Category: Appetizers

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites

Make these colorful & delicious Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites for your next party or get together! These EASY bite sized appetizers are made in 15 minutes!
Make these colorful & delicious Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites for your next party or get together! These EASY bite sized appetizers are made in 15 minutes!

Recently I hosted a Christmas get together for former co-workers. Several of us hadn’t seen each other in 12 years! It always seems like the holidays are a great time to renew friendships and enjoy spending time with those you love!

I made a couple simple desserts, provided beverages, and asked everyone that came to the party to bring an appetizer to share! It was a lot of fun, and there were some nice food choices we all enjoyed!

Getting ready for Christmas party where Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites will be served.

The appetizer I decided to make was this recipe for Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites.  I originally found the recipe on Pinterest, from Jessica (at The Novice Chef), and decided to try it!

The recipe is super easy to make, and the results? Fantastic! Creamy, slightly sweet cheese balls, are coated in dried cranberries, fresh parsley, and chopped pecans. These colorful (green and red) tiny bite size treats were a perfect appetizer for the holiday season! YUM!

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How To Make Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites Filling

Place the goat cheese, cream cheese, honey and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to fully combine these ingredients until blended and smooth.

Once the goat cheese mixture is smooth, add 1/2 cup of the chopped pecans, reserving the remaining pecans (1 cup) for later. Stir the 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into the cheese mixture until combined. This will be the filling for your cranberry pecan goat cheese bites!

NOTE: I “dry-toasted” the pecans in a skillet (no oil, etc.), stirring for a few minutes to slightly toast them before using them in this recipe. I then let the pecans cool before adding them to the cheese mixture. THIS STEP IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL (but good!).

Ingredients for cranberry pecan goat cheese bites are mixed together in bowl.

Covering The Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites

Place a sheet of parchment paper on kitchen counter. Put the remaining 1 cup of chopped pecans, dried cranberries and chopped fresh parsley on the paper.

Gently combine the pecans, cranberries and parsley. Spread them out a bit on the parchment paper.  Grab a cookie scoop (or a Tablespoon measuring spoon), and get ready to create these cute cranberry pecan goat cheese bites!

Chopped parsley, pecans, and dried cranberries are mixed to garnish cranberry pecan goat cheese bites.

Place a scoop of the goat cheese mixture on top of the cranberry/pecan/parsley mixture.  Make sure the cheese mixture is rounded into a ball. Roll it around in the topping, until the cheese ball is covered on all sides. When done, place the cranberry pecan goat cheese  ball on a large plate or platter.

Repeat this process (one at a time) until all the goat cheese mixture is gone. The recipe will yield about 18 cranberry pecan goat cheese bites!

Cranberry pecan goat cheese bites are rolled in parsley, cranberries and pecans, to cover.

The cheese balls will need to be refrigerated, for peak flavor and texture. They will firm up a bit as they chill. They are at their best, when served cold, right from the refrigerator! You can make these cute and festive little appetizers up to 3 days in advance, which is really a great timesaver! They need to be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container.

Close up photo of cranberry pecan goat cheese bites, on plate.

Don’t they look colorful? Perfect for the Christmas holidays! And… since they are so easy to make (and can be made ahead of time), this appetizer is PERFECT for such a busy time of year!

Cranberry pecan goat cheese bites are on a plate.

Serving The Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites

Right before serving the cranberry pecan goat cheese bites, I transferred them to a pretty Christmas serving platter. Gently insert a stick pretzel into the center of each cheese ball, to serve. That step is completely optional, but it made it very easy for my guests to pick up the cranberry pecan goat cheese bites to put on their plate!

A pretzel stick is inserted into cranberry pecan goat cheese bites, to serve.

I received several compliments on these colorful and yummy appetizers! They are GOOD! Sure do hope you will consider making these for your family, friends, a holiday party… or ANY time of the year! Have a wonderful day, friends. Make it a GOOD one!

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Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Make these colorful & delicious Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites for your next party or get together! These EASY bite sized appetizers are made in 15 minutes!
Category: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry pecan goat cheese bites
Servings: 18
Calories Per Serving: 150 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces goat cheese (chevre)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • cups pecans , chopped and divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. Place goat cheese, cream cheese, honey and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to fully combine ingredients until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (reserve the rest for later). Stir the pecans into cheese mixture until combined.  NOTE: I "dry-toasted" the pecans in a skillet (no oil, etc.), stirring for a few minutes to slightly toast them before using them in this recipe. I then let the pecans cool before adding them to the cheese mixture. THIS STEP IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL (but good!).

  2. Place a sheet of parchment paper on kitchen counter. Put remaining cup of chopped pecans, dried cranberries and chopped fresh parsley on the paper. Gently combine pecans, cranberries and parsley. Spread them out on the parchment paper.  

  3. Place a scoop (using cookie scoop or Tablespoon) of the goat cheese mixture on top of the cranberry/pecan/parsley mixture.  Make sure the cheese mixture is rounded into a ball. Roll it around in the topping, until the cheese ball is covered on all sides. When done, place the cranberry pecan goat cheese  ball on a large plate or platter. Repeat process (one at a time) until all the goat cheese mixture is gone. 

  4. The cheese balls will need to be refrigerated, for peak flavor and texture. They will firm up as they chill. They are at their best, when served cold, right from the refrigerator! You can make these appetizers up to 3 days in advance, which is a great timesaver! They need to be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container. Serve as is, or gently insert a stick pretzel into the top of the cheese ball right before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 103mg4%
Potassium 73mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make these colorful & delicious Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Bites for your next party or get together! These EASY bite sized appetizers are made in 15 minutes!

Spicy Roasted Garbanzos

Looking for an easy, healthy, crunchy snack? You’ve got to try these spicy roasted garbanzos (chickpeas)! They’re a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy!
Looking for an easy, healthy, crunchy snack? You've got to try these spicy roasted garbanzos (chickpeas)! They're a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy!

I found the recipe for these spicy roasted garbanzos online, and thought it sounded quite interesting!  Garbanzo beans are also highly nutritious and filling.  I had all the ingredients, so quickly whipped up a batch (easy peasy)!

Garbanzo beans are lightly tossed with olive oil, then roasted. Once they are crunchy, and hot straight from the oven, they are tossed in a dry spice mix that is only a bit spicy and a bit sweet, to cover. The best part? The taste and the fact it is a fairly low calorie, nutritious snack!

Spicy roasted garbanzos (chickpeas) are BEST when eaten right after roasting… they tend to lose a bit of the crunch factor after sitting for awhile. I like to think of them as an alternative to hot popcorn, except without all the carbs and butter! Popcorn is always best right after popping, too!

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How Do I Make Spicy Roasted Garbanzos?

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  While your oven is preheating, open, drain and rinse a can of garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Pat the garbanzos dry. I used a dish towel to remove most of the moisture.

Once garbanzos are dry, place them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with a Tablespoon of olive oil, then gently toss, to coat. Spread the garbanzos out on the baking sheet, then bake in preheated 450 degree oven for approximately 15-20 minutes. When done, they should be crunchy on the outside and golden brown in color.

While the garbanzos are roasting, mix together the spices in a small bowl or cup.

When the garbanzos were done roasting, I placed them in a small bowl while they were still hot. The spice mix was then sprinkled over the hot garbanzos, and they were tossed together until the roasted garbanzos were covered with spice mix.

Time To Enjoy Some Spicy Roasted Garbanzos!

Serve the spicy roasted garbanzos hot and fresh! You can snack on them just like popcorn! A single serving (approximately 1/2 cup) has under 150 calories! Remember- this healthy snack is at it’s very crunchy BEST when served hot and fresh!

The spicy roasted garbanzos are a wonderful snack! They are only a little bit spicy, and you do taste a little bit of the sweetness from the small amount of brown sugar! They taste so good, it’s a safe bet to say that it will be hard for you to stay out of them!

Hope you enjoy these spicy roasted garbanzos!  I can hardly wait to make some more to snack on. You might also enjoy a few other of my snack recipes for Tex Mex Party Nuts, Coconut Candied Cashews or Candied Orange, Cinnamon Clove Spiced Pecans!

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon. Be sure to check out ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. Have a FANTASTIC day!

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Recipe Source: Larisha, at https://wereparents.com/bbq-roasted-chickpeas-recipe/

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Spicy Roasted Garbanzos
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Looking for an easy, healthy, crunchy snack? You've got to try these spicy roasted garbanzos (chickpeas)! They're a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy!
Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: spicy roasted garbanzos
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 132 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 15.5 ounces garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
For Spice Mix:
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.  While your oven is preheating, open, drain and rinse a can of garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Pat the garbanzos dry. 

  2. Once garbanzos are dry, place them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with a Tablespoon of olive oil, then gently toss, to coat. Spread them out on the baking sheet, then bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes. When done, they should be crunchy on the outside and golden brown in color.

  3. While the garbanzos are roasting, mix together the spices in a small bowl or cup. When garbanzos are done roasting, place them in a small bowl while hot. Sprinkle spice mix over hot garbanzos, and gently toss until roasted garbanzos are covered with spice mix.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Roasted Garbanzos
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/2 cup serving))
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 308mg13%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Looking for an easy, healthy, crunchy snack? You've got to try these spicy roasted garbanzos (chickpeas)! They're a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicy!

Cajun Tater Tots with Dipping Sauce

Spicy Cajun tater tots (fried OR baked), served with a seasoned Ranch/Sour Cream dipping sauce and BBQ sauce on the side, are the perfect appetizer to munch on at any dinner, get together or party!
Spicy Cajun tater tots (fried OR baked), served with a seasoned Ranch/Sour Cream dipping sauce and BBQ sauce, are the perfect appetizer to munch on at any dinner, get together or party!

My husband and I enjoy eating out at a Pacific Northwest well known restaurant called McMenamins. They have over 55 casual restaurant / brewhouses located in Oregon and Washington (including one about a mile from our home), and are a very popular hangout.

Our favorite appetizer to get (each time we go) is a basket of their Cajun Tater Tots! I love the dipping sauce they’re served with, and my husband loves his tots with BBQ sauce, so we each get our own little cup of sauce to dip the tots into! Perfect!

The deep fried tater tots, seasoned with Cajun-style spices are the perfect little treat to munch on while we wait for our order to be cooked! These little tots are so addictive… once you eat one, it is hard to stay out of them (trust me…I know what I’m talking about here)!

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Time To Try Making My Own Cajun Tater Tots!

I decided to try and make something similar at home, just for fun, and found a copycat recipe (for the tots only) online.  That particular recipe baked the tater tots, so I adapted the recipe a bit, changed the recipe from baking to deep frying, then created my own sauce, and made them!

The Cajun tater tots turned out really good!  NOTEI am posting pictures of the “deep fried” version, but am including directions for baking them, for your convenience, in the printable recipe below.

Okay… So How Do I Make Them?

The first thing you need to do is make the dipping sauce.  I made a sauce similar to what they serve at the restaurant. A small amount of Cajun spices are added to a simple mixture of Ranch dressing and sour cream.

Ingredients are mixed until smooth, covered, then refrigerated until ready to use. This cooling sauce is a great balance to the slightly spicy tots! It’s easy to make the sauce up early in the day for later use!

Dipping sauce for tater tots, in white bowl

After you’ve made the dipping sauce, it’s time to make the seasoning for the tots. This is done by simply mixing up the dry ingredients in a small bowl, then setting it aside.

Bowl of cajun spice ingredients for cooked tater tots

To Deep Fry Cajun Tater Tots:

Frozen tater tots are carefully deep fried in a basket in a pan half full of hot oil (375 degrees). They cook for 3-4 minutes until they become crispy and the color has changed to golden brown.

Tater tots deep frying in oil in large saucepan with fry basket

Once they are cooked to a golden brown color, the fryer basket and tots are removed from oil, drained slightly (over the pan), then tots are transferred to a large bowl.

Golden brown tater tots are removed from cooking oil

Sprinkle Cajun spice mixture is immediately over hot tater tots, then toss them until the tots are covered with seasoning. The spices will stick to the oil remaining on the drained tots. I serve them hot in a parchment paper lined basket.

Cajun tater tots, served in basket

Serve The Cajun Tater Tots

Serve the hot spiced tater tots with two bowls of dipping sauces. Sauces are the perfect way to enjoy your tots! Dip away! Pictured on the left is the Ranch/Sour cream dipping sauce, and the dish on the right contains bottled BBQ sauce (my hubby’s preferred sauce, straight out of the bottle).

Dipping sauces, served to accompany Cajun tater tots

That’s it! It’s not too hard to make these delicious Cajun tots at home, if you can’t get to a McMenamins to taste the original! They are so good!

You can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. If you’re looking for more appetizers like this one, you might also enjoy Crunchy Homemade Onion Rings , Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries or Crispy Homemade French Fries.  Each of them is a wonderful, yummy appetizer or side dish!

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Tot recipe adapted from Sandy, at: http://www.everydaysouthwest.com/recipes/cajun-spiced-tater-tots/

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Cajun Tater Tots with Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
14 mins
 
Spicy Cajun tater tots (fried OR baked), served with a seasoned Ranch/Sour Cream dipping sauce and BBQ sauce, are the perfect appetizer to munch on at any dinner, get together or party!
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Cajun tater tots
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 342 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Tots:
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper , or more if you like 'em spicy!
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt , + more to season at finish
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 16 ounces Ore Ida Tater Tots
  • Enough oil to deep fry tater tots (Fill pan HALF full only)
For Dipping Sauces:
  • 1/3 cup bottled Ranch Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon (EACH) Cajun seasoning, cayenne, dried rosemary, salt, garlic and onion powder
  • 1/2 cup bottled BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. Make dipping sauce by mixing Ranch dressing with sour cream, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, rosemary, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Stir until fully combined. Cover, then refrigerate until ready to use. 

  2. Make the seasoning for the Cajun tater tots, by simply mixing up the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.
OPTION #1 - Deep Fried (this is the method I used):
  1. Fill a cooking pot half full of vegetable oil (no more than half full!).  Preheat oil to 375° F. (uncovered). Carefully add frozen tater tots to fryer basket (only fill basket HALF full), and lower into hot oil. IMPORTANT: Be very careful-ice crystals on the frozen tots may splatter when they hit the hot oil.  If this happens, immediately put a lid on pan and reduce heat till splattering stops, then uncover and return oil to cooking temp.  Cook tater tots for 3-4 minutes at temperature, until they turn golden brown. Turn off heat, and carefully lift fryer basket out of oil, letting oil drain out of basket back into the pot.  Once fairly well drained, pour 1/2 of hot tots into a medium mixing bowl.  Immediately sprinkle with 1/2 of the Cajun seasoning mixture and lightly mix or toss to season. Repeat with other half until all tots are seasoned.  Lightly season with additional salt (to taste), if desired, and serve while hot.

OPTION #2 - Baked
  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F.  Melt 3 Tablespoons butter with 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil.  Combine the Cajun season mixture with the butter/oil mixture. Stir until combined.  Pour 1/2 of the sauce into medium mixing bowl; swirl it around to coat sides of bowl. Add 1/2 of the tots. Place plastic wrap over the bowl, seal tightly, then toss the tater tots carefully (keeping bowl tightly sealed) until they are fairly well covered by the spice/butter mixture.  Transfer the seasoned tots onto a 13x9 inch rimmed baking sheet, in a single layer. Repeat process until all tots are coated.  Bake tots at 425° F. for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy and light golden brown. (Note: If doubling recipe, baking time will increase to between 25 and 35 minutes). When done, remove from oven. Lightly season with additional salt (to taste), if desired,  and serve while hot.

  2. To Serve: Place hot, seasoned tots in a parchment paper lined basket or bowl and serve, with little cups of dipping sauce(s) on the side. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: IF baking (Option #2), you will also need 3 Tablespoons butter, and 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil added to ingredient list.

Nutrition Facts
Cajun Tater Tots with Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving + Ranch dipping sauce (1/4 of total))
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 854mg37%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 540IU11%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Spicy Cajun tater tots (fried OR baked), served with a seasoned Ranch/Sour Cream dipping sauce and BBQ sauce, are the perfect appetizer to munch on at any dinner, get together or party!

Garlic Focaccia Bread

Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be served as an appetizer with dipping oil and herbs, or simply used to make sandwiches!Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be served as an appetizer with dipping oil and herbs, or simply used to make sandwiches!

Garlic Focaccia Bread is a versatile side dish for a variety of meats or salads, can be served as an appetizer (served with dipping oil and herbs), or simply used to make a great sandwich! The crispy “dimpled” crust of this delicious bread (with olive oil, garlic and fresh thyme topping), is it’s trademark feature!

My friends and I used to frequent a local restaurant that brought baskets of sliced warm focaccia bread and a small bowl of dipping oil (with herbs) to the table before dinner. Oh. My. Goodness. I think that place is where I really fell in love with focaccia bread!

Talk about GOOD!!! I knew I wanted to make something similar at home, so I decided to try an old recipe I had stored in my trusty (and practically dilapidated) file box.

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Where I Discovered The Original Recipe

Many years ago I found a recipe in a newspaper, cut it out, and taped it to a 3×5 index card. Didn’t even write down what newspaper it was from. It’s now old and yellowed, but I had NEVER tried that particular recipe until recently.  WOW- it was DELICIOUS!

The original recipe was titled “Nona’s Courtyard Cafe Focaccia”, and I THINK (not sure) it might have originated from a restaurant in Ventura, California (which is now closed). I tried to find the recipe online, but no luck… oh well. At least I had this old recipe on file to try. It’s very easy to make… here’s how!

How To Make Garlic Focaccia Bread

Mix yeast with warm water (100 degrees) in a large bowl. Stir, then set the bowl aside for 5 minutes to let yeast fully dissolve. Bubbles will begin to appear on the surface, which tells you the yeast is active, alive, and working.

Yeast is dissolved in warm water to make bread dough.

Add flour, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, Parmesan cheese, honey, salt and cold water to bowl. Mix the ingredients well. I started mixing it with a spoon, then switched to using my (clean) hands to mix it up, because it was easier that way, as it is a thick dough.

Form the dough into a ball, then put it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, smoothing and shaping it into a circle of dough about 10 inches wide.

Focaccia dough is mixed, formed into ball and rolled into 10" circle

In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil and crushed garlic.  Set aside to let the flavors “mingle”, while you get the dough ready for it!

Olive oil and minced garlic for bread, in measuring cup

Poking Holes In the Garlic Focaccia Bread Dough

Transfer the dough circle to a large baking sheet with edges (I used a ratty old pizza pan with edges).  Poke holes in the top of the dough using your finger. Make deep holes all over the top of the dough, but don’t go all the way through dough to the bottom.

Holes poked into top of focaccia bread dough with finger

Cover the top and sides of dough with the olive oil/ garlic mixture.  I started off spooning it on top, then used a pastry brush to fully coat top and sides of dough, and to spread the garlic around.

What Should I Do With The Excess Olive Oil?

There is a lot of “excess” oil that will run off the edges of dough onto pan. Just scoop it up with a spoon and fill up all the holes with it. Sprinkle top of dough with chopped fresh thyme (or fresh rosemary, if substituting). There will STILL be excess oil around bottom of dough, as you can see in the photo below. Leave it there! It will absorb into the bread while it bakes, and help to make a nice crispy crust!

Set the pan aside, and let the dough rise a bit (uncovered) for about 30 minutes in a warm place, free from drafts. Preheat oven to 400º F. while dough is rising.

Focaccia dough, covered with olive oil, garlic and thyme before baking

Bake The Garlic Focaccia Bread

After dough has risen, bake it in a 400º F. oven for 23-25 minutes, or until the bread is evenly browned all over.  Remove from oven, transfer the garlic focaccia bread to a wire rack, and let it cool for 20-25 minutes before you serve it.

Doesn’t it look GOOD? See the little pieces of garlic in the “dimples”?  ALL the oil has been absorbed into crust. The 2 photos below show the top and bottom of the bread… nice and crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside!

Top crust of garlic focaccia bread after baking

Bottom crust of baked focaccia bread

If you want to make the garlic focaccia bread ahead of time, you can easily reheat it by covering it tightly with aluminum foil and reheat on low heat (250º F.) in oven for 10-15 minutes. To serve, slice bread in half left to right, then cut into 2″ wide strips from top to bottom.

You can serve it with a (2 to 1) mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar or olive oil and fresh herbs (like garlic, thyme and rosemary, etc.) in a little bowl for dipping, if you wish.

Baked garlic focaccia bread, cooling on wire rack

Here’s a close up of a slice of the garlic focaccia bread so you can see what the inside looks like! YUM.

Close up photo of sliced focaccia bread

My husband, oldest son and I enjoyed this bread served with Orange and Rosemary Glazed Salmon, steamed broccoli and rice. It was delicious.  We ended up with a few pieces of focaccia bread left over, so I will serve it on the side with spaghetti, made with Easy Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage for tonight’s dinner!

Hope you will consider making this garlic focaccia bread! It’s a great side dish to compliment a variety of main courses or salads.

It can also be used as an appetizer BEFORE the meal, when served with a mixture of olive oil and fresh herbs (or olive oil/balsamic vinegar). You can also use it to make a delicious sandwich!  Lots of possibilities. Hope you enjoy it… and have a wonderful day!

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Garlic Focaccia Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Rising Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be used to make sandwiches, or served as an appetizer with dipping oil!
Category: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: garlic focaccia bread
Servings: 10 slices
Calories Per Serving: 229 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 ounce dry active yeast
  • 1 cup water heated to 100 degrees
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese ,freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (or rosemary) , finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast with warm water (100 degrees) in a large bowl. Stir, then set bowl aside for 5 minutes to let yeast fully dissolve. Bubbles will begin appearing on the surface, which tells you the yeast is active and working.

  2. Add flour, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, Parmesan cheese, honey, salt and cold water to bowl. Mix ingredients well. NOTE: I started mixing it with a spoon, then switched to using my (clean) hands to mix it up, because it's easier (it's a thick dough). Form dough into a ball, then place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out with a rolling pin, smoothing and shaping it into a circle 10" wide.

  3. In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil and crushed garlic.  Set aside to let flavors "mingle" while you get dough ready.

  4. Transfer the dough circle to a large baking sheet or pizza pan (with edges) .  Poke holes in top of the dough using your fingertips. Make deep holes all over the top of the dough, but don't go all the way through to the bottom.

  5. Cover top/sides of dough with olive oil/ garlic mixture using spoon and/or pastry brush.  There will be oil that runs off edges onto pan. Scoop it up with a spoon and fill the holes with it. Sprinkle top with chopped fresh thyme (or rosemary, if using). There will STILL be excess oil on pan around bottom of dough. Leave it there! It will absorb into the bread when it bakes, and help to make a nice crust!  Set bread aside, and let dough rise a bit (uncovered) for 30-40 minutes in a warm place, free from drafts. Preheat oven to 400º F. while dough rises.

  6. After dough has risen, bake in 400º F. oven for 23-25 minutes, or until bread is evenly browned.  Remove from oven, transfer bread to a wire rack, and let cool 20-25 minutes before serving. To serve, slice in half from left to right, then cut into 2" thick slices from top to bottom.  If desired, serve with dipping sauce of (2 to 1 mix) olive oil and balsamic vinegar OR olive oil and fresh herbs, like thyme, garlic, rosemary. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Yeast used is equivalent of 2 (¼ ounce) packages OR 4½ teaspoons of bulk dry active yeast. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Focaccia Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 216mg9%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be served as an appetizer with dipping oil and herbs, or simply used to make sandwiches!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a delicious side dish or appetizer! Baked until crispy, and served with dipping sauce, these “fries” will be a big hit!Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a delicious side dish or appetizer! Baked until crispy, and served with dipping sauce, these "fries" will be a big hit!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a delicious family-friendly way to get kids (and adults) to EAT THEIR VEGGIES!  Baked (not fried) to a crispy finish, and served with a cool, seasoned dipping sauce on the side, these “fries” won’t last long, as a side dish or an appetizer!

The zucchini are crispy on the outside, and have lots of flavor with the simple coating, and the PLUS is that they are BAKED, not FRIED. They are really very easy to prepare, and it’s a great way to get more veggies into the food rotation!

It’s easy to get these veggies into everyone, in a fun way (especially if the kids like French fries)!  Zucchini fries are delicious baked and eaten without any accompaniments, but I like to dip them in a tasty sauce (or ranch dressing).

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Making The Sauce/Dip For Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

This time I made up a quick and simple Mexican-spiced dip/sauce (with some of my favorite spices), to serve on the side. I made the sauce by combining non-fat plain Greek yogurt with a Tablespoon of mayonnaise. I then added cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, and paprika, and mixed until blended.

The dipping sauce has good Southwestern flavor, but is not too spicy, by the way! Make ahead, cover,  and refrigerate until ready to use.

Ingredients for dipping sauce for Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries.

How To Cut Zucchini For Zucchini Fries

I used a green zucchini and a yellow zucchini to make the fries. After slicing the ends off, they were cut like this:

  • #1 Cut each in half in the middle.
  • #2 Cut each half in half lengthwise.
  • #3 Cut those pieces into 4 lengthwise slices each (so they are wedges about 1/2 an inch wide).

Zucchini is sliced into wedges to make Baked Parmesan zucchini fries.

In a small bowl, place two eggs. Lightly beat the eggs until they are fully combined. In a separate bowl, place Panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika and Italian seasoning, and stir until combined.

Beaten eggs, and panko bread crumbs are needed to coat zucchini fries before baking.

Prepping Zucchini Fries For Baking

Dip the zucchini wedges, one at a time into the egg mixture to coat. Shake off excess egg back into bowl, and then dip and roll in Panko mixture to coat all sides.

Zucchini fries are coated with panko breadcrumbs before baking.

Place each coated piece of zucchini on a baking sheet which has been lined with aluminum foil, covered with non-stick spray. Repeat until all “fries” have been coated.  Make sure to keep wedges separated on foil.

Parmesan zucchini fries are placed in single layer onto baking sheet to bake.

Cooking The Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Spray the top of the zucchini with cooking spray or lightly drizzle with olive oil.  Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, flipping zucchini fries over,  half way through the cooking time. When done, the zucchini should be crisp on the outside and lightly browned.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are golden brown and crispy after baking.

Time To Eat!

Transfer zucchini fries to a platter, and serve with dipping sauce (if desired). They taste the very best when served hot, crispy, and fresh!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are served with dipping sauce.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries on red platter, with dipping sauce.

Serve, and enjoy this yummy finger food side dish (or appetizer!).  Recipe is easily doubled for a larger crowd… as written, the recipe makes 32 “fries”. Hope you enjoy these zucchini fries – we sure did!

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Zucchini Fries Recipe Source: Trish, at https://www.momontimeout.com/baked-parmesan-zucchini-fries-recipe/

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a delicious side dish or appetizer! Baked until crispy, and served with dipping sauce, these "fries" will be a big hit!
Category: Side Dish / Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked Parmesan zucchini fries
Servings: 32 fries
Calories Per Serving: 18 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchini (medium sized- I used 1 green and 1 yellow)
  • 2 eggs , beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
For Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (can substitute sour cream)
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon EACH of spices (chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder and paprika)
Instructions
To Make Dipping Sauce:
  1. Mix Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, and paprika in small bowl until blended. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
To Make Zucchini Fries:
  1. Cut both ends off each zucchini (discard). Cut each zucchini in half across the middle, then cut each half in half lengthwise, then cut those pieces into 4 lengthwise slices each (so they are wedges about 1/2 an inch wide). You should have 32 wedges.
  2. In a bowl, lightly beat eggs until combined. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix Panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, paprika and Italian seasoning until combined.
  4. Dip zucchini wedges, one at a time into the egg mixture to coat. Shake excess egg back into bowl, then dip and roll zucchini slice in Panko mixture to coat all sides. Place each coated piece of zucchini on baking sheet lined with foil, and sprayed lightly with non-stick spray. Repeat until all "fries" have been coated. Keep wedges separated. Spray the top of the zucchini with cooking spray, or lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, turning zucchini slices over, half way through cooking time. When done, zucchini should be crisp on the outside and lightly browned. Transfer zucchini fries to a platter, and serve with dipping sauce (if desired).
Nutrition Facts
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
Amount Per Serving (4 wedges)
Calories 18
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 45mg2%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 2.2mg3%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are a delicious side dish or appetizer! Baked until crispy, and served with dipping sauce, these "fries" will be a big hit!

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad

Sweet, cold watermelon feta mint salad with fresh mint, salty feta cheese crumbles and red onion is an easy, delicious salad for a hot Summer day!Sweet, cold watermelon feta mint salad with fresh mint, salty feta cheese crumbles and red onion is an easy, delicious salad for a hot Summer day!
I recently made a very yummy and unique salad as a side dish with our dinner! It is a chilled Watermelon, feta cheese, and mint salad, to be exact! Wow! This is a fantastic chilled salad to serve when temperatures heat up, like it’s doing in Oregon this week (temps of 108)!

I found the recipe for this watermelon feta mint salad on Pinterest and thought it sounded interesting, and guess what? It tastes FANTASTIC! Cold, ripe sweet watermelon pairs unbelievably well with slightly salty feta cheese! The addition of chopped fresh mint, a touch of olive oil and a some red onion make this a delectable and refreshing summer salad!

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How To Make A Watermelon Feta Mint Salad

This simple recipe could not be any easier to prepare! There are two methods, and both are simple! Shown here is the way I made this yummy watermelon feta mint salad. See the printable recipe at the bottom of this post for other method.

Cut up a well-chilled seedless watermelon into cubes. You only need 6 cups worth of watermelon cubes, and so this was only two large slices out of a whole watermelon!

Cold watermelon melon is cut into chunks for the salad.

Add the remaining ingredients to the watermelon cubes. These ingredients are crumbled feta cheese, olive oil, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped fresh mint. Season the salad with a little bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Toss gently to combine, and try not to break up the feta crumbles too much.  See the printable recipe below, for another way to prepare this salad!

Olive oil, red onion, chopped mint leaves and feta cheese are added to the salad.

Serve The Watermelon Feta Mint Salad Chilled

Once the salad is gently mixed together, it CAN be served right away. HOWEVER, I think the salad is at it’s best when really cold, and the flavors have come together in the fridge.  If you like watermelon really cold, refrigerate this salad for about an hour before serving.

When ready to serve, place the watermelon feta mint salad in a pretty serving dish, and garnish with a fresh mint sprig. Grab a fork, and dig in, because it is DELICIOUS!

The cold watermelon feta mint salad is garnished with a mint sprig and served!

We’ve had record-breaking heat here in the Portland, Oregon area this week.  Our power has gone out 2 times in 24 hours (last night and this morning), so it hasn’t been fun trying to stay cool with no electricity or cooling! We are very thankful for COLD SALADS and CANDLES, and that the problems have now been fixed.  Whew!!! 

If you enjoy watermelon like we do, be sure and check out some of my other recipes featuring it, like Watermelon, Feta and Balsamic Bites, Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho, and Watermelon Lime & Mint Agua Fresca!  Hope you have a great day!

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Recipe Source:  http://www.slenderkitchen.com/recipe/watermelon-feta-and-mint-salad

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Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Sweet, cold watermelon feta mint salad with fresh mint, salty feta cheese crumbles and red onion is an easy, delicious salad for a hot Summer day!

Category: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon feta mint salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 160 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cold watermelon , cubed
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion , sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper , to taste
Instructions
Method 1: (this is the method I used)
  1. Combine all ingredients in large serving bowl. Toss gently, to combine, trying to not break up the feta crumbles too much. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve and enjoy!
Method 2:
  1. Combine all ingredients except for crumbled feta cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle salad with feta cheese crumbles (but do not mix it in) right before serving. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1535IU31%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maple and Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Maple cinnamon spiced nuts are a great snack, featuring pecans, cashews and almonds coated with maple syrup, sugar and spices, then baked until done.Maple cinnamon spiced nuts are a great snack, featuring pecans, cashews and almonds coated with maple syrup, sugar and spices, then baked until done.
Recently I made a batch of Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts and served them at a birthday dinner for my husband.  Pecans, cashews and almonds are coated in a small amount of maple syrup and beaten egg white, then tossed with sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon and a touch of cayenne pepper, and  baked until done (and delicious!).

They were really quite good; we enjoyed them alongside other snacks/appetizers before dinner!  These maple cinnamon spiced nuts are really easy to make – here’s how:

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How To Make Male Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Whisk granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl until spices are well blended. Set aside.

Cinnamon, sugar and spices in small mixing bowl

In a separate large bowl, beat or whisk the egg white with the maple syrup until the liquid is bubbly and frothy.

Beating egg whites to coat spiced nuts

Add pecans, cashews and almonds to the egg white mixture. Stir well, to fully coat the nuts with the egg white/maple syrup mixture.

Mixed nuts coated with egg whites before baking

Once the nuts are coated, add the spice mixture, and stir well, to fully coat the nuts with the spices.  Line a large (13×9) rimmed baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper.

Mixed nuts are coated with cinnamon, sugar and spice mixture
Bake The Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts

Pour the coated nut mixture out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread them out so they are in a single layer, separating them from each other as much as possible.  Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes (then re-spread them out), so the nuts and sugar won’t burn.

Maple cinnamon coated spiced nuts are spread out to bake

When the maple cinnamon spice nuts are done baking in 25-30 minutes (mine took 25), they will be dark brown. Almost all of the liquid will have dried onto the nuts.  Spread the nuts out on a clean piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil to let them continue drying (and are not sticky).

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts after baking and drying
Eat, Store, Or Give Away As Gifts!

Store the nuts in an airtight container.  You can serve them as a wonderful tasting snack OR the maple cinnamon spiced nuts would be a great gift for a friend any time of the year, when packaged in a cute mason jar or decorative container!

Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts served in white bowlMaple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts, wrapped in canning jar for gift giving

These Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts are delicious! Not too sweet, not too spicy… just right!  Sure hope you will give this recipe a try. I really appreciated how easy they were to make!

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Recipe Adapted From: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/maple-cinnamon-spiced-nuts/

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Maple and Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Maple cinnamon spiced nuts are a great snack, featuring pecans, cashews and almonds coated with maple syrup, sugar and spices, then baked until done.

Category: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple cinnamon spiced nuts
Servings: 9 (3 cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 295 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (optional- I left it out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt, cardamom, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl until spices are well blended. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, beat or whisk egg white with maple syrup until the liquid is bubbly and frothy.
  4. Add pecans, cashews and almonds to egg white mixture. Stir well, to fully coat the nuts with egg white/maple syrup mixture.
  5. Once the nuts are coated, add the spice mixture, and stir well, to fully coat the nuts with the spices. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper.
  6. Pour the coated nut mixture out onto a parchment paper-lined large baking sheet. Spread them out so that they are in a single layer, and separate them from each other as much as possible. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes (then re-spread them out), so the nuts and sugar won't burn. When they are done in 25-30 minutes, they will be dark brown, and almost all of the liquid will have dried onto the nuts. Remove from oven, and spread the nuts out on a clean piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil to let them continue drying (and are not sticky). Store the nuts at room temperature in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Maple and Cinnamon Spiced Nuts
Amount Per Serving (0.333 cups)
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Coconut Candied Cashews

Coconut Candied Cashews are a terrific appetizer for any event! Cashews with coconut oil, coconut milk, sugar, and coconut flakes are baked to yummy perfection!Coconut Candied Cashews are a terrific appetizer for any event! Cashews with coconut oil, coconut milk, sugar, and coconut flakes are baked to yummy perfection!

Looking a great tasting snack that doesn’t take a lot of work?  How about these delicious Coconut Candied Cashews?  They are easy to make, and will be an instant hit at any gathering where snacking is involved!

I found the original recipe for these candied cashews (Trader Joe’s inspired) on Pinterest, and thought they sounded wonderful! The recipe is very straightforward, easy to make, and the results are amazingly delicious!  Now the only problem I have had is STAYING OUT OF THEM, because they are soooo good!

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How To Make Coconut Candied Cashews

Begin by putting the cashews in a large bowl.  Melt the coconut oil and pour it over the cashews. Stir, to coat.

Melted coconut oil is stirred into cashews in bowl.
Whisk the canned coconut milk until fully blended, then pour 1/4 cup of it over the cashews. Stir again, to coat the cashews.

Coconut milk is added to cashews in bowl.
Add the granulated sugar. Stir, to fully coat cashews.

Granulated sugar is added to make them coconut candied cashews.

Bake The Coconut Candied Cashews

Place a silicone liner onto a 9×13 baking sheet.  Gently spread the cashews out on the sheet.  Bake cashews at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir. Spread out cashews.

Put back into oven and bake for 10 additional minutes. Remove from oven. Stir. Spread out cashews.   Put cashews back into oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. NOTE: During last 5 minutes of baking, pulse coconut flakes 7-9 times in a food processor until the flakes become fine, for next step).

Coconut candied cashews are baked in oven.

Sprinkle the finely processed coconut flakes over the cashews. Stir well, to coat the cashews. Spread the cashews back out on the baking sheet. Place the pan back into oven and bake for 10 more minutes.

Finely shredded coconut flakes are added to coconut candied cashews, then baked.

After The Coconut Candied Cashews Have Baked

The cashews will be done after 10 minutes OR when all of the syrupy liquid is gone from sheet.  Carefully remove hot pan from oven. Let the coconut candied cashews sit, until they have cooled to room temperature. Once cool, separate any cashews that might have clumped together.

Coconut candied cashews sit on cooking mat while they cool down after baking.

Ready To Serve!

Once the cashews have cooled to room temperature and the coating has firmed up, they are ready to serve. Offer coconut candied cashews to your family or guests on a pretty serving plate or in a bowl… and watch just how fast they disappear!!! They are so very good!

Coconut candied cashews, served on a white plate.

Hope you will give this fun snack of coconut candied cashews a try.  It really only took a few minutes to get them in the oven, then the only effort (if you can even call it “effort”) made was just keeping them stirred as they baked. Easy Peasy!

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Coconut Candied Cashews
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Coconut Candied Cashews are a terrific appetizer for any event! Cashews with coconut oil, coconut milk, sugar, and coconut flakes are baked to yummy perfection!
Category: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut candied cashews
Servings: 12 (¼ cup) servings (3 C. total)
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cashew halves (Used roasted/salted cashews for salty/sweet balance)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil , melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Begin by putting cashews into a large bowl. Melt coconut oil and pour it over cashews. Stir, to coat.
  2. Whisk the canned coconut milk until fully blended, then pour 1/4 cup of it over the cashews. Stir again, to coat the cashews. Add granulated sugar. Stir, to fully coat.
  3. Place a silicone liner onto a 9x13 baking sheet. Spread cashews out on the sheet. Bake cashews at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Stir. Spread out cashews. Put back into oven and bake for 10 additional minutes. Remove from oven. Stir. Spread out cashews. Put cashews back into oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. (NOTE: During last 5 minutes of baking, pulse coconut flakes 7-9 times in a food processor until the flakes become fine, for next step).
  4. Sprinkle finely processed coconut flakes over cashews. Stir well, to coat the cashews. Spread cashews back out on baking sheet. Place in oven and bake 10 minutes more.
  5. The cashews will be done after 10 minutes OR when all of the syrupy liquid is gone from sheet. Carefully remove hot pan from oven. Let cashews sit until cooled to room temperature. Separate any cashews that might have clumped together. Once cashews have cooled to room temperature and coating has firmed up, they're ready to serve. Store in covered container.
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Candied Cashews
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They’re yummy snacks or holiday gifts!Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They're yummy snacks or holiday gifts!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are a fun little snack during the holidays… or anytime, for that matter. Perfect for snacking OR giving to friends as a food gift… they are sure to make someone smile!

I love these decadent little snacks… with a crunch and the taste of chocolate and peanut butter, they are perfect for serving at a party, or sitting in front of the TV watching a football game!  Best part… they are so easy to make!

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How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Measure out the Chex cereal into a LARGE bowl. I used corn and rice for this recipe.

The different crispy cereals for muddy buddies are placed into a large bowl.

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in a microwavable bowl on High for 1 minute. Remove and stir until creamy smooth. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds, then stir until smooth. Do NOT overcook or chocolate will burn.

Mine was smooth after first minute of cooking and stirring well.  Once totally smooth, add the vanilla extract. Stir.  Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Stir well, to fully coat all the cereal.

Chocolate, peanut butter and butter are placed in bowl in microwave to melt.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies mixture is melted and ready to add to cereal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies sauce is poured over crispy cereal.

Time To Coat The Muddy Buddies

Once all cereal has been coated with chocolate, place HALF the mixture into a separate clean LARGE bowl.  Add HALF the powdered sugar, and stir to fully coat. When done, remove the chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies to wax paper. Repeat this process with the other half of the cereal and powdered sugar.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are coated with powdered sugar in bowl.

Let The Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies Cool

Spread the chocolate peanut butter muddy buddies out on wax paper and let them cool completely, before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are laid on wax paper, to dry.

Store the Muddy Buddies in an airtight covered container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Try to stay out of them, cause they are ADDICTING! It’s also fun to divide the mix up into fancy covered containers or jars and give this simple gift to friends over the holidays.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies should be stored in airtight container.

If you’re looking for another recipe using Chex cereal I hope you will check out my Chex Mix Munchies!  They are another great snack, made in the microwave!

Have a wonderful day! I sincerely hope you can find time during this busy time of year to quietly reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. You are deeply loved by the One who created you, and sent His only Son to earth that first Christmas to draw us all back to Him.

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Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook titled : “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 278, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies are powdered sugar dusted chocolate peanut butter crispy treats you will love! They're yummy snacks or holiday gifts!
Category: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muddy buddies
Servings: 36 (approx. 9 cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 134 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 9 cups Chex cereal (any variety- I used half corn and half rice)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the cereal into a large bowl. Set the bowl aside.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a microwaveable bowl. Cook this uncovered on the HIGH setting for 1 minute. Remove from microwave, and stir well. It is ready when all ingredients become smooth. If necessary, place back in microwave for15 additional seconds, then stir again until mixture is smooth.
  3. Stir vanilla extract into melted chocolate peanut butter mixture. Pour this mixture over the cereal. Stir well, until all is coated with chocolate. Once coated, pour HALF the cereal into a separate large clean bowl. Add HALF the powdered sugar. Stir well, until completely coated.
  4. Remove powdered sugar coated cereal to wax paper. Repeat process with other half of cereal and powdered sugar. Spread finished cereal on wax paper, until cool. This is the method I used.
  5. (Note: If desired, you can place all the cereal and powdered sugar in a 2 gallon plastic storage bag, and shake until covered).
  6. Store muddy buddies in a sealed, airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 cup serving))
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!
If you are looking for a delicious appetizer for your next party (or just want a unique snack), you should give these Tex-Mex Party Nuts a try! Slightly sweet, slightly spicy and totally addicting, they will be a big hit, AND they’re EASY to prepare!

I found the recipe in a cookbook a friend of mine gave me several years ago for Christmas. After pouring over the book, I was delighted to find this recipe.

I was anxious to try it, so I patiently waited until my husband bought an “industrial strength size” jar of mixed nuts at Costco! Then I smuggled enough nuts out of the jar to make this recipe.

Wow- I am sure glad I did! These snacks are amazing, they’re easy to make with a few simple household spices, in only a few minutes!

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How To Make Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Measure the mixed nuts into a large bowl. Add melted butter, and stir the ingredients well, until the nuts are fully coated.

A large bowl of roasted mixed nuts in a bowl.

Mixed nuts are coated with melted butter before adding spices.

In a separate small bowl, mix together the spices EXCEPT for the granulated sugar (save that for later!). Sprinkle the spice mix over the mixed nuts, and stir to fully coat.

Spice mixture is poured into bowl of butter roasted nuts.

A mixture of spices are stirred into the mixed nuts before baking.

Time To Bake The Tex-Mex Party Nuts

Spread the spiced nuts onto a 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Place the seasoned nuts in a single layer, so the nuts can evenly cook.

Bake them uncovered, in a 300°F. oven for 10 minutes. When they’re done baking, immediately pour the hot spiced nuts into a medium bowl.

All the mixed nuts are baked in single layer on a large pan.

Sprinkle the nuts with granulated sugar while they are still HOT from the oven. Stir the sugar in well, to make sure the nuts are fully coated.

Roasted nuts are sprinkled with sugar just as soon as they are out of oven.

Mixed seasoned and roasted nuts are coated with spices and sugar, and are ready to serve.

Time to Eat!

Let the nuts cool completely, then serve these absolutely DELICIOUS Tex-Mex party nuts on a pretty plate or in a serving bowl.

This simple appetizer will be gone in a flash, because they are so GOOD! Make sure to leave a spoon on the plate so your guests can scoop them up!

Tex-Mex Party Nuts served as an appetizer snack, on a white plate.

Close up photo of Tex-Mex party nuts on white plate.

The Tex-Mex Party Nuts also make a lovely food gift during the holidays. Simply place the Tex-Mex Party Nuts in a canning jar or container, then decorate, and enjoy giving them as a gift to a friend!

Other delicious items for gift-giving are Ranch Pretzel Bites, Maple Cinnamon Spiced Nuts, or Spiced Tea Mix. Each of them will be appreciated and enjoyed.

You might also consider giving candied citrus peels or candied orange, cinnamon & clove spiced pecans! They also make great food gifts for holidays or other special occasions.

Tex-Mex Party Nuts can be placed in a decorated jar and given as a holiday gift.

The first time I made these Tex-Mex party nuts I was afraid (before trying them) that they might be TOO spicy, but was pleasantly surprised to find out they were NOT!  They have a perfect combo of slightly sweet and slightly spicy ingredients!

Tex-Mex Party Nuts will keep for up to 3 weeks, if they’re stored in an airtight covered container at room temperature.  This recipe can be EASILY doubled or tripled. 

I hope you will give them a try, because they are quite tasty! If you enjoy these roasted nuts, you will probably also like my yummy Coconut Candied Cashews! They are DELICIOUS!

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Recipe Adapted From:  “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook”, Page 272, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Copyright 2010, General Mills.

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Tex-Mex Party Nuts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Tex-Mex party nuts are slightly sweet and slightly spicy! These Southwest flavor-inspired roasted mixed nuts will be a big hit at your next party!

Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Tex Mex party nuts
Servings: 8 servings (1/4 cup each)
Calories Per Serving: 247 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups salted mixed nuts
  • Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red cayenne pepper
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  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (set aside)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Place mixed nuts in a medium sized bowl. Add melted butter and stir until the nuts are fully coated.
  3. In a small bowl, place all spices EXCEPT for the granulated sugar. Mix together. Sprinkle spice mix over the buttered mixed nuts, and stir until coated.
  4. Place nuts onto a 10 x15 x 1 inch baking pan in a single layer. Bake the nuts uncovered for 10 minutes. The nuts should be fully roasted. Remove nuts from oven and immediately place them into a bowl.
  5. Sprinkle the nuts with the granulated sugar while the nuts are still HOT. Stir to coat. Let the nuts cool completely, then serve. (If storing, the nuts will keep for about 3 weeks in a covered airtight container at room temperature).

Nutrition Facts
Tex-Mex Party Nuts
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 224mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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