Simple Entertaining Recipes
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Simple Entertaining Recipes. I recently hosted a girls night out, in. We all got together for an evening of chatting, catching up, making new friends, and a whole lot of snacking! As a frequent party hostess, I try to pre-make as much of the party food as I can. I also like to serve single serve or pre-plated foods for easy grabbing and enjoying.
Like just about every other suburban mom, I am a frequent Target shopper. I can get party supplies, party decor, medicine for the kids, new school uniforms (because they have already trashed the ones I bought in August), and food all in one trip! Yay for one stop shopping, amIright?! I have a few go to recipes for gatherings, one is no bake cheese cake for dessert, and the other is mac & cheese bites for a quick, but hearty app. While I was wandering the aisles of my favorite store, I saw Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies, and I thought they might be a fun crust for cheese cake, so I grabbed a few boxes. (One for the cheese cake, one for the kids. I also grabbed some holiday colored red and green Rice Krispies and the Buy 2 Get Free Jet puffed marshmallows offer in-store 11/13 – 12/3 on Rice & Cocoa Krispies, discount taken at the register.) Then, I saw Cheez-its and thought they would be a nice crispy topper for the mac and cheese bites I was already planning on making! The great thing about Kellogg’s products is their versatility with entertaining recipes for the holiday season! I made a dessert and and a more savory appetizer. I also LOVE the idea of #Treats4Toys: Rice Krispies will donate a toy to toys for tots for every treat shared. Simply make a treat between September 26th-January 1st and share a photo with the #Treats4Toys hashtag, and Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need! Kellogg’s has TONS of inspiration on their website, be sure to check it out…maybe set aside a few minutes to really look at it all too!
- 1/2 Box of Cocoa Krispies, crushed
- 3/4 Cup of Butter
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 16 oz Cream Cheese
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Cups of Whipped Heavy Cream
- 2 TBS Vanilla Extract
- Freeze mixing bowl and mixer attachment
- Chill heavy cream in freezer until ready to whip (Do not freeze)
- Crush Cocoa Krispies
- Mix with softened butter and brown sugar
- Add to small mason jar or cheese cake pan
- Mix powdered sugar and cream cheese
- Whip heavy cream and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form
- Slowly add whipped cream to cream cheese mix, mixing it well
- Once all of the whipped cream has been mixed into the cream cheese mixture, scoop into jars over the Cocoa Krispie Crust
- Refrigerate over night
- 1 Lb cooked and drained elbow noodles
- 3 Lbs shredded/cubed/sliced cheese of your choice (1 Cup reserved)
- 1/2 Box Cheez-its, crushed
- 1 Cup milk
- 1 TBS minced garlic
- Add cheese to bottom of a butter greased bowl. I use colby jack cubes.
- Layer pasta noodles, more cheese, more pasta, and top with more cheese. I use smoked provolone slices in the middle and top with mozzarella.
- Melt 1 Cup of cheese with milk and garlic in microwave safe bowl, and pour over the mac and cheese
- Bake at 350* for 30 minutes
- Scoop into a muffin pan lined with paper liners
- Sprinkle crushed Cheez-its on top while the mac and cheese is still warm
- Cover with foil and refrigerate over night
- Warm in muffin tin just before serving
- If you want to serve the mac and cheese from a bowl, sprinkle Cheez-its on top of the mac and cheese in the larger bowl.
- If you wanted to make a really simple version of this mac and cheese, you could also buy pre-made mac and cheese from the deli and add crushed Cheez-its to the top and bake for a few minutes.
The girls and I had such a great time this weekend! We all so look forward to our girls nights out, and this was no exception. I loved being able to pre-make delicious foods for us to all enjoy, while only having to go to one store! That is such a lifesaver!