Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

These punched-up chicken and waffle sliders are bite-sized packages of crispy, smoky, cheesy heaven.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Oh yes.  They’re here.

All week, we’ve been leading up to this big, big moment.  A big moment for the big game.  Your ultimate Super Bowl snack.

We started with these Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

We threw in this Bacon Jam.

We teased you with this sneak peek:

Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Now, FINALLY, we put them all together with cheese and carbs (or as Jim Gaffigan would say, “something…elegant”) and it made our wildest dreams come true.

Behold our chicken and waffle slider.  Or, to be more specific, our pretzel-crusted chicken and cheddar waffle slider with bacon jam and jalapenos.  Or, you know, crack.

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Bacon Jam

This bacon jam recipe creates a spread that’s smoky, salty, a little spicy, and good on literally anything.  Wait…yup, anything.
Bacon Jam

Let’s be honest.  Bacon is awesome.  Breakfast?  Doesn’t even need explanation.  Lunch?  How about a BLT?  And dinner?  I’ll take extra bacon on my cheeseburger please.  The real question is how to fit more bacon into every day.  I bring you: bacon jam.

Trust me, the photographs do not do this one justice.  It’s tough to capture the delicious nature of something that’s basically just…well…brown…but I promise it tastes like happiness.

This recipe takes a bit of time, but it’s worth it.  You get a spicy, savory spread that is great on crackers, eggs, sandwiches, biscuits, biscuit sandwiches, or pretty much anything else.  To be honest, I feel like jam is a bit misleading.  There’s no sugar added, and it’s not sweet at all.  You can adjust the spiciness by playing with the number of chipotle peppers you add.  Two is about right for me, but my tolerance for heat is not particularly high. (more…)

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites are crispy, crunchy, juicy bites of chicken, perfect to serve with your favorite dip.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

Hey folks, happy super bowl week!

That’s a thing right? No?  Well it is in our house. Especially this year with the Broncos back in it!

We support an interesting mix of teams in this household. I’m a lifelong 49ers fan. I haven’t lived in the Bay Area since I was five years old, but early habits die hard. Now that we live in Houston, I also root for the Texans–not only because it’s the current home team, but also because JJ Watt is both lovable and insane.  And finally Ross, a Denver native, has convinced me to cheer for the Broncos as well.  Out of all those teams, the Broncos were the most watchable this year–and in fact, things turned out pretty well for them, eh?  That AFC championship game?  ERMAHGERD.  Hopefully the Super Bowl is not a disappointing end to the season.  But either way, it’s our last chance to watch football for a few months, so let’s make the most of it.  With beer and snacks!

We’re going to share some reeeeeally tasty snack recipes this week on the blog, and these pretzel crusted chicken bites are a great way to kick things off.  Even better than regular old fried chicken!  And that’s a high standard.  But it’s true, and here’s why. For a party, you want to have bites you can make in advance, so you’re not trying to cook and entertain and watch the game all at once.  That’s just tricky.  And if you make or buy regular fried chicken ahead of time, it cools off and loses its crispiness.  But roll that chicken in a coating of crushed pretzel, and as it turns out, it keeps its crunch for a couple hours at room temperature.  Make it ahead and actually enjoy your own party!  Genius!
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

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Zesty Guacamole

Easy to make, easy to customize, easy to put on everything.

Zesty Guacamole

Continuing with our healthy series of recipes for healthy readers in healthy January…here’s something… DELICIOUS!

Boom.  Did you see that coming?  If you know us at all, you should’ve.  This is our favorite guacamole recipe, and it’s one of those things we make over.  And over.  And over.  And…yeah.

You know why I love this recipe?  I actually have a whole menu of reasons:

  1. Tacos.
  2. Hint of Lime chips.
  3. Nachos.
  4. Tacos.
  5. Omelettes.
  6. Toast.
  7. Tacos.
  8. BLT Sandwiches.
  9. Bacon cheeseburgers.
  10. Tacos.

And that’s just my top ten.

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Sweet Potato Energy Shake

A seriously delicious shake that also happens to be full of healthy goodness.

Sweet potato energy shake

Hello, 2016.  I’ve been…expecting you.

The start of the new year seems like a good time to lay down some Ready to Yumble principles.  Now, I know that approximately 132% of Americans take January to set some new goals, plans some new resolutions, and hit the gym and the juice.  I’m all for healthy food and fitness, but let’s be honest, this blog has one focus, and that’s deliciousness.  We won’t….nay, we can’t…post a recipe for raw kale and call it a day.

Fortunately, there are a good number of recipes out there which are both delicious and nutritious.  Mom was right!  And because we love all of you folks on the other side of internet, this month we will put a special emphasis on those dishes.  Because we want to help you reach your goals!  (And because we are likewise trying to wean ourselves off Christmas cookies.  It’s a struggle.)

So here’s your first serving of goodness, and trust me, I would not be featuring a drink without alcohol if it weren’t really really really tasty.

Sweet potato energy shake

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