Thursday, August 25, 2011

Food and Friends

What is better then spending time with friends and enjoying good food?

Celebrating the upcoming birth of a friends second baby was a great way to spend a hot August afternoon. Luckily the hostess was more the happy to let me help with the food. Since there was going to be lots of kids the hostess put together a table of kid friendly snacks. For the "older kids" we had:

Sausage balls with a honey mustard dipping sauce
Parmesan artichoke dip with crostini
Fruit salad with a vanilla lemonade glaze
Pasta salad

Sausage Balls Recipe

2-3 lbs of sausage
1/3 to 1/2 cups of bisquick

Mash together with hands and roll into balls. Bake at 350 or 375 until throughly cooked. I always cut one in half to make sure they are fully cooked. Try the bisquick for meatballs and even your meatloaf.

Parmesan Artichoke Dip

Two Costco jars of marinated artichokes. Drain but keep 1 cup of the marinade.

In food processor blend artichokes, marinade, 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1/4 cup of Italian dressing. Blend as smooth or as chunky as you like. Add 1-2 cups of Parmesan cheese. Depends on how cheesy you like it. I normally add 2 cups. Blend for a couple more minutes. Dip can be served cold or I like to put it in a oven safe dish and bake until hot stirring occasionally. Do not over heat or it will separate.

Vanilla Lemonade Fruit Glaze

1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can of frozen lemonade mix thawed

Mix together and pour over chopped fruit. Stir until fruit is evenly coated. So easy but so good, you will be asked to bring the fruit salad to every gathering!!!

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