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Posts from the ‘Dips & Sauces’ Category

Roasted Garlic & Tomato Chunky Salsa: Small Appliance Review

Chips & salsa was my go to snack when I was in undergrad. And if I had a bag of Cool Ranch flavored Doritos and a jar of any medium salsa, life was grand 🙂 Since I had the opportunity to check out Hamilton Beach’s Wave Action Blender, I decided to take it back to the undergrad days and make a delicious tummy pleasing salsa.

Chips & Salsa

Roasted Garlic & Tomato Salsa

I had the opportunity to make a number of recipes. The Wave Action Blender performed above and beyond my expectations when I made smoothies and most dips. In less than 2 minutes, creamy smoothies were ready for me to devour. The 48 ounce glass jar allowed me to blend a week’s worth of smoothies to store in the fridge.

Hamilton Beach Blender

Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender

My hummus recipe didn’t turn out too well in the Wave Action. I transferred the contents of the unblended chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, smoked ancho chili peppers, and tahini to the food processor to make a smooth hummus without having to add additional oil to the mixture.

The Wave Action Blender is worth sitting on your counter. The beautiful stainless steel base is one reason for you to jazz up your kitchen.

Roasted Garlic & Roasted Tomatoes

1 pint yellow cherry tomatoes
1 pint red cherry tomatoes
5 garlic cloves
pinch of salt
dash of black pepper
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

ONEPreheat oven 250 degrees.
TWOIn a medium bowl, toss all ingredients until tomatoes are well covered with the extra virgin olive oil.
THREESpread the tomatoes out on a lined cookie sheet.
FOURBake for 20 minutes.
FIVEAllow to cool before putting them in a food processor or blender.

Roasted Garlic & Tomato Chunky Salsa

3 cups roasted garlic & tomatoes (recipe above)
1 diced sautéd shallot
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeño pepper (optional)
1 pinch salt (optional)
5 to 8 leaves fresh cilantro finely chopped

ONEAdd all ingredients to the blender.
TWOPulse ingredients for about 1 minute. NOTE: The longer you blend the mixture, the smoother the mixture will be.
FOURRefrigerate any leftover, if you have any leftovers.

Chips & Salsa

Savor the Moment

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Happy Holidays: Lamb Meatballs Made Easy

The holidays are a time for celebration. Some people are preparing to cook one of the largest feasts they will cook all year. With proper planning and without any hiccups, people can start eating during the planned meal time. I have rarely experienced eating holiday dinner on time. Before dinner, we are scrounging around for nuts and chips.

My next few posts will be dedicated to recipes that can be served before dinner is served and won’t leave your guests ravaging the fruit basket you received from your boss 🙂

Everyone serves some type of meatball as an appetizer. I have had sweet & sour, Swedish, barbecue, and the list goes on and on. Why not switch it up and serve a well seasoned meatball with a variety of dipping sauces. I even tried something different and used lamb instead of buying a bag of frozen meatballs.

Lamb Meatballs

Easy Lamb Meatballs

Lamb Meatballs

1 lb. ground lamb
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon corriander
1 or 2 stalks green onions chopped finely
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
pinch of salt, optional

ONEPreheat oven at 350 degrees.
TWOBreak up the lamb in a medium to large bowl.
THREEAdd onions and seasonings to meat. Mix until thoroughly combined.
FOURMix in extra virgin olive oil.
FIVEBreak off enough seasoned meat to roll into meatballs that are about 1 inch in diameter.
SIXPlace meatballs in a oiled pan. TIP: I use a muffin pan. I place each meatball in each section so they retain their shape.
SEVENBake meatballs for 30 minutes until well browned.

If you are making average size meatballs, you should be able to make 10 to 13 meatballs. I was able to make 13 meatballs.

Allow your guests different options for dipping these amazing meatballs. Mango Mint Chutney & Cucumber Dill are two quick and easy options at your disposal.

Easy Sauces & Lamb Meatballs

Easy Dipping Sauces & Lamb Meatballs

Happy Holidays: It’s In the Dip & Small Appliance Review

When my mother first introduced me to cooking, she started me off with small tasks. I was stirring potato salad, snapping fresh green beans, and using the hand mixer until I she could trust me with a knife. Once I was allowed to use a knife, I was peeling & chopping everything from apples to zucchini.

Fast forward to 2014 and I had the opportunity to test the Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor from Hamilton Beach. This versitle small kitchen appliance allows you to chop, purée, slice, and shred with one handy kitchen tool.

Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food  Processor

Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor

This food processor helped me make made two of the three dipping sauces for my homemade lamb meatballs. I made the 2 dipping sauces in less than 20 minutes. This food processor is fast and powerful. I was even able to shred cabbage and sweet potatoes without overheating the motor.

Meatball Dipping Sauces

Dipping Sauces

While you are using it, don’t think you are going to hold a conversation while the Stack & Snap is on. Do you want power or do you want silence? Even though it is noisy, this easy to use and versatile small

appliance might just find a home on my counter. Counter space is limited in my petite kitchen. You know it must be useful if counter top real estate is spare 🙂

The Stack & Snap costs about $49 to $60 USD at your favorite retailer. Treat yourself or the cook in your life to the Stack & Snap 10 Cup Food Processor. Oh, how I wish the Stack & Snap around when I was a kid 🙂

Feel free to try out these quick and easy dips for the holidays.

Cucumber Dill Dip

2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 medium cucumber, washed & cut on 2 pieces
1 tablespoon dill
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper

ONEAdd all ingredients to the blender or food processor.
TWOPulse to chop until all ingredients are well combined.
THREEAdd to a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator until the dip is ready to serve.

Mango Mint Chutney

1 lb. frozen mango
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder

ONEAdd all ingredients to the blender or food processor.
TWOPulse to chop until all ingredients are well combined; but remains a little chunky.
THREEAdd to a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator until the dip is ready to serve.

Dipping Sauce with Lamb Meatballs

Dipping Sauce with Lamb Meatballs

Stay tuned for how I made the yummy lamb meatballs from scratch 🙂