Garnish with Lemon 2017-11-17T14:54:08Z https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Lisa https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Day Before Mashed Potatoes]]> http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=4077 2017-11-17T14:54:08Z 2017-11-16T09:00:14Z

Free up your oven space and reheat these Day Before Mashed Potatoes in your slow cooker!  You know how there are some memories that are etched in your brain forever? I can still vividly remember my sixth grade teacher (yes, I know I’m dating myself here) walking into class with tears in her eyes telling...

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Free up your oven space and reheat these Day Before Mashed Potatoes in your slow cooker! 

SLow cooker filled with mashed potatoes with melted butter on top. Salt and pepper shakers on side on white board.

You know how there are some memories that are etched in your brain forever? I can still vividly remember my sixth grade teacher (yes, I know I’m dating myself here) walking into class with tears in her eyes telling us that President Reagan had been shot. And I’m pretty sure we can all remember exactly where we were on 9/11. Another memory that is quite clear for me is the very first Thanksgiving that I hosted. My mom wasn’t there to answer my questions or help me out with cooking. It was just me and Kevin (who was my boyfriend at the time), and we were hosting his whole family, some of whom I was meeting for the very first time. No pressure, right? Kevin’s attitude was, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a turkey!” Hmmm…turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries…oh, and meeting people who were not yet my in-laws. Talk about a stressful day!

The biggest lifesaver of that Thanksgiving (and many events and holidays since) are these Day Before Mashed Potatoes. That’s right, make the mashed potatoes the day before and reheat them in your crock pot, which leaves your oven open for the rest of the feast’s goodies. You can never have enough oven space on Thanksgiving. 

I know I’m a bit biased, but these Day Before Mashed Potatoes are pretty much the best spuds you will ever have. The cream cheese and sour cream make them creamy and rich. In fact, you may not even need gravy. My kids are not gravy lovers (not sure where that came from), but these potatoes are one of the highlights of the meal for them. I loooooove gravy, and these potatoes taste amazing with a big ladle of gravy over the top. But really, my favorite part of these mashed potatoes is that I can have them completely done ahead of time. Pans washed, potatoes mashed and all ready for the big day.

If you have ever eaten at my house for any special occasion (or just ever, really), you have had these potatoes. They have bailed me out more than once and forever hold a special place in my heart. It was 13 Thanksgivings ago that I first made them, and Kevin and I have hosted many successful Thanksgivings since. Fortunately Kevin no longer says, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a turkey!”

White bowl filled with mashed potatoes with melted butter on top. Small salt and pepper shakers on white board with brown spoon for serving.

Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Preparation 30 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 45 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings

A creamy mashed potato made the day before.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (light or regular)
  • 1 cup sour cream (light or regular)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and mash until smooth. I use a ricer first and then place them in my stand mixer.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and butter. Be careful to not over mix or they will become gluey. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  4. Place potato mixture in a slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray and cook on low for 5 hours or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

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Recipe Notes

These potatoes can also be reheated in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a medium baking dish. Spread potato mixture into the prepared baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven about 30 minutes or until heated through.

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SLow cooker filled with mashed potatoes with melted butter on top. Salt and pepper shakers on side on white board.
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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12419 2017-11-06T18:16:08Z 2017-11-13T09:00:14Z

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and enjoy a few moments for yourself with this decadent Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail. Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us! We all meet this time of year with equal parts excitement and anxiety over how much we can cram into the next...

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Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and enjoy a few moments for yourself with this decadent Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail.

Two glasses of Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktails on a dark wooden board. Garnished with peppermint candies and dark chocolate chunks. Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us!

We all meet this time of year with equal parts excitement and anxiety over how much we can cram into the next 6 weeks. While we can’t manage your calendar or gift list (although you might want to check out our homemade food gift guide for some easy DIY food gifts for neighbors, bus drivers, etc.), we can offer one of the things we do best around here: a new cocktail recipe. Carve out some time for yourself during the busy holiday season and relax with a glass of this indulgent Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail.

Rich, creamy indulgence is probably the best way to describe this Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail. A generous pour of our favorite Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is combined with the bright, fresh flavor of peppermint schnapps. A hint of chocolate liqueur and touch of half and half are all that’s needed to create this smooth, velvety cocktail – a perfect way to end any day.

Tip: This Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail also makes a smashing signature drink for any of your upcoming holiday gatherings. Print the recipe on a notecard and place the ingredients on a table so guests can serve themselves.

Hand grabbing a lowball glass of Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail.

Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail

Preparation 5 mins Total Time 5 mins
Serves 1     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces peppermint schnapps
  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur (I used Godiva)
  • 1/2 ounce half and half

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until combined. Pour into an ice-filled low ball glass and serve. 

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 334kcal Calories from fat 21
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Carbohydrate 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 33g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Treat yourself tonight with a glass of this rich and creamy Mint Chocolate Irish Cream Cocktail. Makes a great after-dinner drink for parties, too!

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Lisa https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12439 2017-11-09T15:48:14Z 2017-11-08T17:30:01Z

This make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball is a festive addition to the holiday season. Our family is lucky to relax at home on Thanksgiving rather than shuffling from house to house like many do. Our friends and family always arrive in time for kick-off of the first football game. The day is spent munching on appetizers...

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This make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball is a festive addition to the holiday season.

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball rolled in chopped pecans and dried cranberries on a silver tray with a spreader and crackers.

Our family is lucky to relax at home on Thanksgiving rather than shuffling from house to house like many do. Our friends and family always arrive in time for kick-off of the first football game. The day is spent munching on appetizers and cheering on our favorite teams while working up an appetite for the big turkey dinner.

This year we are kicking off the day’s festivities in style with these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls.

Filled with our favorite Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, cream cheese, dried cranberries and crunchy pecans, this show-stopping snack is always a hit. But don’t worry, the recipe only has a handful of ingredients and comes together in minutes so it’s easy to pull together.

This recipe for Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls is also freezer-friendly. I’m a huge fan of make-ahead recipes and these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls are already in my freezer ready to go for the big day. How’s that for planning ahead?

Tip: If you happen to have any leftover cheese ball, you can simply reshape it and serve it again at a later date.

Have a little extra time? Use a cookie scoop to portion the cheese mixture and make these adorable mini cheese balls. Don’t want to fuss with it? Make one large cheese Ball and let people dig in. However you serve them, this recipe for a Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball is sure to be a hit.

Mini Cranberry Cheddar Cheese balls on parchment paper with mini pretzel sticks for garnish.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball

Preparation 10 mins Inactive Time 1 hr Total Time 10 mins
Serves 12     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 2 cups shredded Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 2/3 cups chopped dried cranberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

Place the cream cheese and cheddar cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries.

Scoop mixture onto large piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Chill until ready to serve.

Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in chopped pecans and remaining 1/3 cup of chopped dried cranberries.

Serve with crackers.

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Mini Cranberry Cheddar Cheese balls on parchment paper with mini pretzel sticks for garnish.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 193kcal Calories from fat 146
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 190mg 8%
Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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The holidays just got delicious with this easy make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball. Feeling extra festive? Make mini cheese balls and serve with pretzel sticks! #appetizers #cheeseball #partyfood #cheddar #cheddarcheeseball

 

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Lisa https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12395 2017-11-01T17:37:57Z 2017-11-06T09:00:48Z

Party planning doesn’t need to be stressful! Pick up some cream cheese at the grocery store and pull together a festive menu in no time with these 5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers! The holidays are near and that means it’s party season! Planning a party and don’t know what to serve? We did the hard...

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Party planning doesn’t need to be stressful! Pick up some cream cheese at the grocery store and pull together a festive menu in no time with these 5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers!

Party planning doesn't need to be stressful! Pull together a tasty menu in no time with these 5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers! #appetizers #easyappetizers #creamcheeseappetizers #partymenu

The holidays are near and that means it’s party season! Planning a party and don’t know what to serve? We did the hard work for you and pulled together our favorite appetizers that all start (or end) with a block of cream cheese. Your party menu is guaranteed to be a hit when you serve any – or all – of these 5 Easy Cream Cheese Appetizers!

Appetizers don't get much more festive (or delicious) that this Spicy Cranbery Salsa with Cream Cheese. #appetizers #salsa #cranberry #partyfood1.Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

Appetizers don’t get much more festive (or delicious) than this Spicy Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese. Made with just a handful of ingredients and a quick spin in the food processor, the hardest thing about this salsa is waiting for the flavors to mellow together before diving in. Serve it over a block of cream cheese along with your favorite crackers for a colorful addition to your party table.

Don't let the short ingredient list fool you. These Easy parmesan Pinwheels are packed with flavor. One bite and you will see why they disappear so quickly! #appetizers #partyfood #pinwheels

2. Easy Parmesan Pinwheels

Don’t let the short ingredient list fool you! These Easy Parmesan Pinwheels are packed with flavor. Make and refrigerate the filling ahead of time so last minute assembly is quick and easy.

The crock pot is always your friend when it comes to party planning! This Slow Cooker Reuben Dip is always a hit! #slowcooker #crockpot #dips #appetizers

3. Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

The slow cooker is always your friend when it comes to planning a party. Mix, measure and stir and let the crock pot work its magic. This Slow Cooker Reuben Dip will be one of the first things gone on your party spread.

Layered Greek Dip on a white platter with a bowl of toasted pita chips.

4. Layered Greek Dip

Don’t forget your veggies! Healthy doesn’t have to be boring! We took a traditional 7-layer dip and filled it with veggies and hummus to make this Layered Greek Dip. Add some pita chips and crackers and it’s ready to go. This will definitely become your go-to party snack!

This Parsley and Panko Goat Cheese Ball is a great appetizer for a party!

5. Parsley and Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Ball

No party is complete without a cheese ball! This Parsley and Panko Crusted Goat Cheese Ball can easily be made ahead of time and frozen until party day. Just wait to roll it in the chopped herbs and panko crumbs until right before serving. Slice a fresh baguette and you are ready to roll.

Looking for more party menu ideas?  Check out some of  other party menus and tips:

10 Easy Appetizers Using Baguettes – Garnish with Lemon

Perfect Party Food Menus – Crazy for Crust

How to Build a Better Meat and Cheese Tray – Garnish with Lemon

25 Christmas Appetizer recipes – Living Locurto

5 Big Batch Cocktails – Garnish with Lemon

 

 

 

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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12294 2017-11-01T20:10:41Z 2017-11-02T08:00:47Z

These Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce are the perfect fare for any occasion from game day to holiday gatherings. Hosting a crowd, even a potluck, doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, these Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce will make you look like you spent all day in the kitchen when...

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These Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce are the perfect fare for any occasion from game day to holiday gatherings.

Baked Sausage Rolls in puff pastry on a sheet pan with small bowl of Beer Mustard Sauce. Hosting a crowd, even a potluck, doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, these Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce will make you look like you spent all day in the kitchen when they couldn’t be simpler to pull together, even at the last minute.

Taking these Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce from start to finish requires little more than a couple packages of Hickory Smoked Apple Artisan Chicken Sausages from Gold’n Plump®.  These fully cooked sausages are made with chicken raised with NO Antibiotics–Ever and none of the fillers, preservatives or artificial flavors of other sausages. Wrap the sausages in defrosted puff pastry dough and pop them in the oven. While the sausage rolls are baking, whip up a bowl of the 5-ingredient beer mustard sauce. The tangy sauce is the perfect complement to the sweet and smoky sausages.

Three Baked Sausage Rolls in puff pastry on a round platter with a small bowl of beer mustard sauce and a white spoon.

Tip: Seal the edges of your puff pastry tightly and make sure the seam side is facing down on the baking sheet to prevent the pastry “shell” from coming apart during baking.

Once you get the hang of these Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce, I know you’ll be itching for more. Lucky for all of us, Gold’n Plump has 4 other flavor varieties of their Artisan Chicken Sausages, so go on and experiment with other sausage and sauce combinations. I’m thinking the Italian Cheese + Peppers Chicken Sausage would make a tasty duo with a hearty marinara sauce.

Is anyone free on Saturday night?

Four baked Sausage Rolls on a cutting board. A small bowl of beer mustard dipping sauce is nearby. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Gold’n Plump. You can connect with them via social media including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. As always, all opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce

Preparation 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins
Serves 8     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

Sausage Rolls

Beer Mustard Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup beer (lager or ale)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

To make the sausage rolls:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Unroll puff pastry sheets and cut each sheet into four equal squares. Brush one edge of each square with egg. Roll up sausages in pastry squares, taking special care to seal the edges together. Place the sausage rolls seam side down on a baking sheet. Cut small slits in pastry, if desired, and brush tops of rolls with remaining egg wash. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned and pastry is cooked through. Serve immediately with beer mustard sauce. 

To make the beer mustard sauce:

Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. 

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Recipe Notes

 

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 405kcal Calories from fat 221
% Daily Value
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Carbohydrate 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 10g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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These Easy Sausage Rolls with Beer Mustard Sauce are a tasty way to serve a crowd - a perfect recipe for game day, potlucks and holiday gatherings!

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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions]]> http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=3922 2017-10-30T12:16:09Z 2017-10-30T08:00:59Z

Side dishes don’t get much easier than these savory Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions. Paleo-friendly, too!  I had a tough time writing this post. I don’t want anyone to think I’m cheating by putting up a recipe with only a handful of ingredients. Can you really call these Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions...

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Side dishes don’t get much easier than these savory Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions. Paleo-friendly, too! 

Silver plate filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions and garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary. I had a tough time writing this post. I don’t want anyone to think I’m cheating by putting up a recipe with only a handful of ingredients. Can you really call these Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions a “recipe”? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that you totally can if only because it’s a super easy, extremely versatile dish that can be used in a bunch of different ways.

Cooler evenings in autumn are perfect for roasting all kinds of veggies in the oven, and sweet potatoes and onions are a tasty, crowd-pleasing combo. You can use any variety of fresh herbs in this recipe, but, in my mind nothing beats fresh rosemary, especially in the fall.

These Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions are flexible enough to be an excellent side dish with chicken, beef, pork or even a sturdy fish. But I really recommend that you make more than you’ll need for dinner as they make excellent leftovers. Gently reheat them in the oven, toss them in a salad for lunch or save them for breakfast on the weekend. I used my leftover roasted potatoes and onions as the base of a “hash” along with some sautéed mushrooms, a fried egg and parmesan cheese on top – heavenly! 

Whether you’re a creative experimenter or a by-the-book cook, nearly everyone can find a way to enjoy this “recipe” for Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. 

A silver plate filled with Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions. Gold serveware and fresh rosemary sprigs are nearby.

Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 45 mins
Serves 4-6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped into similarly sized pieces as potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine potatoes and onion in a bowl. Add olive oil and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle rosemary, salt and pepper on potato mixture and stir to combine.
  2. Pour potato mixture on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, flipping potatoes and onions halfway through. Depending on the size of your potato and onion pieces, they may cook faster or slower. Keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
  3. Remove from oven and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

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Side dishes don't get much easier than these savory Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions. Paleo-friendly, too!  #paleo #sidedishes #easyentertaining #garnishwithlemon #sweetpotatoes #sides #roastedvegetables #thanksgiving

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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12292 2017-10-19T13:56:28Z 2017-10-26T08:00:49Z

Feeding a crowd? It’s easy to whip up a pan (or two!) of this tasty Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza. No word elicits more love around this house than pizza (except maybe chocolate). Having a sheet pan pizza recipe in my back pocket is an easy way to deliver everyone’s favorite flavors...

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Feeding a crowd? It’s easy to whip up a pan (or two!) of this tasty Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza.

Top down shot of Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza with one slice cut. Next to the pan is a block of Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese and a small bowl of crushed red pepper flakes. No word elicits more love around this house than pizza (except maybe chocolate). Having a sheet pan pizza recipe in my back pocket is an easy way to deliver everyone’s favorite flavors on a large scale. This Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza is no classic pepperoni and cheese combo, though. It’s unique, delicious flavor comes from distinct ingredients, including a generous topping of melted Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese

How to make Sheet Pan Pizza

Never made sheet pan pizza before? Don’t worry! Follow our tips below and you’ll be a sheet pan pizza pro in no time:

  1. Prebake the crust.
    Taking a few extra minutes to prebake the pizza crust makes a world of difference in your finished pie. Grease your baking sheet with a bit of oil before popping it in the oven to help the bottom crisp up before adding the toppings. Don’t forget to poke a few holes in the dough before baking, too, to minimize the number of air pockets in your crust.
  2. Add some oil.
    Once your prebaked crust comes out of the oven, brush a bit of oil over the top and edges of the crust to help it to brown evenly during the final bake.
  3. Be creative with your toppings but don’t go overboard.
    We are programmed to think more is better, but try not to overtop your pizza. You’re working with a thin crust, so if you go think just an extra handful of an ingredient or two can’t hurt, think again. An overloaded pizza is likely to result in a soggy crust that can’t support all of that topping goodness.
Tip: Squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can from the defrosted spinach to prevent the pizza crust from getting soggy.

What I love about sheet pan pizza is that you can cut it into smaller pieces to use an appetizer or slice it into large squares for dinner. Hosting a large group? You can easily bake two pans of this Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza at the same time. Just rotate the pans halfway though baking to ensure they cook evenly (especially important if your oven has a hot spot like mine).

Feel free to cook the onions and bacon, defrost the spinach and shred the Dubliner Cheese the day before you make the pizza. All will keep in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. Anything to make getting this Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza get in my belly quicker is a win in my book!

Multiple squares of Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza with a small bowl of crushed red pepper flakes.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza

Preparation 50 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Serves 8     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

Caramelized Onions and Garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Kerrygold Unsalted Butter
  • 2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Pizza

  • 1 (1-pound) ball of pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup cooked, chopped bacon
  • 8 ounces frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 10 ounces Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

To make the caramelized onions: 

Melt the butter and olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and stir to coat. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle the salt and sugar over the onions and continue to cook for another 30 -45 minutes, stirring occasionally. You're looking for a deep, rich brown color. They may start to stick to the pan a little. It's OK if they form a bit of a crust, but don't let them burn. Two minutes before removing the onions from the heat, add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and saute. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 

To make the pizza:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease a sheet pan. Set aside. 

Roll dough into a rectangle slightly larger than the sheet pan. Place dough on pan, prick with fork in several places and bake for 8 minutes. 

Remove pan from oven and lightly brush top of crust with olive oil. Layer on half of the Dubliner cheese followed by the onions, bacon and spinach. Top with remaining Dubliner and parmesan cheese. Bake for another 12-14 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. 

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Recipe Notes

The caramelized onions can easily be made a few days before the pizza and stored in the refrigerator. 

Multiple squares of Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza with a small bowl of crushed red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 408kcal Calories from fat 201
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 719mg 30%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Cut this Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Sheet Pan Pizza into small squares to use an an appetizer or larger pieces to serve a gaggle of guests. Great for parties!

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Lisa https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Chicken Taco Dip]]> https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=12320 2017-10-23T22:47:11Z 2017-10-25T08:00:55Z

What’s a party without taco dip? This make-ahead, layered Chicken Taco Dip is just what your game day menu needs! Football and dips go hand in hand, and this flavorful Chicken Taco Dip is no exception. Everyone loves it, young and old alike. Seriously, who can resist chip after chip full of taco-flavored sour cream,...

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What’s a party without taco dip? This make-ahead, layered Chicken Taco Dip is just what your game day menu needs!

Chicken Taco Dip ingredient shot. Diced chicken with chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives and green onions in small bowls with shredded cheddar cheese scattered in foreground.

Football and dips go hand in hand, and this flavorful Chicken Taco Dip is no exception. Everyone loves it, young and old alike. Seriously, who can resist chip after chip full of taco-flavored sour cream, seasoned chicken breast, chopped tomatoes, and cheese with a generous sprinkling of cilantro?

We are pretty particular when it comes to the chicken we use in our recipes. That’s why we choose to partner with Gold’n Plump® as the taste of their chicken just can’t be matched. Plus their Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets are raised with No Antibiotics-Ever, and that is a big deal to us. By starting with great ingredients, we knew this Chicken Taco Dip would be a hit. You could even go so far as to say that the protein-rich chicken in this dip could double as a main dish. (Not that I know anything about eating Chicken Taco Dip for dinner….)

Top down shot of 7 Layer Chicken Taco Dip with cheddar cheese, chopped chicken, black olives, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and cilantro with tortilla chips for eating.

This easy Chicken Taco Dip tastes fabulous as is, but it can easily be altered to match your personal tastes. Love avocado? Add a layer of diced avocado that has been tossed in fresh lime juice. Are olives not your thing? Take them off and swap in some jalapeños instead. Not a cilantro fan? It tastes just as great without it. The sky is the limit with this versatile dip.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t make any ordinary taco dip. This Chicken Taco Dip is a sure-fire way to make your game day menu a hit with everyone.

You're only 7 ingredients away from this killer Chicken Taco Dip! It's just what your game day party needs! #tacodip #gameday #dips #easyentertaining #chicken #makeaheadappetizers #tacos

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Gold’n Plump®. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

 

Chicken Taco Dip

Preparation 15 mins Total Time 15 mins
Serves 10     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 Gold'n Plump Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked and diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and sour cream and mix until smooth. Add 4 tablespoons of the taco seasoning and stir until completely combined.

Place diced chicken breast in a small bowl and toss with remaining 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning.

Spread the seasoned sour cream mixture in a 9 x 9 serving dish or similar size.

Add the seasoned diced chicken to the top. Layer with the diced tomatoes, sliced olives, cheddar cheese, green onions and top with cilantro. Refrigerate until serving.

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Top down shot of 7 Layer Chicken Taco Dip with cheddar cheese, chopped chicken, black olives, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and cilantro with tortilla chips for eating.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 308kcal Calories from fat 204
% Daily Value
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 618mg 26%
Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 18g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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No party is complete without taco dip. This Chicken Taco Dip is an update on the classic recipe and is just what your game day gathering needs! #easyentertaining #tacodip #tacos #parties #dipsforparties #makeaheadappetizers #gamedayfood

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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls]]> http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=4083 2017-10-23T13:08:57Z 2017-10-23T08:00:15Z

These gorgeous, homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls deserve a spot at every dinner table on holidays and special occasions. You’re more likely than not to find me swinging through the bakery at the grocery store for my standard bread and roll purchases. But I do break out the yeast and the stand mixer on a...

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These gorgeous, homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls deserve a spot at every dinner table on holidays and special occasions.

Woven basket filled with homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls on black background. Sprig of fresh rosemary is near the basket. You’re more likely than not to find me swinging through the bakery at the grocery store for my standard bread and roll purchases. But I do break out the yeast and the stand mixer on a few special occasions during the year to make my own baked goods, including these Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls. No Thanksgiving is complete without them!

Rest assured; this is not a fussy, proof-the-yeast type of recipe. That’s not my style. The dough for these Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls comes together in minutes and is super easy to work with. The recipe is easily doubled if you’re feeding a crowd, too. Plus you can easily prep these rolls ahead of time, keep them frozen until the night before Thanksgiving and then defrost in the fridge before baking them off.

Right when the rolls come out of the oven, hit them with a generous brushing of melted butter mixed with fresh rosemary and garlic. The result is not only a delicious flavor boost but also a gorgeous sheen on your cloverleaf masterpieces.

Tip: No time to make your own rolls? Give your store-bought rolls a little extra love by brushing the tops of them with the rosemary garlic butter.

These Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls are best served warm, so leave them until the last minute when planning your meal. Then watch they eyes light up as you pass them around the table. But make sure you serve yourself first – the basket may be empty by the time it reaches you.

Top down view of a woven basket filled with homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls. Two rolls are next to the basket along with a butter knife with a pat of butter.

Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls

Preparation 3 hr, 15 Cook Time 22 min Total Time 22 mins
Serves 12     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour, potato starch or 1/4 cup instant potato flakes (I used potato starch because that's what I had on hand)
  • 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Add flour and next 8 ingredients (through milk) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low to combine and then knead on medium low speed for 6 minutes or until dough is smooth but still a bit sticky. Place dough ball in a large greased bowl, cover and put in a warm spot. (I like to heat my oven for 30 seconds and pop the bowl in there.) Let the dough rise until doubled in size, anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
  2. After dough has risen, gently punch down dough and divide into twelve pieces. Divide each of those twelve pieces into three more pieces (36 small dough balls total). Roll all dough pieces into small balls.
  3. Lightly grease a standard muffin pan and fill each well with three dough balls. Cover, put in a warm spot and let rise for another 60 - 90 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover buns and bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Meanwhile, combine melted butter, garlic and rosemary in a small bowl. Immediately after removing baked rolls from oven, brush them with the rosemary garlic butter while still in the pan. Allow rolls to set for 10 minutes and then remove to cooling rack or serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

To make the rolls a few days ahead of time, follow all instructions through step 3 but don't allow rolls to rise completely. They should be peeking up over the edges of the muffin wells but not busting out of them. (For me, this took about 65-70 minutes.) Gently tent the rolls with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen, wrap more tightly. The night before your meal, place wrapped rolls in the fridge to slowly defrost. Allow rolls to come to room temperature before baking as directed.

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This easy recipe for Homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls is a must-have for any special occasion or holiday meal. #buns #rolls #thanksgiving #rosemary #baking #easyentertaining #makeahead #garlic #butter

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Anna https://www.garnishwithlemon.com <![CDATA[Gold Rush Cocktail]]> http://www.garnishwithlemon.com/?p=5327 2017-10-19T09:59:50Z 2017-10-19T08:00:00Z

This Gold Rush Cocktail, made with spicy ginger liqueur, belly-warming bourbon and tart lemon juice, will warm up any chilly fall evening.  My motto has always been to spend on quality items that really matter and skimp on those that don’t. So when a cocktail calls for a unique ingredient, I usually make sure I either...

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This Gold Rush Cocktail, made with spicy ginger liqueur, belly-warming bourbon and tart lemon juice, will warm up any chilly fall evening. 

Two glasses of Gold Rush Cocktail in low ball glasses. The Gold Rush is made with bourbon, ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice. My motto has always been to spend on quality items that really matter and skimp on those that don’t. So when a cocktail calls for a unique ingredient, I usually make sure I either adore that ingredient and justify the spend or find other ways to use it to get a little more bang for my buck. And that’s how I stumbled upon this recipe for the Gold Rush Cocktail

I have a sizable bottle of ginger liqueur in my liquor cabinet that is an important ingredient in a few of my favorite drinks (the Ginger Pear Martini and Ginger Grapefruit Sparkler), but I’m always looking for more ways to use it. I figured the people at Domaine de Canton can’t steer me wrong, so I went to their website, and this recipe for a Gold Rush Cocktail jumped out at me. A combination of spicy ginger liqueur, belly-warming bourbon and tart lemon juice, the Gold Rush Cocktail is just the libation to celebrate cool, crisp fall evenings. 

Or just celebrate, period. 

I’ll drink to that. 

A Gold Rush Cocktail in a low ball glass on a silver tray. The cocktail is made with bourbon, ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice.

 

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Gold Rush Cocktail

Preparation 2 min Total Time 2 mins
Serves 1     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 ounces ginger liqueur (I used Domaine de Canton)
  • 1-1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until drink is well chilled. Strain into a low ball glass filled with ice.

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The Gold Rush Cocktail is our favorite fall sipper, filled with belly-warming bourbon, ginger liqueur and fresh lemon juice.  #bourbon #cocktails #ginger #lemon #drinks #goldrush #easyentertaining#cocktail

We have even more cocktail inspiration for you to sip on this fall: 

Fall cocktails don’t get much tastier than these quick and easy Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails - perfect for everything from tailgating to Thanksgiving!Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktails

Need a new fall cocktail recipe? Try these irresistible Kahlúa Pumpkin Scotchies made with Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice liqueur and butterscotch schnapps.Kahlúa Pumpkin Scotchie

This festive Chocolate Martini is always one of our most popular cocktails during the holidays! Chocolate Martini

 

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