“On Toast” Party Foods Your Guests Can’t Resist

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The festive season may be over but that doesn’t mean that you can enjoy some great food and drinks with friends. But, while you may not fancy hosting a full dinner party, there are plenty of nibbles you can put on without too much fuss but with plenty of flavor!

Toast is the perfect little plate for all kinds of ingredients and combinations. This is just what you need at a drinks party to soak up a little bit of the alcohol and have fun. You can easily whip up most “on toast” recipes the night before but since many are just a case of assembly, they won’t take too long to put together while your guests sip their drinks.

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Crab and Swiss Melts

With a few ingredients and a bit of imagination, you would be surprised at just what you can do with some soft shell crabs, cream cheese and a hot sauce.

This recipe is borrowed and adapted from allrecipes.

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup of cooked crab meat
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 ½ cups grated swiss cheese
Salad chilies, finely sliced
2 avocados, sliced
Salt and pepper
A french bread baton, sliced
Fresh parsley garnish

Whip the cream cheese in a bowl and then add in the crab, crushed garlic, chilli slices and salt and pepper to taste.
Mix gently.
Lay the avocado slices on the bread and then top with the crab mix.
Sprinkle the swiss cheese on top.
Bake for around 15 minutes at 425 fahrenheit to melt the cheese
Load your nibbles onto a tray and sprinkle over with the parsley garnish

Easy Pizza Bites

If you’re a fan of the humble grilled cheese, you will certainly love this simple, fail-safe recipe. Once you have the basic recipe down, feel free to improvise with your toppings! Cooked meats, vegetables and all kinds of different cheeses work beautifully so play around with different combinations.

This recipe is adapted from the genius cook Nigella Lawson.

1 naan bread
Simple tomato pasta sauce from a jar
Mozzarella pizza cheese
A few basil leaves for garnish
Any toppings you fancy

Spread a thin layer of pasta sauce on your naan bread, load up with your favourite toppings and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for around 5 minutes at 425 fahrenheit or until the cheese is bubbling.
Chop into slices and garnish with the basil leaves.

Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut Crostini

Crostini is a fancy Italian kind of toast and you can add pretty much any topping you like. All you need to do is toast your bread under the grill until it is dry and golden. This combination of ingredients adds a little sweetness to your table without overdoing it.

Blue cheese and pear is a classic combination which can be greatly improved with honey glazed walnuts.

Blue cheese
Honey glazed walnuts
Runny honey to drizzle over the top

Slice the pears thinly and arrange on top of the bread.
Crumble over the blue cheese.
Add the walnuts and drizzle over a little honey.

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Epic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Part II

Just when I thought I had found them all…

Remember my first grilled cheese sandwich roundup? This is America’s very favorite sandwich, amped way up.

Sausage and Pepper Chipotle Grilled Cheese by Peas and Carrots

Apparently, the grilled cheese has a rather simple history. It originated in the 1920s, when inexpensive white bread and American cheese became readily available. It was an affordable, hearty and tasty meal. Very few people have an aversion to this classic, ooey, gooey, cheesy, kinda salty and buttery, almost perfect handheld food.

Guinness Grilled Cheese by This Is How I Cook

The first roundup was fantastic – let’s see how you like these! Go here to see the gallery.

This article was originally published on Parade Food & Drink by me.

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Dixie Chik Cooks Top Ten Recipes of 2018

Ah, 2018.

Probably one of the biggest assholes I’ve ever endured in my life.

I mean, get the F out, already 2018. Time to start a new year. New projects, new food, and more growth for Dixie Chik Cooks.

It didn’t completely, 100% suck ass, however.

I definitely continued to cultivate my love for smoking and started to get real with making videos , although I need to ramp that up much more this year. Much, much more.

{End of Rant}

Not everything was negative.

The things I learned to do and yet again, stepping outside of my comfort zone, 2018 will remain just ok in my book. With everything I went through that year; from a few surprise health issues that are seemingly never-ending, deciding to take a short sabbatical from nursing – one thing hasn’t changed – I still enjoy my food. It was, as always, and always will be, a welcome distraction for me.

Photo credit Brian Ritchey.

Smoking, grilling, doing video work (with the help of my friend Brian) helped me all year, and were much needed modes of therapy and sharing with you added to my food and writing endeavors.

Thank you, thank you all for another fantastic year. I love all of your comments, emails, likes, etc. Y’all keep me pushing to yet another year of Dixie Chik Cooks because of your support, and I’m so excited about 2019.

When you make something, please take a photo of it and send it to me and I’ll post it on Facebook. When you have a comment or opinion about a recipe, please let me know your thoughts!

Here’s the Top Ten Dixie Chik Cooks Recipes of 2018. Pinabble below, printables below that.

Twice Baked Jambalaya Potatoes

Smoked Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Buffalo Feta Burger

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken

Enchilada Pork Over White Cheddar Grits

Taboulleh Burger with Smoked Pork Shoulder

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Apple CinnaCheesecake Cups

Smoked Chicken Nachos

Smoked Boston Butt

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14 Insanely Delicious Christmas Brunch Recipes

The second thing on everyone’s mind when they wake up on Christmas morning is breakfast.

Because, obviously, what Santa brought is the first thing.

Italian Sausage Mushroom Mini Quiche

Especially if you’ll be entertaining guests overnight, prepping for Christmas morning breakfast or brunch is crucial to having a smoothly running holiday.

When my kids were still at home, we were a divided house; my husband and daughter wanted sweets and pastries, but my son and I wanted savory. I usually make a few dishes so everybody can have a little of several things while opening gifts.

CinnaApple Cheesecake Cups

Christmas morning needs to linger; it’s something children everywhere anticipate all year long.

Parents look forward to the special moments like having Christmas morning brunch and sharing memories of past holidays, watching the kids’ faces light up when they see what Santa brought them, and hanging customized ornaments made by the children on the tree.

There is something for just about everybody on my list, from sweets to savory.

Go here to see all 14 Insanely Delicious Christmas Brunch Recipes!

This post was originally published by me on Community Table Food/Parade Magazine online.

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Boho Holiday Giveaway

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If you don’t have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you’re missing out on one of the most useful and durable pieces to own. We’re giving away a 5 qt. KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in candy apple red, just in time for the holidays!

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The only mandatory option is to leave a comment below the post – We want to know what you would do with the mixer – keep it or give it to someone special for the holidays?

Good Luck, and Happy Holidays from the Boho Tribe!

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