I was given this book for free for this review, all opinions are my own.
If you don’t know what to get me for Christmas, getting me a cookbook is always a great choice. I have a whole shelf in my kitchen, that my husband built for me for cookbooks. My cookbook collection isn’t worth millions but it is honestly my favorite thing I own! So I am so excited to add Valerie’s Home Cooking to the collection.
And today I am giving you a recipe from her cookbook that I know you are going to love! Check it out below! And if you want to give this as a gift for Christmas, order it right now on Amazon.com. Only a few days left for prime shipping to get it in time for Christmas.
Bacon candy. Those two words are not often used together, and in fact you may not have ever associated them. But now, having considered the possibilities, you’re probably like me and thinking this combination sounds amazing. It is! The brown sugar, Sriracha, and bacon remind me of a party where I introduce three of my favorite people to each other and watch them become best friends. Taste-wise, this is an irresistible collaboration of sweet, spicy, and savory. It’s one of my favorite appetizers to make for a cocktail party. They always go fast. These bacon bites also package well, so I’ve made them in advance and given them to people as yummy gifts.
Brown Sugar Sriracha Bacon Bites
Serves 10 Hands-on 10 minutes Total 1 hour
¼ cup Sriracha chili sauce
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
10 thick-cut bacon slices, each cut into 4 pieces
1½ tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1½ tablespoons black sesame seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Stir together the Sriracha and brown sugar in a medium bowl; add the bacon pieces, and toss to coat. Set aside.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; place a wire rack over the foil. Spray the rack liberally with cooking spray. Place the bacon pieces in a single layer on the rack.
3. Bake the bacon until almost crisp, about 45 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, sprinkle the bacon evenly with the toasted sesame seeds and black sesame seeds.
4. Remove from the oven, and cool for 5 to 8 minutes, moving the bacon pieces slightly on the rack every 2 minutes to prevent sticking. (The bacon will crisp more as it cools.)
Excerpted from Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.
*I was given a Zyliss food processor to facilitate this recipe but all opinions are my own.
Last week I brought y’all a very delicious Colorado Sin Dip, with the help of my Zyliss food processor, which is rich in all the right ways. Well, since the Bronco’s made the Big Game and we are living in the Mile High City, I had to bring you another dip you will want to try out for your big game party!
I call this the Colorado Saint dip because it’s much lighter than the Sin Dip but still full of flavor especially since it has bacon in it! And I served mine with Sweet Potato chips which I thought added a nice touch. So whether you check out this fruity recipe below for your Big Game party or the Sin Dip, you will win either way.
Then pit your avocados and mash them up really good until they are smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and your lime juice.
Next get your Zyliss food processor and mince your onions.
I used a yellow onion and chopped them up very small.
My oldest son never likes to help in the kitchen but when it came to a fun tool, he couldn’t wait to help! He said it’s like a fun lawn mower 😉 And don’t be fooled by his face, it’s very easy to use.
Mince up a handful of cilantro and take all the seeds out of a jalapeno and mince in the food processor and add to the avocado mixture.
Next mince up your strawberries with the stems off of course. Do not over mince or they will get soupy.
Get a bowl or mason jar and put the avocado mixture in first. A bowl might be easier to eat this dip out of. I just thought the mason jar looked cute. Then top with strawberries.
Top with crushed bacon and cilantro.
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If you’re looking for the perfect game day, hand-held, slice-of-heaven food for the big game, look no further. These are crowd-pleasing, tummy-filling pieces of goodness. And the only thing they are hard on is the pan you cook them on. I don’t know if you know this but bacon grease does evil things to your sink and plumbing! Anytime I cook anything with bacon, it get’s a good wipe down from Viva® Vantage® Towels BEFORE being washed. Bacon grease just thickens up and will hang on to your pipes ,which isn’t good for anyone!
Want the recipe for these Tator Tot bombs and some easy tips on how to clean up after them?
First go to Walmart and get you a 6pk or 12pk of Viva® Vantage® Towels. They should be near the cleaning aisle in the paper product section. You can print a Coupon for $1 any ONE (1) Viva® Paper Towel or Viva® Vantage® Paper Towel 12-pack or larger by printing this coupon here. And even look for packages that have coupons on them because mine had a $1/1 coupon right on it.
And when you make these for your friends, everyone will want to be sitting next to the person with these in their lap, trust me!
Set your cheese and brown sugar on different plates.
Next start rolling your tator tots in strips of bacon.
While rolling go ahead and stuff a little cheddar cheese in there.
Then roll those bad boys in some brown sugar, then set on a plate. You will probably need a cup of brown sugar. Make sure to discard your brown sugar since you rolled raw bacon in it when you are done.
If you have left over tator tots, just leave them on the cookie sheet and cook those for the kids! They will cook in some bacon grease from the tator tot bombs so they will taste even better.
When these are done, you can sprinkle chopped up green onions on top but that is optional. It makes them look pretty but doesn’t add a whole lot of taste.
I cooked these on 2 different pans and decided to show you how to make a quick cleanup from my smaller black pan. You need to clean your pan as soon as possible or the brown sugar will stick to the pan. Scrap off any extra cheese or brown sugar with a spatula. The only thing left will be the bacon grease.
Grab your Viva® Vantage® Towels and start wiping. It only took me 2 Viva® Vantage® Towels to get this pan completely clean. Viva® Vantage® Towels are fiber-packed sheets to help you clean your toughest messes.
This was with 1 sheet of the Viva® Vantage® Towels.
And this is the finished product! So clean! Trust me, you will save yourself a lot of headache by cleaning your pan with Viva® Vantage® Towels right after you cook these Tator Tot Bombs.
Another easy tip is to serve your Tator Tot Bombs on Viva® Vantage® Towels. It will soak up any extra bacon grease and will save you from having to clean up your plate from bacon grease.
Your friends will thank you for making this recipe and you will thank yourself for buying the Viva® Vantage® Towels for making your cleanup extra easy.
What’s your favorite messy game day food??!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
FINALLY! Football is here! To be honest I am not the biggest football junkie BUT I love how the game can get friends, family and all the special people in your life to gather in someone’s house to eat together and watch the game. I am normally on food duty but cooking for a lot of people can be challenging. I love quick and easy meals like Red Baron® Classic Crust Pepperoni Pizza because I can cook up a couple of those for my friends and since they are so easy to make I also like to whip up new types of dips for the pizza.
My newest creation is gumbo dip. My family loves a good dip and we love a good gumbo. If you have ever been to nervous to try to make your own gumbo, this is a good place to start. It’s the bare bones of a gumbo made in half the time.
Walmart has all the ingredients to make game say at our house just as exciting as the game, so I went there to get all the ingredients for my gumbo dip, my Red Baron® Classic Crust Pepperoni Pizza and my Edwards Pie because you can’t have a party with pie, am I right?
You can use this as a dip with your pizza crust!
Melt the butter in a large pan, the add your frozen veggies and cook until translucent.
Stir in the garlic and cajun seasonings.
Next stir in the cream cheese and mix until slightly melted. It will not completely melt so keep that in mind. Then add chicken and parmesan cheese. Lastly top with a dash of hot sauce. Make sure everything is semi-melted then transfer into a baking dish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly. Once you take it out, you can sprinkle with a little more cheese but that is optional.
Then bake your pizza according to the package.
Once your pizza is done, take it out of the oven and put it on a baking sheet. This is how I like to cut my pizza. It seems to be easier to eat then big triangle pieces. All you do is do one slice across the middle then round 5 cuts vertically! Then you have the perfect cut pizza!
Here in Colorado we have what’s called mountain pizza’s and that’s where we bake our pizza crust extra large so when you are done eating, you dip the crust in the sauce of our choice. Because honestly this dip is amazing but you don’t have to put anything on this pizza to make it any better.
BUT, when your done devouring your pizza, take the crust and dip it in the gumbo sauce! That’s how we do it up here in the mountains so you have to give it a try!
And who doesn’t love a fun sweepstakes??! You can enter the Tailgate At Your Place Sweepstakes by finding the Red Baron products with on-pack promo and enter the code here to see if you won! There will be 5 Grand Prize Winners for A check valued at $8,000, a $2,000 Electronics Store shopping spree and 6 months of pizza for the football season!
Plus lots of Instant Win Prizes like Visa Giftcards, fanatics giftcards and a pizza prize packs!
Red Baron® Classic Crust Pepperoni Pizza is so delicious, after one bite, the whole family will be asking for more! The crust on this pizza is not to thick and not to thin so pairing it with the Gumbo dip and your game day viewing party will be a touchdown!
*I was sent a food processor free of charge to facilitate my review but all opinions are my own.
I made these Goldfish crackers for my son’s Valentines Day party and they were a hit! Not only do they have only a few ingredients and are super easy to make, but with the help of my Hamilton Beach Food processor, I had these made in record time.
I have used this food processor a lot now and am really impressed! I have a 2 cup processor that I used in the past. It took so long and many batches to get done while this new one can be done in one round. It is easy to clean and simple to use.
You can chop, slice, mix or puree just about anything in this 450 watt motor. And since the processor is sealed you don’t have to worry about leaks when processing liquids.
A little about this product:
I use to think I didn’t need a food processor but now I can’t live without this one! I do a lot of freezer cooking which involves a lot of chopping and this cuts down on my prep time so much. With four kids I don’t have time to manually chop vegetables by myself and this Hamilton Beach Food processor really is a time saver.
Check out the recipe below! It is so easy.
First put all dry ingredients into food processor and mix until it looks like cornmeal.
My daughter is just as excited as I am about my new Hamilton Beach Food processor! We were using this other brand that was 1/4 the size and it took FOREVER And I would have to do multiple batches. No one has time for that nonsense so do yourself a favor and check this one out here.