Category Archives: Appetizers

Swedish Meatballs

1 1/2 lb. ground Chuck
3 slices Bread, crumbled
1 Egg
1 cup Milk
1 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Celery, finely chopped
1 cup Onion, finely chopped

Sauce (recipe below)

Mix ground chuck and all ingredients (to make this easier, put celery, onions, milk and eggs in blender to mix).

Make meatballs about the size of a hickory nut. Place on cookie sheet and broil till brown on both sides.

These (meatballs) may be made in advance and frozen up to 3 months.


1/4 cup Flour
1/4 cup Shortening
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 cubes Beef Bouillon
2 cups boiling Water
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 cup Sour Cream

Brown flour in shortening; dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and add to flour mixture. Add salt, pepper, soup and sour cream. Mix well. Pour over meatballs and simmer for 20 minutes.

The crock pot can be used and kept on low heat for 8 to 12 hours.

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Ham Balls

1 lb. Ham, ground
1 lb. Pork, ground
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup chopped Onion

Sauce (recipe below)

Grind together ham and pork, add bread crumbs, eggs, milk & onion. Shape into balls and place in shallow pan. Mix together ingredients for sauce (recipe below). Pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes.


1 can crushed Pineapple
1/3 cup Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Sugar
dash of Pepper
1/2 tsp. prepared Mustard

Mix all ingredients together to pour over meatballs.

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Ham & Cheese Ball

2 (8 oz.) pkgs. Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp. A-1 Steak Sauce
1/2 cup chopped Onion
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2-3 pkgs. Carl Buddig thin sliced Ham

Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Tear ham in pieces. Mix all ingredients together except ham. Add 4-5 slices of shredded ham to mixture. Form ball after you have well blended. Cover outside of ball with remainder of shredded ham.

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Cheese Lover’s Dip

1 8 oz. pkg. Cream Cheese w/ chives
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
3 Tbsp. Milk
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Provolone Cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Combine cream cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. Gradually add milk until blended. Add other cheeses, mix well. Serve with crackers.

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Wild Game

1lb deer tenderloin cut up into bite size pieces
2 eggs well beaten
1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. whole basil (dried)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Mix crackers with seasoning. Dip tenderloin in egg and then roll in cracker mixture. Deep fry in hot oil until cooked all the way through. Drain on paper towels.

We eat these like hot wings, dipping them in Ranch Dressing.

Baked Onion Blossom

1 large sweet onion (I use Vidalia Onions)
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons Dry Bread Crumbs

1. Heat oven to 425°F. Peel onion; cut and discard root end. Leaving bottom intact, cut almost through onion from top down to form 16 wedges. Place on 12×12-inch square sheet of foil. Bring foil up around onion; crimp edges to seal. Place in 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 425°F. for 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine margarine and mustard; mix well.
3. Remove onion from oven. Open foil; fold down to make 1-inch high rim around onion. Brush margarine mixture over onion. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
4. Return to oven; bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp-tender.
5. Serve Onion Blossom with Ranch-style Dressing.

Oven-Baked Onion Rings

1 large sweet onion (I use Vidalia Onions)
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup cornflake crumbs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Slice the onion and separate into rings. Place in a shallow bowl and pour the buttermilk over the onion rings. Chill for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the corn flake crumbs, garlic powder, parsley, cumin, black pepper and salt in a medium bowl. Mix to combine.

Measure 2 tablespoons of the corn flake mixture and place on a plate. Remove one onion ring from the buttermilk and coat with the corn flake mixture. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onion rings, adding corn flake mixture 1 tablespoon at a time as needed. Spray coated rings lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake on the bottom rack of the oven until cooked through and crispy, 15-20 minutes.