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Tex-Mex Cheese Ball

This cute post The Perfect Fall Cheese Ball – Family Fresh Meals caught my eye and I pinned it on Pinterest.  Unfortunately I didn’t get around to making it until December and no longer was a pumpkin cheese ball necessary.  I am more than glad I made this Tex-Mex Cheese Ball.  It was a huge hit for my birthday and all my company enjoyed it.

I made the cheese ball the day before to save some time the next day at the party.  I even crushed my Doritos and kept them in a sealed bag to just roll and go the next day.  As I was making it we had a few extra friends visiting us and helping me with the cooking.  One of the little girls told me it was going to be “the hit of the party” it was so good.

Making half the recipe next time would probably work.  Even with my large crowd we ended up with a bunch of leftovers.  Although we ate it for snack the next few days.  We also used the leftovers to spread inside some chicken quesadillas which turned out great.

Tex-Mex Cheese Ball:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend)
  • 3 Tbs onions, minced
  • 3 Tbs salsa, your favorite kind
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 cup nacho cheese chips, crushed

In a stand mixer combine all ingredients but the chips.  Mix until creamy and combined.

Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter and scoop the mixture into a mound in the center.

Wrap up the ball tightly and chill at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve roll in the crushed chips.

We served ours with tortilla chips and wheat crackers.  Celery and carrots would also be very good.


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Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip

Picture is from Naturally Ella because it is a lot prettier than mine!

Chips and dip are my greatest weakness.  With Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip | Naturally Ella my guilt melted away as I ate this healthier version of a bean dip.   No it’s hummus, well guess what?  Hummus is made with beans and it tastes nearly as good as a cheesy fatty bean dip.

I made baked hummus and spinach dip served with tortilla chips for a luncheon with some ladies, we were all impressed.  I have made this multiple times.  This recipe will hold a place in my recipe box for a long time.

Mr. Picky dug right in and I found us reheating the leftovers for a late night snack.  You don’t taste the spinach and minus the cheese why it’s pretty healthy.  I really liked to dip sweet mini peppers into it.

Baked Hummus and Spinach Dip:

  • 2 cups hummus (store-bought or best hummus recipe)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, I use a mexican blend

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pulse spinach in a food processor a few times to shred, don’t over process.

Combine hummus,spinach, and 1/2 cup cheese until combined.  Place in a baking dish a pie plate works well if you don’t have a small baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese evenly.  Bake 20-25 minutes until hummus is hot and cheese is melted.

Chunky Chicken Salad

Chunky Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a great change to the regular weekday sandwich.  Not to mention once you put it together, it keeps all week and you can have a sandwich in 30 seconds.  Mr.Picky is a huge fan of chicken salad, and it travels well out-of-town.

Enjoy this recipe, and feel free to add in walnuts or almonds which would both taste great.  Serve with crackers, as a sandwich, or with tortilla chips.

Chunky Chicken Salad:

  • About 4-5 cups of cooked chicken, shredded or diced (I used a rotisserie chicken, skin removed)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup dried cranberries

Whisk together mayo, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

Once dressing is combined and tastes good, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Allow to chill for at least an hour for flavors to develop.

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