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pigs in a blanket with sauce

Neely’s Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients
1 (8-ounce) can original crescent dough
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
20 mini hot dogs or cocktail franks
1 egg, lightly beaten
Poppy seeds or sesame seeds
Tangy Dipping Sauce, recipe follows

Tangy Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise, making 3 small strips from each roll.
Brush the dough strips lightly with Dijon mustard. Put the mini hot dogs on 1 end of the dough and roll up.

Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

Tangy Dipping Sauce:
Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. Can be made a day ahead.

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Onigiri - Japanese Rice Balls

Onigiri – Japanese Rice Balls

Ingredients
4 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
4 1/2 cups water
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup bonito shavings (dry fish flakes)
2 sheets nori (dry seaweed), cut into 1/2-inch strips
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

Prep
20 m
Cook
30 m
Ready In
1 h 10 m

Wash the rice in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Combine washed rice and 4 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover.
Simmer rice until the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rice rest, for 15 minutes to allow the rice to continue to steam and become tender. Allow cooked rice to cool.

Combine 1 cup water with the salt in a small bowl. Use this water to dampen hands before handling the rice. Divide the cooked rice into 8 equal portions. Use one portion of rice for each onigiri.

Divide one portion of rice in two. Create a dimple in the rice and fill with a heaping teaspoon of bonito flakes. Cover with the remaining portion of rice and press lightly to enclose filling inside rice ball. Gently press the rice to shape into a triangle. Wrap shaped onigiri with a strip of nori. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat to make a total of 8 onigiri.

Recipe found here: Onigiri – Japanese Rice Balls

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Black Forest Ham Roll-Ups

Black Forest Ham Roll-Ups

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dried celery flakes
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
5 flour tortillas (10 inches), room temperature
1/2 pound thinly sliced Black Forest deli ham
1/2 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese

Directions
In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients until blended. Stir in cranberries and green onions; spread over tortillas. Layer with ham and cheese. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Just before serving, unwrap and cut each tortilla crosswise into 16 slices. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Black Forest Ham Roll-Ups

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Party Cheese Bread

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1 round loaf sourdough bread (1 pound)
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced

Directions
In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; set aside. Cut bread diagonally into 1-in. slices to within 1/2 in. of bottom of loaf. Repeat cuts in opposite direction. Arrange cheese slices in cuts. Drizzle butter mixture over bread.

Wrap loaf in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe of the Day: Party Cheese Bread

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Fresh Vegetable Dip

Fresh Vegetable Dip

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Fresh vegetables

Directions
In a small bowl, mix the first seven ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Serve with vegetables. Yield: 2-1/4 cups.

Recipe found here: Fresh Vegetable Dip

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Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Ingredients
24 cherry tomatoes
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped peeled cucumber
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh dill

Directions
Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out and discard pulp; invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth; stir in the cucumber, onion and dill. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

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Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders Recipe

Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

Ingredients
12 frozen bread dough dinner rolls
1 egg
1 teaspoon water
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

KABOBS:
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 medium sweet red pepper or green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 slices process American cheese, cut into quarters

Directions
Thaw dough according to package directions. Cut each roll in half; reshape portions into balls. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with clean kitchen towels; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Uncover dough; gently press to flatten slightly. Whisk egg and water; brush over tops. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.

In a large bowl, combine the first five kabob ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 24 patties. On 24 metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread patties, red pepper and onion, inserting patties sideways.

Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill kabobs, covered, over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until patties are no longer pink. Remove from the grill; immediately top patties with cheese. Cut buns in half; assemble sliders. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Bacon & Cheese Meatball Sliders

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