Snacks

Sriracha Pickles

Sriracha Pickles Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comSriracha Pickles Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comI’ll just put it out there…I can’t take credit for this creation, it was all Eric. He’s extremely creative with mixing flavors and having it turn out amazing! I normally really don’t like pickles. At all. But, these were an exception. I loved them and found myself sneaking bites from the fridge. They have that perfect balance of hot and tangy, sweet and spicy.


Ingredients:

  • 2 English cucumbers (also called Hothouse cucumbers)
  • 1 3/4 cups rice vinegar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 teaspoons dill seed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (Large dash per jar)



What to do: 

*This recipe makes four pint jars or two-quart jars.*

Mix the rice vinegar, kosher salt, and sugar together with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Add 2 cups of water and 3 tablespoons Sriracha. Mix and set aside. Wash and slice cucumbers into chips or spears. We like the spears best. They are great for a quick snack. 🙂

In a small bowl, mix all the seasonings together and divide evenly among the jars. Fill the jars with your cucumber chips or spears. Evenly pour the liquid mixture into each jar, leaving half an inch to an inch of space at the top. Seal all of the jars and place in the refrigerator. You can eat them as soon as the next day, but they reach their best flavor after three to five days and last several weeks. Enjoy and buy all your Sriracha-loving friends this! 😉

Energy Bites

Energy Bites Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comEnergy Bites Recipe at: Stephanie-spring.comThere are so many recipes out there with hundreds of combinations of ingredients for energy bites. I’d be lying if I said I was determined to create my own recipe. The reality is, I was hungry one night, made a concoction and realized that what I made held together so much better than the original recipe I used. Better yet, (more…)

Peppermint Bark

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEasy Peppermint Bark stephanie-spring.com

Peppermint is my love language. Peppermint bark is an entirely different ball game. A ball game I actually like. There is something about it. I don’t know if it’s the peppermint smell, how nice it looks on a plate, or how it can be perfectly used as an appetizer ;), dessert, or snack. I love how easy it is to make and how it can be wrapped up and used as the sweetest gift. I love all things chocolate and peppermint and this time of year it makes things even more merry and bright!

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 2 60% Cacao Ghirardelli chocolate premium baking bars
  • 2 Ghirardelli White chocolate premium baking bars
  • 1 bag mini candy canes or 1 bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips

What do to:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small sauce pan melt the dark chocolate on a low heat, making sure not to burn the chocolate. Stir chocolate to make sure there aren’t any unmelted pieces. Pour onto the parchment paper and spread evenly. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard. Meanwhile, crush up candy canes into bits and pieces. I love the fresh peppermint flavor but for a time saver you can use, Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips as a substitute.

Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and prepare the white chocolate the same way you prepared the dark chocolate in a small sauce pan. Once all of the white chocolate is melted, you can mix in the crushed up candy canes or wait to sprinkle them on top. Spread the white chocolate and candy cane mixture over the frozen chocolate. Spread evenly. Avoid overspreading the white chocolate. It may cause the dark chocolate to melt and show through the white chocolate. Place in the freezer for 25 minutes or until completely hard.

Remove the bark from the freezer and break apart into desired size pieces.

Eat. Nap. Repeat. 😉



Spinach Dip and Soda Bread

Spinach Dip and Soda Bread stephanie-spring.comI was 14 when I decided I really wanted to have something of my own to take to Christmas dinner. Before the days of pinterest, I decided to google “Christmas appetizers.” The recipe seemed easy enough to put together for a family gathering but the finished product appeared as though it took a lot of time and effort on my end. 😉  Soda bread and spinach dip it was!

It has been a staple at every single Christmas since then. It’s mouth watering, addicting, can’t-stop-eating, my go-to appetizer and is a HUGE hit! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. It is extremely easy and you’ll look like you slaved all day. 😉 It is the perfect holiday appetizer.


Spinach Dip and Soda Bread stephanie-spring.com


Spinach Dip ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (16 oz) container of sour cream
  • 1 (1.8 oz) package dry leek soup
  • 1 10 oz. package of frozen spinach (thawed and drained)

What to do: 

In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Easy peasy.


 


Soda Bread ingredients: 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

What to do: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease 9×5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, baking powder,sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix egg and buttermilk together. Add the egg and buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Gradually add butter and mix until moistened. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool.