Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Recipe: Individual Baked Spinach Dip Cups

eat me.
whoa, you guys. i found this recipe over at Picky Palate and considering my track record with her recipes, i knew i had to make it. she never fails me. 
i made these mini spinach dip cups for my parents friends for their annual christmas party. i'm happy to say that these, along with my other appetizers, were no where to found at the end of the night. you guys know how much i love when people like what i cook, and i love it even more when they compliment me. (bratty, i know)

mix me.

bake me.

Individual Baked Spinach Dip Cups
{slightly adapted *via Picky Palate}- adaptations in italics.
"1 roll of refrigerated biscuits
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped (1 medium frozen bag)
4 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 oz softened cream cheese
1 small container of Fage 0% greek yogurt (any kind of fat free greek yogurt will do)
4 Tablespoons fresh shredded parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Ancho Chile Pepper
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Salt
1/8 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 16 muffin cups with non stick cooking spray.  Unroll package of biscuits and cut each pre-cut biscuit in half.  Press each slice into about a 3 inch round, I did this by pressing in between my hands.  Press into the bottom and up sides of the muffin cup.  Set aside.
2.  Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook and stir spinach until wilted, about 3 minutes then add garlic, cook and stir for another minute then turn heat off (mine took a bit longer since it was frozen).
3.  Place cream cheese, greek yogurt, cooked spinach and garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Ancho Chili Powder, garlic salt, salt and pepper into a medium bowl.  Mix until well combined.  With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dip into each of the centers of biscuit bowls.  Top evenly with shredded cheese and bake for 15-17 minutes until just turning brown on edges.  Remove and let cool for 3-5 minutes before removing from oven."

make these, you won't be able to stop eating them! thank you Picky Palate!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Recipe: Sausage Cheddar balls

finished product, so delicious!
this is a different version of a meatball! perfect for appetizers for any time of year!  i only made a few modifications to the recipe - i used lowfat sausage as well as low fat cheese. anything to make it a bit healthier this time of year!
ready to bake!!
i highly suggest you make these little guys! super simple, super flavorful, and crowd-pleasing!

Sausage Cheddar Balls
(slightly adapted *via Martha Stewart)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups grated cheddar (1/2 pound) (low fat)
  • 1 pound bulk breakfast sausage (low fat)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, grated on large holes of a box grater (i diced)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and baking powder. Add cheddar and toss to coat. Add sausage, onion, and butter. With your hands, mix until well combined and roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Place balls, 1/2 inch apart, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until balls are golden and cooked through, 25 minutes. Serve warm."

Monday, December 5, 2011

i'm obsessed with dogs....

mac attack!

rosie posie!!

i just love these three pups to death! since my dog isn't allowed in public anymore to ensure the safety of the general public, i go out with my friends that have well-behaved pups! we brought them to the Scottish Parade in Old Town Alexandria this past saturday morning! it was the cutest, it was like one huge dog parade with lots of people in kilts and their tartans. had no idea there were so many Scottish people in the area, but it was pretty cool to see them all come together to share their heritage with everyone ! below are a few of my fave pics from the parade:

jaguar parade

pretty flags!

Santa! I KNOW HIM!

awesome band

the most Scottish family ever. they even have two Scottish terriers

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December!!

{*via Mimi+Meg}
can you believe its already december? like usual, we have lots to celebrate!!

happy december!