Pizza Dip

Jul. 19th, 2015 09:16 am
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Pizza Dip

4 oz (225 g) Italian sausage, casing removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jar (28 oz, 790 g) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 cup (250 ml) sliced mushrooms
¾ cup (180 ml) chopped pepperoni
1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano
½ cup (125 ml) sliced black olives (optional)

Combine the sausage meat, onion, and garlic in a skillet over moderate heat and saute until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Drain off the fat and stir in the remaining ingredients.
Simmer covered over low heat for 45 minutes. Serve with slices of focaccia, Italian bread, or pita toast triangles. Serves 8 to 12.
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STOVETOP POPCORN AND TOPPINGS

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil (depending on the size of the pot)
1/3 to 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (depending on the size of the pot)
Fine-grain sea salt or other seasoned toppings

Heat an empty cast-iron Dutch oven over low heat for 2 minutes.

Add enough olive oil to the pot to thinly coat the entire bottom. Add a single layer of popcorn kernels. You want them to be touching but not more than one layer thick. Increase the heat to medium and place the lid on the pot. Wait until popping begins, then turn the heat down slightly.

Shake the pot every 30 seconds or so. Start shaking a bit more when the popping starts to subside. When the kernels stop popping in unison and you only hear one pop every couple of seconds, it is done.

Pour the popcorn into a large bowl. Season generously with toppings. Toss the popcorn in the bowl and sprinkle with additional seasoning several times to make sure you have an even coating. Serve immediately or let cool.

DRY POPCORN TOPPINGS

• Maple sugar and crispy bits of smoked bacon
• Mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and chopped salted peanuts
• Mini M&Ms, chopped roasted almonds and dried coconut
• A Cajun spice mixture
• Barbecue rub
• Lemon-pepper salt
• Italian spice blend and finely grated Parmesan cheese
• Truffle salt
• 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

WET POPCORN TOPPINGS

Add melted butter to hot or warm popcorn. For other toppings, spread the popcorn flat on a baking sheet before adding wet toppings, then let it set before serving.

• Melted butter
• Melted chocolate
• Melted chocolate and peanut butter
• Melted caramels and a pinch of salt

Pair your gourmet popcorn with a flute of sparkling wine. (See a suggested recipe on L6.) They make the perfect high-low party combination.
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Butterscotch Haystacks

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 20 haystacks

Ingredients:

12 ounces butterscotch chips
3 tablespoons peanut butter
5 ounces chow mein noodles

Directions:

1. Melt chips and peanut butter in microwave (about 2 minutes in mine, stir halfway through).
2. Stir in chow mein noodles and drop onto wax paper (a heaping tablespoon per haystack).
3. Enjoy!
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Hot Spicy Crackers

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups canola oil
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
1 (16 ounce) box saltine crackers
Directions:
Use a large ziplock storage bag. I use the 2 gallon size. Add the oil, ranch dressing mix, red pepper flakes and crackers. Tumble constantly for 15 minutes.

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