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Copycat TGI Friday’s Baked Potato Skins

baked potato skins

baked potato skins

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I love all types of potato skins…I actually love using all different types of toppings like sour cream, onions, cheese, bacon, or you can even try out sweet ones with cinnamon, sugar, butter and whipped topping. These make for great appetizers and are super easy to make. Enjoy!

Copycat TGI Friday’s Baked Potato Skins
(Yield 8 potato skins)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp melted Butter
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Crispy Fried Bacon 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Line a baking seet with aluminum foil.
  3. Wash, scrub and dry potatoes.
  4. Pierce each multiple times with a fork.
  5. Rub with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Preheat oven to 375.
  9. Cut each potato lengthwise into thirds.
  10. Reserve middle slice of each for something else. 4
  11. Use a spoon to scoop out white middles of each remaining slice, leaving about 1/4″ thickness in each.
  12. Brush potato skins with melted butter and bake for 25 minutes until crisp.
  13. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon and return to oven until cheese is melted.
  14. Serve with sour cream and sliced green onions.
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pumpkin cheese ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

pumpkin cheese ball

Cheese ball recipe

pumpkin cheese ball

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Who doesn’t love a creamy, cheesy, cheese ball?! I am always making these for birthday parties, get-togethers, parties and BBQs! What I love about cheese balls is that they are perfect all year long. This next recipe is great in October for Halloween but it’s also delicious in Summer (just don’t shape it like a pumpkin). ;-) Enjoy!

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin 5
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed 2

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended. 3
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 4
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips. 6
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 cup Nacho Cheese Chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Combine cream cheese, cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and salsa. Mix until smooth and blended.
  2. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Roll ball in the crushed nacho chips.
  4. Optionally, place bell pepper stem on top and score sides to look like pumpkin.
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Cracker Barrel fried apples

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel fried apples

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I love a lot of things at Cracker Barrel but one of my favorites is their Fried Apples…they are really sweet and full of flavor. I can’t go there all the time so I decided to make my own at home and let me just tell you, these are…dare I say it…better than the restaurant ones. ;-) Enjoy this scrumptious side dish or dessert.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 lb Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 2

Directions:

  1. Core, peel and cut apples into 1/4″ wedges. 3
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
  3. Place apples in a single layer in skillet.
  4. Top with top with lemon juice then brown sugar and spices.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat until tender. 4
  6. Remove apples from skillet leaving juices.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup apple cider and cornstarch until bended with no lumps.
  8. Whisk this mixture into juices in skillet stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened.
  9. Pour over apples and mix to coat.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 lb Golden Delicious Apples
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Instructions

  1. Core, peel and cut apples into 1/4" wedges.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
  3. Place apples in a single layer in skillet.
  4. Top with top with lemon juice then brown sugar and spices.
  5. Cover and simmer over low heat until tender.
  6. Remove apples from skillet leaving juices.
  7. In a small bowl whisk together 1/2 cup apple cider and cornstarch until bended with no lumps.
  8. Whisk this mixture into juices in skillet stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened.
  9. Pour over apples and mix to coat.
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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup

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I love hearty soup..it’s so much better than plain old broth soup. It’s hearty, warms your stomach and fills you up quickly. I like making this soup all year long but it’s my favorite during the fall and Winter when it’s cold outside and I can eat it by the fireplace. ;-) You can use fresh Pumpkin or just use canned Pumpkin which is a little easier. Enjoy…

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish) 4

Directions:

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute. 3
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.2
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or drizzle of heavy cream.
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