Nieman Marcus Dip

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I’m not sure why this is called Nieman Marcus Dip, I found the recipe online and just went with it. Perhaps they sell this there? My mom calls Nieman Marcus “Needless Markup” because everything is so expensive. LOL! So hilarious. This dip, however, is delicious and not expensive at all. I made it for Easter and it was a hit! So easy to make, just 5 ingredients, 6 with crackers.

I had a great Easter with my family at my parents house. I actually like Easter better than Christmas 🙂 The weather is nicer, and you still get delicious baked goods and candy. And going on an egg hunt is the best. So I hope you all had a great Easter weekend, too!

Now, on to the recipe…

What you will need:

8 oz. cheddar cheese
2 green onions (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 cups mayonaise
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 oz. bacon bits
Crackers (I Used Ritz and Townhouse Flatbread crisps)

Note: Feel free to get already shredded cheese, but in my opinion, getting a block of cheese tastes better 😉

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Shred the cheese and put in a large bowl. Thinly slice the onions and place in the bowl with the cheese. Combine all the other ingredients in the bowl and stir until everything is combined. Pour into a nice serving bowl with crackers on the side and enjoy!

How simple is that?!

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Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

I feel like I haven’t been around much! I’m so sorry. And I apologize again for this post not being something sweet or baked! But we can all use some savory right? This past weekend I was at my brother in laws lake house for our annual cousin party. We all look forward to this weekend all year long. We always have a blast! I brought these pinwheels as an appetizer and they were a big hit. Gone. They are really easy and this recipe makes a lot. So here we go!

What you will need:

6-8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
16 oz. sour cream
1 packet of dry Ranch dressing (2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup bacon bits (I made my own but you could also just get store bought)
Shredded cheddar cheese

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sour cream and Ranch dressing mix until combined. Thinly spread over a tortilla, making sure not to go all the way to the sides. Sprinkle bacon bits on top and shredded cheese. Tightly roll. Continue until you use up all the ingredients. Place all the rolls in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut into 1 inch pinwheels. Enjoy!


Maple Bacon Rolls Recipe

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Bacon. I bet that got your attention. I’m about to deliver to you the best recipe ever! A new twist on the cinnamon roll. Cinnamon rolls are so amazing because it’s actually ok to eat them for breakfast. Add some bacon and maple syrup, even better! I apologize in advance for posting this right before bathing suit season, but live a little people! Just run an extra mile 😉 Enough talking (typing?) and let’s go…

Note: This is not an easy recipe and probably one of the hardest I’ve ever conquered. The end result is so delicious though, so if you have the time, believe in yourself and give it a try! Just read slowly and carefully before starting.

What you will need:

Greased 9×13 inch pan

For the dough:

1 package active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk (heat in saucepan until just boiling)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsalted melted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 lb. bacon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature

For the frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup

First, you need to cook the bacon. The bacon needs to be extra crispy. I just placed a few strips in the microwave, and cooked until dry and crispy. Or you can cook on the stovetop, however you normally make bacon. Once all the bacon is cooked, place on paper towel to soak up all the grease.

To make the dough:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together scalded milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter, salt and egg. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix to combine. Add yeast mixture and 1 more cup of flour and mix until you get a smooth, easy to handle dough, adding more flour as needed.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 minutes. Then, place dough in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise for about 1 hour.

While the dough is rising, place dried bacon in a food processor (if you have one) and pulse until you get bacon bits. Place bacon bits in a bowl and mix with 1/2 cup sugar, set aside. Tip: I do not have a food processor, so I put a few strips in a ziplock bag and banged it with a rolling pin. Hey, we do what we can 🙂

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Spread the top with 1 tablespoon of butter. Cover that with the bacon/sugar mixture, leaving about 1/2 inch from the edge of the dough. Roll up, beginning with the long side. Cut into 12 sections (or rolls) and place each roll face up in a greased 9×13 inch pan. (see picture)

Once all the rolls are arranged in pan, allow to rise another 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

To make the frosting:

While rolls are cooling, whip 1/2 cup butter until smooth. Sift in powdered sugar until well combined. Stir in maple syrup, tablespoon by tablespoon until everything is incorporated.

Frost the cooled rolls and enjoy!