Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread

Don’t let that spiny skin intimidate you! Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread is a quick and easy treat to serve on crackers, bagels or in a sandwich.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread

Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread

Course Snack
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 62 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened (8 oz block)
  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, NOT drained
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine using the paddle attachment.
  • Cover mixture tightly and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to meld.
  • Serve with bagels, crackers, shortbread or sliced fruit.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Keyword buffet, buffet food, canned pineapple, cream cheese, cream cheese spread, pineapple, pineapple spread

Pineapple is sweet enough to rival most candies — and it packs way more health benefits.

Suggestion: Slather some of this spread on a toasted oatmeal honey roll for a quick and delicious light meal!

Simple Roasted Garlic Spread

The versatility of this simple roasted garlic spread cannot be overstated – simply use it anywhere you desire a creamy, bracing kick of garlic flavor.

Roasted Garlic Spread

Roasted Garlic Spread

Course Condiment
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 105 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened (1 block or 8 oz.)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried chives
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried parsley 
  • ½ tsp fried oregano
  • pinch of salt (to taste)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Remove the outer skins of the garlic, leaving only the skin that covers the cloves.
  • Cut ¼“ off the top of the garlic bulb so that all the cloves are exposed. Set upright on aluminum foil. Drizzle oil over the bulb, making sure that the tops of all the cloves have been covered. Seal aluminum foil over the bulb.
  • Bake for 40-60 minutes, until the bulb is soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Remove the bulb from the foil, turn it upside down and gently squeeze garlic from the skins into a small bowl.
  • Mix in cream cheese, salt, pepper and spices.
  • Allow to rest for at least one hour while flavors blend. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword appetizer, buffet, condiments, cream cheese, easy, football snacks, garlic spread, hors d'oeuvres, party food, roasted garlic, spread, vegetarian

Did you know?  Garlic has many health benefits!  Check out the facts here!

Suggestion: Try this tasty spread on a freshly made gourmet veggie bagel!

The Very Best Homemade Scones

I’ve included a few variations on these, the best homemade scones out there. I would love to know:  What’s your favorite scone flavor?

Best Homemade Scones

Best Homemade Scones

(Courtesy: Arty Garland)
Course afternoon tea, Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1 scone
Calories 110 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cups flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4 - 6 tbsp half-and-half
  • 1 beaten egg for brushing (optional)
  • Coarse sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until the dough resembles fine crumbs.
  • Stir in egg and just enough half-and-half to allow the dough to hold together.
  • Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface or pastry mat and knead lightly 10 times.
  • Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet and pat or roll into 2 circles, each ½“ thick.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut each circle into 8 triangles and separate triangles slightly. If desired, brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown, 10 - 12 minutes. Remove immediately from the baking pan to a cooling rack.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.
  • Variations:
    - Add 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 4 slices cooked, crumbled bacon and ½ cup minced jalapeno pepper (2-3 peppers) to the dough before kneading.
    - Mix heaping ¼ cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips into the dough before kneading.
    - Gently fold in 1 cup of raspberries into the dough while kneading. Top with Nutella after removing it from the oven.
    - Cut half-and-half to 3 tbsp and mix 5 tbsp (2.5 oz) softened cream cheese. Gently fold in 1½ cups of blueberries while kneading.
    - Glaze: Mix ¼ cup confectioners sugar and 1½ tbsp half-and-half. Drizzle over scones while still warm.
  • Hack: Scones can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.
Keyword afternoon tea, bacon, biscuits, blueberry, breakfast, brunch, cheese, chocolate chips, cream cheese, hazelnut spread, jalapeno, Nutella, peanut butter, raspberries, raspberry, scone

Did you know?  While the scone is most often associated with British Afternoon Tea, they were originally a Scottish treat.  They officially came to the tea table around 1840, thanks to Anna, the Duchess of Bedford.

Suggestion:  If you love scones, try these lemon barley scones by Lily Rose Kindergarten Cook!

 

Homemade Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

What are you gonna do with that leftover whole berry cranberry sauce?  How about making this sweet-tart-but-with-a-kick cranberry jalapeño dip?

Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 2 tbsp
Calories 71 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Put cranberry sauce in a colander and shake to remove as much jelly as possible, leaving just the sweetened cranberries.
  • Mix cranberries with cream cheese, sour cream and jalapeno pepper.  Refrigerate for several hours to allow flavors to blend.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Keyword appetizer, buffet, cracker spread, Cranberry, cranberry sauce, cream cheese, dip, football snacks, jalapeno pepper, leftovers, party food, snack, sour cream

Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

Get the recipe for whole berry cranberry sauce here!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Jalapeno Popper Chicken is a spicy, cheesy decadent delight…all wrapped up in bacon!  It’s perfect all by itself…or tucked away in a sub or sandwich wrap!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Course Main Course
Servings 1
Calories 556 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (1 oz)
  • 3 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (6 oz)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices bacon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375℉.
  • Place the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and jalapenos in a bowl; stir to combine.
  • Cut a deep pocket into the chicken breast, taking care not to cut all the way through to the other side. Fill the pocket of chicken breast with the cream cheese mixture. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Wrap chicken breast tightly with bacon, securing with toothpicks. Place it in a greased baking pan.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, or until bacon is crisp and chicken has an internal temperature of 160℉. You can broil the chicken for 3-4 minutes to further crisp the bacon if needed.
  • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Keyword bacon, baked chicken, chicken, cooking for singles, cream cheese, jalapeno popper, meal for one, single serving meal, spicy

 

Handle chicken with care!  Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.

For a sweeter take on this same theme, try brown sugar bacon-wrapped chicken!

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