peanuthokie Posted December 10, 2004 02:29 PM
Here are some of my favs:

Meatballs

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
c. soft bread crumbs
c. milk
1/3 c. finely chopped onion
t. Worcestershire sauce

Sauce:
c. ketchup
c. chopped onion
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 t. pepper

Mix first 6 ingredients well. Shape into 1 balls. In a skillet over med. heat, brown meatballs; drain. Place in a 2 quart baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 50-60 min. Yield: 4 dozen.


Lil' Smokies

For the sauce, combine 1 part yellow mustard to 2 parts grape jelly. Heat to melt jelly--taste test to see if mixture is too tart or too sweet and add jelly or mustard accordingly until flavor is right.

Cheesy Crab Puffs

4 oz. butter
1 jar Old English Cheese spread (If you can't find this, use Cheeze Whiz, but O.E. is better.)
1 can crab meat, drained 6 oz. (immitation ok)
1 1/2 t. mayo (not Miracle Whip)
1/2 t. garlic powder
6 English muffins

Blend 1st 5 ingredients. Spread mixture on split muffins. Cut into quarters. Broil until bubbly and lightly browned. Makes 2 doz. Freezes beautifully (before baking.)


Black Bean Salsa

1 can black beans
1 can whole kernal corn
1/4 c. finely chopped red onion
1/4 c. loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
3 T. fresh lime juice
1/2 t. salt
1 large tomato, diced
avacado, diced (optional)

Mix together and chill to blend flavors. Serve with Fritos.

Cheese Ball

(This makes 3-4 cheeseballs...I usually freeze the others.)

16 oz. finely shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. veggie cream cheese
2 T. minced green pepper
2 T. minced onion
2 T. pimento (2 oz. jar)
1 dash of seasoning salt
2 T. soft margarine
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
Chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients (except pecans) in food processor until well blended. Use a piece of waxed paper to help form into a ball. Roll in chopped pecans. Serve with Wheat Thins crackers.


Cheese Straws

8 T. butter
1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese
1 3/4 c. flour
salt to taste
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Put butter and cheese in container of a food processor. Add the flour, salt and cayenne and Worcestershire. Cover and blend thoroughly. If a food processor is not used, put the flour, salt and cayeene in a bowl. Add the butter, cheese and Worcestershire and using two knives or a pastry blender, blend thoroughly.

Use a cookie press outfitted with a houndstooth or star dispenser. Push the dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet to make individual straws. Or, if desired, roll the dough out to a 1/8" thickness and cut it into individual strips, which can be twisted if desired or other shapes. (Sometimes I just roll into a log and cut into slices as well. It is best to partially freeze the log before slicing.) Arrange the pieces on ungreased baking sheets or stones. Bake 20-25 min. or until straws are crisp and lightly browned.

Also, a cheese, pepperoni/salami and cracker tray with sweet-hot mustard is good...something else that is simple, elegant and fabulous is cream cheese (plain) with Reese's hot pepper jelly on crackers.