Snack Like a Southerner: Red, White and Blue Chex Mix

Red, White and Blue Chex Mix
(tablespoon)

Ingredients
3tbsp butter
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4tsp salt
1/4tsp garlic powder
1/4tsp onion powder
4 1/2 cups Chex
2 cups pretzels
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup red and blue chocolate candy
1 pound white almond bark

Step One:
"In large microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 30 seconds or until melted."

Step Two:
"Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal and pretzels until coated."

Step Three:
"Microwave uncovered on High 4 to 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes."

Step Four:
"Stir in mini marshmallows and chocolate candies, and toss to combine."

Step Five:
"Divide the prepared Chex Mix™ into three even portions, and spread each portion in an even layer on a foil-lined plate or baking tray."

Step Six:
"Heat the almond bark in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted. Divide the almond bark into three equal servings. Color one serving with red gel food coloring. Color the second serving with blue gel food coloring. Then leave the third serving plain (white)."

Step Seven:
"Drizzle each portion of Chex Mix™ with one color of chocolate. Then let cool for at least 15 minutes, or until the chocolate returns to room temperature."

Step Eight:
"When it's ready, toss together the three colors of Chex Mix™ until combined, and serve."

Snack Like a Southerner: Cheddar Ranch Cheese Spread

Cheddar Ranch Cheese Spread
(sohowsittaste)

Ingredients:
8oz pkg cream cheese (do not use fat free), softened
1/2 cup sour cream (do not use fat free)
1 packet ranch or Italian dressing mix
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Step One:
"Beat cream cheese until fluffy."

Step Two:
"Add sour cream and dressing mix until blended."

Step Three:
"Stir in cheese."

Step Four:
"Chill 2 hours. Serve with crackers."

Snack Like a Southerner: 3 Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicles

3 Ingredient Strawberry Banana Popsicles
(sallysbakingaddiction)

Ingredients:
1 large, ripe banana (cut in chunks and frozen)
12 large strawberries, sliced in half
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Step One:
"Blend all of the ingredients together on high speed until smooth - about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed as you go."

Step Two:
"Pour the mixture into popsicle molds. If your popsicle mold has slots for sticks, you can insert them before freezing - if not, freeze for 2 hours, then put a wooden popsicle stick in the middle (that is what I did). Continue to freeze for an additional 6 hours or overnight - overnight is recommended for easy removal."

Step Three:
"Run popsicle molds under warm water to easily remove. Eat on a hot day. Enjoy!"

Snack Like A Southerner: Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls

Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls
(thegirlsofgourmetcooking)

Ingredients:
8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
¼ cups Finely Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Finely Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Paprika, For Dusting
2 whole Green Onions

Step One: "Beat cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese."

Step Two: "Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to handle."

Step Three: "Roll into 1-inch balls and then coat in paprika."

Step Four: "Make indents in the side of each one with a knife to make a pumpkin shape (refrigerate longer if needed before shaping with a knife)."

Step Five: "Slice green onion into 1-inch pieces (green parts only). Stick into the top of the cheese ball for a stem. If they are larger green onions you may slice each piece in half lengthwise. Roll each half back into a circular shape and stick into the top of the cheese ball to make it the appropriate size."

Refrigerate until serving.

Thank you, Gourmet Girls for the recipe! 

Snack Like A Southerner: Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

(buzzfeed)

Ingredients:
2 20oz cans apple pie filling
1 Box Spice Cake Mix
8 oz Butter

Step One: "Pour apple pie filling into slow cooker. Top with cake mix and butter."

Step Two: "Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours."

Step Three: Enjoy! Great with vanilla ice cream.

Thanks, Tasty!

Snack Like a Southerner: Boozy Warm Vanilla Cider

Warm Vanilla Cider
(marthastewart)

Ingredients:
6 cups fresh apple cider 
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar 
2 whole nutmeg seeds 
1 vanilla bean (split and scraped) 
6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired 
Whipped cream 
Honeyed Walnuts

Step One: "Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes."

Step Two: "Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids."

Step Three: "Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts."

Thanks, Martha Stewart for this recipe! 

Snack Like a Southerner: Cheesy Spoon Bread

Cheesy Spoon Bread
(mrfood)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fine white cornmeal 
1 cup boiling water 
2 tablespoons butter 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
3 eggs 
1/2 cup milk 
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained 
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend

Step One: "Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 5- inch loaf pan with cooking spray."

 Step Two: "In a medium-sized bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, combine cornmeal, water, butter, baking powder, salt, and pepper for 30 seconds."

Step Three: "Add eggs and milk and beat 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly mixed."
 
Step Four: "Pour half of batter into a prepared loaf pan. Spoon chilies and 2/3 cup of cheese evenly over batter. Pour remaining batter over cheese and top with remaining 1/3 cup cheese." 
 
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm.

Thanks Mr. Food for this recipe!

 

 

Snack Like a Southerner: No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
(spoonuniversity)

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz.) pumpkin purée
½ cup white sugar
1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz.)
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 envelope gelatin, dissolved in ½ cup water

Step One:
"Throw those graham crackers (about one sleeve’s worth) into a plastic bag, and crush them."

Step Two:
"In a large bowl, mix together the crushed grahams crackers, 2 tablespoons of sugar and a half stick of melted butter with a fork."

Step Three:
"Press the buttery graham cracker crumble into some sort of baking dish. I used an 11 x 7 inch dish, but you could honestly use just about anything— even a pie or cake tin would be fine."

Step Four:
"In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, pumpkin purée, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin spice until well-combined."

Step Five: 
"Then, fold the tub of Cool Whip into the mixture and mix until combined."

Step Six:
"Dissolve your envelope of gelatin into ½ cup of hot water (you could steal some from your roommate’s Keurig) then mix into the cheesecake filling."

Step Seven:
"7. Spoon the cheesecake filling over the graham cracker crust and leave in the fridge for at least 3 hours before cutting the dessert into bars. Enjoy!"

Thank you Matthew Blair for this awesome recipe!