Mac ‘n Cheese Bites

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Have I ever told you that I am obsessed with Mac ‘n cheese? Yes, I know it is one of those comfort foods that one should outgrow after the age of 5, but I just love it so much! For the Super Bowl this year, I made a delicious batch of Mac ‘n Cheese Bites from a recipe on Food & Wine. I am now waiting for any excuse to make them again.

Yummy Mac & Cheese Bites

Ingredients (makes 24 mini bites):
1/2 Pound Elbow Macaroni
1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter, Plus More For Brushing
1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tablespoons Flour
3/4 Cup 3% Milk
1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar
8 Slices of American Cheese
1 Egg Yolk
1/4 Teaspoon Paprika

Ingredients for mini mac & cheese appetizer

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large pot on the stove top, cook your macaroni according to the box.  Make sure to not over cook as you don’t want the pasta to be mushy.  Drain and set aside. Continue reading »

Taco Cupcakes

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One of the best parts of Super Bowl Sunday is getting to try out fun appetizer recipes.  I had been waiting for an excuse to try and make taco cupcakes after seeing Emily Bites’ recipes on her blog.  With a few tweaks to the recipe to suit my taste and utilize ingredients on hand, they turned out soooo goooood!

Taco Cupcakes Appetizer - Yum!!

Ingredients (make 8 large cupcakes):
1/2 Pound Ground Beef (I normally prefer 97% lean, but used 80% since that was all they had at Safeway)
1/2 Cup Fresh Salsa
1 Cup Black Beans
Queso Dip
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Wonton Wrappers
Olive Oil Spray
1.5 Teaspoons Cumin
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
3-4 Dashes Cayenne
1 Teaspoon Season All

cupcake taco ingredients

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Superbowl Appetizers

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I know, I know, this is a little late.  Life has been so hectic with between work and going through the process of buying a house, that I have been neglecting my poor little blog. So, it is time to catch up, starting with our delicious spread from Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl Appetizers

Our menu included:

1. Spicy Little Smokies: This year we found out that Aidell’s make mini sausages and bought a double pack with chicken apple and spicy. We used the spicy only, but made the same simple sauce with grape jelly and chili sauce as last year. So Yummy!

2. Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip: Same great dip as last year. In case you missed it before, here is the recipe.

3.Ham & Cheese Crescent Log: This ended being more of a lunch than an appetizer, but could be used as either. It was a recipe created out of what we had on hand, left over ham and sliced swiss cheese. Recipe coming soon!

4. Taco Cupcakes: Can I just say, these taco cupcakes were AMAZING! I cannot wait to share the recipe in the next few days. I mean, queso, meat, guacamole, yum! Click here for the recipe!

5. Mac & Cheese Bites: And finally, delicious little bites of cheesy goodness. I saw these on Pinterest months ago and patiently waited for the right moment to indulge. Click here for the recipe!

So there you have it. A great afternoon of overindulging in yummy snacks while watching some football :)  For more appetizer ideas, follow my Appetizer board on Pinterest!

Superbowl Appetizers

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Are you ready for some football!?!?

There are many reasons to be excited for the Superbowl.  Some people love it because of the football, some love the commercials, but I love it for the excuse to make appetizers, and this year to try out my new toy!

We found this bad boy at Kohl’s on sale for only $29 after tax.  I could not wait to give it a test run.

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