Just a quick post so that I can remember a couple of recipes we tried for the first time today. We weren't sure if Tropical Storm Sandy would ruin our plans (who would have thought we should worry about such a think at the end of October?) but she didn't and so we had a few friends over for a little Lowcountry Boil. It was casual, easy & delicious.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball Appetizer
Saw this idea on Pinterest and the Family Fresh Meals blog. The ingredients you'll need:
- 3 16 oz blocks Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 3 Tbs Salsa, whichever kind you like
- 1 Tbs Chopped Onions
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 Bell Pepper
- Chips to serve with it, I like pita chips
Follow these steps to make a pumpkin cheese ball:
|Gather your ingredients.|
|Using a hand mixer,|
pulse through the cream cheese for a minute.
|Add in the shredded cheese, salsa, onions & cumin,|
and blend until well combined.
|Spread out some cling wrap|
and lightly mist with non-stick cooking spray.
|Scoop your cheese mixture onto the wrap|
then use your hands to form a ball.
|Wrap your cheese ball up,|
stick it in the fridge to firm up for a couple hours.
|Put your cheese ball onto a platter,|
cut the stem out of a bell pepper
and press the stem into the cheese ball.
|Crush up your Doritos,|
cover the outside of your cheese ball with the crumbles.
|Hold your cheese ball on the plate,|
pick up the plate and tilt and shake to get excess chips off.
|Add chips and veggies to the plate,|
wait for your guests to enjoy!
Everyone thought the cheese ball was cute and tasted pretty good too!
Sadly, I don't have as many pictures for the Lowcountry Boil, but there are a few things I'd like to remember for next time. Ingredients to gather (we served 10 and had little left over):
- 4 lbs Shrimp (fresh are best and medium size are ideal), heads removed
- 3 packages Turkey Kielbasa, cut into one inch pieces
- 6 ears of Corn (we like Silver Queen), shucked and broken into thirds
- 3 lbs Potatoes, cut into large bite size pieces
- 3 Lemons, cut into fourths
- 2 Onions, quartered
- Old Bay Seasoning (we used about 1/2 cup, but use this to taste)
- 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
Follow these steps:
- Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water. We used the turkey fryer with the basket.
- Add the salt.
- Bring the water to boil.
- Add the Old Bay, lemons and onions.
- Add the potatoes and sausage, bring the water back to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add your corn, cook for another 8 minutes.
- Add your shrimp and cook until they are just barely done (pink color, form a "c").
- Carefully remove the basket from the water (or use a strainer to drain the water).
- Poor the Lowcountry Boil (sometimes called Beaufort Stew) onto a paper covered heat safe table.
- Sprinkle on a little more Old Bay and mix it up.
- Serve with butter for the corn and potatoes and cocktail sauce and lemons for the shrimp.