Posts Tagged ‘appetizer’

Turkey Feta Spinach Meatballs {Gluten Free}

Gluten free turkey spinach feta meatballs with an easy lemon dipping sauce. Lower in fat than a classic meatball and loaded with natural protein. Includes a secret ingredient to keep the meatballs from drying out. ;)

You know that feeling when you need an appetizer dish for a potluck, you have less than two hours until you need to be there, you aren’t ready yet so a trip to the store is out of the question, and you don’t want to buy something because of course you signed up to bring something hot and not chips and salsa? That’s how this recipe came to exist in our lives about seven years ago, because I am the perpetual over-committer. But we have really juicy, delicious meatballs that taste amazing, and are just a little different than your “usual” meatball recipe, so maybe in this situation a little over-commitment turned out for the best. (more…)

Baked Brie with Fresh Cranberries

Baked brie is an impressive, yet easy holiday appetizer! This recipe tops the baked brie with a fresh cranberry balsamic compote that keeps you coming back for bite after bite!

Everyone has that one food that they imagine they could never give up, and mine is cheese. I love cheese, real cheese, and full fat creamy delicious cheese is one of my favorite guilty food pleasures. If I absolutely had to choose, I’d give up chocolate before cheese, in a heartbeat. I love cheese. And when it’s warm and melty and topped with a tangy fresh cranberry balsamic compote, I might not even share if you aren’t immediate family. They didn’t think I should share either.


The Godmother’s Famous Baked Onion Dip

THE baked onion dip you've been waiting for! Super easy, cheesy, and *always* the first to go at every tailgating party. Recipe on

Many moons ago, when the Godfather and I were first married, we lived in Georgia for a time. Not in Atlanta, where most young professionals go, but in a tiny town near Macon, in the Central Georgia countryside. It was a lot of fun for us city kids. We went to the county fair every year, hung out for college football watch parties with friends, and had late night runs to Waffle House after events since it was the only place open. I may not have known it at the time, but that was also the very early beginnings of Goodie Godmother, because it was in Georgia where I really expanded my cooking horizons and got into things like baking bread from scratch. (more…)

Easy Croque Monsieur Roll Ups

I had a few friends over one afternoon not too long ago for tea, and I was looking to make a few easy snacks for us to enjoy with the tea. I had two sweet options, my Honey Scones and a Salted Caramel Ice Cream Macaron (coming soon), fresh strawberries, and these, which ended up being the hit of the afternoon! I was asked for the recipe and promised it shortly, but I didn’t get it up that week, or the week after… or the one after that. But it’s up now. ūüėČPerfectly poppable and EASY Croque Monsieur Roll Up recipe. Perfect for parties and easy to make in advance! (more…)

Football Food! Beef Potato Bites {Whole30 Friendly}

I’d like to warn you about this recipe. It’s really addicting and you should probably triple it if you plan to serve it at a party. The itty bitty potatoes are perfect for popping in your mouth and the taste is “Could you please make this every¬†game day¬†party?” good. I nearly ate all the Whole30 compliant bites (i.e. – the ones without cheese) before the Godfather got home, and he was home less than an hour after the photo shoot.

Potato Skins with Beef

Whole30 or not, these bites will be a new standard on my party food menu for two reasons. One, they’re easy to make. It does take a little time to scoop and stuff, but you can totally do that a day in advance and then reheat just before the party. The second, and primary reason, is that they are VERY budget friendly when feeding a crowd.

Beef Potato Bites

I used only half a pound of ground beef and I had extra filling. By using¬†small yellow potatoes, which are much cheaper than fingerling potatoes and still the perfect small size, I can make several dozen of these bites for under $10 easily even using good quality ground beef. I actually picked up most of the ingredients for today’s recipe at a local upscale butcher shop/grocery/cafe in Ashburn, VA called¬†The Wine’ing Butcher. Shop local, darlings!

Scooped potato skins


Paleo Potato Skins

I wanted to recommend one topping over another (cheese vs. aioli), but since I can’t sample both at this time, I deferred judgement to the Godfather, and he couldn’t choose. The cheese is well, cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese on a potato? And the aioli he thought was refreshing with the added cilantro, making the bites like something you’d have at a nicer sports bar with the plush leather chairs and micro-brewed beer on tap. Personally, I liked how they looked together on my serving board, so I’m going to recommend both as both will be served at our house this Super Bowl Sunday… and the next one… and the one after that…

Whole30 Potato Skins

Beef Potato Bites Recipe

Beef Potato Bites
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Healthy, budget-conscious, and great for a crowd, these beefy potato bites are sure to please!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 12 golden new potatoes, or fingerling potatoes
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ¼ c red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp ghee or melted butter
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse salt for sprinkling (like a coarse kosher salt or pink Himalayan)
  • shredded cheese (optional for topping - not Whole30)
  • ¼ c fresh cilantro, chopped
Cilantro aioli
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ c fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ c olive oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F and bake the potatoes for 30 minutes until cooked through. You should be able to easily pierce them with a fork. Set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, place the meat in a large skillet and cook over medium heat.
  3. After about 3-4 minutes, add the onions, salt, pepper, and cumin, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally to break up any clumps in the beef. Remove from the heat once cooked through.
  4. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut each in half and scoop out the middle using a small spoon. Place the scooped potato in a mixing bowl and line the skins on your baking sheet. Brush the skins with olive oil and sprinkle with your coarse salt
  5. Add the ghee to your mixing bowl and mash the scooped potato, then add the beef mixture and your chopped jalapeno.*
  6. Spoon the filling mixture into your potato skin shells. At this time you can cover the pan and refrigerate the potatoes up to one day until you are ready to bake.
  7. If you are using cheese, sprinkle the potatoes with cheese before you bake the second time. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Top with fresh cilantro and serve warm.
  8. If you are using cilantro aioli as a topper, you may make the aioli up to 5 days in advance and store in the refrigerator, then just place aioli in a zip top plastic bag and snip off a corner or in a piping bag and snip then end. Drizzle over the potato bites just before serving and top with fresh chopped cilantro.
To make the cilantro aioli:
  1. Place all ingredients for the aioli except the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse 5-6 times until the cilantro is chopped and the ingredients are somewhat blended.
  3. Start running the food processor and, while it is running, slowly drizzle in the ½ cup of olive oil. Continue running the food processor until the aioli has reached a thick consistency and you see it "stick" to the sides of your processor.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
*This recipe is not spicy at all. Potatoes absorb heat/spice, so the jalapeno will add flavor, but will hardly even achieve a mild level of heat. I used a fairly spicy pepper, and would use two in the future if I want to achieve a mild/medium heat level.





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