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I can't believe the holiday season is almost here already! My favorite part of the season is - you guessed it - the food. I love all the baking and snacking and holiday parties...I'm super excited! I've been working on appetizer recipes to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and I can't wait to tell you about my latest creations. Using McCain® Veggie Taters™, I came up with two appetizers. One to appeal to adults and one to appeal to those at the kids table!
I got my McCain® Veggie Taters™ at Shop Rite - one of my favorite places to shop. They always have great deals, and the day that I was shopping for them they just happened to be running a sale too! Score!
One of the reasons I love McCain® Veggie Taters™ is because it's got hidden veggies. I may be an official adult, but I'm still not a fan of most veggies. Unless you hide them in cheese. Veggie Taters™ are made with real potatoes and cheese and no artificial flavors. For my recipes, I grabbed Potato, Spinach and Asiago and Potato, Broccoli, and Cheese flavors.
They're delicious right out of the package if we're being honest. But I like to be "extra".
I started by putting the Veggie Taters™ in a nonstick mini muffin tin. One in each little well.
I baked them at 425 degrees for 8 minutes.
Next, I took them out and squished them down a little to make the tops flat so that I could make them like "muffins." I used an ice cream scoop to do it, but a small spoon would do the trick just fine. Then I added a little bit of cheddar cheese to the top and baked them another 8 minutes.
When they were done, topped them with cooked bacon, sour cream, and chives. It was super easy and they were DELICIOUS!
Even though I'd baked them in a muffin tin, they were still so crispy and perfect. My daughter came home from school and ate almost the whole tray of them!
My other recipe also features McCain® Veggie Taters™ in a more "adult" recipe. This one I made for myself!
I started the recipe out the same way as the loaded Tater 'muffins', but this time I topped them with homemade spinach and artichoke dip instead! I didn't think they would be tastier than the loaded Tater recipe, but I liked this recipe even better!
After 8 minutes at 425 degrees I flattened them a bit and topped them with the dip and some mozzarella cheese. Back in the oven for another 8 minutes until they came out bubbly and golden.
Finally, I put them all together on a nice little tray and waited for my taste tester to come home from school. She thought they were absolutely amazing! I'll definitely be bringing both recipes to the holiday table!
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Those look like a great after school snack!