Posts Tagged ‘Finger foods’

Pulled Pork Stuffed Mushrooms Appetizers

All the amazing flavors of pulled pork stuffed inside a cheesy portabella mushroom!

Pulled pork is one of those things that one cannot make just enough of for a single dinner. I feel it’s impossible. Regardless of how you plan it, you’ll always have a bunch leftover which, if I can be candid, doesn’t suck. I puffy heart pulled pork! Well okay let me clarify that, I puffy heart AMAZING pulled pork.

Pulled pork for me is defined by 2 things:

  1. The type of pork used/how tender/how fatty it is; and
  2. The sauce. It’s all about that sauce.

I find the best pulled pork comes from the butt or shoulder. It has the most flavor and, when cooked, produces the best texture. Next is the sauce. I’m seriously all about the sauce. Every sauce has a purpose though I’ll be completely honest I still don’t get the whole Carolina sauce with all the vinegar. It’s not me. I don’t like a sweet sauce per se but I don’t want to drink vinegar. But hey I’m open to having my mind changed on this. I can only go by the sauces I had while I stayed in NC for work. Plus full disclosure I like a sauce that is thick and not watery. It’s me, not you.

So as I was saying I can’t just make enough pulled pork for a single dinner or even one that lasts 2 nights. It just impossible for me. Like when I made my Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork, I had enough for like 18 meals. Thus the is why I posted about BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos. I had pork in the freezer, pork in the fridge for sandwiches AND still had pork that I had no clue what to do with. But like I said, I was totally OK with that as I love pulled pork. Oh and for those that are wondering – yes you can totally use pulled chicken or beef in this recipe!

These are PERFECT for parties, cookouts and game nights!

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!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Last Minute New Years Eve Appetizers

Ring in the New Year with these easy but delicious appetizers! Have a glass of bubbly in one hand and a snack in the other!

Now, now it’s time to celebrate – kick the old year out the door and ring in the new year with open arms and an open mind. As my Dad used to say “the future is yours kid, make your dreams happen!” These days my New Years Eve celebrations no longer include the late night party hopping from one bar/house to another.  No longer are there the midnight kisses with strangers (wha???), copious amounts of libations and drunk 2am texts.  Now I’m completely content either staying home with Mr. Fantabulous or a few close friends or going to their house.  No longer do I need to worry about how my make up looks, my hair, my shoes or how we’re going to get home.  Nope – now it’s all about ringing in the new year with comfort, good food and great friends.

Whether you’re hosting a party or going to one, forget the huge meals – go with finger foods and appetizers.  Party foods aren’t meant for a fork and knife.  Today I’ve gathered for you some really awesome appetizers to turn your NYE festivities into true deliciousness!

Ring in the New Year with Deliciousness!

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It’s funny as I think when we’re kids, Christmas or Hanukkah was the ‘best’ holiday while Halloween was second best. However as we get older for a good portion of us Halloween either became our favorite holiday or it becomes loves equally as the Christmas and Hanukkah. I have one girlfriend that literally plans all year long for how she is going to decorate for this holiday.  She goes ALL OUT and it’s truly impressive! For me Halloween became one of my, if not my top, favorite holidays while I was a senior in college.  I can remember us living in a huge house and having a ginormous party.  We even had life-size vampire coffin in our front yard.  We decorated I swear every square inch of that house and property.

Then when I bought my first house I went truly nuts on buying and handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  I was hooked!  So imagine my happiness when Mr. Fantabulous and I bought our house.  Since I was so used to getting about a 100 kids for Halloween I figured since we lived in a semi bigger area that I buy even more than normal.  Well Halloween came and went and we didn’t get one kid stop by.  I was so upset that my darling husband grabbed my tiara (it’s a joke gift), went outside and rang the doorbell just so I could hear someone say “Trick or treat!” and pass out candy.   Well the following year is when we introduced our first party – BooFest.  It was an adult costume party.  Now not knowing how it would go I did what my mother did – cooked enough food for 475 people who hadn’t eaten in a month and were staying for 3 weeks.  Yeah our party had maybe 35 people that went from 7-4am.  LOL That’s when I fell truly in love with Halloween. For the next 4-5 years I’d start planning our BooFest around August and by mid-September the invites were issued out and the menu was planned.  We went all out.  Unfortunately we then started the complete renovation on our house and because of that we haven’t been able to host it.  I’m bummed but I swear our past guests are even more bummed.


So when the amazing folks from Ball Park® Franks and State Fair® Mini Corn Dogs were looking for Spooktacular Halloween food recipes I jumped at the opportunity to partner with them. What an amazing and delicious partnership for me! Hot dogs and Corn Dogs are some of the best party foods out there.  They are easy to make, hold, eat and create with.  They are great as-is but when you’re given a challenge to revamp them, I’m in!

Make these ghoulishly Spooktacular treats for Halloween!

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