Spinach Dip

This recipe is my go to appetizer for any social event that we are going to.  This is definitely not healthy by any means but who cares it tastes great!  

Spinach Dip
2 cups sour cream
2 cups mayo
2 tsp season salt
2 tsp dill weed
1 10oz frozen bag spinach- I like to chop mine a little bit more and I only use about 1/2 bag
1/2 cup chopped green onion

Combine sour cream, mayo, seasoning salt and dill weed.  Next add in chopped spimach and green onion.  Enjoy with your favorite french bread or try my recipe here, pretzels or even crackers.   Stays fresh in fridge for about 2 weeks.

Iggy’s Copcat Sweet Chili Water

I enjoying going out to dinner more often then I should.  I really enjoy Iggy’s because they have a wide variety of foods to choose and everyone is happy.  The best part of Iggy’s is their sweet chili water.  I basically dunk everything in that sauce, I would drink it if I could.  So I got to looking and came across this sauce.  It’s not the exact same but I think it is pretty close in comparison.
When I decided I want to try to make this, I wanted to test out my bread making skills as well.  I have never  made french bread before.  So I thought I would give this recipe a try and I was quite surprised it turned out pretty good.  I adapted this recipe from Deals to Meals.  I love her website and her meals always seem tasty and look great.
I actually halved her recipe, because I knew it would make a lot of bread for just two people to eat! I made this bread in my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook. 
French Bread
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp Yeast- I used rapid Rise
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
Mix together and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy on top
Next add:
1/2 tbsp salt
2 1/2 Tbsp oil
3 cups flour-I used bread flour but all-purpose will be just fine. Add a little more flour if the dough is sticky to touch
Mix all together and knead for 5 minutes
 When your done kneading, let rest in the bowl for 30 minutes
 After 30 minutes I floured my counter and kneaded the bread for a few minutes.  Making 1 big rectangular dough ball
 I divided my dough into 2 equal parts.  You can make 1 big loaf or a 2 small loafs
 Form into french bread loaves and cut the diagonally slats on top
 Let rest about 10 minutes or until it doubles in size
 Bake at 350 for 27 minutes.  I coated mine in melted butter.
My melted butter had garlic powder, onion salt, garlic salt and parsley mixed in
  Sweet Chili Water
1 tsp minced garlic
1-2 red jalapeno peppers stems and seeded
3 Tbsp Peanut Oil
2 tsp Chili Powder
3/4 sugar
1/2 water Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 salt
Mix all together in food processor until combined.  Put sauce in a pan and bring to a boil.
While that is boiling combine
1 Tbsp Cornstarch with 2 Tbsp water
When sauce is boiling add in cornstarch and boil until it thickens.
 Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

My notes:
I wish with the bread I made it into 4 small loaves instead.  I was trying to make small loaves of bread, a little disappointed they got as big as they did.
On the sauce I think I would add an extra jalapeno to make it a little bit more spicy and maybe not as much vinegar.


Spicy Queso Dip

I have a major addiction to tortilla chips!  I think know they are my favorite chip!  So when I came across this recipe I knew I needed to make it.  This queso sauce is cheesy and spicy all together. 

1 lb hamburger or spicy sausage
1 1/2 cups salsa-medium heat
1 can diced chilies
1 cup sour cream
1 8oz cream cheese
dash of cumin

Cook meat until done and drain grease.  Add in salsa, green chilies and cumin, cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until tender.  You can puree your salsa if wanted it will just be a little more runny dip.  Add in cream cheese and cook until melted.  Add in sour cream right before you are about to dive into the dip.

This dip stays good in the fridge for 3 days if you add the meat and about a week with out the meat….but honestly you wont have any leftovers.

Cream Cheese Won tons

First, let me apologize for my lack of photography skills!  My picture does not give these won tons any justice.  They turned out perfect! 
Tonight for dinner I went with a Chinese theme.   We had peppered beef, fried rice and cream cheese won tons with home made sweet and sour sauce!  The only thing that would have made this meal better was to have a bus boy cleaning my dishes!  
Did I mention how delicious these were!
Cream Cheese Won tons
1 Package won ton wrappers-located in the produce area
2 Tbsp Cream Cheese
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Lemon juice
Mix all together in a bowl.  This Recipe made about 10 won tons so double or triple as needed
Once you have it all mixed together.  Add a little bit to each won ton 
Dip your finger in some water and go around the edges of each won ton.  Fold the corners into the middle and push tightly.  Once you are done toss them into your heated deep fryer until lightly golden brown.  Don’t over cook or your cream cheese will ooze out!
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!  Come back tomorrow for my fried rice recipe.  I forgot to take a picture of my peppered beef so I guess that means we will have to make it again.  
Here is the Sweet and Sour sauce recipe that I made tonight as well.  It was not one of favorites but it was still pretty fantastic!
Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (I would use a little less)
1 cup Ketchup
3/4 brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
Mix together and simmer in a sauce pan until sugar is dissolved and to the temp you desire.

Teriyaki Sauce

Don’t you hate when you have meat in the fridge and you have know idea what to make with it! I DO!!  I saw a restaurant commercial while pondering this idea and Teriyaki chicken came across the screen, after I wiped off the drool, then it was decided that’s what we are having!  I remembered I came across a recipe a few years back and we both liked it.  I can’t remember where I found this recipe but its one we kept and continue to use.

Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce-I use reduce sodium
1 cup water
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/3 cup brown sugar
Mix all above together in sauce pan and heat it up
2 Tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup water
Mix together in separate bowl
When the sauce is warm stir in the cornstarch mixture until it thickens.  If it gets to thick just add a little bit more water.
I doubled this recipe.  I marinated my chicken for a few hours with half the sauce and put the other half in the fridge to dip in…yum yum