Friday, November 20, 2009

Some Friday Recipes

We had this for dinner last night (Barnaby also had a hotdog), and it was absolutely fantastic. It would be a great appetizer or party food. I saw the recipe in an advertisement for the Marzetti Ranch-Veggie Dip in a magazine and cut it out. Barnaby just emailed me from work. Here's all it said:

"That bruschetta last night was fantastic!"

I guess that says it all...

Ranch-Vegetable Bruschetta

½ cup Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip*
1 loaf french bread, sliced diagonally
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
1-2 cucumbers, peeled & diced
5-6 Roma tomatoes, seeded & diced
¼ cup red or green onion, optional
Dried dill

Placed diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion into a medium bowl. Add salt & pepper and a couple of Tbsp olive oil. Set aside.

Arrange bread slices on a cookie sheet. Brush each slice with olive oil. Sprinkle with a little salt. Toast bread under your oven broiler until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Spread each slice with ranch veggie dip. Spoon veggie mixture on top of each slice. Sprinkle lightly with dill. Serve immediately.

*I found the Marzetti Ranch Veggie Dip refrigerated in the produce section of my grocery store. I’m sure you could use another brand if you can’t find it.

This next recipe was made on the local morning news show today. I've made other things using the braided ring made with crescent rolls, but never anything with a hot chicken salad inside. It sounds delicious. I'll be making it this weekend so no picture yet.

Chicken-Cranberry Wreath

2 pkgs crescent roll dough
1/2 cup mayo
2 Tbsp honey Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp course black pepper
2 cups cooked chopped chicken (or turkey)
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
3 Tbsp snipped fresh parsley
1/2 cup Craisins 4 oz. grated Mozzarella cheese (use Swiss if using turkey)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 egg white

Combine all ingredients except the crescent rolls and egg white in a bowl and set aside.

Separate crescent roll dough into triangles. With wide ends facing toward the center, arrange 8 triangles in a circle on a round baking stone or a pizza baking sheet. Corners of wide ends should touch. It will look like a flower. Take remaining 8 triangles and match wide end to wide ends with points facing the center of the baking stone or baking sheet.

Scoop mixture onto the wide ends of the dough making a circle. Weave dough, outside piece, inside piece, alternating all the way around to make a wreath. Brush egg white over wreath.

Bake at 350 20-25 minutes or until browned. Serve.


  1. Oh that is to die for it looks scrumpious. Your on a neat adventure trying so many new things too bad don't live closer to all those wonderful things your making there. Love all the goodies here. Hope your feeling better too. Have a great weekend. Take care my friend.

  2. These both sounds FANTASTIC! I might try the bruscetta for our Thanksgiving appetizer. Sounds delicious. Thanks, Pam.

  3. The Chicken Cranberry looks GREAT! Thank You for the recipe!!!
    ~ Susan


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