Category Archives: appetizers

Game Time Munchies: [Recipe] Loaded Potato Chips

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This coming Sunday is Superbowl Sunday, Superbowl XLIX.

XLIX — extra licks?

You’ll enjoy the extra licks off your fingers if you make some of these indulgent loaded potato chips for game time. Maybe you’re just looking for another way to eat your #stormchips . We are getting more snow in the Maritimes this weekend, after all. Warm crunchy potato chips loaded up with everything you like on a baked potato. Ten minutes and DONE.

I really enjoy Superbowl Sunday. I’m not a regular football watcher, but I do enjoy watching football when I take the time to watch. I also actually understand the game, so don’t go thinking that I watch just because I think the uniforms are pretty. It’s much more than that. I like the well choreographed touchdown celebrations too. And the Superbowl Half Time Show, most years.

These loaded potato chips are much less a recipe than a snack idea. I’m planting the idea in your head, and it’s your responsibility to take it and run with it. Maybe you’d rather make BBQ chicken potato chips, or buffalo chicken and blue cheese potato chips – see where you can go with this? Go crazy with your favourite flavour combinations.

I used crinkle cut kettle chips for the potato chips here. I recommend using a thicker cut potato chip, or something that will stand up to holding the toppings. I also bought pre-cooked and crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese to make my life easier. One can’t be wasting time frying bacon when there’s serious snacking to be done, am I right?

Enjoy those Superbowl parties this weekend, y’animals!

Go Seahawks! When that twelfth man shows up at your party, feed him well.

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[Recipe] Loaded Potato Chips

potato chips
shredded cheese
cooked bacon, chopped
sour cream
green onions, chopped

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Preheat oven to 400F.

Spread out the potato chips on a large baking sheet. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to make clean up easier.

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Sprinkle cheese and bacon liberally over the potato chips.

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Bake in the hot oven for 5-8 minutes, until the chips are warm, the cheese has melted, and everything’s nice and sizzly.

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Sprinkle with chopped green onions and place a dollop or two of sour cream in the middle of the chips, for dipping.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 10: [Recipe] Vegetable Spread

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This vegetable spread is ridiculously tasty. Let’s not tippy toe around it, it’s amazing. It originally came to me as a sandwich spread from my friend Jenn. It’s a recipe of her mom’s and when I heard about how good it was, I had to ask Jenn to get it for me. Thanks Jenn!

This vegetable spread is a cream cheese and whipped dressing base, and filled with lots of colourful vegetables. The combination is just so good. It works as a sandwich filling, a dip, or just if you’re looking to put a shmear of something on a bagel. So versatile. We’ve enjoyed it spread on a warm baguette too.

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12 Days of Christmas, Day 5: [Recipe] Buffalo Chicken Dip

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For quite some time now, I’ve been thinking about buffalo chicken dip. I see it all over Pinterest, and I’ve always been intrigued. I am completely addicted to hot foods, so a buffalo chicken dip is right up my alley.

The problem with all of the pins and recipes I’ve seen though is that they use canned chicken and ranch dressing mix. I’m not a fan of ranch anything, really, and I suppose you can use canned chicken, but wouldn’t it be tastier with real chicken? I also like my buffalo with blue. It’s for all of those reasons that I knew I had to come up with my own recipe.

This is my buffalo chicken dip recipe – a creamy, cheesy base, with all of the stuff I think of when I think of buffalo chicken – chicken, a bit of a buffalo kick, and the tang of blue cheese.

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[Recipe] Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts (Rumaki)

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Yesterday I was panicking. See, I take these 12 Frilly Days of Christmas quite seriously. I think long and hard about the recipes I post, the order in which I post them, and what types of recipes people look for this time of year. I really wanted to post an appetizer recipe, but could not think of the right one.

I called my mom. “Mom!”, I say, “I need help!”. I explain my situation. “Why don’t you post the water chestnut recipe?”, she immediately suggests. Huh. Now why didn’t I think of that?!? They’re the perfect choice.

Thanks Mom.

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[Recipe] Lemon Butter Shrimp

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Shrimp, butter, garlic, lemon. Up the ante with some fresh herbs and a baguette and you’ve got yourself a crazy killer snack or appetizer.

Really, these shrimp ain’t no joke.

These shrimp could make a full meal for you and a friend on a warm sunny day. Make a double batch and pair these shrimp with a crusty bread for sucking up the herb butter at the bottom of the platter and you’ve got a great casual appetizer for a crowd. Toss these butter shrimp in some pasta for a bit more formality, but be prepared – you’ll want to eat it right out of the pan.

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