Pizza Crescent Roll Appetizer

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Searching for a delicious kid-friendly appetizer?  Look no further!  We made these delicious pizza crescent rolls appetizers for the big game last year and they were perfect.  I mean come on, who does not love pepperoni pizza or crescent rolls?  Put the two together and you have a snack that young and old will enjoy.

Fantastic and easy pizza crescent roll recipe

The way to make these is pretty similar to my pesto sausage crescent rolls.  All you need is pizza sauce, crescent rolls pepperoni and cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella).

How to make pizza crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a piece of parchment paper, roll out the crescent rolls into a large sheet.  Overlap and pinch any seams to make one large connected sheet of dough.

pizza crescent roll recipe

Spread on a coating of pizza sauce, leave about 1/2 an inch of dough uncovered at top and bottom longwise.

pizza crescent rolls recipe

Next layer on a small amount of cheese (not all of your cheese, just about 1/3 of it).

pizza crescent roll appetizer recipe

Top with a layer of pepperoni slices.  I spread mine out perfectly to make sure there was even coverage.

pizza crescent roll recipe-Delicious

Add the rest of the cheese on top to make it nice and cheesy.

Yummy pizza crescent rolls

Starting from one of the long sides, begin rolling this into a log.  Since you left the extra 1/2 inch un-sauced, the dough can seal to itself and keep the log closed.

Yummy pizza crescent roll recipe

Toss into the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes to make the log easier to cut into slices.  In the meantime, spray your cookie sheet with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Making pizza crescent rolls

Cut the log into slices about a half inch thick and spread out on cookie sheet. Pop into the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until cooked and golden brown.

pizza crescent roll recipe-YUM

Serve and enjoy.  A classy way to enjoy pizza as an appetizer.  Check out more of my appetizer recipes here.

delicious pizza crescent roll recipe


Mealtime Monday: Fried Chicken Tenders

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One of my favorite meals to eat growing up was fried chicken tenders.  They are SO GOOD!!  I love fried chicken, but can get weirded out by tendons or bones or strange texture pieces, so this is the perfect way to enjoy fried chicken for me.  These little guys can be served as an appetizer or as a meal with a side.  While they are great paired with mashed potatoes or mac ‘n cheese, you can lighten them up by serving with a salad or some fruit.

Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe - Best ever!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen chicken tenders (completely thawed)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Season All
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable Oil

Fried Chicken Tenders-Recipe

In a medium size bowl, mix together flour, garlic salt, garlic powder, season all and pepper.  I like my chicken salty and flavorful, but you can adjust the amount of seasoning to taste.

Making fried Chicken Tenders

Taking one tender at a time, rinse in water and dip into the flour mixture.

Making Fried Chicken Tenders at home

Flip it around and pat down to make sure you get a nice coating on all sides.

Easy Fried Chicken Tenders

Set aside onto a plate and continue until all chicken tenders are coated.  Reserve the flour mixture for now as you may want to re-dip the chicken before frying if you see missing or wet spots in the coating.

Homestyle Fried Chicken Tenders

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add about a 1/2 inch of oil.  Test oil with a pinch of flour to make sure it is hot enough before adding chicken. Cook on the first side for 3-5 minutes, or until it starts to set and become golden.

Homestyle Fried Chicken Tenders recipe

Flip and cook the opposite side.

Easy Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe

You may want to flip one more time if the first side does not get crispy enough.  You do not need to worry about cooking it through, but you want to make sure you have a nice crispy coating on all sides.

Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe-Yum!

Remove chicken from skillet and set on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.  Repeat with all remaining pieces of chicken.

Fried Chicken Tenders

Place chicken in oven safe glass baking dishes in a single layer.  Pop into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.  Try to flip part way through, but make sure to be careful to not rip the coating off.  If they are stuck to the pan too much and soggy, then they are not quite ready to flip yet.

Baking fried Chicken Tenders

Remove from oven and back onto a paper towel to absorb any more oil.

Baked fried Chicken Tenders

Serve and enjoy!  A great game day appetizer or dinner plan.  Happy Mealtime Monday!

Fried Chicken Tenders Recipe


Holiday Traditions: Dill Dip Recipe

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! There are some things in life that will always make me giddy with excitement, and one of those is our family’s dill dip recipe.  It is so simple, but one of those things that we only make around the holidays for some reason.  Imagine me doing the food dance in the kitchen while eating an entire bowl of this to myself.  That is probably what I am doing right now as you are reading this, because this dill dip recipe is seriously that good.

Dill Dip Holiday Recipe

Not only delicious, but ridiculously easy too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion flakes
  • 3 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 3 teaspoons beau monde

Dill Dip Holiday Recipe Ingredients

Mix all the ingredient together in a large bowl.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Trust me, the dip is better once chilled so that the dried herbs are not crunchy.  Serve with your choice of veggies, cracker or bread.  I prefer carrots, celery and bell pepper as my dipping weapons of choice.  I am so excited for the Holidays can can’t wait to be gorging on all the amazing food.  Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving :)


Mealtime Monday: Baked Asian Chicken Wings

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This mealtime monday is all about wings; crispy baked asian chicken wings.  I found the recipe a while back on Pinterest from Just a Taste and we finally got around to giving it a try.  I love chicken wings and 99% of the time we do buffalo wings with Frank’s Red Hot.  YUM!  So this was a nice change of pace.

Asian wings

Ingredients:

1 package Chicken Wings
1 T Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Blackberry Jam
1/3 cup Hoisin Sauce
Chinese 5-spice or Asian spice blend*

*I am not a fan of Chinese 5-Spice because of the Anise in it, so I made my own blend of spices including a little 5-spice, ginger, garlic powder, chili  powder and sesame seeds. I did not measure, just kept adding a dash here and there until I thought it looked good.

Asian spice rub for wings

Starting off with this recipe, preheat your oven to 400º F.  Next wash and pat dry your chicken wings.

Baked asian wings

In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken wings, vegetable oil and your spice mixture. Stir to coat evenly.

Asian inspired wings

Space the wings out over an oven safe rack.  I used a baking sheet lined with foil under by cookie cooling grate.  It worked perfectly and the foil made clean up of the baking sheet easy.  The cookie grate took more work to get clean with the chicken cooked on it.

Asian spice rub wings

Bake for 45-50 minutes (or until fully cooked), rotating the pan halfway through.

Baked asian spiced wings

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberry jam and hoisin sauce.

Sauce for asian style wings

Whisk together until fully melted and warm through.

Asian inspired wings sauce

Toss your crispy wings and the sauce together to evenly coat.

Asian wings being sauced

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Asian wings


Mealtime Monday: Pesto Sausage Flatbread Pizza

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Back again for another mealtime monday!  This week I am sharing a simple recipe that we like to bring in the mix from time to time.  Back when we lived in San Francisco, our favorite pizza was the pesto sausage from Amici’s.  Now that we can’t walk over and pick one up, we came up with an easy recipe for a pesto sausage flatbread pizza.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza recipe

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 400°.  Roll out your pizza dough on a greased baking sheet.  Pop into the oven and bake for 7 minutes.  By partially baking the dough before topping you will get a crisper crust.

Making pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sausage pesto homemade pizza

Remove pizza crust from the oven.  Spread a thin layer of homemade pesto over the entire surface.

Sausage pesto homemade flatbread

Top with cooked sausage and grated cheeses.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 7-9 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread

Cut into pieces and serve.  So simple and delicious; a great weeknight meal!

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread pizza


Mealtime Monday: Pesto Sliders

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Happy Monday!  For this week’s Mealtime Monday, I am sharing some great and simple tomato, Parmesan pesto sliders with a recipe from Cooking Light.  YUM!

Pesto parmesan sliders

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pesto (I like using homemade)
  • Slider Bun ( I used King’s Hawaiian rolls)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1: Start off with placing your raw ground beef into a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper an mix together.

Pesto sliders

Step 2: Roll meat into small balls.  I was using 1/2 a package of ground beef and wanted to make 6 sliders, so I simply divided my meat into 6 balls and the size worked out perfectly.

Cooking pesto sliders

Step 3: Flatten the balls to make slider meat patties.  Place into a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until desired done-ness.

Making sliders

Step 4:  Prepare rolls (aka cut in half).

Using hawaiian rolls for slider buns

Step 5: Slather on a nice dollop of pesto to the bottom of each bun.

Making pesto sliders

Step 6: Top with a slice of a nice juicy red tomato.

Pesto, parmesan, tomato sliders recipe

Step 7: Now top that with the meat patty and a couple slices of Parmesan cheese.

Pesto sliders for dinner

Step 8: Enjoy.  Great for dinner or as an appetizer for a get-together.

Pesto sliders recipe


Mealtime Monday: Sesame Chicken Tenders

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Happy Mealtime Monday! It has been a busy couple of weeks!  Spent a week in South Lake Tahoe, went back to work for a couple days, flew out to Indianapolis for a conference and then went to a co-workers wedding last night.  Talk about two exhausting weeks!  I’ll try my best to get a few pics up of the trips this week. Today I am sharing a great Rachel Ray recipe, honey mustard sesame chicken tenders.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with mustard dipping sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 pounds of chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Vegetable oil

Seasame Chicken Tenders ingredients

Preheat over to 275 degrees.  Place baking sheet in oven.  In a bowl mix together mustard, honey, chives and hot sauce.  Split the sauce in half between two bowls. Set one bowl aside to be the dipping sauce.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders dipping sauce

With the other half of the mixture, add two eggs.  Beat to combine.

Seasame Chicken Tenders

So now you should have one bowl of sauce, one reserved for later and the other (with eggs) to use to coat the chicken breasts for breading.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders for dinner

In a food processor or blender, grind the almonds.

Making seasame breaded chicken tenders

You want to make sure that there are no larger almond pieces so that it works as breading.

Baked breaded chicken tenders for dinner

Now mix together the ground almonds, panko crumbs and sesame seeds. This will be the breading for the chicken tenders.

Baked seasame breaded chicken tenders

Toss the chicken tenders into the mixture with egg in it.

Seasame breaded chicken dippers

Stir around to make sure the are coated well.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with dipping sauce

One by one, bread the chicken tenders in the nut-breadcrumb mixture.

Seasame Chicken Tenders-Yum!

Continue until all chicken tenders are coated.

Seasame panko breaded chicken tenders

Heat a layer of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add some chicken tenders to the pan.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders

Continue frying in batches until all your chicken tenders are nicely browned on both sides.

Seasame Chicken Tenders Recipe

Place chicken tenders on the heated baking sheet and pop into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Baked seasame breaded chicken tenders for dinner

Serve with the honey mustard dipping sauce reserved from the beginning of this recipe and enjoy!  We ate them as a dinner with a side of fruit, but they are also a great served as an appetizer.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with mustard dipping sauce


Mealtime Monday: Delicious Fried Raviolis

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Welcome back to Mealtime Monday!  Today we have a really quick and easy meal that can be made as part of a dinner or as an appetizer.  I figured it made since to post an easy meal this week while we are enjoying vacation in South Lake Tahoe.

Delicious Fried Ravioli Recipe

All you will need for ingredients are:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • 1-2 eggs
  • Ravioli (preferably larger sized ones)

Making Yummy Fried Raviolis

Crack your eggs into one bowl and whip.  Pour a nice heap of bread crumbs in another bowl and add about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.  Mix together.

How to Make Yummy Fried Raviolis

Dip each ravioli into the egg…

How to Make Fried Raviolis

then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.

Fried Raviolis

Heat cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breaded raviolis.

Making Fried Raviolis

Cook until brown, then flip to other side and repeat.  Remove from pan onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil.  Serve and enjoy.  I had pesto and a roasted tomato sauce and thought they made great dipping sides.

Delicious Fried Ravioli

Such a quick and easy meal or fantastic appetizer.  Now, back to vacation.  Check out the beauty of South Lake Tahoe by following me on instagram :)