Friday, November 20, 2009

Great an Fast Appetizers for the Holidays

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Pictured: Hillshire Farms Winter Hearth Smokies

Years ago we went to a winery on a kids farm tour and they had little smokies appetizers and the kids couldn't get away from the table. They loved them. I buy them often now and use them for many things. They are great for a quick sausage stew in the pressure cooker... just toss them in right out of the bag, put in veggies (potatoes, carrots, corn, onion, etc) and water...and hit cook for 5 mins...the pressure cooker cooks them so fast and the broth is flavored like it cooked for hours.

Here are some great appetizer recipes for company or just for the kids (and adults) to nibble on.
I was inspired to make this recipes by ham glaze I love. Why not put a sweet ham glaze on little smokies?

Holiday Smokies
Recipe from Shannon Dillman (that's me)
1 pack smokies
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
1 10 oz jar maraschino cherries, divided
1/2 stick butter
Pinch ground cloves
¾ c brown sugar
4 T molasses
2 T yellow mustard
1 can Coca Cola
In a saucepan, combine butter, juice from cherries, whole can of crushed pineapple, cloves, brown sugar, molasses, coke and mustard. Heat it stirring until brown sugar is dissolved and mixture thickens slightly. Do not allow it to burn.

Dump mixture into 3 qt crock pot (or double for larger crockpot), throw in smokies and whole cherries.

Cook about 30 in crockpot on high, until smokies are hot. Turn to low to keep hot for serving.

*have a jar of toothpicks next to it, so people can pick..they will want the cherries too.

Winter Hearth Smokies
Hillshire Farms Recipe
Prep time 5 mins
Cook: two hours

Makes 9 appetizer servings
About 5 little smokies each

1 package of Hillshire Farm little smokies
1 12 oz bottle chili sauce
1 12 oz jar of grape jelly

Open smokies, drain liquid. Place in 3 qt slow cooker

Combine chili sauce, and jelly in medium saucepan: heat, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until jelly is melted. Pour over little smokies and stir to combine.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

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