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Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Ingredients
1 garlic clove, halved
2 cups white wine, chicken broth or unsweetened apple juice, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
7 cups (28 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Cubed French bread

Directions
Rub garlic clove over the bottom and sides of a fondue pot; discard garlic and set fondue pot aside. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, bring 1-3/4 cups wine and nutmeg to a simmer. Gradually add cheese, stirring after each addition until cheese is melted (cheese will separate from wine).

Combine cornstarch and remaining wine until smooth; gradually stir into cheese mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and mixture is blended and smooth. Transfer to prepared fondue pot and keep warm. Serve with bread cubes. Yield: about 4 cups.

Recipe found here: Swiss Cheese Fondue

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Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients
1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1 can (15 ounces) chili con carne without beans
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
Tortilla chips

Directions
Combine cheese, chili and chilies in a saucepan or fondue pot. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the cheese melts. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Chili Cheese Dip

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Hawaiian Crab Canapes

Hawaiian Crab Canapes

Ingredients
1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
1 package (3.2 ounces) teriyaki rice crackers
1 can (6 ounces) lump crabmeat, drained
1 jar (12 ounces) pineapple preserves
3/4 cup flaked coconut, toasted
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons minced chives

Directions
Spread cream cheese over crackers. Top with crab, preserves, coconut, nuts and chives. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Recipe found here: Hawaiian Crab Canapes

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Chicken Taco Cups

Chicken Taco Cups

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 envelope reduced-sodium taco seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa, divided
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
36 wonton wrappers
Sour cream, chopped green onions and chopped ripe olives, optional

Directions
Sprinkle chicken with taco seasoning. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and stir the chicken over medium heat for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Transfer chicken to a food processor; cover and process until chopped. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, onion, half of the salsa and 1 cup cheese.

Press wonton wrappers into miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

Spoon rounded tablespoonfuls of chicken mixture into cups; top with remaining salsa and cheese. Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve warm. Garnish with sour cream, green onions and olives if desired. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Chicken Taco Cups

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Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

Ingredients
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2/3 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

FILLING:
1 pound sliced bacon, diced
2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
3 to 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Ketchup or barbecue sauce, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt and 3-1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add bacon and cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into fourths. Roll each portion into an 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle; cut each into six squares. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in the center of each square. Bring corners together in the center and pinch to seal.

Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with butter. Serve warm with ketchup if desired. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Bacon Cheeseburger Buns

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
French bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread cream cheese into an ungreased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Layer with chicken, wing sauce and salad dressing. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with baguette slices. Yield: about 2 cups.

Recipe found here: Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients
6 jalapeno peppers
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
6 bacon strips, halved widthwise
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili seasoning

Directions

Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cheeses until blended. Spoon into pepper halves. Wrap a half-strip of bacon around each pepper half.

Combine brown sugar and chili seasoning; coat peppers with sugar mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is firm. Yield: 1 dozen.

Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Recipe found here: Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

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Ranch Potato Wedges

Ranch Potato Wedges

Ingredients
5 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 cups Daisy Brand Sour Cream
1 packet dry ranch dip mix
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup bacon bits
1/4 cup sliced green onions

Directions
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, oil, salt, pepper and chili powder.

Toss until the potatoes are evenly coated with the seasoning. Spread the potatoes out on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper. Bake the potatoes for 25-30 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

While the potatoes are cooking, mix the sour cream, the dip mix and the heavy cream in a medium bowl; combine well. Once the potatoes are done, transfer the wedges to a serving platter. Spoon the sour cream sauce over the potatoes. Top the wedges with bacon bits and green onions.

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Stromboli Ring

Stromboli Ring

Ingredients
1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce, warmed, optional

Directions
In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, one egg and Italian seasoning.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into an 18-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Spoon sausage mixture over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.

Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; pinch ends together to form a ring. With scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals.

Beat remaining egg; brush over dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 28-32 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Stromboli Ring

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
French bread baguette slices, celery ribs or tortilla chips, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Spread cream cheese into an ungreased shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Layer with chicken, wing sauce and salad dressing. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, serve with baguette slices. Yield: about 2 cups.

Recipe found here: Buffalo Chicken Dip

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