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Grape Jelly Meatballs

These easy and delicious Grape Jelly Meatballs are a perfect appetizer for game day.  They are also great served with rice as a main dish.  I made the ones in this post for today’s Super Bowl Sunday game.

You only need three simple ingredients to make this delicious appetizer: grape jelly, chili sauce, and frozen cooked meatballs.  I used the Cooked Perfect brand of meatballs.  They are flame broiled and bite size and taste homemade.

Some recipes use BBQ sauce or ketchup instead of the chile sauce, but I prefer the flavor of the chili sauce.  I used the Heinz brand but you can use your favorite brand.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 jar (18 ounces) grape jelly
1 bottle (12 ounce) Heinz Chili Sauce
32 ounces frozen fully cooked meatballs such as Cooked Perfect Homestyle Meatballs

In a small bowl, combine the grape jelly and chili sauce.  Set aside.  Place the frozen meatballs in the slow cooker.  Add the grape jelly and chili sauce mixture.  Stir until the meatballs are coated in the grape jelly and chili sauce mixture.

Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring halfway through cooking.  Serve as an appetizer or over rice as a main dish.  Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

I’m not a fan of football, but I do enjoy the food we make and entertainment for the Super Bowl games.  One of the entertainers this year Is rapper Eminem (Marshall Mathers) a Detroit native and star of the movie, “8Mile”.  The rest of the entertainment lineup sounds great also.

While it will be hot where the big game will be played, that is not the case here in West Michigan.  The current temperature here is 19°F with a lot of snow still on the ground.

Below is a photo of a squirrel that comes around almost daily looking for peanuts.


Hot Cheesy Corn Dip

The recipe in this post is a hot and cheesy corn dip that is great for family gatherings, parties, or the upcoming Super Bowl game.

The game is on February 4th this year.  It will be played in another cold weather state, Minnesota.  However, they do have a domed stadium.  Our Detroit Lions won’t be one of the teams since they didn’t make it to the playoffs.  The coach got fired, and the team is looking for another one.  Perhaps next year the Lions will make it.

The original name for this recipe is Baked Santa Fe Dip.  I think the Hot Cheesy Corn Dip title is more descriptive of it since you get an idea of the ingredients.  Recipe is adapted from a Better Homes and Garden recipe and can be found here.

Hot Cheesy Corn Dip

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chili peppers, drained
2 teaspoons finely chopped canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/4 cup sliced green onion
Tortilla chips for dipping

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Stir together cheeses, mayonnaise, drained corn, chili peppers, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and garlic powder in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well and then spread mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake the cheese mixture in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.  Top with the sliced green onion and, if desired, tomato.

Serve with the tortilla chips.

The snowy weather we had for most of January seemed to bring out the deer looking for food.  Photo courtesy of a family member.


Jalapeno Popper Dip

My best wishes to everyone for a wonderful and safe New Year.  My New Year’s Eve was very quite but it did include food, primarily appetizers.

Looking ahead to February, we have an event that is known as Super Bowl Sunday.  The televised Super Bowl is an annual American football game that determines the champion of the National Football League. The Super Bowl is also known for its fun commercials and half time shows with major entertainers.

On September 29, 2016 Lady Gaga tweeted that she will be the headline performer for the Super Bowl 2017 halftime show.  This will be the singer’s second time performing at the Super Bowl.  She sang the “National Anthem” last year.  I’m a fan of Lady Gaga and am really looking forward to seeing her perform.

While I may not be a big fan of football, I do enjoy the festivities and food surrounding the big game.  So like practically everyone else in the USA on Super Bowl Sunday, I will be eating snacks and watching the game.

According to the American Institute of Food Distribution, Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest event in America for most food consumption — following Thanksgiving.  Here are some other interesting and fun food facts about Super Bowl Sunday:

It is typically the number one most popular day for pizza delivery.

Americans will eat 1.3 billion wings during the game.

We will snack on 11.2 million pounds of potato chips.

We buy more veggies for the big day but it is probably just for the dips that are certain to be served.  This is a surprise (to me), avocados are a big seller for guacamole dip.

And don’t forget the beer.  We wash it all down with 325.5 million gallons of beer.

That is a lot of food and drink.  But if you are looking for another appetizer, try this easy, creamy, and delicious dip that is perfect for serving during the big game.  It has the flavor of jalapeño poppers but without all the work.

The first time I tried this dip was this past Christmas where it was served as an appetizer.  My beautiful daughter made it and used fresh jalapeños in it.  It was amazing with the fresh peppers.  However, I used canned jalapeños and chiles in my recipe.  It makes it so much easier than having to deal with fresh peppers and I am lazy.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip

  • Difficulty: easy
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2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 – 4 ounce can diced jalapeños, drained
1 – 4 ounce can diced chiles, drained
6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon


1 cup crushed buttery round crackers (such as Ritz)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth and combined.  Add the Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, jalapeños, chiles, and bacon.  Beat until just combined.

Spread into a 2 quart baking dish and set aside.

Mix the crushed crackers, Parmesan cheese, and butter together in a bowl; spread over the top of the cream cheese mixture.

Bake in preheated oven until bubbly, 20 to 30 minutes.  Serve with tortillo chips or Ritz crackers.

Jalapeno Popper Dip

1.  Leftover dip can be warmed up and is also good served cold on a Ritz cracker.
2.  Recipe adapted from all recipes.
3. Our Detroit Lions football team has never played in a Super Bowl game and unfortunately for fans it will not happen this year.  If you want more information about Super Bowl 51, visit the NFL web site here.

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