4th of July in our hometown, Seward, NE, is a HUGE deal! Our little community of about 6,000 residents becomes a small city of 40,000 – 50,000, each year, when we celebrate Independence Day. We have the proud designation of Nebraska’s 4th of July City and when we throw a party…well, let’s just say, you […]
4th of July in our hometown, Seward, NE, is a HUGE deal! Our little community of about 6,000 residents becomes a small city of 40,000 – 50,000, each year, when we celebrate Independence Day. We have the proud designation of Nebraska’s 4th of July City and when we throw a party…well, let’s just say, you know you’ve been celebrating! :) Activities and fun begin early in the morning, with the anvil firing, and continue long after dark, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. The courthouse square is the center of most of the day’s events and nobody wants to miss any of them. Games, shows, craft fair/farmer’s market, parade, shopping, a three-block food court, contests, car show, an air show, and so much more, pack the agendas of every Seward resident. Traffic on the two state highways that cut through our town, literally comes to a stand-still with all the pedestrian traffic; and you know what…it’s okay. It’s the 4th of July! And it’s about family and friends, fun and festivities…oh… and food. It’s about lots and lots of food!
Even with all the activity downtown, it’s fair to assume that many of us will have company or be hosting guests in our home, at some point throughout the twenty-four hours that is the 4th of July. The food for this special day celebrates all the best tastes of summer and will likely involve fresh garden produce, grilling, more salads than you can count and trays and trays of finger food. Oh and homemade ice cream. That’s sort of a rule. :)
For me, having the best for my guests, and still having time to enjoy all the day has to offer, means I want recipes that will WOW! their tastebuds, but be quick and simple to prepare. My delicious BLT Poppers recipe delivers on each of those requirements. You’re going to love it! I developed this recipe for Kraft as a member of their Kraft Tastemakers team and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family. Pop one of these scrumptious little appetizers into your mouth and close your eyes. You will literally taste one of summer’s flavor icons — a delicious BLT sandwich with fresh tomatoes and lettuce from the garden.
To create the appetizer crusts, all you have to do is mix Kraft Cheddar Jack and Bacon Fresh Take packets with melted butter. Press them into mini muffin tins and bake. Talk about simple. David loves how these crusts mimic the texture of toasted bread on a BLT; and I have to tell you, the flavor is absolutely spectacular!
As soon as the crusts are out of the oven and cooling, pop a baking sheet with four strips of Oscar Mayer bacon, into the oven. Pre-cutting the bacon into the bite-sized pieces I needed for the appetizers saved so much time!
This is a good time to mince up the romaine lettuce and grape tomatoes, too. Then all that’s left is quickly assembling your fabulous BLT Popper appetizers.
Pipe the filling into the cooled crusts with a pastry bag or a zip-top bag that has the corner snipped off. Center one bacon piece in the middle of each popper and then garnish with the minced lettuce and tomatoes.
I think this recipe is a smart idea for packing maximum flavor in a single bite and I can’t wait to include them in our 4th of July appetizer line-up for our favorite guests! They’re beautiful to look at and delicious to eat! What are your favorite finger foods to serve on the 4th of July? How do you keep things quick and easy in the kitchen over the holidays? I’m excited to hear what you’ll be cooking!
Get the complete recipe and instructions for BLT Poppers in the recipe section at Kraft.
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right? My family just had the opportunity to test four delicious pasta sauces from Bove’s. Bove’s started three generations back in a family-run, Italian restaurant, in Vermont. They attribute their great success to high quality, all natural ingredients, cooking only in small, quality-controlled batches and […]
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right? My family just had the opportunity to test four delicious pasta sauces from Bove’s. Bove’s started three generations back in a family-run, Italian restaurant, in Vermont. They attribute their great success to high quality, all natural ingredients, cooking only in small, quality-controlled batches and staying true to their time-tested, family recipes. Their business has grown over the years to include producing frozen lasagnas, frozen meatballs and jarred pasta sauces, while still adhering to those original principles.
You may not realize that April is National Garlic month, but in honor of this great celebration, we were offered the chance to review Bove’s Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce; (which, incidently, is going to be featured on The Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”) . Never one to miss the chance for a celebration OR spaghetti, I happily accepted, and what a great surprise when the box arrived, to find four different flavors to test! Not only did we have Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce, but we also received Basil Pasta Sauce, Vodka Pasta Sauce and Marinara Sauce. As it turns out, the Roasted Garlic and Basil Pasta Sauces ended up in a dead-heat tie for first place in our testing, with Vodka Pasta Sauce coming in second and the Marinara, third.
Instead of adding ground beef directly to the sauce, I just browned it up and left it to each person to add what they liked. We made a lovely salad, some garlic bread, served tons of freshly grated Parmesan to top the pasta and made lots and lots of noodles, then left everyone to taste and try the sauces, as they wished. Our grandbabies even got in on the act! They are spaghetti experts extraordinaire! Truly! They’re so serious about their pasta sauce, they’ve even been known to WEAR it.
Each sauce had rich tomatoey flavor and they were THICK, the way we like our sauce — clinging to every noodle. All are sugar-free, and I must confess that I added 2 Tablespoons of sugar to each jar, to cut the acid of the tomatoes a bit and appease my husband, who must always have a little sweet in his pasta sauce. Those of you on sugar restricted diets will love the all-natural approach to these sauces, though. I loved looking at the labels and finding an ingredient list of very familiar food products with names I could pronounce. Every ingredient on the jar was something I could pull from my own pantry or refrigerator! Without a doubt, we loved Bove’s pasta sauces, as was evidenced by the cleaned plates and happy smiles. What a yummy dinner!
If you would love to serve Bove’s for your own National Garlic month celebration, or just for a fabulous fun spaghetti dinner, stop by their online store and order your favorite varieties! Bove’s also has their own blog with tons of news and yummy meal ideas. They even have a recipe section with 10 delicious dishes for you to try.
Our family will be enjoying Bove’s pasta sauces, again! I’m sure that the Roasted Garlic and the Basil are in our immediate future. One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will have the same opportunity! Boves is generously sponsoring a giveaway of one jar of their delicious sauce for a Busy-at-Home reader.
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