Sweet Potato Tots

This recipe is very similar to the traditional tots I made for a previous post. The texture is a little softer but they still yield a crunchy exterior. Serve these tots with your favorite condiment. If you want to try something a little different, I have included a recipe for maple chipotle dip which works really well with the sweet potato.

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Chili Cheese Tots

I wanted to post this quick suggestion for any left over short rib chili you may have.  Just load up your tater tots with chili, melted cheese, sour cream, and green onions. Trust me, it is delicious! And if you want to make it even better, make your own tater tots!

Shrimp Beignets

Last year in honor of Mardi Gras I whipped up some vanilla bean beignets. This year I wanted to make another beignet but a savory one. This recipe combines shrimp, cajun seasonings, in a light and fluffy batter. Since traditional beignets are dusted with powdered sugar, I wanted to dust this beignets with something to mimic the sugar. I played around with a little molecular gastronomy and made some powder out of flavored butter and tapioca maltodextrin. Totally not necessary, but it adds a fun touch to the dish.

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Buffalo Chicken Wontons

This is one of my favorite appetizer recipes! I know the super bowl is right around the corner and this is perfect if you plan on having a party.  It’s the flavor you love from buffalo wings, but not as messy. It’s also great if you have leftover rotisserie chicken. Serve with blue cheese dip and your good to go. You can serve it with a traditional cold blue cheese dip or try it with a warm blue cheese sauce like this one.

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Fried Mozzarella Bites

This has to be one of my favorite recipes. Fried mozzarella is so addictive and the taste is way better than any fast food mozzarella stick. Try these as an appetizer at your next party or make a few in advance for when you want a filling snack. Try using smoked mozzarella for something a little different. Continue reading “Fried Mozzarella Bites”

Beach Treat: Stuffed Pretzels and White Sangria

I was at the beach for a few days so I wanted to make a little bite size snack that would travel well and of course a cocktail! I stuffed my pretzels with onion jam, gruyere, and ham. I also made a herb de provence dijon mustard. These little guys are so perfect for beach snacking, way better than a big sandwich. As for the cocktail, cool refreshing sangria with a little something special with the addition of St~Germain. I just have to say I am totally obsessed with St~ Germain. I just love it!  It adds great flavor to so many drinks. A definite staple for your bar.

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Crab Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

I use to work near a restaurant that sold  jalapeño poppers stuffed with crab and was served with salsa and ranch dressing. I absolutely loved them! That was the only thing I would order when I went there until they stopped making them. So I had no choice but to make them myself! I made half coated in cornmeal and the other half dipped in beer batter just to do a little taste test. I love poppers in general so both were really tasty to me. I did however, like the beer battered ones a little better.

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