High Heels & Grills: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Fan Favorite Recipe #2

We're almost there! And by almost there, I mean almost done with High Heels and Grills fan favorite recipes fo 2012. Can you believe it's already New Years Eve?? Anybody have any fun plans out there?

Today's recipe combines two of my favorite things in cooking - deliciousness and ease. What is it, you ask? Well give me a drum roll and I'll tell you. It's...Sugar Cookie Bars! {Click on the image for the recipe link.}


These babies have been pinned nearly 200,000 times! I love the yummy taste of sugar cookies they give, with half the work of normal sugar cookies. I've made a variation of them for Halloween and they were just as delicious. They're the perfect treat to take to parties and get-togethers. Enjoy!


-Sarah

Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Fan Favorite Recipe #3

Can you believe we're halfway through the Fan Favorite Recipe countdown and we haven't even had a dessert yet?? No worries, this recipe will make up for all three days. Coming in at number three, the fan favorite recipe for 2012 is...drum roll please...Homemade Twix Bars! {Click on picture for recipe link.}


Do we have any Twix fans out there? I am a Twix diehard. I love the combination of caramel and shortbread. In fact, when eating a Twix candy bar, I usually eat all the chocolate first, so all I I have left is the delightful goodness of the caramel and shortbread. It's delicious! These Homemade Twix Bars make it possible to enjoy a Twix at home, with plenty more to share with others. Enjoy!

-Sarah

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Fan Favorite Recipe #4

Well, Zachary and I are officially into our third year of marriage! He surprised me with a trip to Vail, CO where we stayed in the cutest bed and breakfast that you ever did see.


{Sorry for the crappy picture, but thank goodness for phones that can take them!} We about froze our bums off walking around that place and umm...have any of you ever been there?? Talk about high class! Let's just say that we felt a little out of place with our clothes that were bought from Ross and Target and the fact that we drove a Honda Accord instead of a Mercedes. Regardless, we still had the time of our lives! I didn't think last year's anniversary trip to San Fran could be topped, but this trip came pretty dang close. Now it's off to Utah for some much needed time with family and friends.

In the meantime, let's take a look at the number four fan favorite recipe {say that ten times fast} of 2012. If you missed numbers five and six, be sure to check them out here and here. The number four favorite is...drum roll please...our Sweet Corn Bread!


I've made this cornbread a number of times - for dinner, for get togethers, for my husband's chili cook-off at work - and each time, there's been at least one person that has gone on and on about how good it is. It does not disappoint! It's super easy to make too. You're sure to love it!

-Sarah

Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Fan Favorite Recipe #5

Today marks the big 2 years for Zachary and I! I can hardly believe it's been two years already. Time has sure flown by! We've driven around the entire country {literally}, moved 4 times, and met some incredible people along the way. All the while, falling more in love each day. {Cheesy, I know. It's my anniversary though, cut me some slack.} To celebrate, we're going to do all things fun in Denver and stay at a cute little bed and breakfast on our way to Utah. I'm so excited! 

 I'll go ahead and get to the point though and share day two of High Heels and Grills’ Fan Favorite Recipes series. If you missed the number six fav, be sure to check it out here. I’m so excited to share the number five recipe with you today because if I’m being completely honest with ya, I’d have to say that it’s probably my favorite recipe on this blog. Let me introduce to you the perfect recipe for…drum roll please {told you I’d do it every day}…Pumpkin Pancakes! {click on the picture for the recipe link.}



These seem to be a hit during the fall time months, but you definitely don’t have to limit them to just those months. I eat these year round and they taste just as scrumptious in December as they do in September! I may or may not have made them so much last summer that for variety’s sake, Zachary asked me if we could take a break from them. I’m kind of an addict. Try ‘em out and let me know what you think!

-Sarah

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Fan Favorite Recipe #6

Ok y'all. The countdown is on! And I'm not just talking about for New Year's either. I'm going to share with you the top 6 fan favorite recipes from High Heels and Grills in 2012! I know - six is kind of a weird number. But the way I see it is that I can give you one recipe per day, just in time to announce the grand finale on New Year's day! I'm such a thinker.

Anyway, the number six favorite recipe by all of you, is...drum roll please {yes, I'll probably be demanding a drum roll for everything recipe reveal}...our Jalapeno Cream Cheese Poppers! I don't blame you either. These things tasted absolutely delish! {Click on the picture for the recipe}


Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

-Sarah

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve! The day we've all been waiting for is finally here and am I anywhere near ready for it? Nope. Which means there is a lot of crap going on in this house. Not just for today, but like I said earlier in the week, mine and the mister's anniversary is this Friday {two years, baby!} and we are also going on a little vacay over the weekend. So, what does that mean? Hint: You probably won't see very much of either of us for the next little while.

I didn't have the heart to leave ya cold turkey though, so starting after Christmas until New Years, I'm going to periodically be sharing the fan favorite recipes from 2012. And by 2012 I mean in the last six months since this blog was only started in July of this year. :) Be sure to stick around and check em' out!

For now though, I hope each and every one of you have a very happy holiday and that you get to spend some quality time with those you love most. Merry Christmas.


Love, 
Zachary and Sarah

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Party Slush

My family basically has the same thing for Christmas Eve dinner every single year and I love it. Although, we did try ribs for a couple years, I think most of us liked sticking to the basics more - ham, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, funeral potatoes, rolls, and asparagus. In fact, Zachary and I aren't going home for Christmas this year, so I am making this exact same dinner for Christmas Eve. I was talking to a friend of mine that lives a couple hours away and she said her and her husband weren't going home either, so I talked them into coming and having Christmas Eve dinner with us. I can't. freaking. wait. Ironically enough, this is the same friend that was so kind as to invite Zachary and I over for Christmas Eve dinner last year in California, when for the first time, we wouldn't be spending it with our families. I'm so glad I can return her the favor! 

Anyway, out of all the delicious food we have for Christmas, I have to admit that my favorite part of the dinner would actually be the drink. And by drink, I actually mean slush. The recipe for it comes from my mom's college roommate way back when and the only time we ever have it is for Christmas. It's the one thing I look forward to most every year at dinner. You can even ask my mom. She knows I am a slush addict. You can't really blame me, though. It's absolutely delicious!!


We've always made it in a used ice cream bucket, but I found this year, that it's just as easy to do it in a 4 quart bowl. Just make sure it's glass though, so when you're chopping it up, you don't break through a plastic one. Also, if your bowl is a little bigger than 4 quarts {like mine was}, just put four quarts of water in it and mark the line with a marker. You're going to need to know where four quarts is, so make sure the line stays.

Ingredients:
  • 3 packages cherry kool-aid
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • Water
  • Sprite

Directions:
  1. In a four gallon ice cream bucket or glass bowl, combine kool-aid, sugar, and orange juice.
  2. Fill the rest of the bucket with water to the 4 quart line.
  3. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Freeze for 24 hours.
  5. Break apart frozen slush {I use a knife} and place in individual cups.
  6. Add enough sprite to your liking and enjoy.

I may or may not have drank a cup of this for breakfast this morning. Don't judge. Hopefully there will be enough left for Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow! What's on your menu?

-Sarah

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

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"The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear"...and eating all things peppermint. Seriously though. Doesn't a candy cane or starlight mint taste just like Christmas in your mouth? Well, I've got another special treat for you that tastes like all things Christmas, too - Peppermint Meringue Cookies. Yeah. I just went there. My friend made these for us last year and Zachary and I could not stop eating them! The first thing I did this year, was ask her where she got the delightful recipe. And now I'm going to share that recipe with you, my friends. You're welcome.


This recipe was actually adapted from Martha Stewart. They're fairly easy to make and are extremely cheap! Not to mention, it makes a ton and tastes delicious.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract {Not mint extract. Big difference.}
  • Red gel-paste food coloring

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 175°F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. {Either cut to fit or secure corners with masking tape.}
  3. Fit a pastry bag with a small star tip; Set aside.
  4. Combine egg white and sugar in a heatproof bowl.
  5. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring gently until sugar is dissolve and mixture is warm to the touch. {I put a cookie sheet over a pan and put the bowl on top of it and it worked like a charm.}
  6. Place egg whites in a larger bowl and mix on medium-high speed with wire whisk until stiff peaks form.
  7. Mix in peppermint extract.
  8. Using a small paintbrush {or, if you're like me - your finger} paint 2-3 red food coloring strips inside the pastry bag. 
  9. Fill bag with meringue.
  10. Pipe small star-shaped dollops onto prepared baking sheets. {Refill bag as necessary, painting stripes each time.}
  11. Bake cookies until crisp. {About 1 hour and 40 minutes.}
  12. Let cool completely on wire racks.

You could totally make these with other flavors and colors for different holidays as well. I'd love to see what you come up with! Enjoy.

-Sarah

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Work It Wednesday {#13}

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Remember that one time I started a link party and then I sucked at keeping it up? Yeah...sorry about that. Here's my commitment to being better...after the holidays. Between Christmas, our anniversary, New Years, and a vacation back home, things are going to be pretty busy here. So, I'm going to come right out and say it that I won't be doing Work It Wednesday for the next two weeks, BUT I will be sharing features this Sunday at 10:00 am and then Work It Wednesday will resume its normal schedule on January 9th. No worries, I won't leave you completely high and dry. ;) The good news is, we are ready to go today and it's a great thing because I have some awesome features for you on this wonderful Wednesday night, including ones from the week before as well. {Just as promised!} Drum roll please...

4 Ingredient Coconut Cream Bars by Back For Seconds

Easy Chocolate Covered Caramels by Last Night's Dinner

Candy Cane Pudding Parfaits by Pint Sized Baker

DIY Chevron Curtains by Designer in Teal

Christmas Orange Bow Knots by Big Red Clifford

Leather Lace Bracelets by Gingerly Made

Christmas Ornament Wreath Tutorial by Cocalores

Peppermint Kiss Sugar Cookies by The Recipe Critic

I absolutely loved each and every one of these ideas. Thank you for sharing, everyone! If you were featured, be sure to grab yourself a featured button here! Now friends, let's get down to the nitty gritty, shall we? Remember the two rules:

#1 - Link up anything and everything {recipes, crafts, projects, tutorials, etc.} that has been made by you. I don't care what it is as long as it isn't a shop, giveaway, advertisement, link party or something of the like.
#2 - Please link back to us in some way, shape, or form. I understand how annoying this can be sometimes, so I've made a lovely super ugly button {I know, I'm working on it. Give me some time.} for you to put on your blog. You can also put a text link at the end of your post or even put our link in your party page. Just please give credit where credit is deserved!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Vacation!

So, I know most of you stand next to your computer on Mondays and refresh your screen every 30 seconds in anticipation of the Man Monday post… So, to you, I apologize for what I’m about to say. *Deep breath* I’m taking a Christmas vacation. Not a literal vacation, in fact I’m working Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas, and need to be ‘available’ for Christmas Day. So the literal vacation comes later. However, for the reasons stated above (for those of you who didn’t catch on, life is BUSY), I will be taking a short break from Man Monday so I can devote my full energies to being a responsible adult.

I know, I know, I’ve just ruined your day. Believe me, it wasn’t easy coming to this decision. After all, who really likes quitting doing something they enjoy in order to do the mundane responsible stuff… nobody… except robots.

So, to all of my vast gathering of fans *cough* I'll see you again... in the New Year.

-Zach

Saturday, December 15, 2012

German Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup

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Today is a very special day. Well...sort of. Zachary's birthday was this past Thursday and we were both stoked about it. I got work off and we had all kinds of plans to party it up like it was 1967. That was until he got a call at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, telling him he had to go into work the next day. All day. On his birthday. This may not sound like a big deal, but here's something you should know about Zachary's job. When he goes into work, he literally leaves the house at 7:00 am and doesn't get back home until 2:00 pm - the next day. So pretty much, I saw him just long enough to wish him a happy birthday and give him a kiss as he ran out the door. Needless to say, it was not a fun birthday for him. But since today is Saturday and we miraculously both have the day off, we are doing the official celebrating today! {Hooray!}

If you couldn't tell, birthdays are kind of really a big deal in our house. The celebrations start bright and early before the birthday boy {or girl} even gets out of bed. It's tradition to get breakfast in bed on your big day and it's also tradition that the breakfast be German Pancakes. {Or as some people like to call them - Dutch Babies.} Cue cute, sleepy Zachary:


Isn't he just adorable? Ironically enough, the first time I ever had German Pancakes was with Zachary at a church get together and I've seriously loved them ever since. We don't have them any other time than birthdays, so it feels like an even bigger treat when either of our birthdays roll around. For my birthday this year, we weren't at home, so we drove clear across Denver, CO to the nearest restaurant that served them, just to taste their deliciousness. I'll be honest though, as good as those were, they weren't near as good as this homemade version.


This recipe was found at Taste of Home and I swear to you, it does not disappoint!

Ingredients:

Pancakes:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Syrup:
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk {For the record, buttermilk can be made using 1 Tbsp. lemon juice for every 1 cup milk and it works fantastically!}
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar {optional}

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine the eggs, milk, flour, and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
  3. Pour the melted butter in an ungreased 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  4. Add the batter.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes, until browning begins.
  6. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, buttermilk, butter, corn syrup and baking soda. 
  7. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 7 minutes. {It may try to foam up and boil over, but don't worry this is normal. This is also why I told you to use a medium saucepan and not a small. :)}
  8. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  9. Dust pancake with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately with syrup.

Obviously, the pancake will be cut up into individual servings, and we've found that you can easily get 8 normal sized servings out of it. Not bad for how easy it is, right? This recipe can also be halved and prepared in an 8x8 inch baking dish as well. Enjoy!

-Sarah

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Friday, December 14, 2012

iPad Mini Giveaway! {Ended}

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Guys. There's only ten days until Christmas Eve. Ten. We're almost into the single digits! I feel like I'm five years old right now. What fun things are you asking Santa for? Clothes? Shoes? An iPad Mini? {Any takers, any takers?} I, for one, would love a gift like that. Instead though, I'm going to be Santa and give an iPad Mini to one of you lucky readers! {The first person to make a rude comment about how I should be spending my money on better things, I am going to cyber-punch in the face. No need to go through that again.}


Not only will someone receive an iPad Mini to do with it whatever they please {keep it for yourself, give it away, etc.}, but two other cool peeps will get a $20 iTunes gift card. {Hooray!} Even if you don't win either of these things, there are still some pretty sweet bloggers to be discovered along the way. Not even kidding, I have blog stalked each and every one of these girls multiple times and believe me when I say that they do not disappoint!
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Grandma's Chocolate Cherry Cookies


Man Monday Time people! Pull up a chair, sit back, and enjoy the showst (get it? Post and show mixed… never mind).

Sarah talked about her favorite Christmas treat (see Best Cheese Ball Ever) and not to be out-done, I’ll share with the www MY favorite treat as well. My grandma would make these cookies every year growing up, but for some reason, I haven’t seen them in several years. Upon realizing this predicament, I attempted to call her to get the recipe. This is how that turned out…

1st call -- *busy signal*
2nd call 5 minutes later -- *no answer*
3rd call 1 hour later -- Grandma: Hello?
Zach: Hi Grandma, this is Zach.
Grandma: Hello?
Zach: Grandma, this is Zach, can you hear me?
Grandma: *click*
Zach: … *sigh* Bless her sweet heart. I give up.

So, I’m convinced that the only way I can get her perfected recipe is to see her in person… which may not be for a while considering she lives 450 miles away. That trip will most definitely be AFTER Christmas and I can’t share this recipe with the world wide world (that’s what www stands for right?) after the holidays!  So, I’ve done my best to recreate it. Though it’s not perfect, I think I did a pretty dang good job of it – not to brag or anything. *Zach proceeds to flex his cooking muscles in front of a mirror*

Enter: Grandma’s Chocolate Cherry Cookies!


Ingredients:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter (don’t judge me), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract (this is a very important ingredient!)
  • 1 jar/can/container maraschino cherries (enough for 24ish cookies)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons warm milk

Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375°. 
  2. Mix the flour baking powder and salt together. 
  3. In a separate bowl combine the sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract. 
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, while mixing. If your batter seems dry you can add a spoonful of milk to soften it up a bit… I did.
  5.  Now, I like the maraschino cherry a lot, so I prefer a whole cherry in my cookie. However, you can cut them in halves to make them easier to work with if you like. 
  6. Roll the dough into 1 ½ inch diameter cookie balls. I like to poke an imprint into the center with my thumb, insert the cherry, and pinch off the opening to seal the deal. Do it however you like. 
  7. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet, with at least 2 inches of growing room between them. 
  8. Cook for about 9 minutes, remove and let cool completely (patience is a virtue… or something). 
  9. For the chocolate coating, place your butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds, mix well. 
  10. Repeat that microwaving/mixing process in 20 second intervals a few more times until it’s just melted. 
  11. Add your WARM milk to the choco-butter (cold will cause the chocolate to seize) and watch it turn into a lovely chocolate sauce as you mix. 
  12. When the cookies are cold, dip them in the chocolate sauce upside down to give them a lovely chocolate yamaka.
  13. If your patience pot is empty, eat away. Otherwise, wait until the chocolate hardens and THEN eat your heart out.

I literally ate one of these so fast that I’m pretty sure I didn’t even taste it… no joke. Anyway, I hope this becomes a family favorite in your home. And don’t feel bad if you have the desire to flex your cooking muscles when everyone is complementing you on their awesomeness at the Christmas party this weekend. Go right on ahead. Flex away. You deserve it.

-Zach

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Best Cheeseball Ever

I was trying to come up with a good title for this cheeseball and I couldn't think of anything other than 'the best cheeseball ever'. Not because I like being cliche and generic and lame, but because it truly is the best. cheeseball. ever. Our neighbor, Nyra, would bring this to our family every year for Christmas and we looked forward to it more than almost any other Christmas treat out there. {I say almost only because my mom has a secret slush recipe that was my favorite thing for Christmas Eve dinner. If you're lucky, I'll share it with you. ;)} In fact I called my sister and told her that I got the recipe for this cheeseball and she laughed and asked if I remembered how much all of us siblings used to fight over who was eating too much or who didn't get their share. It was a bit ridiculous. But that just goes to show how great it is!


This is a savory cheeseball which may seem weird considering it has pineapple in it. But do not fear! You can't taste it at all! I was surprised too. Just try this recipe and thank me later. {This recipe makes one huge cheeseball or two normal sized ones.}

Ingredients:
  • 2 {8 oz.} blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 {15.25 oz.} can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt
  • 3 green onions, chopped {or more depending on your taste}
  • Chopped pecans or walnut for coating

Directions:
  1. Whip cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the pineapple, seasoned salt, and green onions until well mixed.
  3. Form mixture into a ball. {I found this was a lot easier after I had refrigerated it for an hour or so.}
  4. Roll the ball in the nuts.
  5. Serve with crackers. 

Our favorite crackers to go with this are the Cracked Pepper Triscuits. Holy toledo, they are divine! Anyway, I hope you like it!

-Sarah

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

5 Ingredient Raspberry Cobbler


Hello everyone, Zach here. So, you know that girl Sarah? She's a busy little bee. I don't know if you know this, but she works full-time, she does this blog, and all the while she manages to stay extremely attractive. Well, today she just didn't quite have the time to complete this post, so we are trying out a tag-team effort. She did the recipe, I'll do the post. What do you think of Tag-Team Thursdays?! No? Okay.


This little dish was fantastic! Sarah's co-worker, Lynnann provided the recipe to us. Not only is it good, but it's only 5 ingredients. The tartness of the raspberries is a perfect balance to the sweetness of the cobbler. We tried putting some cold raspberries on top of the hot cobbler with extremely awesome results. The raspberries just melt in your mouth. I could just talk about it all day... instead, I guess I'll give you the recipe.
 
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup (ish) raspberries
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Combine the three dry ingredients together then add the milk. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased 9x9 pan and sprinkle the raspberries evenly throughout.
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  5. (Optional) For the last 5-10 minutes you can sprinkle some sugar on top to create a nice crust.
That's it. Easy eh? This dish can be enjoyed as a dessert or a breakfast, or as a midnight snack, or, or... well you get it. Whichever way you eat it, please enjoy it.

-Zach

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Work It Wednesday {12}

I always told myself that I would never do this, but I'm sorry to tell you that I don't have any features for you this week. We went to Utah over the weekend and I'm having a hard time getting back into the groove of things. Why can't we just have a world where we can all be on vacation all the time? Boo. Anyway, I hope you forgive me and know that I'll be doing double features next week! All I ask is that you remember the two rules:

#1 - Link up anything and everything {recipes, crafts, projects, tutorials, etc.} that has been made by you. I don't care what it is as long as it isn't a shop, giveaway, advertisement, link party or something of the like.
#2 - Please link back to us in some way, shape, or form. I understand how annoying this can be sometimes, so I've made a lovely super ugly button {I know, I'm working on it. Give me some time.} for you to put on your blog. You can also put a text link at the end of your post or even put our link in your party page. Just please give credit where credit is deserved!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Cheese Stuffed Jalepenos

Welcome to another Man Monday. Stuffed Jalepeños have always been one of my favorite appetizers. If it's on the menu at a restaurant, you better believe that I'm poppin' 'em down as fast as you can figure out how to pronounce "jalepeño." So, thought I, "if you like them so much, why don't you make them?" So I did! The inspiration to a Man Monday post takes this path often.


I took the lazy way out and looked up a recipe that I thought looked good. Why re-invent the wheel? You can find the original recipe at Simply Recipes. So without further ado, I present to you some delicious (and easy) party pleasers!

Ingredients:
  • 12 jalepeños, cut in half and gutted (I'm sure there is a more eloquent way of describing it but this is MY blog)
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 oz jack cheese, cut into 1.5-inch slices, one for each pepper (or monterey-jack cheese)
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

Directions:
  1. Line your baking sheet with tin-foil, and preheat your oven to 375°
  2. Mix all of your ingredients together (minus all the peppers and cheese spears)
  3. Pipe (or spoon if you don't want to feel all fancy and stuff) your filling into each pepper half. Place one of your cheese spears on the top of each pepper.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

We made these for a family function at my parents' house. Nobody had just one. No joke. They're a hit!

-Zach

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