Category Archives: 13. Snacks

Football Snack Platter


Meat, Cheese and Cracker Platter

Korbyn made this for our Super Bowl Party this year.  We think he did a great job!

Ring Bologna, sliced

Pepperoni, sliced

Cheese, sliced

Round Crackers

Spicy or Honey Mustard for Dipping


Slice and arrange on an oval platter in the shape of a football

I had a slice of Swiss cheese that we used for the football laces

Swedish Meatball Sauce


This Swedish Meatball Sauce goes wonderful with my Homemade Meatballs.  I served them from a crock pot during the Super Bowl!


Swedish Meatball Sauce

Makes sauce for about 30 Cocktail Sized Meatballs


1 tablespoon butter

1 1/2 tablespoon flour

1 1/2 cup beef broth

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and Pepper to taste


Using a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat

Whisk in flour and cook until golden, 4-5 minutes

Slowly whisk in beef broth

Next whisk in heavy cream and bring to a simmer

Add sugar and Worcestershire sauce; simmer until thick, about 6-7 minutes

Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat


Swedish Sauce is now ready to add to your meatballs and serve.

I served my Swedish Meatballs from a crock pot, set to warm, during a family get together.


Sweet and Sour Meatballs


Yesterday I posted my recipe for Homemade Meatballs.  Here is a great sauce to add to them for a sweet treat!


Sweet and Sour Meatball Sauce


1 (12 ounce) jar of chili sauce

1 (14 ounce) can cranberry sauce

1/2 cup grape jelly


Place cooked meatballs in a crock pot

Mix sauce and pour over meatballs

Set crock pot on high for one hour

Reduce heat to low for 3 hours or until ready to serve

If making these for a party, plan on each guest eating at least 4 meatballs



BBQ Chicken Cheese Fries


This is a great snack to eat during your favorite TV show or to hold you over until dinner.


BBQ Chicken Cheese Fries


French Fries

Chicken Nuggets

BBQ Sauce

Cheddar Blend Cheese


Bake French Fries and Chicken Nuggets according to package directions

Place baked French Fries on a Broiler Proof pan

Top with Chicken Nuggets

Drizzle BBQ sauce over French Fries and Chicken Nuggets

Top with cheese

Place under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly

Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce


You can also use Popcorn Chicken or Chicken Tenders for this recipe



Tomato and Cheese Picks

Cheese and Tomatoes

Invited to a friends house and you want to bring a snack?  This comes together quick and will be a hit!


Tomato and Cheese Picks


Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Block cheese of your choice


Italian Dressing or dressing of your choice



Wash and dry tomatoes

Slice tomatoes horizontally in half

Slice cheese into approximately 1/4 slices, then into tomato size squares

The easiest way I have found to do these is to lay out the bottoms of the tomatoes, cut side down

Then lay out the cheese

Take a toothpick and push it through the bottom tomato, then pick the cheese

Using your other hand, push the tomato top onto the toothpick

Set aside in a container

Add dressing and let the tomato picks marinade for at least 30 minutes before serving




Stuffed Mushrooms


I had never made these before and they came out amazing!


Stuffed Mushrooms


22 whole fresh mushrooms

6 oz Box of Herb Instant Stuffing Mix made according to package directions

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

1 Tablespoon Lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems.

When Stuffing Mix is no longer hot, split in half.  Use half for the recipe and the other half enjoy later.

Stir in minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder, cayenne pepper and lemon juice

Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing

Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet or in a mini muffin pan

Sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs

Drizzle with melted butter

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps

Taco Dip


Looking for something different to serve tonight while watching the ball drop?  You can make this ahead of time.  Just add the toppings before serving and let it sit out a bit for the cream cheese to soften back up.


Taco Dip

2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons taco seasoning

Shredded cheese blend

Chopped tomatoes

Shredded lettuce

Sliced black olives



Mix taco seasoning with cream cheese

Spread into a 8-9 inch pan

Top with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce and black olives

Enjoy with your favorite dipping chips

The Original Fantasy Fudge


My sister and I made this Fudge recently. It didn’t last long!


The Original Fantasy Fudge


3 cups white sugar

3/4 cup butter

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts


Grease a 9×13-inch pan

Mix sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Bring mixture to a full boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Use a candy thermometer to be sure the mixture reads 234 degrees for the boiling time

Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and thoroughly combined.

Beat in marshmallow cream, walnuts, and vanilla extract.

Transfer fudge to the prepared pan and let cool before cutting into squares.


You can grease a small spatula with butter to make it easier to get the marshmallow cream from the jar

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salsa


This salsa was amazing. It is a wonderful mix of flavors. You will want your own bowl!


Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salsa

Serves 4

1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

1 1/2 cups diced roma tomatoes

3/4 cup diced red onion

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 1/2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and sea salt


Mix together corn, olives, tomatoes, onion, garlic, red pepper and jalapeno pepper in a large bowl

Gently fold in diced avocado, olive oil, lime juice, garlic powder and sea salt

* If making this ahead of time, omit the avocado until ready to serve.

Caprese Bites


These were easy to make.  I topped them with a Balsamic Glaze before serving.  Can’t wait to try them again!


Caprese Bites


Baguette sliced thin

Tomato sliced thin

Basil leaves, chopped

Mozzarella cheese

Olive oil

Balsamic Glaze

Garlic powder


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Brush sliced baguette with olive oil and place on baking sheet

Bake in preheated oven to toast for 5 minutes

Remove from oven and top each baguette slice with tomato, mozzarella, basil and garlic powder

Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese starts to melt, about 5 minutes

Drizzle each baguette with balsamic glaze


How to make Balsamic Glaze

1 cup of balsamic vinegar

Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan.  Turn heat to medium high and bring vinegar to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce to simmer and let simmer for about 10-20 minutes until vinegar has reduced down.

Stir occasionally. (Be sure to keep an eye on it because it can burn quickly) You will know it is done if it coats the back of spoon.

Remove from heat.  Let reduction cool and serve or transfer to an air tight container and store in refrigerator.

Makes about 1/2 a cup