Homemade French Onion Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip made with sour cream, mayonnaise and caramelized onions.

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Homemade French Onion Dip is better than anything you can buy at the store, and much easier to make than you might think! You’ll want to dip everything from chips to carrot sticks in this savory dip.

Potato chip in a bowl of french onion dip

One thing in my life that I am super particular about when it comes to food is chip dip – more specifically French Onion Dip. I’m not super picky when it comes to the dippable items. Basically just give me a chip, but I am a total chip dip snob.

When I was a kid, I fell pretty hard for the French Onion Dip at a local carry out in my hometown and now as an adult, I’ll drive miles to pick up that chip dip over just grabbing a name brand from the grocery store.

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15 Fresh Beet Recipes

One of my many missions in life is to create fresh beet recipes that will win over even the biggest beet skeptics. Luckily, Jack has given me ample practice over the years. When we first met, he wouldn’t come near a beet, let alone taste one. But…


One of my many missions in life is to create fresh beet recipes that will win over even the biggest beet skeptics. Luckily, Jack has given me ample practice over the years. When we first met, he wouldn’t come near a beet, let alone taste one. But with time (and only a little trickery), I’ve gotten him to try and enjoy a host of beet recipes. Just last week, he devoured an entire beet salad at dinner, proclaiming how much he loved it with every bite. So if you’re still on the fence about beets, I get it. Their earthy […]

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Pizza Sausage Rolls

Pizza Sausage Rolls wrapped in bagel dough with Italian chicken sausage, marinara and mozzarella make a fun recipe your whole family will love. Pizza Sausage Rolls I’m excited to share these tasty Pizza Sausage Rolls with you! I love pizza and like to eat it in different creative ways, like this French Bread Pizza Caprese […]

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Pizza Sausage Rolls wrapped in bagel dough with Italian chicken sausage, marinara and mozzarella make a fun recipe your whole family will love.

Pizza Sausage Rolls sliced.
Pizza Sausage Rolls

I’m excited to share these tasty Pizza Sausage Rolls with you! I love pizza and like to eat it in different creative ways, like this French Bread Pizza Caprese or this Breakfast Pizza. These rolls take classic Italian sausage pizza ingredients and wrap them in my bagel dough. They’re perfect for appetizers, home school lunches, and dinner for the whole family. To save time, you can also use store bought pizza dough instead.

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BBQ Chickpea Meatballs

To make these easy Chickpea Meatballs you need a food processor and a couple of pantry staples and you are good to go. Enjoy them in as many ways as you can. Make meatballs sub, or dip them in BBQ sauce and stick them on a skewer or add them on top of …

To make these easy Chickpea Meatballs you need a food processor and a couple of pantry staples and you are good to go. Enjoy them in as many ways as you can. Make meatballs sub, or dip them in BBQ sauce and stick them on a skewer or add them on top of your spaghetti...

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Pastrami Reuben Egg Rolls

Golden, crisp Pastrami Reuben Egg Rolls with Russian Dressing, made healthier by cooking in the air fryer or baking in the oven, taste so good! Reuben Egg Rolls A traditional Reuben usually consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut served on rye bread with Russian dressing. It’s the ultimate deli sandwich. This fun variation, […]

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Golden, crisp Pastrami Reuben Egg Rolls with Russian Dressing, made healthier by cooking in the air fryer or baking in the oven, taste so good!

Pastrami Reuban Eggrolls with Russian Dressing.
Reuben Egg Rolls

A traditional Reuben usually consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut served on rye bread with Russian dressing. It’s the ultimate deli sandwich. This fun variation, also known as the “Irish” egg roll, incorporates the classic sandwich filling into an egg roll wrapper. My Rueben-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin is another creative take on a Reuben.

If you have leftover egg roll wrappers, try some of my other egg roll recipes. These Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls and Avocado Egg Rolls are always a hit! If you have my latest cookbook Skinnytaste Meal Prep, you will love my Turkey Cheeseburger Egg Rolls! These fun egg rolls are great as an appetizer for a party or as lunch served with a side salad.

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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip is everything you love about pumpkin pie, made into a easy, light and fluffy no bake dip. Perfect for dipping apple wedges, graham crackers or gingersnaps. Pumpkin Pie Dip This pumpkin pie dip recipe is and oldie but goodie! It’s a favorite appetizer or dessert to bring to Halloween parties because the […]

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Pumpkin Pie Dip is everything you love about pumpkin pie, made into a easy, light and fluffy no bake dip. Perfect for dipping apple wedges, graham crackers or gingersnaps.

Pumpkin Pie Dip with sliced apples.
Pumpkin Pie Dip

This pumpkin pie dip recipe is and oldie but goodie! It’s a favorite appetizer or dessert to bring to Halloween parties because the kids (and adults) love it! It’s also so easy to make, no cooking required! More Pumpkin desserts ideas Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars, Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Pie.

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Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls (Maki Sushi)

These Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls (Maki Sushi or makizushi) are filled with maple roasted sweet potato, earthy beetroot and creamy avocado wrapped up in sushi rice and nori sheets. It is the perfect combination of something sweet, savory and umami that wi…

These Sweet Potato Sushi Rolls (Maki Sushi or makizushi) are filled with maple roasted sweet potato, earthy beetroot and creamy avocado wrapped up in sushi rice and nori sheets. It is the perfect combination of something sweet, savory and umami that will be loved by whole family.  It is amazing how colourful and versatile sushi...

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Autumn Cheese Board with Bourbon Crackling Caramel.

Oh how I live for a fall cheese board! And this one is better than the rest because of… bourbon crackling caramel. WOW. Yes, say it with me! Oh man guys. When we shot this cheeseboard… it was just SO good. So incredibly good. Let’s just say that 2020 is NOT the year of the […]

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Oh how I live for a fall cheese board!

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

And this one is better than the rest because of… bourbon crackling caramel. WOW.

Yes, say it with me!

pouring bourbon crackling caramel on cheese

Oh man guys. When we shot this cheeseboard… it was just SO good.

So incredibly good.

Let’s just say that 2020 is NOT the year of the cheeseboard. Obviously. At least, not a giant mind-blowing cheeseboard. 

It has been nearly a year since I made a big entertaining cheeseboard because it’s been nearly a year since I entertained with a huge group of guests! I guess I could have made a smaller one for us, and I probably should have, but I just… didn’t.

And I couldn’t believe how much I’ve missed them. I mean, I could not stay away from this board. It was sooooo delicious. 

The combo between the salty and the sweet? Couldn’t handle it. 

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

Now, before you freak over caramel and cheese, let me tell you! It’s not really any different from a wheel of brie topped with some sort of sweet jam. Or if you’ve ever made a sweet topping for brie, like a brown sugar kahlua version or something, then you’ll get it. 

The caramel on top of the salty, creamy cheese is the best combination. Then add a crunchy cracker? Sold.

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

And because of the caramel, I don’t include my usual honeycomb (another staple I love on boards) or fig jam. Or any sort of sweet spread. The cracking caramel is enough!

To make it, you let sugar, water and bourbon bubble on the stovetop for 5ish minutes. I like to let it cool slightly – for just one minute or so – and then you pour it over your cheese. It slightly hardens and creates almost a crust of sorts over top of the cheese. But it’s still easy enough to slice into and twirl on your cracker.

OH MY GOSH.

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

I am 99% certain I will never make a cheeseboard without this again. It is a game changer. It elevates the whole board, and I don’t even like to use that term. Especially when it comes to cheese boards because let’s be real, unless you’re eating a Lunchable, a cheeseboard is already elevated. 

But it does just that. 

For the actual board, I like to use two creamier cheeses, like a brie and a creamy goat. I also absolutely love this caramelized cheese – it’s incredible and so warming for fall. However! The wonderful part of this board (or really, any board) is that you can use whatever cheese you like. If you’d rather use a hard cheese (hello drunken goat!), that works too. As long as you love the cheese and enjoy a savory + sweet combo, it will work.

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

Now for the next fun part: smoky honey roasted pepitas. Yessssss. I love them.

These pepitas come from my honeycrisp harvest salad which is one of my favorites this (and every) time of year. Roast the pepitas then let them cool and break them into clusters. You can throw them on top of the cheese or simply scatter them on the board. 

With the pepita clusters, I also skip the nuts. I almost always do a marcona almond on my cheese boards but these are divine.

Also! I made the sweet and spicy walnuts from the salad too (in the salad I use pecans, but was out, so walnuts it was!) and they added so much crunch and flavor. I don’t think you have to make both sets of nuts for a cheese board, but it sure is fun because they are GOOD. 

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

Now I hope I’ve convinced you that this should be dinner tonight.

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

Fall Cheese Board with Bourbon Crackling Caramel

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Autumn Cheese Board with Bourbon Crackling Caramel

This fall cheeseboard is extra special, with creamy cheese drizzled in bourbon cracking caramel and topped with smoky honey roasted pepitas.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 1 wheel goat cheese
  • 1 block ski queen gjetost cheese, (this is a caramel cheese)
  • salami slices
  • baguettes and crackers
  • apple wedges
  • grapes
  • figs

smoky honey roasted pepitas

  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of salt

bourbon crackling caramel

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • Note: you can prepare the pepitas ahead of time. I suggest assembling the board fully and then making they caramel, as it only takes 5 minutes and you want to pour it over the cheese shortly after making.
  • Assemble the cheese board with the cheese wedges and blocks in the center, and the fruit, crackers, salami and and baguettes around the outside. Pour the slightly cooled caramel over the top of the cheese. Sprinkle with the pepitas clusters or spread them around the board.
  • Serve!

smoky honey roasted pepitas

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Microwave the coconut oil and honey together until melted, about 30 seconds. Stir the pepitas in a large bowl with the honey mixture, salt and smoked paprika. Place them on the baking sheet and smooth them out with a spatula – you still want them clustered so you can break them apart after baking!
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the oven and toss slightly. Let cool completely before breaking apart.

bourbon crackling caramel

  • Combine the sugar, bourbon and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. Bring the sugar to a boil and reduce it until it is just bubbling. Let it bubble for 5 minutes, brushing down sides with a pastry brush if needed.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool slightly for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour over the cheese wheels!

Notes

inspired by bon appetit

autumn cheese board with bourbon crackling caramel and honey roasted pepitas

Just add a chilled glass of pinot noir.

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Caponata

Let’s make homemade caponata! This classic Sicilian appetizer or side dish is perfect for late summer meals. This recipe combines roasted (not fried) eggplant with sautéed bell…

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caponata with roasted eggplant

Let’s make homemade caponata! This classic Sicilian appetizer or side dish is perfect for late summer meals. This recipe combines roasted (not fried) eggplant with sautéed bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, olives and capers. Red wine vinegar and honey make it irresistibly tangy and sweet. If you generally enjoy these bold flavors, you’re going to love caponata.

Since international travel is largely off the table, I’ve been traveling vicariously through my food. This caponata is the perfect example. I’ve yet to make my way to Sicily to sample authentic caponata, but learning to make this dish has deepened my desire to explore the island. Mark my words, I’ll get there someday.

caponata ingredients

Caponata recipes vary from region to region and household to household. This recipe is where I landed. I took some cooking cues from my ratatouille recipe, which also features roasted eggplant stirred into a simmering tomato sauce. Caponata’s flavors are even deeper and more complex largely due to the intense agrodolce factor, or the interplay between sweet (honey and raisins) and sour (vinegar and capers).

I can’t claim this recipe is entirely authentic, but I hope it offers you a little taste of Sicily.

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Quick Loaded Vegan Nachos

This Vegan Nachos is a healthier take on the popular Nacho. These tortilla chips are loaded with SEVEN different vegan nacho toppings. It will be a crowd-pleaser even if you serve it as an appetiser or as a snack for Super Bowl or Game Day.  We lo…

This Vegan Nachos is a healthier take on the popular Nacho. These tortilla chips are loaded with SEVEN different vegan nacho toppings. It will be a crowd-pleaser even if you serve it as an appetiser or as a snack for Super Bowl or Game Day.  We love Tex-Mex food! Have you seen our Best Damn...

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