Bruschetta Chicken Skewers

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From weeknight dinner to holiday appetizer in a flash.

We’ve learned a few tricks to turn Dream Dinners into dream appetizers during the busy holiday season. Founder Stephanie Allen loves to entertain, so she is always looking for fun ways to remix our recipes into appetizers when the holidays roll around.

One recipe on our November menu is Grilled Bruschetta Chicken Skewers. The skewers are perfect for dinner over rice, but when guests come knocking at the door, you can easily create a tasty appetizer when you bake the chicken, cut it, then place them on garlic crostini instead. Drizzle the chicken-topped crostini with the sauce.

Here are our instructions for this quick dinner, which of course, can be served as an appetizer, as well.

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Appetizer – Coconut Shrimp Skewers with Tropical Chili Sauce

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Simply delicious, tender shrimp coated with a sweet coconut crust served a Tropical Chili sauce.

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Appetizer – Pacific Rim Glazed Steak Bites

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These steak bites come from aged sirloin marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame and green onions. Served on top of a gorgeous salt and pepper wonton.

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Appetizer – Southwest Chicken with Ancho Hummus and Pita

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All-natural chicken breasts seasoned with an aromatic blend of Southwest spices kick up the flavor on this quick and easy appetizer served with our smoky Ancho Hummus and pita.

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Create Your Own Hot Cocoa Bar

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Inject a little extra holiday fun into your day by creating a simple DIY hot chocolate bar. This is perfect for kids (or adults) at a holiday party or even just to make your kids’ days a little sweeter while they’re home from school. We set up ours in the TV room so we could enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while watching our favorite Christmas movie.

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Thanksgiving Week Meal Plan

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When you’re busy planning your family’s Thanksgiving gathering, the last thing on your mind are all the dinners in between. We’ve got a week’s worth of easy dinners all planned out so you don’t have to! With crockpot meals and dinners that go straight from your freezer to the oven, you can spend less time worrying about what’s for dinner and more time enjoying this season of thankfulness.

Be sure to follow our Fall Favorites board on Pinterest for even more fall recipes and Thanksgiving decor ideas!

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Appetizer: Terracotta Chicken Pitas

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A small bite full of Mediterranean flavor.

Direction

  1. Prepare chicken and warm pita as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.
  3. Slice warm pita into 6 even slices.
  4. Top each slice with spoonful of hummus and piece of chicken.

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Appetizer: Flank Steak Skewers

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Our classic flank steak sliced thin and made into a delicious finger food.

Direction

  1. Prepare Herb Crusted Flank Steak as instructed.
  2. Let rest for 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. Slice thinly, against the grain at a 45° angle.
  4. Take slices of steak and thread on 6” skewers.

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Appetizer: Naked Tortellini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

A fun twist on a holiday favorite.

Directions

  1. Cook Tortellini and sauce as directed in cooking instructions.
  2. Prepare a large bowl of ice and cold water. Add Tortellini immediately after cooking to stop the cooking process. Drain.
  3. Pour warm sauce into bowl for dipping.
  4. Serve Tortellini (unsauced) with toothpicks for easy dipping.

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Appetizer: Steak Caprese Crostini

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It’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

The light, fresh flavors of our Steak Caprese combined with our Finishing Touch Garlic Bread.

Direction

  1. To start, grill or broil steaks as instructed. Let rest.
  2. Prepare Garlic Bread using the Crostini instructions.
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Unwrap bread and remove garlic butter portion cup.
    3. Cut French bread loaf diagonally, starting at the end and cut into ½ in. slices.
    4.  Lightly spread garlic butter evenly on the tops of each slice and lay on foil lined baking sheet. (soften butter in microwave, if needed)
    5. Bake bread butter side up 10-12 minutes until golden.
  3. Thinly slice steak and place two to three slices on each piece of bread.
  4.  Top with tomatoes, basil pesto and mozzarella.
  5.  Place back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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