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Monday, October 22, 2012

Appetizers From The Sisters

" 'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick her (his) own fingers."
William Shakespeare

My sister, Elaine, and I have been told that we are pretty good cooks.  Of course, some of those who said that have depended on us for their next meal - so what else are they going to say? 

Anyway, the appetizer recipes presented below are delicious.  We have been making them for over 30 years (gasp!) and people actually get excited when they are served.  Ask our sons - they swarm the table as soon as they are put down.

There are no pics because if I made these now I would eat them all by myself (well, CH would get his share) and I cannot afford all the calories.

Here goes!

Wallybasa - aka Kielbasa

one pkg                Kielbasa 
one                       can of beer  (the regular size)
one cup                sugar

Cut the kielbasa into one inch slices.  Place in a sauce pan.

Pour sugar over the kielbasa.  Pour beer over sugar and kielbasa.

Cook on medium heat while stirring.  This does take some stirring. As the mixture boils, the beer and sugar will eventually caramalize into a luscious, gooey sauce.  Be watchful because it can become a ball of stone if you don't keep stirring.

Serve hot.  Use toothpicks to retrieve. Ahh!  Wonderful!
p.s.  this recipe can be doubled but it takes a long time for the caramelization to happen

Hot Onion, Bacon, Cheese Dip

one cup                   mayonaisse
one cup                   mozarella cheese - shredded
one cup                   frozen chopped onions  DO NOT USE
                                FRESH ONIONS - you have been   
                                warned ....
one half jar              real bacon bits

Put all ingredients in an oven safe dish and stir well to mix,
Place in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until it is all bubbly.  You can also cook it in the microwave but reduce the power to 50%.  Again, keep an eye on it.  It is done when it is all bubbly.  Serve with crackers or anything else that can be dipped.  It is fantastic!


one loaf                      white  sandwich bread
one small tub              cream cheese - softened
one half cup                sugar/cinammon mixture
one stick                      butter or margarine - melted

Remove crusts from bread.   I take a stack of slices and just cut the crusts all at the same time - as if I was peeling a cuke.

Spread cream cheese on each slice.  Roll slice of bread as a jelly roll.  Press down a little at the end so the roll stays together.  Cut each roll in half.

Dip each half roll in butter first and then in the sugar/cinammon mixture.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Set oven for 325 degrees and bake for about ten minutes.  They come out golden brown and smelling so sweet.  The taste is great because of the contrast between the cream cheese and sugar mix.   Out of this world!!

Enjoy, enjoy and as always, keep it simple!

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