Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Garlic Artichoke Fries



These Garlic Artichoke Fries are brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you create festive homegating recipes for the big game! These fries are a take on a favorite artichoke dip and turned into a classy and unique appetizer!  As always, the recipe and opinions in this post are my own. #GameTimeGrub #CollectiveBias

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey


We're talking about "homegating" recipes this week in order to get you ready for the big game! Do you usually stay in, go to a party, or go out to celebrate and watch the game? For those of you staying in or going to a family member's or friend's house, you can easily make restaurant quality appetizers at home and not venture out to the busy restaurants and bars in order to watch the game.

This year, I decided to make a twist on a classic dish with Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Fries that I found at Walmart. Alexia products are superb quality food to use in your recipes; I've loved their products for years! The fries are thick and crunchy, and are honestly one of my favorite frozen food products. Because of the quality, they offer a little more versatility of some of the other products that I have tried. Please see below on where you can find these products in your local Walmart, and please also keep reading for more information about these unique Garlic Artichoke Fries that I'm sharing with you today!




A favorite and classic appetizer is spinach artichoke dip. It's certainly one of mine! And actually one of my favorite appetizers is a take on spinach artichoke dip, but it's garlic artichoke dip-- take out the spinach and add in more garlic. It's a recipe that I always make for get togethers, and everyone loves it-- like "fighting for scraps" loving it!

I decided to take my favorite dip and turn it into smothered fries, which created a unique and a little more classy take of typical bar food (fries and artichoke dip). Being that bar food is some of the best tasting food in the world (for me anyway), combining the two dishes seemed like an delicious idea and the results were awesome!

I went ahead and made these into individual servings, which you can certainly do or you can make these family style and have everyone pick at them. They are pretty hearty, so they can make a small meal that you can eat with a fork.

What kinds of food will you be making for the big game?

You can find more information about Alexia products through their Facebook page, their Pinterest page. And if you're looking for some great big game recipes for your homegating, check out these game time grub recipes!


Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey

Garlic Artichoke Fries | Tortillas and Honey



Garlic Artichoke Fries
a Tortillas and Honey original recipe

32-oz. package Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, plus about 1/2 c. more for garnish
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
Note: you can add additions in here too! (think cooked bacon, green chile, spinach, etc.!)

Make fries according to package.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds to a minute. Lower the heat and combine the remaining ingredients (including any other additions if you choose, see above note) in the saucepan, except for the parsley. Stir the mixture until it is just slightly melted.

Here, decide how you're going to serve your fries! For individual portions, use 4-6 ramekins or oven-proof soup bowls. If you're serving family style, use a 9x13 rimmed baking pan or another large sized oven-safe baking dish. Make sure these dishes are safe to use under the broiler.

Preheat oven broiler. Distribute fries onto the bottom of your preferred baking dish(es). Top with artichoke mixture (you may have leftovers!), then sprinkle additional shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Place dish(es) under preheated broiler 4-5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley for garish. Serve immediately.

If you  have leftover/unused garlic artichoke mixture, use on a baked potato or use as a dip with your favorite chips!

Makes 4-6 servings


Monday, January 26, 2015

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust


These SNICKERS® Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust are brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser to help you celebrate the big game! These Blondies incorporate some of your favorite big game snacking all into one sweet and salty treat! As always, the recipe and the opinions in this post are my own. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey


Are you all ready for the Big Game? What do your family and friends do to celebrate and cheer on your favorite teams? This is a big time of the year for people to get together and we're all looking for different entertaining ideas and recipes to make! If you decide to do some homegating at your house or someone else's house, SNICKERS® and Starbursts are one of my favorite candies to have available for guests to much on and its a great candy to incorporate into some fun recipes! It easy to put these goodies in a bowl for people to grab and snack on. It's a delicious and easy way to help entertain and feed your guests.




This year, I decided to grab some of my favorite munching treats from the local Walmart to create a new recipe for you all! One of the things that I absolutely love to do is try new recipes so that I can share with others, and I think that I've created a perfect game day treat! I took my favorite blondies recipe, mixed in some SNICKERS bites that I found in the candy aisle, then poured the batter over a pretzel and potato chip crust. All of great snacking flavors all in one recipe to create a sweet and salty and buttery treat that you and all of your guests will certainly enjoy. These are great to make ahead of time (i.e. the day before!), that way you can concentrate on having fun enjoying your company and routing for your team!


SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey

SNICKERS Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust | Tortillas and Honey



SNICKERS® Blondies with Pretzel and Potato Chip Crust
a Tortillas and Honey original recipe

Crust:
1 1/4 c. pretzels, crushed
1 1/4 c. ridged potato chips, crushed
3/4 c. unsalted butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)
3 Tbs. brown sugar

Blondies:
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
1 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Kosher salt
8 oz. bag SNICKERS® mini bites


Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together butter, sugar, chips and pretzels. Press the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.

In a small mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high speed for 3 minutes in a large mixing bowl, until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Fold in the SNICKERS pieces.

Spread the batter over the crust and smooth the top. If you're having trouble spreading the batter over the crust, spray some cooking oil on your hands to spread the batter. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean, careful not to overbake.

Cool completely in the pan and cut into squares.

Makes about 24 bars.


Friday, January 16, 2015

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes


These M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes add an extra touch to traditional red velvet cupcakes and are brought to you in part by Collective Bias® and its advertiser. These red velvet cupcakes are filled with cookie dough made with M&M's® Red Velvet, then topped with a cream cheese frosting and will surely make your family and friends feel extra special, especially during Valentine's Day!  As always, the recipe and the opinions in this post are my own. #RedVelvetLove #CollectiveBias


M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey


Valentine's Day is not just for your special someone, it's also about showing appreciation and love to your friends and family... this does not have to be done with extravagant gifts, but often the smallest of gestures are the ones most appreciated and sometimes the most memorable! I have a great recipe for you to share with your friends and family this Valentine's Day, M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Red Velvet Cupcakes!

One of the things I love about the holidays is the plethora of holiday candy available, especially the special seasonal candy like M&M's® specially flavored candies. I discovered these M&M's® Red Velvet candies at Walmart and knew that I had to incorporate this into an extra special recipe this year!


Look at all these Valentine's candies!!

After picking up several bags of M&M's® Red Velvet, I thought for awhile about how I can make a classic Valentine's day recipe even more amazing. Everyone loves red velvet cupcakes-- they're absolutely beautiful with a rich red color and topped with a creamy and tangy cream cheese frosting. So I decided to "up" the classic recipe and stuff them with cookie dough made with M&M's® Red Velvet! They are a great surprise when you bite into them and makes an already special treat even more special.

These are great to share with your family and friends this Valentine's. The recipe is relatively easy, though it requires a lot of steps and is more time consuming, I'm not going to lie... but the outcome is so impressive and everyone will appreciate the time and love that you put into makes these especially for them! What are you doing to help make your family and friends feel loved this year?

See more great M&M's® Red Velvet recipe and party ideas at myconfectioncorner.com/valentines-day where you can also download a coupon to save on your M&M's® purchase.


M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes | Tortillas and Honey



M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough Filled Cupcakes
A Tortillas and Honey original recipe

M&M's® Red Velvet Cookie Dough:
1/2 c. butter, room temperature (1 stick)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. M&M's® Red Velvet, roughly chopped

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
1 1/2 c. cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c. Tbs. unsalted butter, room temperature (1/2 stick or 4 Tbs.)
1/2 c. vegetable or canola oil
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbs red food coloring
1/2 tsp. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature (1 stick)
1 1/2 - 2 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of salt


Cookie Dough Filling:
Using a stand of electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the milk and vanilla, then beat until smooth. Mix in flour and salt. Fold in the M&M's®.

Take about a tablespoon of the dough roll into a ball, and place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, making around 18-20 cookie dough balls. Place in the freezer for about an hour, until firm.


Red Velvet Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350. Line 18-20 cupcakes liners in muffin tins.

Sift together the cake flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder.

Using a stand of electric mixer, cream together butter, oil, sugar on medium speed until pale and thick, about 5-7 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each egg. Add in the food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla and mix until well combined, 1-2 minutes. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix to combine. Add in half the buttermilk and to combine. Repeat these steps with the rest of the ingredients, ending with the flour mixture and mix for another 1-2 minutes.

To assemble the cupcakes, pour about a tablespoon of cake batter into each of the liners. Then place a ball of cookie dough into each of the liners. Pour more of the cake batter on top of the cookie dough so that it is coated and the liner is about halfway filled-- the cookie dough will be sticking out of the batter, but make sure that you have the cookie dough coated but not covered completely with batter. (You don't need to fill them 2/3 like usual because of the cookie dough in the middle; too much batter will puff up above the liner and will take longer for the batter to cook on top because of the cookie dough.)

Bake 15-20 minutes, until the tops of the cupcakes are slightly firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the top of the cake (but careful not to prick the cookie dough). Allow cupcakes to cool completely before you ice them!


Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, using a stand mixer or an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar slowly in small batches, beating on low speed until incorporated. Once all sugar has been added, add in a small pinch of salt, and increase the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy. Refrigerate for 1 hour so that the cream cheese firms up and makes it easier to ice the cupcakes.

Ice the cupcakes using a pastry bag with a star tip, starting from the edge of the cupcake and swirling into the middle of the cupcake. Garnish with M&M's® Red Velvet, and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Makes about 18-20 cupcakes.
This recipe can be easily doubled if you'd like to give out more!


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