Monday, February 6, 2017

Bite-Sized S'Mores

Bite-Sized S'Mores

48 Pretzel Chips
2 Hershey's Bars (broken into 24 pieces)
96 mini marshmallows (4 per pretzel)

- Lay out 24 pretzel chips (I only used the whole ones, not broken pieces)

- Preheat broiler to high -- I moved my rack down a little bit because I burned my first attempt.

- Place 4 marshmallows on each pretzel, and stick it in the oven for 2-3 minutes (watch them because you want to make sure the marshmallows & pretzels don't burn -- ask me how I know.)

- Place a Hershey chocolate piece on each pretzel on top of the marshmallows. Place back in the oven for 1-2 minutes so the chocolate will melt. We turned off our broiler for this step and just used the residual heat.

- Place a second pretzel chip on top of the chocolate.

- Enjoy them all warm or put them in the fridge to chill.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Dipping Sauce


1 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp sherry wine
2 tsp water
2 tsp soy sauce

1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, diced small
5 tbsp vegetable or peanut oil
1 tsp minced or grated fresh ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup green onions, minced
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, minced
1 (8 oz) can bamboo shoots, minced
1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, diced (I found a can of them diced already)
1 (6 oz) package Chinese cellophane noodles, cooked to pkg directions (left these out)

Cooking Sauce
1 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sherry wine
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp water
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cornstarch

1 head of iceberg lettuce

Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp hot mustard
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp red chile paste

-- To make the dipping sauce, we put it all in a mason jar and shook it up.

-- Mix the cooking sauce and set it aside.

-- Mince your chicken into small pieces, and add a bit of salt & pepper... then pour on the marinade and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.

-- Heat wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 tbsp oil; add chicken and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes. Set the chicken aside.

-- Add 2 tbsp oil to the pan. Add ginger, garlic, and onion - stir-fry for a minute or two.

-- Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts to the pan and stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes.

-- Return chicken to the pan. Add mixed cooking sauce to the pan. Cook until thickened and hot.

-- Break cooked cellophane noodles into small pieces to cover the bottom of a serving dish with them, then pour the chicken mixture on top of the noodles.

-- Serve along with lettuce leaves for everyone to serve themselves.

-- Spoon chicken mixture into the lettuce leaf and roll (like a burrito) individually. 
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Charleston Cheese Dip

Charleston Cheese Dip
Courtesy: Trisha Yearwood & Food Network

1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 dash cayenne pepper (I leave this out)
8 Ritz crackers, crushed
8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (we used 4)
Corn Chips, Crackers, Bagel Chips, or Pretzel Chips for dipping

-- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

-- In a medium bowl; mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, cheddar, monterey jack, green onions, and cayenne pepper.

-- Transfer mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9 inch pie pan. Top with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through - about 15 minutes.

-- Remove the pain from the oven, and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with the crackers, chips, or pretzels you've chosen.
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