Summer is chock full of family reunions, backyard parties and neighborhood potlucks. If you are looking for an easy recipe with fun presentation, this “Accordion Sandwich Loaf” is for you. It’s guaranteed to impress at your next summer soiree!
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The winning recipe in our “Best Fish Recipe Ever” contest is healthy, fresh, colorful and oh-so easy to make! With only 6 simple ingredients you can create these gorgeous “Caprese Style Grilled Cod Rolls.” I think they are the perfect recipe for firing up the grill this holiday weekend! Round of applause to “RoxieChan” on her winning recipe.
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Get ready to re-think everything you know about the classic BLT. This is much more than “bacon,” “lettuce” and “tomato.” Oh, so much more…
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Summer parties can be tough on vegetarians. We carnivores love to throw every kind of meat on the grill, and host backyard barbecues with little or nothing delicious to serve our veggie loving guests. Not anymore! These simple and delicious “Slice and Serve Party Sandwiches” will wow your vegetarian and non-vegetarian guests alike.
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Celebrations and Parties, Fast and Fabulous, Fresh and Healthy | Tags: Easy Salad Recipes, Easy Sandwich Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes, Vegetarian Sandwich Recipes
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We put out a call for the best tomato recipes and our readers were excited to show off their skills using this beautiful summer produce! There were recipes with fresh tomatoes, some using sun-dried tomatoes, others used canned tomatoes.
The winner of our “tomato” recipe contest really embraced the theme when she created this “Triple Tuscan Tomato Sandwich.” She uses the star ingredient three ways: slices of fresh tomato, sun-dried tomato hummus, and sun-dried tomato pesto. I think the hidden gem in this recipe is also her choice to use smoked mozzarella cheese. The smokey flavor adds dimension to the sandwich and works so well with all the tomato flavors. This is a fast, fresh, and fabulous sandwich for summer!
Keep reading to see the winning recipe and hear from our winner, Crystal Schlueter!
Holiday entertaining season is upon us!
Thanksgiving is just a week away, Christmas is right around the corner, and New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it! With so many celebrations this time of year, I am always on the lookout for fun new festive finger foods. This recipe for a “Pimento Cheese Sandwich Wreath” fits the bill. It can be prepared with only a few ingredients, including two blocks of Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, and, of course, a big red bow! Check out the video for step-by-step instructions for making this adorable appetizer.
-2 blocks, Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
-Pumpernickel Cocktail Bread
-Light Rye Cocktail Bread
Don’t forget to take your coupons! $1 off any two cheeses is available on the Cracker Barrel Facebook page.
1) Preparation and Planning – You want to be a guest at your own party! With Cracker Barrel Cheese, and a little planning, it’s easy. Prepare the pimento cheese a day or two before the party, but do not assemble the sandwiches. Store, covered, in the refrigerator until the big day!
2) Signature Drinks – Make your party memorable with fun beverages. Browse around Better Recipes for ideas.
3) Party Playlist – Music will set the tone for your party. Here are a few options:
-Fill up your iPod with your favorite tunes and hook up to speakers for all to enjoy.
-Turn on your TV to one of the cable music channels. This time of year there is often a holiday station.
-Pop in a holiday CD. I just bought the new Michael Buble Christmas album, and I am already hooked!
4) Dress the Part – Show off your style not only through your food, but also your wardrobe. Maybe add a little flair to your apron, or if you are feeling crafty, make your own! I might be donning this sparkly LBA (Little Black Apron) instead of the LBD (Little Black Dress)!
5) Host the Holidays - for more recipes, tips, discussions and more, visit the “Host the Holidays” group page.
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1-1/2 packages Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar Cheese, coarsely shredded
1/2 cup diced drained pimentos
1 loaf Pumpernickel Cocktail Bread
1 loaf Light Rye Cocktail Bread
Garnish: Curly parsley, Red bow
In a food processor, blend the mayonnaise, onion, and hot sauce. Add the shredded cheese and pulse until finely chopped. Add the pimientos and pulse until just combined. Transfer the cheese to a bowl. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, but cheese can be made up to 3 days ahead.
To assemble sandwiches, spread Pimento Cheese onto slices of cocktail bread. Use half of the cheese to make pumpernickel sandwiches and the other half to make rye sandwiches.
To assemble wreath, stand the sandwiches upright on your serving platter. Alternate the pumpernickel and rye sandwiches. Garnish with sprigs of curly parsley and a red bow.
Better Recipes, Celebrations and Parties, Fast and Fabulous, Holidays, On A Budget, Tips and Tricks | Tags: Cheese, Christmas Recipes, Easy Sandwich Recipes, Sandwiches
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It’s Tailgate Time!
School is back in session and weekend football games are right around the corner. When I was in college, we used to love to make this recipe before Northwestern football games. In Chicago, these toasty meatball subs would warm our hands in the cool, crisp fall air. The Wildcats may not have always won the game, but this was always a winning tailgate recipe!
Here is what you will need:
1) Frozen meatballs
2) Prepared pasta sauce
3) Hoagie rolls
4) Mozzarella cheese
14 ounce package prepared, frozen meatballs
24 ounce jar prepared pasta sauce
6 hoagie rolls
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Combine frozen meatballs and pasta sauce in a large sauce pan. Cover and warm over medium-high heat until heated through. Slice warmed hoagie rolls and spoon meatballs and sauce into the sandwich. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and enjoy! Serves 6.
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This Labor Day weekend, if you are looking for something fast and flavorful from the grill, this sandwich is for you! Juicy steak, robust gorgonzola cheese, and peppery arugula, all sandwiched between two pillows of warm ciabatta bread. It is great for a backyard barbecue or a leisurely picnic. This is the last holiday weekend of the summer, make the most of it!
If you love Italian food, sandwiches or are just a big fan of beef, check out these Mixing Bowl groups. You will find more great recipes and make new foodie friends! Buon Appetito!
Here is what you will need:
1) Ribeye steaks
2) Ciabatta bread
3) Olive oil
5) Gorgonzola cheese
1 loaf ciabatta bread
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 rib eye steaks, about 7 ounces each
1 cup arugula
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, sliced
Warm ciabatta bread in the oven, split horizontally.
Heat outdoor grill or indoor griddle pan to medium-high heat. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness.
Remove the steaks from the grill and set aside to rest for a few minutes. Arrange arugula on bottom slice of warm ciabatta bread, place steaks on top of arugula, top with sliced gorgonzola cheese. Slice sandwich in half and serve.
More mouth-watering steak sandwiches from across the blogosphere.
Plus, a steak burrito…I agree, it really is the official “sandwich” of LA!
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On second thought, I probably won’t ever be a vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t still enjoy a great veggie recipe like this one every once in a while!
Note: This falls under the category of “Tar-jay Gourmet“ (English translation: Target Gourmet). Meaning you can get all of the ingredients for this gorgeous dish at your local store. I live directly across the street from a Target store in LA and do my grocery shopping there most days of the week. If you ever stop by, I am the crazy lady who brings her own shopping cart. No, really…here it is…
(Note the stellar zebra stripes)
I am always worried they are going to think I am planning on stealing something when I roll in with my own cart and start filling it with groceries. So far the security guys haven’t accosted me and I have saved countless plastic bags from a landfill fate! Eco-friendly and law abiding, that’s my motto.
GRILLED VEGETABLE AND HUMMUS SANDWICH
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow squash
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
14 ounce loaf Ciabatta bread
10 ounce container prepared hummus
Slice red pepper, zucchini, and yellow squash into long, thin strips. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Grill vegetables about 2 minutes on each side. Slice ciabatta loaf in half lengthwise and brush both sides with olive oil. Place cut side down on the grill to warm the bread. Remove the vegetables and bread from the grill. Spread hummus on the cut side of the grilled ciabatta bread. Arrange grilled vegetables on top of the bread to assemble sandwich. Top with the other half of the ciabatta, slice and serve.
Love hummus? Love veggie sandwiches? Check out these other great recipes from some of my Better Blogger Buddies!
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Did the Easter bunny leave you a card, candy and now a bunch of leftovers? Transform those colorful hard-boiled Easter eggs into an easy and delicious Egg Salad!
6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
1/4 cup finely diced celery
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, or to taste
1. Chop eggs, but not too fine. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in celery, tarragon, parsley, and celery seeds
3. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and lemon juice; stir to combine. Add salt and pepper and stir; adjust if needed. Makes about 2 cups.