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Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostini

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Only 30 minutes is all you need to take your backyard bbq appetizers to a whole new level!  These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis will be the biggest hit of every cookout this summer!  It’s time to get your deliciousness on! as

Oh, warmer sunny days how I love you. It’s funny how a simple thing like a sunny day can bring a smile to your face and put you in a better mood. The sound of neighborhood kids riding their bikes up and down the streets. The smell of cookouts filling the air. Ah yes, warmer days = toes in the grass, backyard get-togethers, and cookouts. One thing most people don’t think about when it comes to cookouts is appetizers. I mean we serve appetizers during indoor meals or when we go out to eat so why shouldn’t we have them for our backyard cookouts? Granted they don’t necessarily need to be as elaborate as say a Christmas dinner but they still should be there. And please, please, please – while potato chips rock they are NOT an appetizer. lol

This recipe today is for one of my favorite cookout appetizers. Again it looks uber hard and fancy schmancy but please, all you need is 30 minutes and you have a recipe that will be the hit of every cookout. Forget Uncle Tommy’s prized ribs or Jonny’s epic burgers. Pfft!  These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis steal the show. I’m teaming up with Smithfield® and showcasing their Smithfield Marinated Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast. What I absolutely LOVE about these items is that it’s 100% pork. Period. Pure piggy!  And you all know how much I love pigs. But what’s honestly some of the best points about this is it’s practical. The Fresh pork is marinated! Smithfield® takes care of folks offering a variety of marinated fresh pork options to create easy meals for any night of the week. Simply put you can create “Real Flavor Real Fast.”

Let’s create deliciousness in 30 minutes!

Skinny Baked Crispy Crunchy Fish Sticks

These crispy crunchy fish sticks are super easy, baked so they are healthy AND seriously delicious! Whether you a little kid or a big kid, you’ll fall in love with these! High in protein and low in fat, since they are baked to crispy perfection, these fish sticks are a must-make!

So let’s show a raise of hands – how many of you as a kid loved those frozen fish sticks? Yep, me too!  Now, how many of you as an adult still eat them?  Nope, me neither. I’d say honestly somewhere in my late teens I stopped eating them. Which is sad as I loved fish sticks as a kid. Like one of my favorite meals was fish sticks dipped in copious amounts of ketchup (never tartar… gag!) and Mom’s mac ‘n cheese (never the blue box). I think for me it was a come to the realization that there was a whole world of deliciousness waiting for me to partake in.

As I grew into an adult and eventually was living on my own, I never really bought fish or those frozen fish sticks. I cooked other foods but just never fish. I love almost all seafood so why not make it? Dunno. Thankfully Mr. Fantabulous came into my life and was huge into eating healthy and living a high protein diet. At first, the man was all about tuna fish, chicken, and pasta. While I love all 3, there are way more things out there in the world to eat than just that. So I started buying fresh fish.

Cod was a safe bet as you really can’t screw that up – well you can if you overcook it but it’s so hearty and stable. From there we went through phases of tilapia, swai (yeah I read the articles but I still like it), haddock, pollock, and halibut. Monk Fish is to die for but also expensive. I’m not sure if I would use monkfish for fish sticks; kinda seems sacrilegious in a way. For this recipe, I went with haddock but you can go with whatever your local grocer has. And I know what you’re thinking “Can I use frozen fresh fish?” – the answer is yes. Just let it thaw properly (I thaw mine in the fridge), cut it and pat it dry before making the recipe.
Fish Sticks – what do you dip yours in?

Roasted Vegetable Phyllo Dough Pizza

Step outside of the traditional pizza box with this flaky Roasted Vegetable Phyllo Dough Pizza. Razor-thin layers of crispy phyllo dough are topped with herb roasted vegetables, grated parmesan, and fresh mozzarella cheeses. This recipe is a serious game changer in the world of pizza.

Now you guys know me when it comes to my undeniable love for pizza.  It is that single food that in all of my *covers mouth and coughs <insert age here>* years that I have never grown tired of.  I literally make this every single week, sometimes more than once a week.  I’ve made it a million and 7 ways and have had a bajillion different toppings, sauces and yes even crusts.  There’s not a single thing I don’t like about pizza. That being said, after having a family pizza shop for 17 years I consider myself to be an expert when it comes to taste, texture, and well, what makes a good pizza.  Is it the sauce?  Is it the dough?  Is it the cheese?

The answer is simple… yes! It’s all 3 to be honest.  You can have a killer sauce and awesome dough but if you put on the wrong cheese it will ruin the pizza.  Same thing with the dough – you have fresh burrata, basil that is as pristine as can be and that sauce… you’d sell your grandmother for another batch of it but then you get the dough. It tastes like that pizza that you found under your bed, covered in dust bunnies and a rogue penny embedded in it that you lost in your room when you were 13.

So know this folks, when I post a pizza recipe, it’s good.  No I mean it’s GOOD!  If I won’t eat it I would never post about it. I’m a HUUUUUUUUUUGE pizza snob and this girl does not play when it comes to pizza!

And today, that’s where this pizza comes into play.  I teamed up with my SoFabFood.com Family to share one of my killer pizza recipes. This recipe, yeah it’s definitely going to be outside of your pizza comfort zone because this is definitely not a standard pizza shop pie but dear lord it needs to be!  If I didn’t know how to make this and I found someone who could I’d be their best customer!
Taking your pizza to the next level!

Avocado Egg Crostini

Move over smashed avocado toast, you’re big brother is in town and taking over your favorite go-to snack!  Crispy olive oil crostini, fried egg, thinly sliced avocado, salt flakes and a few dashes of Sriracha elevate your smashed toast to a whole new level!

Oh smashed avocado dippy egg toast how I love you beyond words. You’re healthy and delicious; messy and worth every napkin in the house; comforting and simplistic. However…

<deep sigh>

I’ve been cheating on you…

I’ve been loving someone else more; giving them my love and adoration. I’m not replacing you – please you will forever have a place in my heart but for the time being, you have no place in my belly.

It’s not you, it’s me. I just wanted to dip my toes in another pool…a pool of deliciousness. So okay peeps, you know how much I absolutely LOVE my avocado egg toast but I wanted to mix it up. While it’s pretty much the same toppings as the toast making just a few tweaks totally changes the recipe into something different, something…more. I had a few bageuettes at home and they were getting a bit hard.  And while I could have turned them into croutons or breadcrumbs, I didn’t need any. So I decided to just make some crostini bread for something later. I just wasn’t sure what the something was.
Take your favorite go-to snack and make it a appetizer or snack show stopper!

Bacon Chicken Ranch Meatballs

We’re talking this is a meatball game changer folks!  This homemade blend of ground chicken and bacon, ranch and spices make up one SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS meatball! You cannot eat just one of these! And if you tried well, that’s just cruel!

Growing up Mom only ever made meatballs when she made spaghetti. They never were made outside of that.  Maybe if she had leftovers she made meatball subs but she never set out to intentionally have meatballs be the main dish. And never, ever were they considered an appetizer.  They were kind of like the “Plus 1” on a wedding invite.  They weren’t really invited but it was assumed they’d be there. And if I’m being honest here, Mom’s meatballs weren’t exactly on the top of my favorite foods list for 2 reasons:

  1. They had GINORMOUS chunks of onions in them. No no no no NO, never never never in my world, EVER!
  2. She used the exact same recipe for her meatballs as she did for her meatloaf… and I hated her meatloaf

Now I didn’t have my first “OMG that’s what a meatball is supposed to taste like?!?!” until I was in my mid-twenties and I was on a date pre-Mr. Fantabulous.  This guy (how terrible am I that I can’t even remember his name but I can remember the food?!) took me to this little Italian restaurant in the middle of no where for dinner. The place was old school – marinara stained red and white checkered tablecloths, old wine bottles with wax dripping down the sides and a waiter that spoke very broken English.
Take your meatballs beyond the plate of pasta!

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