Your kids having friends over, how about some of these:
Berry Fruit Dip:
3/4 cup fresh Strawberries
1/2 cup fresh Blueberries
8oz Cream Cheese
2-3 TBSP Honey
Bring the cream cheese to room temp. In a blender or utensil of your choice, blend all ingredients. Chill for two hours. Serve with fresh cut melons, pretzels, carrots, celery, strawberries etc.
Watermelon S'mores or Banana S'mores
Wedges of seedless watermelon about 1/2 to 3/4" thick
Milk chocolate bits or use Nutella or other hazelnut spread (if using the hazelnut, you do not need to heat it first, just drop some in a ziplock back, nip the corner and pipe it on, it's really, really delish!)
thick zip lock bag
bowl of water
I used the small seedless watermelons, cut into rounds and then wedged. Place on cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (same with the bananas)
Put the milk chocolate in the zip lock bag but do not zip it close. Place the bag in the water with the zip lock hanging outside the water, place in microwave and heat in 1 minute intervals. I use a spoon or a spatula to mix the chocolate after each nuking. Don't open the bag, just mix by pushing it around while it is laying on your counter. By the second or third heating it should be almost melted. Be careful, it is hot. Using the flat of a spatula, move the melted chocolate to one corner. Nip off the corner with scissors and pipe onto the watermelon and or bananas. Add the mini marshmallows to the top. Broil
1/4 Lb Sausage (I used spicy hot but you can use what you like)
1/4 cup diced tomatoes spiced or flavored--I used the type from the Hispanic section in the market. It has on the can that it is for Con Queso. It was spicy, oh la la. plus 2 TBSP of the juice from the can
1 1/2 TBSP Tomato Paste
2 heaping TBSP minced Yellow Onion
1/2 tsp minced garlic
Thin shredded Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheese. To kick this up you could you other types of cheeses like Dubliner and Sheep Milk
First cook the sausage, when cooked removed from pan and throw the onions in to cook. While they are cooking mince up the sausage. Throw back into pan when onions are done and add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes and extra juice. Reduce until there is no liquids remaining. Remove from stove.
Wash the mini bell peppers or mushroom (mushrooms I usually wipe not wash). Slice the bell peppers in half evenly (or as evenly as possible). Remove any seeds and the membrane that runs down the middle. Core the mushrooms. I use an apple corer to remove the stem as I always seem to break the mushroom if I don't.
Stuff, add cheese to the top. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Broil until cheese is melted and starting to toast.
Serve with warm Marinara Sauce.
Take the left over diced tomatoes
1 TBSP Tomato Paste
Dusting of chili powder
Dusting of Garlic salt or powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a Blender, puree
Baked Mozzarella Balls
Use the seasoned Mozzarella balls in oil
1/2 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs (Gluten free or regular)
1/2 cup All Purpose Flour (Gluten Free or regular)
1 or 2 eggs depending on how many mozzarella balls you are going to make
1/2 cup Panko
Mix the Breadcrumbs and Flour together. Roll the cold mozzarells balls in the flour mixture then the egg and then the Panko. Place on a plate. When all have been rolled place the plate in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes cook at 400 degree F for 4-15 minutes depending on your oven and if you are using gluten free (these cook faster). Watch them carefully!!
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