Meatballs in Brown Gravy

Pretty much traditional cocktail meatballs, and they were awesome.  The recipe I was using pointed us to the slow cooker, but we ended up using the dutch oven and that worked out fine.  Definitely about to be a party staple.


Hoisin Cocktail Meatballs

We recently hosted a dumplings, ramen, and games night and thought we wanted something…well, not wrapped in a dumpling wrapper or part of a noodle bowl.  Or really, I saw these, thought they looked awesome, and they were. 😉  We kept these warm in a slow cooker during the party, which worked well but I’d advise making sure you stir them now and then, which I forgot to do.  I would definitely make these again, especially for a party – I might double the recipe next time as well.  Leftovers were pretty good. 😉

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Spinach, Feta, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed ‘shrooms are one of my favorite appetizers for parties, since they’re easy, portable, and tend to be a crowd-pleaser.  I’m actually not a huge mushroom fan myself, but I’ll eat anything with cheese and bacon. 😉  I got this one from Bon Appetite, and just added a bit more bacon and feta, and a bit less spinach (I thought 10 ounces would overwhelm everything else).  I think adding some roasted red peppers would be awesome both for color and taste, though, and would do that next time.


Onion Dip

As much as I love onion dip, I’ve never tried to make it before.  I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was – caramelize some onions and blend.  This was delicious – I could have eaten the whole batch myself.  This was from an Ina Garten recipe, and my only alteration was to add a pinch of smoked paprika, which I think was a good addition.  Another of our Memorial Day picnic recipes.



Sausage and Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms

I really heart stuffed mushrooms. They’re easy, portable, and you can stuff them with just about anything. I brought these to a holiday party this year and they seemed to go over well. The only change I would make is choosing a stronger sausage…though I picked Italian, it was a chicken sausage and I thought the mushrooms could use a bit more kick than this really provided.

I found this on a blog called, which I landed on after sorting through what I felt were twenty-bajillion mushroom filling suggestions!