Just in time for the long holiday weekend, I have the perfect dip for all of your barbecues and picnics!  When my husband and I were in Seattle recently we ate at a restaurant recommended to us called Señor Moose.  This quirky restaurant was small in size but huge on flavor.  I wanted to order just about everything on the menu.  To whet our palates, we started our meal with handmade margaritas (I had one with muddled cucumber and lime and it was so refreshingly delicious!) and Esquites which was fresh corn cut off of the cob and mixed with cream, herbs and other unknown ingredients!  That appetizer was the inspiration for this Mexican Street Corn Dip because it reminded me of the corn slathered with mayo, herbs and seasoning that you find on the streets in Mexico.

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I brought this dip to a party and everyone gobbled it up and was asking for the recipe.  I used frozen corn because it was early for fresh, but fresh corn cut off the cob would work great too now that it is in season.  If you go for fresh, aim for about 3 cups of fresh corn kernels.

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Mexican Street Corn Dip could not be much easier to make and is quick enough to whip up at the last minute if you need something to bring to a party.  You can tweak the recipe to make it more spicy by adding more chili powder and could even add chopped fresh jalapeño if you have a crowd that really loves heat.

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Have a lovely 4th of July weekend!!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: ~3 cups of dip

Sweet corn, creamy cheese and mayo together with fresh and dried spices will make this dip the first thing to disappear from your summer party

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 (10 ounce) bags frozen corn kernels
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature, I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 1/3 cup mayo (I used light)
  • 1 (5 ounce) container of plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cotija cheese (if you can't find this crumbly Mexican cheese, you could substitute feta or leave it out)
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced baguette or tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat and add 1 tsp of olive oil. Once pan and oil are hot, add frozen corn and cook for about 2 minutes until warmed through. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the chili powder. Add garlic and saute for about 5 more minutes or until corn and garlic are cooked and slightly browned. Remove pan from heat and pour the corn onto a plate or baking sheet to help it cool more quickly.
  2. While the corn and garlic cook, in another medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayo, yogurt and cilantro using a whisk or electric mixer until it is well combined and smooth.
  3. Add cooled corn to the cream cheese mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Place corn dip into a serving bowl and garnish with extra cilantro leaves, the cotija cheese and red pepper. Serve with sliced baguette or tortilla chips.
  5. Recipe inspired by A Nutritionist Eats|anutritionisteats.com

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Gougères (aka cheese puffs) are so much fun to make and are the perfect appetizer or addition to a bread basket at any party.  The soft puffs are rich, buttery, cheesy and can be adapted with different types of cheeses or seasonings and can also be filled with a great variety of fillings from smoked salmon to chicken salad.

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Gougères are made from pâte à choux which is the same dough that cream puffs, éclairs and profiteroles are made from.  This fancy-sounding French dough is actually very simple to make and only requires four ingredients:  butter, water, flour and eggs.  When making Gougères, you add cheese, traditionally gruyere or Swiss, to this mixture.  The pâte à choux dough is a wet dough and the moisture in the dough causes steam to form when it is baking and that reaction causes the pastry to puff up.  The light, airy pastry that results is delicate and filled with cavities that are great for stuffing with a sweet cream or pudding in the case of cream puffs or éclairs, and salmon mousse or herbed goat cheese in the case of Gougères.

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Making Gougères is simple and the dough is actually very fun to work with.  The important points to remember are that you want cook the flour mixture long enough that the flour itself gets cooked so that you aren’t left with an unpleasant raw flour taste and that you mix the eggs well so they are incorporated adequately and therefore the dough is smooth and well-combined.

Follow along with these step-by-step photos and instructions and learn how to make Gougères and you’ll have an impressive, delicious appetizer to bring to the next party you go to.

in a medium saucepan, combine butter, water and salt and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted

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remove the pan from heat, stir in the flour, then return the pan to the heat

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continue to cook the mixture over medium heat stirring with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon until it forms into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 2 minutes

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remove the pan from heat, let it cool for 3-4 minutes, then use a whisk vigorously to fully mix in the eggs

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finally, mix in the cheese and pepper with the spatula

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use a spoon to drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a greased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet

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bake @ 400 degrees until gougeres are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on them, about 20 minutes

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How to Make Gougeres

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20-25 gougeres

Rich, buttery and cheesy pastry puffs are simple to make but impressive to eat

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded gruyere or swiss cheese
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water and salt and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted.
  3. Remove the pan from heat, stir in the flour, then return the pan to the heat.
  4. Continue to cook the mixture over medium heat stirring with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon until it forms into a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from heat and let the mixture cool for 3-4 minutes. Use a whisk to vigorously mix in the eggs until well-combined.
  6. Finally, mix in the cheese and pepper with the spatula.
  7. Use a spoon to drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake until gougeres are golden brown and sound hollow when you tap on them, about 20 minutes.
  9. Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
 

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Who doesn’t love pizza in any form?  Around Super Bowl time, I was seeing all kinds of pizza dips popping up as suggestions for game day fare.  Football is not a huge deal at our house and so I had to wait for another occasion to make a version of pizza dip.  Hosting book club last week happened to be the perfect reason to give it a try.

Many of the recipes that I have seen for pizza dips involve cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream as a base layer.  One of my favorite swaps for mayo and sour cream that makes dishes healthier is nonfat plain Greek yogurt.  It is tangy, thick and creamy without being heavily laden with calories and fat.  I also cut down on a few calories and grams of fat by using reduced-fat (part skim) mozzarella cheese.

This dip is plenty flavorful even with these healthier modifications.  Top the dip with a variety of vegetables and you’ll really have a popular dip that you can feel great about serving.

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combine cream cheese, yogurt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning

spread cream cheese mixture into pan

top with pizza sauce

sprinkle cheese over the sauce

top with chopped veggies (and meat, if using)

bake until cheese is melted and serve

 

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I’m declaring a savory week here on Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.  A few weeks ago, I made Vegan Gluten-free Brownies and then a few hours later proceeded to make Babybel-stuffed meatballs.  I love all food.  I don’t discriminate.

I grew up eating my grandmother’s to-die-for Italian red sauce with meatballs.  Since she is gone 🙁 no one can quite replicate the amazing flavor of her “gravy” but I am able to take myself back to sitting around her table with these meatballs.  My grandmother did not stuff meatballs with cheese but Giada does, so I figured combining two of my favorite cooks versions of meatballs could only result in a small meaty miracle in the shape of a ball.  And I was right.

Pasta is easily my single favorite savory food and while I do not feel the need to add a protein to top my noodles, my husband is never quite content with a meatless dinner (Waah).  So, as I mentioned after experimenting with vegan gluten-free baking during the first part of the day and watching his nose turn up with the addition of each “weird” ingredient, I knew that a meaty meal was the way to his heart.

Babybel cheese wheels are a favorite of mine.  I can remember my mother packing them in my lunchbox as a child and even now when I am hungry for a snack I love to eat a couple of the Babybel Lights for a low-calorie high-protein snack.  I wasn’t sure how the Babybel would melt in the cooked meatballs, but I was pleasantly surprised when I cut into a meatball and was met with a gooey string of cheese.  Cook up some pasta with your favorite red sauce and whip up a batch of these meatballs and you will be satiated and comforted in no time.

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dry ingredients

quarter Babybels

combine all ingredients, roll into balls and make indentation into each ball

stuff quarter of a Babybel into each ball and roll to seal

bake


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There is nothing that adds flavors and depth to a dish quite like fresh herbs.  I love to buy bunches of basil and cilantro at the farmers’ market during the summers, but during the winter fresh herbs are a little more of an expense and luxury.  It kills me to spend money on a bunch of fresh chives or parsley and then only use a small portion for garnish or to add some freshness to a dish.  Again, the flavor is worth it, but it just breaks my heart when I can’t think of what to do with the rest of the bunch of herbs and it goes to waste!  Am I alone on this one?  Anyway, last summer, I had this dilemma and my mom suggested that I throw all of these unused misfit herbs into the blender, add some garlic and olive oil, form them into balls and freeze them for later use.  I am so excited that I took her advice because I at way too much Halloween candy and need a healthy dinner!  I have a spaghetti squash in the oven right now and I can hardly wait to throw one of the herb balls from my freezer into a sautée pan and pour the freshness of summer over my beautiful fall squash!

 Purée herbs, garlic and olive oil

Divide herb mixture,  form into balls and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet

Once frozen, place herb balls into a freezer bag and store

To use, remove ball from freezer,  place into small saucepan, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and warm

For my spaghetti squash, I pierced the squash several times with a knife and baked at 350° for 1 hour.  Then I cooled the squash for 15 minuets, cut it in half and removed the seeds.  I removed the flesh and added it to my saucepan to combine it with the herb mixture.  Topped off with parmesan cheese and served with some sautéed kale, you have a healthy and satisfying meal!

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