The Best Crab Cakes

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Ingredient list

1 lb. crabmeat, preferably backfin
½ cup crushed saltines & ½ breadcrumbs, crushed finely with rolling pin
1 tsp. horseradish
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, optional
¼ tsp. white pepper
3-4 T. mayonnaise, depending on consistency
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. Bay seasoning
¼ tsp. salt
Dash of Tabasco sauce (1-2 drops)
1-2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley when available

Instructions

Pick over crab, mix with breadcrumbs in large bowl. In smaller bowl, beat egg, other ingredients. Mix in with crab. Either pan fry crab cakes in butter or oil or put in shells and bake at 375° for 15 minutes. (Sprinkle first with grated Parmesan.)
Alternate version: omit Worcestershire, include 1 T. fresh chopped tarragon or a ¼ tsp. dried tarragon, juice of ½ lime or lemon and a couple of grindings of fresh black pepper. Fold in egg and seasonings with the crabmeat and crumbs, mixing gently.

Pickled Eggs

Ingredient list

2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup of sweet pickle juice ( if you have it)
1 Tblsp. pickling spice
1 clove garlic
2 Tblsp. sugar
1 doz. eggs
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
Instructions

Eggs that are a week old peel much better than fresh!!Bring your eggs to a boil,take off heat, cover, let stand for 20 min. Cool under cold running water and peel shells.Bring ingredients to a boil, simmer 5 min. Let cool a little then pour over eggs in jar and cover, refrigerate for 2–3 days. Enjoy!!!

Classic Cheese Ball

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 2 hours, 10 min.

Ingredients

2 (250g) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, diced, cooked, drained & cooled
1 bunch green onions, finely sliced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 cup toasted pecans, finely chopped

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, grated cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Place mixture on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Shape into a ball and wrap completely.

2. Chill cheese ball in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Remove cheese log from the fridge at least 30 min., before serving. Roll in pecans to coat. Serve with crackers and sliced vegetables.

Corn fritters with spicy lime dipping sauce

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.
Makes: 24 fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups corn kernels
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Vegetable oil, for frying

Dipping Sauce

½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tsp srirarcha
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tbsp lime juice
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
Lime wedges, to serve

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine egg and milk. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients into milk mixture and mix until just combined. Mix in corn kernels and cilantro.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When oil has reached 350F add fritter mixture by the tbsp. Cook until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking, about 2-3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.

3. To make dipping sauce combine yogurt, mayonnaise, sriracha, lime juice, lime zest and cilantro. Serve with warm corn fritters.

Watermelon and feta salad

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Ingredients:

1/2 watermelon, diced into bite-sized cubes
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped mint

Dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Pinch of salt & pepper

Preparation Instructions:

1. In a large bowl toss together watermelon, feta and mint. Tip mixture onto a large serving platter.
2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, salt and pepper.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup ranch dressing
½ cup hot sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Crackers, to serve
Sliced vegetables, to serve (cucumber, peppers, carrots, broccoli)

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing, hot sauce and cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine. Scrape mixture into a 9” glass pie dish or equal sized oven-proof container.
3. Place in oven for 20 mins or until bubbling and golden. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.

Guacamole

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The best, easiest Guac recipe there is!

Ingredients

4 ripe avocados, sliced in half, pitted and peeled
1/3 cup finely diced red onion
1 tomato, seeds removed and diced
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Tortilla chips, to serve

Preparation Instructions

1. Mash avocados in a large bowl with a fork. Mix with red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Serve with tortilla chips.

Fried Goat cheese salad

Fried goat cheese salad

Ingredients

2 small plain goat cheese logs, very cold
2 eggs
3/4 cup panko crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp salt
8 cups packed baby spinach, arugula or mache

Preparation Instructions

Slice each goat cheese log into 6 1/2″ rounds. Whisk eggs in a shallow bowl. Pour panko into another bowl. Dip cheese rounds into egg, then in panko until well coated. Place on a large plate. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 2 hours, or overnight.
Heat a small non-stick frying pan over medium high. Add 2 tbsp oil, then 3 frozen cheese rounds. Cook until golden, about 2 min per side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cheese.
Whisk remaining 2 tbsp oil with vinegars and salt in a large bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Add greens, and toss until coated. Divide amongst 6 plates. Top each with one or two rounds of cheese.

Simply the best potato latkes!

These amazing food processor latkaes literally take 5 minutes to whip up! And their chopped-up texture make them distinctly hash-brown like! Thanks to Norene Gilletz of Gourmania for sharing this traditional Hanukkah dish! It’s from her Book, the NEW Food Processor Bible. It’s simply delicious- we had them for lunch the other day with a green salad and loads of home made applesauce to dip!
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Ingredients

4 medium potatoes peeled or scrubbed (or substitute Purple Sweeties)
1 medium onion
2 eggs (or 1 egg plus 2 egg whites)
1/3 cup flour or matzo meal
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp oil (plus more as needed for frying latkes)

Preparation Instructions

Cut potatoes in chunks and onion in half. Place in processor with eggs. Process on the Steel Blade until pureed, 20 to 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients except oil; process a few seconds longer to blend into a smooth mixture.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Drop potato mixture into hot oil by large spoonfuls to form pancakes; brown well on both sides. Drain well on paper towels. Add additional oil to pan as needed. Stir batter before cooking each new batch. Latkes can be placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet and kept warm in a 250 degree F oven.
(To bake latkes instead of frying, place oven racks on lowest and middle positions in oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Drop potato mixture by spoonfuls onto well-oiled baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake 10 minutes, until bottoms are browned and crispy. Turn latkes over. Transfer pan from upper rack to lower rack and vice versa. Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer.)
Yield: about 2 dozen or 5 dozen miniatures. Freezes well.

Warm artichoke spinach dip

by Mindy C.’s book, Rohrersville, MD

Ingredients

1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed- excess water squeezed out
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 chopped pepper, red or green
1/3 cup each, Parmesan and Romano cheese
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preparation instructions

Mix all ingredients together. Cook in microwave for 7 min. or 15-20 min in oven @ 350 until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with crackers or crusty bread

Submitted by: Helen C

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