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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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Hamilton Beach Searing Grill @hamiltonbeach

 

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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Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Buffalo chicken sliders are the perfect food for watching football (and by football, we mean World Cup soccer) in front of the big screen, but don’t relegate these delicious sandwiches to just game day. They’re perfect for potlucks, cookouts and weekday lunches. We love how the spiciness of the Buffalo-style chicken is cooled off by the blue cheese slaw, and we think you’ll love them, too.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

Best of all, these sliders come together easily after you make the chicken in the slow cooker and the slaw in the food processor. The chicken is a set-and-forget slow cooker recipe, perfect for summer days that call for fun in the sun rather than hours inside at the hot stove. It keeps well in the fridge, so plan on enjoying leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Perfect World Cup party food! Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Coleslaw - Yum! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Blue Cheese Slaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup hot sauce
3 Tablespoons butter, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Slider buns, split
Blue Cheese Coleslaw
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons hot sauce
Instructions
Combine 3/4 cup hot sauce, butter, salt and pepper in slow cooker crock.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes or until butter is melted; stir until blended.
Add chicken breasts, turning to coat with hot sauce mixture.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or LOW for 3 to 4 hours or until chicken is fork tender.
Remove chicken from crock; reserve 1 1/2 cups liquid. Shred chicken and return to crock with reserved liquid.
Stir mayonnaise and 4 teaspoons hot sauce until well blended.
Spread mayonnaise mixture on bottom of buns, top with chicken mixture and Blue Cheese Coleslaw.
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Intellitime Slow Cooker from @hamiltonbeach

 

If your Buffalo chicken recipe calls for 4 hours on low, but you’ll be out of the house for 8 hours, the IntelliTime™ 6 Quart Slow Cooker will adjust accordingly. This way, your food will be perfectly cooked when you want to eat rather than when the recipe says.

Blue Cheese Slaw - goes great with Buffalo chicken! everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach


Blue Cheese Coleslaw
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small head green or red cabbage, shredded (about 5 cups)
1 container (8 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
Stir mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, celery seeds and pepper in a large bowl until well blended.
Add cabbage and blue cheese, stirring until cabbage is coated.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
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70579Hamilton Beach® Food Processors rely on robust motors to chop, slice, shred, mix and puree just about anything you put in the bowl. Fast and easy to use, these versatile food processors incorporate smart ideas—especially this Big Mouth® Duo 14 Cup Food Processor with Second Bowl model, with its extra-large feed tube for slicing whole fruits and vegetables.

 



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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Cocktail parties are everywhere during the holidays, but bookmark this post for later, because entertaining never goes out of style. If you’re planning to host a gathering large or small for drinks and celebration, you should also offer some food to subdue the effects of the spirits and fill the stomachs (and hearts) of your guests.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

Cocktail party food can seem intimidating to many, especially if you have a neighbor who constructs intricate canapes that look like they belong in a museum. Sometimes, you need to throw a party that’s memorable and entertaining without the hassle and stress of a complicated menu.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

Make ahead appetizers that can be served at room temperature are your best bet for high quality entertaining with low effort. A couple days before your party, go to the grocery store. First, visit the deli and meat counter and ask for their suggestions for charcuterie, prepared meats that are often smoked, cured or salted. A variety of cured sausages, pate, thinly sliced deli prosciutto and salami make wonderful party snacks.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

Next, you’ll want to find the olive bar, popular at most grocery stores. This is a great way to add a unique and colorful twist to the appetizer table, and olives keep well in the refrigerator. Get a variety of olives and serve them in small dishes, or a serving dish with a few compartments. Pitted olives are easier on your guests, but if you choose un-pitted olives, it’s a good idea to have a small receptacle nearby for guests to dispense with their napkins and pits.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

The cheese section is the next stop. Depending on your preferences, grab a few blocks of gourmet cheese, unique “stinky” cheese and classics like cheddar or gouda. A variety of cheese options ensures your timid and adventurous eaters alike find something they enjoy. You can serve the cheese on a slate board and write the name of the cheese in chalk, use toothpicks and paper to make cheese flags or let the guests inquire and impress them with your newfound knowledge of Camembert. (Some grocery stores will have workers with a background in cheese, so they can suggest options or explain the cheeses with which you’re unfamiliar.)

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

The little extras at the party make a big impact, so look for a variety of crackers your guests can use as vessel for all the wonderful charcuterie and cheese you gathered. Whole grain mustards and fruity jams make excellent compliments; try a spicy mustard and a fig jam for unique flavors that will delight your guests. They will go well with your cured meats and cheeses and allow an endless variety of cracker-fig-cheese-meat combinations, which will stimulate lively conversation by the food table.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

Now, the perfect addition to the table is a homemade touch. You want to offer something you can make in advance, so a cheese ball will fit the theme perfectly and have guests begging for the recipe. Bring a printed copy of the recipe with you to the grocery store or pull it up on your phone to make sure you get all the ingredients necessary. This Curried Cheese Ball will be delicious with those crackers you just picked up, and it comes together quickly in a food processor.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

The last thing on your list is champagne, the New Year’s Eve staple that seems to attend every celebration throughout the year. Champagne can be (surprisingly) affordable and allows guests to serve themselves quickly and easily, without a ton of ingredients and with virtually no mess. (Just don’t let crazy Uncle Larry pop the cork!) If you want to add extra flair to the champagne station, you can offer a variety of liquors and fruit for guests to add to their flutes. Berries and pomegranates look particularly festive in a glass of bubbly.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

The day before your party, chill the champagne and set up your appetizer table, choosing your plates and serving utensils and laying them out with post-it notes to detail what goes in each place. This step is optional, but it’s helpful for space planning and a lot of people do this for big holiday parties. You don’t want to end up with a beautiful appetizer table and no room for the prosciutto! Flowers and berries and greenery can dress up the table if you have space, and you can easily mix and match serving dishes by staying in a general color scheme or theme. Gold, silver, beige and white work especially well for New Year’s Eve. The day before the party is also a great time to make your cheese ball, so you won’t get stuck rushing it the day of.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

The day of your party, slice the meats and lay out the cheese, olives, spreads and crackers. Set up the bar with chilled champagne, glasses and any fruity add-ins. Set out toothpicks and pretty napkins, and proudly display your pre-made cheese ball on a small dessert stand

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

Then, before the guests arrive, pour yourself a well-deserved glass of bubbly and pat yourself on the back. You’ve planned a stunning party that is sure to impress, without having to do a whole heck of a lot – and that’s something worth celebrating.

No Bake Make Ahead Appetizers for Cocktail Parties from Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach

 


Curried Cheese Ball
SERVES: 20

Ingredients
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
2 Tablespoons Major Grey's chutney
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup chopped lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Instructions
Mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, chives, chutney and curry powder in small bowl until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate several hours.
Stir peanuts and cilantro together in a small bowl. Place cream cheese mixture on a sheet of plastic wrap or waxed-paper and roll into a ball.
Sprinkle peanut mixture over cream cheese; roll to coat entire ball.
Cover and refrigerate several hours for flavors to blend. Serve with crackers.
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