Layered Cheesy Refried Black Bean Dip

This easy Layered Cheesy Refried Black Bean Dip is loaded with gooey melted cheese, tasty refried black beans and a nice spicy kick from your favorite salsa. This dish is great to take on potlucks or for noshing in front of the tv on game day. If you’re like me, I’m not in it for the game, but for the goodies that go along with it. This is super easy to put together. You can use your favorite store bought brands, pop it in the oven and in 30 minutes, grab a bag of tortilla chips and let the snacking begin.

You can even make this up the day before so you wont miss a minute of game play or spending time with friends and family.

Here’s what you need:

*8 oz cream cheese, softened

*1 can refried black beans

*1 jar of salsa mild, medium or hot

*1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded cheese; I used cheddar and Colby Jack

*tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 375°.

In an 8 inch backing dish, spread the cream cheese on the bottom in an even layer.

Spread the refried beans over the top of the cream cheese.

Then pour the salsa in an even layer over the refried beans.

And last but not least, sprinkle the cheese over the salsa.

Spray no stick spray on a piece of foil so the cheese will not stick and cover the baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

Serve with tortilla chips while the dip is hot.

Asian Inspired Meatballs

I love a good meatball… who doesn’t. I usually make my meatballs the same way and serve them over spaghetti or in a marinara sauce for meatball subs or quesadillas (Slow Cooker Meatballs with Marinara Sauce). This time I wanted to try something different.

These Asian inspired meatballs turned out really well. They are well seasoned with the usual ingredients and with an added Chinese 5 spice powder, which I think adds a really delightful flavor. They are brushed with a sweet and tangy sauce before and after cooking that really sets them apart. These tasty morsels of meat can be eaten as an appetizer or as a meal over rice.

I know I will be making these again soon.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

Sesame seeds for garnish

For the Meatballs:

*1 lb ground beef

*1 small onion chopped finely and sautéed in 1 TBS of olive oil until soft.

*2 garlic cloves, minced

*3/4 tsp. Chinese 5 spice powder

*1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

*1 tsp. salt

*cracked pepper to taste

*1 egg

*2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

*1 tsp. sesame oil

For the Sauce:

*1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 tsp. sesame oil

*1 tsp. lemon juice

*1 tsp. white wine vinegar

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*1 TBS brown sugar

*1 TBS olive oil

*1 TBS honey

*1/2 tsp ginger

*2 garlic cloves, minced

Preheat oven to 400°.

In a small sauce pan, mix all of the sauce ingredients together and simmer.

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients for the meatballs.

Be careful not too over mix the beef mixture or the meatballs will be tough.

Shape into desired size balls.

Line a baking sheet with foil. This will make clean up easier. Spray a baking rack with non stick spray and place it onto the baking sheet.

Line the meatballs on to the rack making sure there is a space between each.

Baste the meatballs with the sauce and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until the meatballs are no longer pink.

Turn the heat to the sauce to medium and cook for about 2 minutes; remove from the heat and baste the meatballs once again.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the meatballs and serve.

Enjoy!

Bacon Cheese Biscuit Bombs

These bacon cheese biscuit bombs are so good….yes I was tempted to say the bomb but I know, it would have been a groan moment. If you love bacon, cheese and biscuits then this is definitely for you. These little babies have crispy bacon and cheese not only the outside, but are bursting with more bacon and gooey cheese on the inside while surrounded by a golden, flaky biscuit.

Look at that cheese! I admit I had to make myself stop eating after 2.

These are great for breakfast and will even make appetizers.

Here’s what you need to make your bacon cheese biscuit bombs:

*Canned biscuits: I used buttermilk jumbo ones but you can use the regular kind

*1 pkg bacon cooked and crumbled; you might not need the whole package, but if you are like me, you will be eating some along the way.

*Shredded cheese; I used a combination of cheddar and Colby Jack

*1 TBS butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease a baking sheet and set aside.

Separate each biscuit dough. On a flat surface, place dough and press flat.

Place some of the cheese in the middle of the dough.

Then add some of the bacon on top of the cheese. Try not to over fill or everything will come spilling out when you fold the dough.

Fold the sides in to the center.
The fold the top and the bottom of the dough to the middle to seal it closed.
The dough will stretch so make sure to completely seal in the cheese and bacon. If small holes appear just pinch them closed. Lightly press down on the dough to flatten them slightly.

Place the biscuit bombs seam side down on the greased baking sheet.

Brush the tops with the melted butter.

Add bacon on top

Then sprinkle some cheese over the bacon.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown and the dough is cooked through.

Look at all that golden, toasted cheese at the bottom….heaven.

Serve immediately while still warm.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs aren’t just for the Holidays, but if you need a last minute appetizer or a side these make a very tasty addition. These have the creaminess of mayonnaise, with a hint of mustard, celery and dill. Feel free to add any other tasty ingredients as well.

Here’s what you need:

*6 eggs

*1/4 C Mayo plus additional if needed.

*1 tsp. mustard of more to taste

*salt to taste

*1 tsp. dried dill weed or more to taste

*1/2 tsp celery seed or more to taste

*paprika for garnish

Place eggs in a small pot and fill with warm water.

Bring to a gentle boil, cover and remove from the heat and let sit for 12 minutes. Drain and fill with cold water, let sit for about 5 minutes or until eggs are cool enough to handle. Peel shells under running water. I find this helps remove the shells easier.

Cut the eggs in half lengthwise.

Scoop out the yolk and place into a food processor. Set aside the whites to fill later.

You can mix this by hand, but I find it easier and you get a creamier consistency when blended in a food processor. If mixing by hand, with a fork, break up the yolks until it resembles the consistency of sand.

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the paprika.

Pulse until smooth scrapping down the sides if needed while mixing. Taste and add any more of the ingredients if needed.

Spoon the mixture into a ziplock bag and cut one of the corner tips.

This makes filling the eggs easier. Slowly fill the eggs with the yolk mixture.

Sprinkle with paprika to garnish.

Serve as an appetizer or a side.