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Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip is such an easy recipe. All you need to do is put everything together bake and serve. It is a perfect treat to quickly make especially if you have unannounced guests. I don’t know about you, but for me, even […]

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In my opinion, Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are one of the most addictive, but tasty snacks that we could ever munch on. They are a labor of love, truly. We do need several steps to prep them, a drop of patience and love but they […]

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

When it comes to flavor, this tasty and incredibly flavorful Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip is the way to go; Especially for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Not only is it extremely delicious, but it’s super easy to make as well. All you need are a few amazing ingredients! Just top your dip with whatever you usually top your tacos with, and you are done.

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

For some of you that did not know, Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5th.

Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in regional dancing, including parades, music, and my personal favorite; food.

One thing you must do this Cinco de Mayo is eat Mission® Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips. They are very crispy and delicious restaurant-style chips.

I must add that they are tasty enough to eat right out of the bag, which we did, of course. Also, they only have four simple ingredients, including sea salt, and they’re certified gluten-free.

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

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My family was impressed by the overall combination of my dip and Mission Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips. They paired beautifully, and the chips were big enough to scoop the perfect bite of this taco style dip.

This is one of our favorite spreads for entertaining as well as a staple for our movie nights.

 Mission® Street Tacos Corn Tortillas

We have got to mention Mission® Street Tacos Corn Tortillas as well! They are not only amazing for Taco Tuesday, but for Cinco de Mayo too!

Warming these delicious tortillas give the most magnificent taste. You can find instructions on the back of the packaging.

They are soft, which makes them easy to use in a variety of dishes and they’re also perfect for snacks or appetizers for your family and friends.

As you can see, my friends, you don’t need much to make your spread colorful, beautiful, authentic and at the same time, tasty.

All you need are a few ingredients and a bit of effort to create a masterpiece that wows your family and friends. And of course, with the help of Mission Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips, which makes this dip complete.

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

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Take a swing at the Mission piñata and see if you have what it takes to break it.

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Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip
Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

When it comes to flavor this tasty and incredibly flavorful Taco Style Cream Cheese Dip is the way to go.
Not only that it is extremely delicious, but easy as well. All you need a couple of amazing ingredients, top it with whatever you usually top your tacos and you are done.

Ingredients

  • Mission® Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips, 9 oz
  • 2 sticks of cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pouch taco seasoning
  • Toppings:
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups assorted tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4-1/2 jalapeño, optional
  • 1/2 cup pitted black olives, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add softened cream cheese, sour cream, and mild taco seasoning. Using electric mixture, if possible, combine all the ingredients together until it is smooth in texture.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the serving dish and add all desirable toppings, preferably fresh.
  3. I used toppings that we usually add to our tacos, so it made perfect sense to add lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño and black olives and serve it with our favorite restaurant-style Mission Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips.
  4. Keep the dip cold before serving.

Notes

  • Refrigerate dip if you are not going to serve it right away.
  • For the best taste, use whole milk dairy products.
  • Use fresh ingredients for the toppings, as they are preferably the best to make this dip colorful and at the same time, beautiful and tasty.
  • You may make your own taco seasoning.
  • Add more Sour cream if needed
  • Fast way to bring cream cheese to room temperature: Take the cheese block out of the paper carton package, then unopened cheese, place in the warm, almost hot water for about 5 minutes.

Deli Meat Lover Brioche Sliders

Deli Meat Lover Brioche Sliders

I just love this time of the year? Most of the typical households are glued to the tv when their favorite football team is playing and there is something else, which is FOOD, of course? Some people come to tailgate parties for the game and food, and some just for the excellent food. I love the atmosphere as much as I love a good game and delicious food. What do you love the most about […]

Supreme Bread Pizza

Supreme Bread Pizza

As a mother of three kids, two teens and one twin, I always look for quick meals just like this delicious Supreme Bread Pizza. We have this at least once a week on our family movie night. Thankfully, Publix is just around the corner, so […]

Piglets in a Blanket

Piglets in a Blanket

Piglets in a Blanket

These super easy and delicious Piglets in a Blanket are a staple in my house appetizers or hors d’oeuvre, especially during parties.

Well, I must say that piglets in a blanket are one of my kids’ favorites quick after-school snacks. However, over the years I have brought these to school for holiday parties.

Furthermore, I send them to my husband’s work, I served them during birthday parties, and Superbowl as well.

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With that being said, since we have Superbowl gathering tomorrow I thought to finally post them on my blog. Perhaps some of you might make them as well.

I mean, it does not take a rocket scientist, but I am here to give an idea. Personally, I think they are just amazing bites.

Piglets in a Blanket

Anyhow, I think I posted them a long time ago, but pictures were somewhat catastrophic, so I am updating the whole post and a recipe.

To be honest, I really like using better quality wieners, and I love boar’s head products.

It’s not a secret, I have been using Boar’s Head for a couple of years now. I know they are a bit more expensive but you can’t deny the quality of their products. Additionally, the taste is absolutely amazing.

Piglets in a Blanket

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Caramelized Onion Tart

Chicken and Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

If you decide to make these yummy Piglets in a Blanket, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your yummy creation.

PIGLETS IN A BLANKET
Yield: Party Food

PIGLETS IN A BLANKET

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These delicious appetizers are a staple in my house during parties for many, many years. One of the kids' favorites quick snacks.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Croissants Rolls/8 rolls each (or more)
  • 24 fully cooked cocktail wieners I used boars head cocktail beef frankfurters and large frankfurters
  • 1 tbsp. Unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. Dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Sesame seeds *Optional

Instructions

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a larger pot and drop wieners in for about 3-4 minutes. It takes away a lot of packed sodium and it tastes much better. This step is not necessary but I think it tastes so much better.
  2. Heat oven to 375°F and Grease baking pan.
  3. For smaller cocktail wieners or frankfurters, cut each triangle in half, lengthwise. Place 1 wiener on the shortest side of each triangle; roll up to an opposite point. Place, point side down, on greased cookie sheet.
  4. For larger franks, cut each triangle into 3 smaller triangles and as you see on my picture roll from one end to the other using all three cuts out pieces on one frank since it is triple the size compared to the cocktail wiener.
  5. This is not necessary as well, but it tastes so amazing: Melt unsalted butter, then ADD dried parsley and garlic powder. Brush it over each roll and you can add some sesame seeds if you have any. I had only black sesame seeds and that is what I have used.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  7. Serve them with mustard, ketchup or any condiment that you desire.

Notes

You may use any brand of wieners and any brand of Croissants, Rolls.

Oven-Roasted Thai Cauliflower Steaks

Oven-Roasted Thai Cauliflower Steaks

When I think about cauliflower, many dishes come to my mind, but deep fried, pickled, or raw were my favorite ways to eat this power vegetable. To include cooked cauliflower in our diet often I started to roast it. Making them with different flavors just […]

Ahi Tuna Salad

Ahi Tuna Salad

Ahi Tuna Salad is absolutely one delightful meal. Ahi tuna is velvety smooth in texture, melt in your mouth with a soft. Delicate with a mild, somewhat meaty flavor served on top of delicious salad lightly seasoned with vinaigrette. Seriously this was a perfect meal. […]

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

One of the treats that I remember during my high school years were roasted chestnuts. So I just have to make my own Oven Roasted Chestnuts when the Fall comes.

When the November starts and during Winter season vendors would be on the streets of Belgrade selling chestnuts, and pumpkin seeds.  

The warm scent that filled the cold air was unbelievable, almost intoxicating that you simply have to stop and get some.

When the vendor packs them in the newspaper cones, that would warm my freezing hands until I’d reach the bus station.

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I hide behind the kiosks and newspaper stands and munch on these until my bus or trolley arrives. Oh!  They were so luscious, warm and sweet in so many ways.

Well, it was hard to wake up very early to get to school on time. You see, I had to walk by myself for 15 minutes, get on the public bus, then change several trollies just to get to school on time each morning.

However, I looked forward to some of my favorite things like roasted chestnuts.

It always fills my heart with delight. You just wait until the end of the day to get something from the street vendor before you go home. 

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

The funniest memory that was not so funny at the moment when I roasted chestnuts at home. I lived in this old house and right below me was my friend who I spend after-school time.

So, I turned the oven on, wiped all the chestnut with the damp kitchen towel and threw them in the oven to roast. Without thinking, I went downstairs to drink coffee with my friend.

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As we went on and on about our day, we could hear a noise (BOOM!) that sounded like somebody is breaking into my place.

We were terrified, and my friend pushed me out of her door and stood there like a Statue Of Liberty… She couldn’t move. I took the biggest knife from her kitchen and went bravely upstairs.

I shouted, I screamed, I threatened… For probably 10 minutes. “Get out of my house… I have a knife, and I am not afraid to use it…” My friend was ready to start calling cops. I looked back and her finger was on that “finger-wheel”.

OK! This was before the cell phone era, and when the rotary finger-wheel phones are still in many of the households. Anyhow, I shouted again, and again…

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

And the noise was louder and louder every couple of seconds, as I was making each step. As I made it to the top of the stairs, just then I remembered that the noise was coming from my kitchen.

Yup! The thing that never answered my threats was, in fact, chestnuts that were roasting in my oven. How stupid of me, right?!

But I was like 15 years old, so I didn’t know that you have to score chestnuts, and if you don’t they will start bombarding your oven.

Nowadays, I usually roast them on the grill or in the oven and they wake up the warm and fuzzy sensation from the happy memories of my high school days.

TIPS:

To guarantee that you’re getting fresh, healthy chestnuts, avoid wrinkles, mottled, or dingy shells. These things can indicate mold or that they’re past their prime.

Also, check for pinholes as this can indicate worms. The chestnut season is October through the end of December, so any for sale outside that window will likely be either too young or too old.  You want shiny, firm nuts that have little, if any, space between the shell and the meat inside.

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Oven Roasted Chestnuts
Yield: Serves 4

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Roasting Time: 20 minutes
Boiling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy way to make over-roasted chestnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 pounds CHESTNUTS

Instructions

  1. Clean each chestnut with the damp kitchen towel.
  2. With a sharp knife, make a cut across the belly side of the chestnuts. You can also score cross, but one cut across the belly is easy to open it up after they are completely done.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Place the chestnuts in one layer of the baking tin just to measure how many you can use in one layer before boiling.
  5. Boil water, then turn down on simmer. When you see small simmering bubbles add chestnuts and simmer for 10 full minutes under the lid on low heat.
  6. Drain the chestnuts, then roast the chestnuts for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F depending on your oven.
  7. When the chestnuts start to open, most likely they are doing. Squeeze one or two of the chestnuts to check if the meat inside is softer and the shell is cracking. You do not want to burn them.
  8. When done, keep them in the baking tin for a minute or two covered with a large kitchen towel; this will make them even softer and better for eating after they steam up for just a bit under the kitchen towel.
Ham and Cheese Potato Rolls, Hot Sandwiches

Ham and Cheese Potato Rolls, Hot Sandwiches

Many children in the USA as of now began school, yet mine started school at least 2 weeks before everyone else. I wish we had more time to unwind as it was still a peak of the summertime. Needless to say, it was a tough […]