Strawberry Shortcake Brie (aka Straw-Brie Shortcake!)

 Article originally appeared on www.alwaysorderdessert.com/

 

This babe of a party appetizer recipe has been sitting in my queue for months. Um…a lot of months.

(At least six, I think.)

I call it Strawberry Shortcake Brie (Straw-Brie Shortcake, for fun!), and it’s a play on a classic strawberry shortcake dessert, swapping in brie cheese for the cake.

Sweet macerated fresh strawberries layered between slices of triple cream brie. It’s a fun, colorful, and gorgeous appetizer to share at a party.

You start out by prepping the fresh strawberry filling.

Just diced strawberries and toss with a bit of sugar and fresh lemon zest. Let it sit for a few minutes to get the juices out.

Assemble it just before you’re ready to serve (you don’t want this sitting out for ages as it can get soggy). I used a wedge of brie, but a small round wheel works, too.

Just slice in half lengthwise, layer with the strawberry mixture, garnish with fresh mint, and serve! Crackers or some good crusty bread would be perfect along with this.

I love the combination of fresh, sweet berries with the creamy brie.
Strawberry Shortcake Brie
Serves 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients
1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
1 wedge or small wheel brie cheese

Directions
Dice strawberries and combine in a bowl with sugar and lemon zest. Toss to coat, then let sit 20 minutes to draw out the natural juices.

Just before serving, slice brie in half lengthwise and layer with strawberry filling inside and on top of brie. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately along with crackers or bread.

Easy 30 Minute Homemade White Chicken Chili

Who can say no to a bowl of warm, thick chili that’s loaded with tender chicken and hearty cannellini beans. It’s some of the best chili I’ve ever had and is robustly flavored from sweet Vidalia onions, jalapeno peppers, and green chilis. The chili has mild to medium kick, but you can make it spicier by using the jalapeno seeds or by adding more red chili flakes or cayenne pepper. It’s so easy and ready in 30 minutes. To save time, use a storebought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken that you have on hand. Salt your chili to taste. I use low-sodium chicken broth, low-sodium beans, and add a bit of salt to the chili so I can control the overall salt level. It makes enough to stash half in the freezer for the future.

YIELD: about 8 to 10 cups

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

COOK TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 2 medium/large onions)
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (about 4 to 5 inches long), diced very small (the seeds are where the heat is concentrated; included or discard them based on preference)
  • 7 to 8 ounces canned green chilis, don’t drain (I used mild heat)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (use about 1 whole storebought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet)
  • two 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (see step 4 below about blending 1 cup of the beans with a splash of chicken broth or water)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • tortilla strips, chips, crackers, diced avocado, shredded cheese, and/or sour cream; all are optional for garnishing

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeno, green chilis, and sauté for about 7 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  4. Add the chicken broth, chicken, cannellini beans including whole beans and blended bean mixture (take 1 cup of the beans, add to a food processor or blender, add a splash of chicken broth or water and blend until smooth; mixture should be thick. Add the blended bean mixture along with the whole beans to pot), lime juice, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, red chili flakes, optional cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 7 to 10 minutes. It’s unlikely, but if at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your chili to be thinner, add 1 cup of water or as desired; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end. For thicker chili, allow mixture to boil longer and reduce until desired thickness is reached.
  5. Add the cilantro and boil 1 minute.
  6. Taste chili and add salt to taste. This will vary based on how salty the chicken broth, beans, and rotisserie chicken are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, etc.).
  7. Ladle chili into bowls, and optionally garnish with tortilla strips, chips, crackers, avocado, cheese and/or sour cream; serve immediately. Chili will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Article originally appeared on: averiecooks.com

 

Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting

Christmas is about two weeks away! Are you ready? I’m not. These Gingerbread Bars weren’t on the traditional list of what needed to be made, but I am sure glad that I took the time to make them. These gingerbread cookie bars are perfectly soft and chewy.

Since gingerbread bars aren’t complete without frosting, I settled on an eggnog cream cheese frosting for these bars. The spices of the eggnog give the frosting a subtle flavor that ties the flavor of the frosting with the flavor of the gingerbread.

This recipe can easily be doubled and takes very little prep work before you can pop them in the oven. Perfect recipe to have on hand for last minute holiday gatherings, because making life less stressful is the theme of this holiday season!

Serves: 16
INGREDIENTS
For the Bars
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
For the Frosting
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1¼ C powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp eggnog
  • sprinkles, optional
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9×9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  4. Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While bars are cooling, prepare frosting. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in powder sugar and eggnog. Beat until smooth.
  7. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Top with sprinkles.

Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

Article originally appeared on a-kitchen-addiction.com

Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins

These Rice Krispie Treat pumpkins are ADORABLE! But I need to tell you right out of the gate – if you make them, your hands are going to get messy. Very messy. Before I figured out how to roll them properly I had gooey Rice Krispie treat mixture all over everything. Just picture me standing at the counter, trying to roll a ball, except instead of it turning into a ball, it got stuck on my palms and in between all of my fingers. Grrrr! I hate when that happens!

Don’t worry though, I figured out how to get it not to stick, so I promise you, these aren’t that bad if you follow my directions. But I’ll admit, I was getting really frustrated before I figured it out!

So here’s the trick… Every time I rolled one of the little balls, I had to rub both sides of both of my hands with vegetable oil. A LOT of vegetable oil. I filled a small bowl with about 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, and I pretty much dipped my hands in it and rubbed it all over the fronts and backs of my hands like I’d rub in lotion. My hands weren’t dripping or anything, but they were definitely generously coated. And I had to coat my hands in oil after every single pumpkin. So if you plan to make these yourself, just be prepared with a small bowl of oil.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

The full printable recipe is at the end of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Food Colouring
  • Mini Rolo’s
  • Green M&M’s

You’re pretty much making regular Rice Krispie treats, except before you add in the Rice Krispies, add food colouring to the marshmallow and butter mixture.

I think the amount of food colouring you need to use will depend on the type of food colouring you use. I started with only a couple drops of each colour, but the colour wasn’t very good. So I went a little crazy and squeezed in tons of drops. I kind of lost track of how many drops it was, (sorry about that…) but I think it was somewhere around 4 to 6 drops of red and 12 drops of yellow. You’re going to have to experiment.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

I recommend starting with the yellow food colouring instead of what I did. Add the yellow, mix it all up, and then add the red, a drop at a time until you get a good orange colour.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

Here’s what mine looked like after all the food colouring was mixed in:

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

Then add the Rice Krispies and stir it all together to combine.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

It was just too messy to take pictures of me rolling the balls, but this is where you’ll want your small bowl of cooking oil to coat your hands and keep the balls from sticking to you. After you’ve rolled the balls, set them on parchment paper.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

Gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each pumpkin for the stem while the Rice Krispie treats are still warm. If it gets too hard, use a thick marker, apple corer or some other round object to make a small indent for the chocolate to sit in.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

Then for the leaf, gently press a green M&M into the Rice Krispie treats (about half way in so it sticks) right next to the Rolo.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

And easy peasy, you have your cute little pumpkins!

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

I rolled exactly 12 pumpkins from one recipe of Rice Krispie treats. They were fairly large though, so if you want to make more, you can just roll smaller balls.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins
Serves:12
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 bag large marshmallows (approximately 40 marshmallows)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Red & Yellow Liquid Food Coloring
  • Mini Rolos
  • Green M&M’s
  • ¼ cup cooking oil in a small bowl (to keep it from sticking to your hands)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
  2. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted and combined with the butter.
  3. Remove from the heat. Add several drops of yellow food colouring, mix it together, then add red food colouring one drop at a time, mixing as you go. Add red/yellow drops until you reach your desired colour. (I used about 4 drops red and 12 drops yellow). Mix well.
  4. Add the Rice Krispies and stir to combine.
  5. Coat both sides of your hands with a generous amount of cooking oil, and roll the Rice Krispie mixture into small balls. Set on parchment paper. Add oil to your hands after each ball.
  6. While the balls are still warm, gently press a Mini Rolo into the top of each pumpkin for the stem and add a green M&M beside it as the leaf. (Tip: If the pumpkins cool before you’re finished, use the end of a thick marker or apple corer to make a small indent in the top for the chocolate to sit in.)
  7. Allow to cool until firm.

These rice krispie treat pumpkins are ADORABLE and they're really easy to make! They'd be perfect for a Halloween party snack, or even Thanksgiving!

These Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins are so cute and they’re really easy to make once you get the hang of it. They’d be perfect for Halloween, or even Thanksgiving! You could even take it a step further and draw little jack-o-lantern faces on them with a small tube of black squeezable icing– wouldn’t they be adorable with little faces?! Such a fun little Halloween treat!

 

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