Texas Caviar will bring Olé raves at your next party or sporting event. This Tex-Mex style of salsa includes beans and white corn, along with the other traditional salsa ingredients of tomatoes, onions, chiles, and cilantro. Here, the chosen beans are canned black-eyed peas, so you can easily put this together. Make it a couple of days in advance so the flavors can meld. Serve with tortilla chips, and you have a crowd-pleasing party appetizer with little effort.
Triple Chocolate Shortcut Cookies are the yummy proof that there is nothing wrong with taking short-cuts when baking. These chewy, moist, and delicious cookies start with a chocolate cake mix and are loaded with both white and dark chocolate chips — a triple chocolate coup! They are incredibly easy to make. The mix goes together in less than 5 minutes, and they bake in about 10 minutes.
Apple Chicken Salad is a step above traditional chicken salad. This simple but tasty salad combines cooked chicken breast, apples, celery, and sweet onion with ranch dressing for a winning combination. The apples give a sweet crunch and are the perfect offset to the tanginess of the ranch dressing. Use as a topper for lettuce greens or as a sandwich filler. Kids love this salad, and the color combination is pleasing to the eye.
Gold Potato Pie may well be my favorite potato side dish and will soon become yours. Thin slices of Yukon Gold potatoes are layered into a pie and baked swimming in a garlic Parmesan sauce. It is a nice change from the usual mashed potatoes, and it may be made in advance if need be. If you want to jazz it up a bit, add some chopped ham or bacon bits.
Gingered Pepper Steak, although Asian in origin, has become a comfort food favorite primarily because it is so fast and easy to make. This simple version is stir-fried to completion in under 15 minutes and has few ingredients. You dieters will be very happy with this one because it is also low-fat and low-calorie.
Nutty Chocolate Dream Bars start with a cake mix and go together in a snap. The center is a fudgy ganache made with chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. They are topped with an eye-pleasing and tasty vanilla cream drizzle of frosting. Cut these small because they are very rich.
Coke Brisket uses an unusual tenderizing agent: Coke! Cola not only tenderizes this brisket, it also makes a fabulous gravy, flavored with garlic, onion, celery, tomato sauce, and dry onion soup mix. You will not taste the cola, and it is not overly sweet in the least. The gravy is awesome over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
Southwest Potato Frittata will make you want to have breakfast for dinner. Corn, chiles, olives, roasted red peppers, and cilantro give a Southwestern flair to this easy-to-make frittata. Although perfect for breakfast or brunch, this dish is rich and hearty enough for a main meal.