any flavor combination and can be served as a snack or to feed a crowd.
Everyone loves a good cheese ball. I mean, what is there not to love about them? Cheesy, creamy, flavorful and rolled in some of the best things like herbs, nuts, and even bacon. Is it possible to improve upon that design? Why yes, you just have to miniatureize them and they instantly become the easiest freaking cheese balls you ever did make. All you have do it take those individually wrapped Laughing Cow cheese wedges, roll each one into a ball, and then roll in whatever coating you desire. Done! Just refrigerate until ready to serve.
The great thing about using The Laughing Cow spreadable cheeses was the diversity of flavors available. I used swiss with garlic & herb and rolled it in a mixture of parsley and basil. But I didn’t stop there! The second flavor I made was with queso fresco & chipotle rolled in a mixture of cilantro and chili pepper. Some another great combinations could be white cheddar or spicy pepperjack rolled in bacon, mozzarella sundried tomato basil rolled in basil and parmesan, and swiss french onion rolled in crushed pretzels and green onion. The best part? You can make just enough for a snack or for an entire party! For a smaller serving use about 1 tsp of coating per wedge of cheese.
One year ago: Mexican Stuffed Shells
Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Honey Vinaigrette
Everyone loves cheese balls so make sure you have this blue cheese ball at your next party. But instead of a round ball make it snowman shaped!
Party time means dip time. And no party is complete without a big ol’ ball o’ cheese. This recipe was originally adapted from recipe I received from one of my parent’s friends. Turns out it is very similar to the blue cheese ball I already shared which was such a hit you would have though I was a magician doing a disappearing act. In addition to blue cheese and green onions, this version has black olives, walnuts, and optional banana peppers mixed in. And in case those differences weren’t enough, instead of making a regular cheese ball I went the festive route and made it snowman shaped! Apparently I like eating things with cute faces because this is the second adorable recipe I have made this month that has a face (first was the cone head cupcakes). This phenomenon does not follow for meat however, at least not in it’s natural state. But add a cartoonish face and we’re okay (just take these octoweenies for example).
One year ago: Orange Cut-Out Cookies with Orange Cardamom Icing
This spinach dip is not only easy to throw together, but also delicious. This creamy spinach dip has water chestnuts and onion mixed in for some crunch.
Ready for all the college football conference championship games tomorrow? After a rough week for the Buckeyes in spite of the win over Michigan I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the Big Ten game. I suppose the show must go on in spite of the tragic loss of Kosta Karageorge. My thoughts are with his family, biological and Buckeye-family.
With college football season nearing it’s end and pro football still going strong, dips and other snacky foods are in high demand. How about this creamy spinach dip which requires not cooking at all. Just mix and serve! Would be great served in a big bread bowl.
One year ago: Bananas Foster Pancakes
Two years ago: Christmas Red Velvet Mug Cake
Enlist some self control on the front end by making a single serving batch of these pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar, dipped in sweet cream cheese.
Although I love leftovers for lunch the next day, after living on my own for a long time I started craving recipes that serve just one because sometimes that giant vat of soup loses its appeal after the 5th day. This search resulted in the creation of Single Serving Sundays which documents my adventure through cooking for one. Whether you live alone or not, single serving recipes come in handy. To prove it, this week for Single Serving Sunday I invited some friends along in a link up of recipes for one.
I know I just spent the week before last bombarding you with pumpkin recipes but ’tis the season, right? And you really don’t want to miss out on this single serving recipe. If you thought you couldn’t make a small batch of bagel bites in about 30 minutes, well now you can. The best part is that they don’t require a lot of rise time. They perfectly rise on your stove top while the oven gets busy pre-heating. The only downside is that you may want more than one serving, but then again maybe it’s a good thing to force self control. How else would you be able to resist eating a giant bowl of pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar and dipped in sweet cream cheese?
Stock up on some more single serving recipes:
- Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Bagel Bites for One by Erin of The Spiffy Cookie
- Single Lady Banana Split by Katrina of Warm Vanilla Sugar
- Solo Fall Sweet Potato Hash by Sharana of Living The Sweet Life
- Single Serving Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie by Emily of Life on Food
One year ago: Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups
CINNAMON-SUGAR PUMPKIN BAGEL BITES FOR ONE
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
2-3 Tbsp warm water
1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar
1 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp heavy cream
- In a small bowl, sift together the first four ingredients. Stir in pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of warm water first. If the dough is dry, then add a little more water and mix again.
- Pour out onto a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle with flour. Knead gently until the dough comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Roll out into a 3/4-inch wide rope and cut into 3/4-inch pieces.
- In a shallow dish, combine the hot water and baking soda. Dip the pieces into the mixture and flip to coat completely. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
- Leave in a nice warm place to rise while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees, for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl blend together the dipping sauce. Set aside.
- Once oven is preheated and dough has risen, bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
Source: Adapted from my Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One.
Try this fall flavored white bean hummus made with pumpkin and served with homemade chili powder spiced pita chips.
You guys. It’s October so I finally gave in to fall and pulled out the pumpkin puree. The weather must have known because the high today is actually under 80 for once. As much as I enjoy fall weather, it’s been difficult to get into the fall-mindset with all the heat that lingering around.
But anywho back to this pumpkin. I turned it into a white bean hummus and even made homemade pita chips seasoned with chili powder. Because no hummus dip is complete without some pita chips and making them is just too easy. Of course you can buy pita chips but the flavor combination was spot on for this dip.
One year ago: Gluten-Free Apple Butter Swirl Cheesecake Bars
Two years ago: Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls
Welcome to day 6 of #10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.
What’s a tailgate without a little heat in the form of buffalo wing sauce? But just because we’re talking about buffalo wings does not mean it has to scare away the health-conscious or vegetarians. I made this buffalo dip healthier by using Greek yogurt based Ranch dressing and cream cheese, then veggie-fied it with cauliflower instead of chicken. Best part is that even the indulgent, meat-lover’s will enjoy this dip. Bake in the oven or warm in a mini slow cooker, then serve with celery, carrot, and chips!
Here’s what the rest of the crew brought to the table…
Baked Potato Beer Dip by Cheese Curd In Paradise
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip by Eliot’s Eats
Healthier Buffalo Cauliflower Dip by The Spiffy Cookie
Dunkin Duck, Cheesy Bacon and Ranch Dip by A Day in the Life on the Farm
El Diablo Mango Mustard Glazed Grilled Scallops by Making Miracles
Honey Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Chicken Skewers by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup by From Gate to Plate
Pumpkin Bars by The Pajama Chef
One year ago: Ginger Soy Beef with Chile-Tomatoes & Peppers
Two years ago: Crunchy Oven-Fried Ravioli
Make movie theater style nachos at home with with this homemade nacho cheese sauce recipe. No processed cheese.
I cannot believe we have reached the fourth Monday of September already, which means it’s Secret Recipe Club Time! This month I was assigned to Traci’s blog Burnt Apple. Traci has a wide variety of recipes from savory bacon wrapped chicken with goat cheese and basil, to seasonal pumpkin caramel cookies, and fun unicorn poop cookies! Yes unicorn poop and it looks like a lot of fun. Lots of colors and sprinkles! I actually narrowed down my choices to those two cookies but then I saw her recipe for homemade nacho cheese sauce. I know that with fall on the rise pumpkin may have seemed like the better choice but I disagree. I wanted eat nachos while watching football! And since I am part of #10DaysofTailgate currently going on right now I thought it fit perfectly with that theme (and it just may appear in another recipe later this week).
This nacho cheese sauce looks and tastes just like the real deal and there’s no velveeta involved. I loved using fresh pepperjack and cheddar cheese to make this nacho cheese sauce. I bet you could change it up with whatever cheeses you have on hand but of course that will change the flavor. I kind of want to try it with monterey jack and pepperjack for a white nacho cheese sauce. Thanks Traci for letting me poke around your blog this month and I look forward to trying my hand at some unicorn poop soon :-).
One year ago: Corn Salsa
Two years ago: Peanut Butter and Chocolate French Toast