Sunday, January 16, 2011

Side salad and appetizer recipes I love!

Chinese Chicken Salad

2 heads cabbage or lettuce
1 bunch green onions
4 chicken breasts (shredded)
2/3 c slivered almonds
6 tbsp sesame seeds
2 pkg ramen noodles

4 tbsp sugar
2/3 cup sesame salad oil (olive oil works too)
1/2 rice vinegar
1/2 tsp pepper
2 flavor packets from ramen noodles

Brown almonds in 3 tbsp butter.  Remove and brown sesame seeds.  Set aside.
Make dressing.  Mix all ingredients together and refridgerate.  Chop lettuce and green onion.  Add almonds and sesame seeds when cool.  Mix lightly.  Right before serving, crumble noodles and mix through salad.  Add dressing a little at a time and mix gently.

This salad is a hit at any function.  Advice:  Don't try to save.  The noodles get soft and the lettuce gets soggy.  Nasty!

Italian Pasta Salad
2 boxes multi-colored rotini pasta
1 bottle Italian dressing of your choice
Salad supreme seasoning
Pepperoni (I use turkey pepperoni)
Cheese (I use cheddar and mozzarella)
red bell pepper
green bell pepper
red onion
black olives

Cook pasta and rinse well with cold water.  Finely chop vegetables and pepperoni.  Cut cheese into small squares. Mix everything together with dressing and season generously with salad supreme and pepper. Chill 1 hour before serving.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
3 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
8 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 large egg yolk
olive oil
24-38 mushrooms (depending on size) cleaned and stemmed

Mix all ingrediants together and rub mushrooms with olive oil. Cook until heated all the way through.

Crack in a crockpot!
1lb ground turkey
Frank's hot sauce
1 pkg Ranch dip
1 container sour cream
1 8oz pkg cream cheese

Brown ground turkey, drain and put in crockpot with other ingredients.  Just add hot sauce to taste.  Cook on low until creamy.  Serve with chips.  My favorite is the Fritos Scoops!  Beware: This is addicting!!

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