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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese

Ingredients
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Directions
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.

Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese

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Slow Cooker Corn Bisque

Ingredients

1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 16 ounce packages frozen whole kernel corn
1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced sweet onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
Hot water (optional)
Assorted Toppers, such as chopped avocado, red sweet pepper, or tomatoes; sliced green onions or jalapeno chile peppers; flaked lump crabmeat; cooked shrimp; crumbled, crisp-cooked bacon; toasted corn kernels; shredded cheese; julienned radishes; snipped fresh chives or cilantro; and/or Frizzled Leeks* (optional)

Directions
In a 6-quart slow cooker combine the first four ingredients (through onion); sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the thyme. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Cool slightly.

Stir in the next four ingredients (through sugar) and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer mixture, one-third at a time, to a blender; cover and puree until smooth. Return to cooker. If needed, stir in enough hot water to reach desired consistency.

Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low up to 2 hours. If desired, serve with assorted toppers.

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Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

Ingredients
3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cold water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed and softened
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (12 ounces) beer, optional
Optional Toppings: croutons, popcorn, crumbled cooked bacon, sliced green onions

Directions
In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

Combine flour and water until smooth; stir into soup. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until soup is thickened.

Stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until blended. Stir in beer if desired. Cover and cook on low until heated through. Serve with desired toppings. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow-Cooked Savory Cheese Soup

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Football Fest Empanadas

Ingredients
1 jar (16 ounces) black bean and corn salsa
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-use Southwestern chicken strips, chopped
2 packages (14.1 ounces each) refrigerated pie pastry
4 ounces quesadilla cheese, shredded
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the salsa, corn, jalapenos, 2 tablespoons cilantro and lime juice. In another bowl, combine the chicken, remaining cilantro and 1/2 cup salsa mixture; set aside. Reserve remaining salsa for serving.

Unroll a pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Using a floured 4-in. round cookie cutter placed halfway on edge of pastry, cut 4-in. x 3-in. football shapes. Repeat with remaining dough, chilling and rerolling scraps as needed.

Transfer half of the cutouts to greased baking sheets. Place 1 tablespoon chicken mixture in the center of each; top each with 1-1/2 teaspoons cheese. Brush edges of pastry with egg. Top with remaining cutouts; press edges with a fork to seal. Cut slits in the tops to resemble football laces. Brush tops with egg.

Bake at 450° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with reserved salsa mixture. Refrigerate leftovers.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled pastries in a freezer container, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, reheat pastries on a greased baking sheet in a preheated 400° oven until crisp and heated through. Yield: 2 dozen.

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

Recipe found here: Football Fest Empanadas

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Two-Cheese Pizzas

Two-Cheese Pizzas

Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 pita breads (6 inches)
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 small tomato, diced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce, warmed, optional

Directions
In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic powder; brush over pitas. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, basil and tomato. Place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 400° for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with pizza sauce if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Two-Cheese Pizzas

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Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

Ingredients
3 dozen fresh oysters in the shell, washed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
1 cup grated Romano cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds kosher salt

Directions
Shuck oysters, reserving bottom shell; set aside. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Add spinach; cook and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat; stir in the cheese, lemon juice and pepper.

Spread kosher salt into two ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Lightly press the oyster shells down into the salt. Place one oyster in each shell; top each with 2-1/2 teaspoons spinach mixture.

Bake, uncovered, at 450° for 6-8 minutes or until oysters are plump. Serve immediately. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Oysters Rockefeller

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Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Ingredients
2 large cucumbers
16 cherry tomatoes
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions
Peel strips from cucumbers to create decorative edges if desired; cut into 1/2-in. slices. Finely chop two slices; set aside. With a small spoon, scoop some of the seeds from the remaining slices.

Cut a thin slice from the bottoms of tomatoes to allow them to rest flat. Cut a thin slice from tops of tomatoes; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Invert onto paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, red pepper, celery, onion, carrot, seasonings and chopped cucumber.

Fill tomatoes and cucumber slices with cream cheese mixture, about 1 teaspoon in each. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Inside-Out Veggie Dip

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