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Red, White & Blue Cheesecake Dip

My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing….

Arguably my favorite holiday, since a young child, has been the 4th of July!  I love the comradery of being American with thy fellow neighbor, I love the food and the smell of a lit charcoal grill and I still light up with the sound and sight of popping fire crackers and works!

Let’s also talk about the potluck’s, given everyone I’ve ever met celebrates this holiday outdoors, there is always a picnic of sorts to be had!  This “no-bake” cheesecake dip is the perfect dessert to bring with you to your 4th celebration.  It takes just minutes to prepare, can chill in a cooler if needed and will be gone as fast as it took to make!  Enjoy!

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 (8oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8oz tub Cool Whip, slightly thawed
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 cup hulled and halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Graham crackers and vanilla wafers for dipping

*You can use low-fat cream cheese and whipped topping.  Fat-free is not recommended.

*Can be made with other fruits, color-coordinated for other celebrations or be “New York style” plain!

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Beat the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together till smooth.  Add in the Cool Whip, vanilla extract and lemon juice; whip till just combined.  Gently fold in fresh fruit; cover and refrigerate for 45-60 minutes.

Serve with graham crackers and/or vanilla wafers for dipping.

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Supreme Pizza Fries

How have I never made this before??  I mean it’s great for a fun & easy Friday night dinner, fabulous on a big tray while hosting a football watching party, or even an awesome way to get your kids in the kitchen cooking with you!  Really, what kid or even adult dislikes pizza or French fries?  Combine the two and it’s a sure fire winner!

Plus, the toppings are endless!  Now here I went the traditional ‘supreme pizza’ route, but what if your favorite pizza is Hawaiian?  Sausage?  Salami and hot peppers?  Pick your poison and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

*If your making your own French fries, make SURE to soak the cut potatoes in a large bowl of cold water in your refridgerator for at least 1-2 hours, if not longer, prior to frying them.  This removes a lot of the starch from the potatoes, resulting in crispier restaurant style fries!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 pckg frozen (or homemade) french fries
  • Jarred pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni, quartered
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • White onion, thinly sliced
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Garlic powder 
  • Crushed red pepper/Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)    

Start this simple recipe by slicing up the veggies, shredding the mozzarella and preheating the deep fryer oil to 350 degrees (or later setting the oven to package temperature if baking the French fries). 

   Set the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread the sliced bell pepper, onion and mushrooms out evenly on the baking sheet and drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper.  Place the vegetables into the oven for about 10-12 minutes, mixing occasionally.  Remove from oven and set aside…keep the oven on. 

 While the vegetables are roasting, pour about a cup of the pizza sauce into a small pan and bring to a low simmer to warm through. 

 Once the oil (or oven) is ready, begin cooking the French fries.  You want the fries to be on the crunchy side, so I like to double or even triple fry here.  Not burn them of course, but just get them nice and crisp.  Remember, you’ll be pouring on pizza sauce, cheese, etc..soggy fries are no bueno! 

 After the fries have finished cooking, toss with a bit of garlic powder (this really helps with that pizza crust flavor!). 

 Assembly time!!  On a foil lined baking sheet, add that mound of fries.  Next, pour on the warm pizza sauce, the shredded mozzarella, roasted veggies, pepperoni and black olives.  It’s quite the heaping helping here! 

 Pop into the oven on the top rack (now set to broil) and watch closely as the cheese melts to that ooey-gooey pizza cheese consistency!  After just a couple minutes remove and serve up!  Heck, I won’t tell if you even eat straight from the baking sheet! 😉 Serve with a bit of crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese if desired. 

 

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