Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Birthday Party BBQ Buffet! *Recipes*

As promised, here are the recipes:

BBQ/Baked Beans (the recipe I *should have used – only by these suggestions did I get mine to taste somewhat similar to the traditional)

* 1 large onion, diced
* 2 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans
* 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
* 1/4 cup maple syrup
* 1/4 cup light brown sugar
* 4 tablespoons ketchup
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1/2 pound bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

~ In a Dutch oven, mix onion, pork and beans, mustard, maple syrup, light brown sugar, ketchup, and lemon juice. Top with the bacon pieces. Bake, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes.

Serves 4 (definitely double this recipe!)

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) bag artichoke hearts,
thawed & drained
1 bag frozen chopped spinach, thawed
& drained
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a small baking dish.

~ In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, garlic, basil, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Gently stir in artichoke hearts and spinach.

~ Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese. Bake in the preheated oven 25 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.

Serves 12

Baked Potato Salad (by Pampered Chef)

6 medium baking potatoes (about 2 pounds)
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayonnaise
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Thinly sliced green onions with tops (optional)
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

~ Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. Brush potatoes with vegetable oil. Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Bake 50-60 minutes or until tender.

~ Meanwhile combine sour cream and mayonnaise in small bowl. Add bacon, red onion and celery to sour cream mixture. Stir in salt and black pepper and cover tightly with cling wrap. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

~ Remove potatoes from oven; cool completely. Coarsely chop potatoes into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in a large bowl; fold in sour cream mixture. Cover & refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight. Garnish with sliced green onions and cheddar cheese, if desired.

Yield: 12 servings

7 Layer Dip

1 can Refried Beans
2 Avocadoes – mashed
1 Lime – juiced & zested
Salt TT
1 jar medium Salsa
1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper – diced
1 lg bunch Cilantro – chopped
1 16oz. tub Sourcream
1 bag shredded cheese (Mexican style, Colby jack or Monterrey Jack)

Just add the lime juice and salt to the mashed avocados and then layer ingredients, in order, into a small-medium pyrex dish. You can make this the day before, it will be fine.

Also, it would be prudent to add any desired spices to the refried beans before layering them. Next time, I’m going to add some southwestern seasoning to mine!

Serves 8-10

Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Honey Dip

Simply assemble your favorite fruits onto wooden skewers. I used globe grapes, strawberry, pineapple and banana (although you’ll want to assemble this as close to serving time as possible if you don’t want your banana to brown).

The dip simply consists of an 8oz tub of yogurt (preferably greek) with as much honey drizzled in to fit your tatstes.

I made enough for 40 skewers in my picture.

“Chopped”/Mixed Green Salad

Romaine Lettuce
Red Onions – thinly sliced
Cherry Tomatoes
Bell Peppers – julienned or diced
Cucumbers – sliced or diced

Serve with any desired cheese, crumbled bacon and/or croutons

Buttermilk Dressing

I short-cutted here by using Hidden Valley’s Buttermilk mix with real buttermilk and mayo. /shamed face. Lol

Avocado Dressing

See this entry.


For the Chocolate, I used a Paula Deen recipe for “Chocolate Dirt Cups” but omitted the frosting and topping. I also used DECAF coffee knowing it would be served to kids, haha. It worked perfectly, SO moist!

Chocolate Cupcakes

* 8 ounces sour cream
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 1/4 cups sugar
* 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup strong brewed coffee
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 3 large eggs

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 cupcake pans with cupcake liners.

~ In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.

My daughter asked me to make “pink” cupcakes so I wanted to try out a strawberry kind to have a good reason for the “pink” (which I did have to add a few drops of FC to, to make the color vibrant). I got this recipe from the Sprinkles bakery. I found them to be a bit dry, or drier than I expected. I’d say you can up the strawberry puree in these to a full cup and be able to get away with it. I will try them again and work on that.

Strawberry Cupcakes

* 2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
* 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 large egg, room temperature
* 2 large egg whites, room temperature

~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.

~ Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.

~ In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.

~ In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

~ With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

~ Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

Makes 1 dozen. I haven’t tried their frosting recipe but plan to on my next try.

For the Pineapple Cupcakes, I couldn’t find a decent recipe completely from scratch and I didn’t want to do them upside down so, I just modified a cake-mix recipe commonly known as “7-up” Cake.

Pineapple Mix Cupcakes

* 1 pk Yellow cake mix
* 1 pk Instant pudding mix;
* 3/4 c Cooking oil
* 4 Eggs
* 1 Bottle Seven-Up (10-oz.)
* 1 medium can of crushed Pineapple, drained

~ Preheat oven to 350F.
~ Mix everything together with a mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.
~ Prep a cupcake tin and fill 2/3 full.
~ Bake 20-25 minutes til golden and done.

Voila! I will be working on a from-scratch version in the near future. I just didn’t feel like fiddling with one last week.

And the creamcheese recipe I used, I also modified as I always do because I feel most creamcheese recipes don’t call for enough 10x sugar (I always use double whats called for). So mine is simply..

Creamcheese Frosting

1 8oz tub Creamcheese – room temp
1 stick unsalted Butter – room temp
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (or any other extract you may have or like – get creative!)
4 c. Powdered Sugar – sifted

~ Cream together creamcheese and butter for 2 minutes until fluffy and well combined. Add in extract.
~ Add in sugar in 2 batches or keep going until you reach a consistency you like.

Bing Bang Boom! And that’s all I got for now folks! Enjoy!