Do something different. Enjoy a dinner of just appetizers once in a while. Try these Sesame Chicken Strips, some Potato Skins, Baked Salami or perhaps some store-bought pigs-in-the-blanket. Add some cut up fresh vegetables and top the meal off with Pound Cake Cobbler. What a fun, family meal to eat in front of the TV or when you have friends over to watch a game… try it some night!
SESAME CHICKEN STRIPS
(Can be made in less than 1/2 hour)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. onion powder or dried minced onion
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 cup crushed crackers
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 1/4 lb. boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. prepared mustard
In a bowl combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, onion and 1 tsp. mustard. In another bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sesame seeds.
Cut chicken lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips. Dip strips into mayonnaise mixture, then into cracker mixture. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with foil or a disposable pan. Grease. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until juices run clear.
Combine sauce ingredients and serve with chicken strips. Makes 5-6 appetizer servings.
1 medium salami
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. mustard
1 bottle chili sauce
dash lemon juice
Cut slashes lengthwise all around salami. Combine remaining ingredients. Spread over salami and bake at 250 degrees for 3 hours, basting every 20 minutes. Serve with black bread and spicy mustard.
5 medium baking potatoes
2 tbsp. margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped tomato, optional for garnish
1/4 cup sliced green onions, optional for garnish
salsa, optional for garnish
Scrub potatoes, prick with a fork and microwave on high for 11 to 14 minutes, or until just tender. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell.
Brush inside of each potato with melted margarine and sprinkle with a favourite seasoning (basil, paprika, garlic, etc.). Bake in 375-degree oven for 18-20 minutes.
Serve with salsa for dipping, or chopped tomato and sliced green onions. Note: If you’re making Sesame Chicken Strips, just bake potato skins together with the chicken but for a shorter period of time because of the higher oven temperature. Makes 6-8 servings.
POUND CAKE COBBLER
1 store bought pound cake (about 10-3/4 oz.)
1 can cherry pie filling
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 tbsp. slivered almonds (toasted preferable)
pareve whipped cream
Cut pound cake into 1-in. cubes. Place in a 1-1/2 quart microwave-safe casserole dish. In a small bowl, combine pie filling, water and almond extract. Spoon pie filling over cake cubes and sprinkle with almonds. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high 5-7 minutes, or until hot. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream. Makes 4-6 servings.