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Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hush puppies are a Southern staple that have found their way into seafood restaurants across the nation. Made from cornmeal, flour, onion, egg and buttermilk, they are mixed until just combined, then rolled and fried in hot oil before resting to cool slightly.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hush puppies are typically served alongside fried fish, barbecue or crabcakes, but also make a great appetizer anytime. Try them served with cocktail or tartar sauce, or just let the fluffy pups speak for themselves.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Try this easy and delicious recipe and you won’t be disappointed. Every hush puppy comes out fluffy, moist and tender, with the perfect blend of corn, salt and sugar. You’ll have everyone asking for more.

Fried Hushpuppies are perfect for crab and fish dinners - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Fried Hush Puppies
YIELDS: 20 servings

Ingredients
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 2/3 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Heat oil to 375°F in deep fryer.
Beat buttermilk, egg and onion in large bowl until well blended.
Stir in cornmeal mix, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
With baskets lowered, drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls in batches into oil.
Fry 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove baskets to drain hushpuppies.
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Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I’m always looking for an affordable and convenient, not to mention quick, appetizer idea for parties and get-togethers. Whether it’s a family reunion, dinner party or just a few friends gathering to watch the game on Sunday, I like to have a great app ready in minutes. I don’t want to spend a fortune on gourmet ingredients, but I don’t want to heat up frozen fish sticks either. There should be an appetizer that falls in between these two extremes, right? A perfect middle ground that pleases everyone – and my wallet.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for this type of appetizer for years, but I never found anything as quick and easy as I wanted. I tried a few recipes, but always ended up stuck in the kitchen during kickoff. But not anymore. I finally have a solution for the perfect 10-minute app.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These baked wonton cups are perfect for last-minute or casual entertaining because they’re speedy and simple. There are no complicated techniques involved – all you need is a muffin tin and wonton wrappers, which can be found in most grocery stores. You can make anywhere from 6-24 of these at a time, depending on how many muffin tins you have and whether you are baking them in a toaster oven or regular oven. Simply tuck a wonton wrapper into each muffin tin so it creates a little bowl or cup shape and bake for about 8 minutes, until the edges have browned and the wonton is crisp.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When the wonton wrappers have cooled and you’ve removed them from the muffin tins, you can pack them with any filling you want. They are as appropriate for savory dishes as they are for sweet, and they accommodate both hot and cold fillings.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you want to make the wontons fancy (don’t worry, even this part is painless), you can brush the wrappers with egg wash and sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning before baking. These are great for savory appetizers. You can even get creative and add your own favorite blend of seasonings, herbs and spices to customize the app cups.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If you’re thinking of doing something sweet, brush the wrappers with egg wash and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar or cocoa powder and sugar. Then, fill them with pudding, mousse, ice cream, berries or your favorite dessert.

Baked Wonton Cups from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

My favorite way to serve wonton cups is to fill warm cups with scrambled eggs. Add cooked breakfast sausage, peppers, onions, mushrooms and herbs for a savory brunch twist. Also good is a cool savory wonton cup with your favorite chicken salad. Try a classic 7-layer dip built into each cup for individual servings. It’s like the chip is already included!


Wonton Cups
YIELDS: 6 servings

Ingredients
6 wonton wrappers
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Filling of choice
Instructions
Preheat toaster oven to 350°F.
Carefully press and fold one wonton wrapper in each cup of a 6-cup muffin pan.
Very lightly brush edges of wrappers with butter.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
For savory cups, sprinkle brushed wrappers with a combination of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. For sweet cups, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Fill warm cups with items such as scrambled eggs for breakfast or fill cool cups with chicken salad for lunch or pudding or mousse for dessert.
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Easy Reach Toaster Oven from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachThe Easy Reach™ 4-Slice Toaster Oven can help you in countless ways around the kitchen while saving space and time. The removable Easy Reach™ roll-top door offers better access to food and easy cleaning, while the front-access crumb tray slides out for quick cleanup. Toast, bake or broil, and you’ll be thrilled with the results.

 



Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachChristina of Mama’s High Strung is a mom of five children who left her career as a broadcast journalist to go to culinary school and pursue a life with food. From her home in Chicago, she offers readers kitchen tips and well-balanced recipes with tons of Latin flavor. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hola! I’m Christina and my blog is Mama’s High Strung, which pretty much tells you what my life is like with five kids. Summer is here, so we’ve forgotten all about the polar vortex (Okay, I won’t even mention it!) and we’re ready to start living la vida alfresco.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I come from a big Latino family, so our summertime fiestas are filled with music, laughter and lots of food. While the grill is working overtime outside, I use Hamilton Beach’s Searing Grill inside to whip up amazing appetizers and side dishes loaded with outdoor flavor.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These bacon-wrapped and cheese-stuffed jalapeño poppers will spice up any party with layers of delicious flavor. It’s important to scrape out the veins and seeds inside the jalapeño, because those little devils are what make jalapeños mouth-burning hot. (I usually wear gloves when I’m working with chile peppers – you should, too.)

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Stuff the jalapeños with shredded Mexican-blend cheese. Alternatively, you can use cream cheese, Chihuahua cheese or string cheese. Make sure you really pack the cheese in the jalapeño so you keep all that delicious cheesiness inside.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Carefully wrap each stuffed pepper with one strip of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Cook the jalapeños on the Searing Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and cooked through. Don’t forget to remove the toothpicks before serving.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I absolutely love cooking on the Hamilton Beach Searing Grill, but I have to tell let you in a secret. After a big party, you’ll really love being able to put the grill plate, lid and drip tray in the dishwasher!

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Searing Grill Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
YIELDS: 10 servings

Ingredients
5 jalapeños
1 cup shredded cheese
10 slices bacon
10 toothpicks
Instructions
Heat Searing Grill on 450°F.
Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape out the veins and seeds.
Fill each jalapeño half with cheese. Pack cheese tightly into jalapeño.
Place one bacon slice horizontally on cutting board. Place jalapeño near one end of bacon slice. Fold over shorter piece, then fold over longer piece. Continue until jalapeño is wrapped. Secure bacon with toothpick.
Place jalapeños on Searing Grill; close lid. Cook for 10 minutes, turn and cook 8 to 10 minutes longer or until bacon is cooked through. Remove from Searing Grill. Remove toothpick and serve immediately.
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The high temperature of the Searing Grill makes it possible to get outdoor flavor indoors. Plus, the hood, grill plate and tray are removable and dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze.

 

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Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

This football field-themed party dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your big game party! To make it, use aluminum foil or parchment paper to create three sections in a large serving dish. Fill the center with guacamole and the ends with salsa and cheese dip, creating the outline for a field and two end zones. Then, fill a piping bag with sour cream and use a #2 tip to create the lines on the field. Don’t forget to make a line where the field and the end zones meet.

Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

 

To make the football, we use a miniature sausage and a couple little strips of shredded cheese. The laces were drawn on with sour cream. We like our ball on the fifty yard line to be fair, but if you have a favorite team, you can give them some extra yardage.

Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

 

To make the football players, you need olives (we used green and black), baby carrots, mustard and a piping bag with tip (#1). Use a paring knife to trim the olives into the shape of a helmet and gently press them onto the end of a baby carrot until they are secure. Use a piping bag of mustard to draw a face mask onto each carrot. When you have the teams assembled, you can start placing them on the field. Referees optional; if they make a bad call, you can always eat them.

Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

 

Our goalposts are made with pretzel sticks. White chocolate is the perfect edible glue to hold them together; just melt a few morsels in the microwave until they begin to soften. Let the goalposts dry for about ten minutes on wax paper, then add them to the field. Looks like a first down dip to us. Go ahead and show us your touchdown dance!

Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

Big Game Football Field Party Dip from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamitlonBeach (http://everydaygoodthinking.com)

 

Get our delicious guacamole recipe here.

Don’t forget to make our famous football deviled eggs.

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