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Thread: In Need of recipes for hosting BUNCO!!

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    mamatobugboo's Avatar
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    Hi Quilters and Cooks -

    I am a quilter, but not a cook - hard to believe since the two seem to go hand in hand usually!

    I am hosting my neighborhood Bunco group in a few weeks and need to supply the food - appetizer-type stuff - and I sure could use your help! My mom forwarded me a great veggie salad and I picked up the curried chicken salad posted by moonpie, but need more!

    So, if you have some good/easy recipes that you love, could you either post them for all to enjoy or PM me?? PPPPPLLLLEEEEEZZZZ :?: :?: :?:

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    Super Member Quilting Aggi's Avatar
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    Newfoundland, Canada
    ooooooooooh I just made this AWESOME new recipe for Trevor's birthday party last week and everyone gobbled it up and it was soooooooooooo yummy!!!

    You will need the following:

    1 small round brie cheese
    3 sheets of phyllo pastry
    1 barlett pear
    1 tsp of thyme
    2 Tbsp of a gourmet jam/jelly (I used a peach and ice wine jam) (I got it from Sobeys grocery store.. but those are here in Canada.. Atlantic Canada in fact)
    Extra Light Virgin Olive Oil

    Remove the skin of the pear and cut your pear into thin slices. ooh and remove the core.
    Saute the pear on the stove for a few minutes until it begins to caramelize. Only takes a couple minutes. Sprinkle the thyme over the pears and saute a few more minutes.
    Remove from heat and set aside

    To prepare the phyllo, take one sheet at a time and rub some of the virgin oil over the top of the first sheet. Place the second sheet over the first and rub a bit of oil over it. do the same thing with the final sheet of phyllo. Next place the brie cheese in the centre of the phyllo sheets. Spoon the pear mixture on top of the brie, then spoon the jelly/jam over the pears.

    Draw up the four corners of the phyllo pasty and gently wrap up the brie cheese. rub a little more oil on the outside of the phyllo as that will allow it to brown nice and golden

    Place the brie and phyllo wrap in the centre of a round baking stone and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until nice and golden brown.

    For presentation, when I made this I found a pretty plate, placed the brie in the middle and added nice fancy crackers around the edge leaving one side of the plate empty of crackers. I then made a little slice into the brie and phyllo wrap to allow the melted cheese and pears to ooooze out... It was sooooooooooooooooooo Yummy!!

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    Belle Isle, Florida
    Easy Hot Artichoke Dip:

    1 can drained artichoke hearts
    1 small can diced green chilies
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 bunch diced green onions
    hot sauce (to taste)
    1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

    In a casserole dish dice up artichoke hearts, add in the other ingredients mix well. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Serve with crackers, bagel chips, Melba rounds or pita chips.

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    Super Member sondray's Avatar
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    Natural Bridge, VA
    Baked Cheese Wonton Cups
    2 green onions
    3 ou. cream cheese, cut in chunks
    1/3 cup mayonnaise
    4 ou. grated cheddar cheese (or smoked gouda works well)
    2/3 cup crabmeat, (Can vary the recipe with bay shrimp or chopped mushroom for the filling
    2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
    1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    1/2 tsp. Essence of Emeril seasoning or something similar

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 12 small muffin cups. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and lightly brush each wonton pastry before pushing into muffin cups.

    Saute green onions. Melt cheeses and mayonnaise in pan. Add seasonings and lemon juice. Add filling (could be crab, shrimp, mushrooms) to heat only. Scoop into wonton cups. Bake 12-15 minutes until wontons are golden brown.

    1/2 loaf Italian or French bread
    1 small purple eggplant
    1 large red pepper roasted and peeled (divided into 4 pieces)
    4 slices mozzarella cheese
    1/4 cup basil pesto
    1 cup marinara sauce
    1/2 cup olive oil to which 1 slivered garlic clove has been added

    Slice 4-3/4" thick pieces of bread from loaf. Brush one side of each with oil. Place on hot grill (may use broiler) until toasted. While browning, brush other side with oil, turn and toast. Remove from grill. Place toasted bread on a cookie sheet and top each with pesto.

    Slice eggplant into 1/2" slices. Cook eggplant in the same manner as bread.

    Remove eggplant from grill or broiler and place each slice on top of each slice of bread. Place one piece of roasted pepper on top of each slice of eggplant and one slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each pepper. Bake in 450 oven until cheese melts. Remove and serve at once on a bed or marinara sauce. Serves 4.

    Hot Artichoke Dip

    1 5 lb 8 oz can artichokes in water (drain in colander)
    4 lb Grated mozzarella cheese
    1 lb Grated parmesan cheese
    3 cups mayonnaise
    3 cloves garlic or 1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic


    Put artichokes in cuisinart and blend just slightly.
    Stir together in a large mixing bowl.

    To serve bake desired amount at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until bubbling, and serve on toasted pieces of sour dough bread.


    Big bag of restaurant style UNsalted tortilla chips
    1 large tomatoe, diced
    1 4 oz. can of green chili peppers, drained
    1 cup canned refried beans
    chopped cilantro
    1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 cup shredded Jack Cheese

    Heat oven to 425. Cover a large platter with the chips. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the chips. Drop teaspoons full of the beans over the chips, then sprinkle the chilis over this. Sprinkle half of the remaining cheese over this. Sprinkle the tomatoe, then balance of the cheese & then the cilantro. At this point, I usually add more chips by just sticking them in random & perpendicular, so they are sticking up.

    Bake approx. 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

    Serve with store bought salsa, sour cream & guacamole or sliced avacado & maybe some Nacho sliced Jalapenos.

    They will go quick, & if you bought the big bag of chips, be prepared to throw together another batch!

    1-1/2 lb. small button mushrooms
    good Italian dressing
    red or white wine vinegar
    Wash the mushrooms well, and trim scant end of stems. Put into a large jar with the jar of Italian salad dressing, plus a little extra wine vinegar and some oregano. Marinade overnight. Serve in a bowl with toothpicks.... DO AHEAD

    2 (6 oz) jars marinated artichoke hearts (cut up)
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    1 crushed garlic clove
    4 eggs
    1/4 c. dry fine bread crumbs1/4 tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. EACH pepper, oregano, tabasco sauce
    1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese
    2 TB. minced parsley
    Mix everything together really well; Put into greased 7x11" baking pan. Bake at 325 for 30 min, or until set. Cut into squares. Serve warm, cold or room temp...DO AHEAD

    Veggie platter w/dill dip (1/2 c. Dijon mustard; 1/2 c. sour cream, 2 TB. dried dill weed) .... Fruit platter with Orange Dip (Orange yogurt mixed with orange juice or Triple Sec) or Chocolate Dip (melt a can of storebought chocolate frosting & mix with a little brandy) ... Trail mix in a bowl (dry-roasted peanuts; dried tropical fruit bits) ... Pretzel rods (standing up in a large mug)

    * * *
    1/2 c. butter
    1-1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
    1 can sweetened condensed milk
    1 (6 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
    scant 1/2 c. flaked coconut
    1 c. chopped nuts
    Melt butter in bottom of 9x13" baking pan. Remove from heat. Sprinkle crumbs over butter. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top with chocolate chips, coconut & nuts. Press down gently. Bake at 350 for 25 min, or until golden brown. Cool & cut into bars (DECADENT)

    1/2 c. powdered sugar
    2 sticks (1 c.) butter
    2 c. flour
    Mix together as you would for a pie crust (until crumbly) and press into bottom of 9x13" pan. Bake at 350 about 20, or until firm.
    4 eggs
    2 c. sugar
    4 TB. flour
    1/2 c. lemon juice
    powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)
    Beat together ingredients for 1 min. Pour on top of baked crust. (It will look thin & strange, but that's ok)...Bake at 350 for 20 min, or until done. Cool 7-10 min; cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar

    This are all recipes that can be done the day ahead; and don't require any fussing once you set them out.... small pieces for easy snacking while you're playing....

    Chippy Chocolate Cookies
    1 cup butter flavored shortening or regular shortening with a little butter
    3/4 cup white sugar
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 white chocolate bar
    1 dark chocolate bar
    1 packet of oatmeal
    A handful of walnuts

    1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.
    2 In a large bowl, cream together the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, fold in the chocolate, walnuts, and oatmeal. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
    3 Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until light brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer

    4 boneless chicken breasts
    2-8 oz. packages cream cheese
    12 oz. Frank's Red Hot Sauce
    16 oz. blue cheese dressing (I use the kind in the jar)
    8 oz mild cheddar cheese, shredded

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Gently boil chicken breasts in water for 12-15 minutes until no longer pink. Drain and cool on a plate covered with plastic wrap to keep in moisture.

    In a large bowl, shred chicken with fingers and cover with hot sauce. Use 3/4 of the bottle, then test for taste and add more if desired.

    In a sauce pan over low heat, melt together cream cheese and blue cheese dressing for about 10 minutes. Sauce will remain slightly lumpy.

    Stir sauce into chicken mixture and then pour into a casserole dish. The recipe calls for covering with cheese, but my family prefers to leave the cheese out. You can try it and decide for yourself.

    Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and scoopables like Tostidos or Fritoes.

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    ooooohhhhhh!!!!! Thanks and thanks and thanks!!!

    can't wait to choose the menu now!!!

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    sondray - you are way too kind!!! I love the idea of the mushrooms and the artichoke squares and the buffalo chicken dip and the bruchetta and the wonton cups and the...well, EVERYTHING!!!

    Thank you SO much!! :D :D :D

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    East Oklahoma - pining for Massachusetts
    I was browsing online a few nights ago and found a recipe for Chocolate Pizza. It sounds terrific, although I have not actually tried it yet.

    Chocolate Pizza
    The perfect ending to a pizza party. Make sure the kids help spread the dough and sprinkle their favorite toppings.
    4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
    1 (1-ounce) square semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    3/4 cup vegetable shortening
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    3 eggs
    1/3 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
    1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    1/4 cup vanilla chips
    1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 11-inch pizza pan.
    In saucepan, combine chopped chocolates and shortening.
    Place over low heat until melted. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and milk, mixing to blend well. Cool to lukewarm.
    Combine flour and salt. Set aside.
    In large bowl, beat eggs until lemon colored. Beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Beat in cooled chocolate mixture until blended. Stir in flour mixture. Turn out onto prepared pan, spreading to make even layer to within 1/2 inch of rim.
    Combine coconut, candy pieces and pecans. Sprinkle evenly over dough. Bake 25 minutes. Cool, then cut into wedges.
    Makes 16


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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    Or how about this.



    Preheat oven to 350*

    In a large bowl, mix together bisquick, cheddar cheese and sausage. Roll mixture into walnut sized balls and arrange on an un-greased cookie sheet.

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until completely cooked and browned.
    Drain and cool on paper towels.


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