Snack Like A Southerner: Creamed Collard Greens

Creamed Collard Greens

3 pounds collard greens, stems trimmed and leaves chopped 
2 teaspoons salt, divided 
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 
1 large onion, chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1 cup heavy cream 
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Step One: "In a soup pot or Dutch oven, bring 2 quarts water and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat."

Step Two: "Add collard greens, and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain, then run under cold water for 1 to 2 minutes. Place on paper towels and lightly pat dry; set aside."

Step Three: "In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, or until tender."

Step Four: "Add cream, remaining salt, and pepper, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Stir in greens and continue cooking until heated through."

Thanks, Mr. Food!


Snack Like A Southerner: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix

Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix(myrecipes)

15 cups
 popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels) 
Vegetable cooking spray 
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup dark corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts 
Wax paper 
(10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese's Pieces)
Step One: "Preheat oven to 325°. Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan."
Step Two: "Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat."

Step Three: "Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Add peanuts during last 5 minutes."
Step Four: "Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces."
Enjoy! Thanks, My Recipes! 

Snack Like A Southerner: Cheddar Witch's Fingers

Cheddar Witch's Fingers


5 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces (1 cup packed) shredded, extra sharp cheddar cheese
¾ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
1 large egg
Coarse salt
30 sliced almonds
Black food coloring gel, optional

Step One: "Combine butter, cheese, flour, cornmeal and cayenne (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture has the texture of wet sand. Transfer to a bowl."

Step Two: "Using a fork, mix in egg until dough holds together. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper about 12 inches long. Top with another sheet of parchment and press dough into a ½-inch thick circle."

Step Three: Freeze for 15 minutes. Remove dough from freezer and roll into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 10 inches long. Return to freezer for an additional 15 minutes."

Step Four: "If desired, paint almonds. Mix a tiny amount of food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Using a small paintbrush, paint color onto almonds and set aside."

Step Five: "Remove dough from freezer and preheat oven to 350º."

Step Six: "Peel off top sheet of parchment. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into two 8×5-inch sections."

Step Seven: "Then cut into about 30 ½-inch wide strips. Place strips on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, to taste."

Step Eight: "Use your fingers to shape each strip, rounding the ends and bending in various directions to create a knobby shape. Using a sharp knife, score “knuckles” onto each “finger.”

Step Nine: "Lightly dab one edge of each finger with water, then gently press the almonds into the dough."

Step 10: "Bake for about 15 minutes, until the fingers are golden and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely."

Enjoy! Thanks, Cooking Like a Champion!


Snack Like A Southerner: Spooky Spider Snacks

Spooky Spider Snacks
(she knows)

6 hard-boiled eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole black olives

Step One: "Once hard-boiled eggs have cooled, carefully peel off shell and discard. Cut each egg in half vertically, scoop out the yolk and place into a large bowl."

Step Two: "Add mayonnaise, minced shallot, white vinegar, salt and pepper and mustard to the bowl, mix to combine. Add additional mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste."

Step Three: "Fill each egg half with about 1 tablespoons of filling."

Step Four: "To make spiders, cut the olives in half. Place one half of the olive cut side down in the middle of the egg filling. Cut the rest of the olive into slices vertically. Then, position four olive slices around the olive in the center (to create spider legs)."

Thanks SheKnows for this spooky recipe!

Snack Like A Southerner: Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls

Mini "Pumpkin" Cheese Balls

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!