Rueben Dip

Rueben Dip -- A Pinch of Joy
Rueben Dip -- A Pinch of Joy

If it seems like I am on the appetizer and dip bandwagon – well, guess that’s because I am.  We sometimes pair dips and their accompaniments with a salad or a big vegetable plate for a light supper on these cold winter nights.  Sunday evenings especially it is  nice not to have to prepare a meal, but instead snuggle under the fuzzy blanket with a full plate while Downton Abbey plays out across the room.

Bytes and Wheels are Rueben collectors.  Whenever they eat out and there is a Rueben sandwich on the menu – everything comes to a halt until they order one. And when it arrives, attention is focused on nothing but the Rueben and the whole Rueben.  This Rueben Dip has almost the same effect.  Nothing can interrupt the inhalation. 

 You can layer this dip if you want.  But I’ll tell you, it’s a waste of time.  Nobody is going to pay any attention to nice layers.  It’s dig in, every dog for himself until it’s gone.  So just soften the cream cheese by bringing it to room temperature.  Stir in the Thousand Island dressing.  Add one cup of the Swiss Cheese, the drained sauerkraut and the corned beef.   Stir well and spread into an 8×8 pan or a 9 inch diameter pie pan.  Sprinkle the remainder of the Swiss Cheese on top.  If you have a decorative pan, by all means use it.  It will make your heart sing as you carry it full to the table and empty to the dishwasher.  Nobody else is going to notice since they are riveted on the dip ;-) 

 With my tastebuds geared for smooth and sweet and chocolate – the Rueben sandwich thing escapes me.    But I like this dip – on the creamy side with a bit of meat and a nice tang.  Serve with rye toast for the whole Rueben experience. It’s also good with triscuit crackers or a flatbread cracker – something with very little salt and mild flavor that is not competitive with the sauerkraut. 

Rueben Dip
 
A creamy, tangy dip that tastes just like it's brother, the Rueben Sandwich! Serve with mild flavored crackers or rye toast crisps.
Ingredients
  • 1 package cream cheese, 8 ounces, softened
  • ¼ cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 ½ cups of Swiss cheese (1 6 ounce package)
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 cup chopped corned beef (4 ounces deli sliced)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Put 1 cup sauerkraut into colander to drain, press lightly once or twice.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and Thousand Island dressing together.
  4. Chop deli sliced corned beef into even pieces.
  5. Add drained sauerkraut, corned beef and 1 cup of the Swiss cheese to cream cheese mixture and blend well.
  6. Spray 8x8 baking pan or a 9 inch diameter pie plate with cooking spray and turn mixture into pan.
  7. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup Swiss cheese on top of the dip.
  8. Bake until melted and beginning to bubble, about 20 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with rye bread, or mild flavored crackers, like triscuits, pretzel flips or flatbread.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tablespoon

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Tuna Spread

Tuna Spread Appetizer in a Bowl -- A Pinch of Joy
Tuna Spread  -- A Pinch of Joy

Tuna Spread is a healthy choice for game day snack or appetizer!  Tuna is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals.  It contains heart healthy omega-3 which helps prevent high blood pressure, maintain heart rhythm and improves the body’s insulin response.   If you want to add healthy fish to your diet, canned or packet tuna is an easy, inexpensive way to do that.  Tuna is low calorie and low carb, and eaten in moderation, a very healthy addition to your regular diet.   A healthy snack or appetizer for the Big Game — win win! 

The tuna flavor shines in this cream cheese based spread.   All the other ingredients are there to enhance the tuna.  I use thumb sized green onions.   If the green onions I have on hand are smaller I add one or two more.  You could substitute greek yogurt or mayonnaise for the sour cream.  We like a thick spread, but if you want less thick add another tablespoon of sour cream or substitute. I mix the spread by hand to preserve the tuna texture somewhat, but you could also use a mixer.  Serve with mild flavored crackers or crispy toast slices.  T  Use the chopped fresh parsley as a garnish on top of a few crackers with tuna spread and / or the bowl full of the spread.  I also use the thinly sliced tops of the green onion for garnish, sometimes with the parsley and sometimes without, as I did here.  The thin green rounds of the onion tops make an especially nice garnish if you are serving crackers you’ve spread ahead of time. 

Why is this called a spread and not a dip??  A big majority of people hear dip and immediately think chips.  First of all, you don’t want the saltiness of chips added to this flavor.    Second,  it is thick and many chips won’t stand up to being dunked in the mixture.  Of course, feel free to try your favorite chip or use crackers as your dipper.  No judgement here! 
 

Tuna Spread
 
Prep time
Total time
 
A healthy appetizer that is sure to score points while cheering the Big Game!
Serves: 2½ cups
Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 5 ounce cans tuna in water, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 large (thumb sized) green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Chill for at least two hours to allow flavors to meld.
  3. Serve with mild crackers or crispy thin toast,preferably low or no sodium.
Notes
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 tablespoon

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Sausage Bites

Sausage Bites -- A Pinch of Joy
Sausage Bites -- a hearty appetizer from A Pinch of Joy
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I made Sausage Appetizer Bites for New Year’s Eve because the guys love it!  It’s a filling, hearty appetizer with no fancy flavors or parts — just good stuff together!   I made it again recently and barely saved enough for a picture.  You’re lucky  I have no compunction about grabbing food off their plates for a photo!   Bytes tried to put teethmarks in all of his but I was faster.  And then I couldn’t get a knock your socks off photo . . . .  You’ll have to take my word with scant photographic proof that this is a taste worth fighting for. . . it is! 


Use the full crescent sheets if you can.  Otherwise press the seams together on the perforated crescent dough. Grease or spray the baking sheet and work with the first package of crescent dough directly on the cookie sheet. Stretch it a little larger as you work — maybe an inch longer and an inch wider — half an inch each way.  The type of sausage you choose will determine the flavor.  I use Bob Evans or Jimmy Dean original, but if you like more kick, choose appropriately.  Stir frequently while browning the sausage.  Cut the cream cheese in squares of an inch or two so it will melt more quickly.   Spoon the meat and cream cheese over the dough and use the spoon to distribute the mixture evenly, stopping at least half an inch from the edge of the dough.  Open the second package of crescent dough, unroll and carefully place on top of the meat mixture, stretching and patting perforations  together.  Press the edges together all the way around, lifting the first layer to meet the second if necessary.  Bake in preheated oven and cool for a few minutes after removing from the oven.  A Pizza cutter works well in cutting 1 inch by 1 inch pieces.  Serve — but stand back immediately! 

Great for the big game or any time you want to serve a hearty appetizer.  I also serve it for a light supper.  Cut it into larger pieces about four inches by three inches, add a salad and a cookie.  So good! 

Sausage Bites
 
Creamy sausage bites in a golden crust -- melt in your mouth goodness!
Serves: 56
Ingredients
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 2 packages crescent dough
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently to break up any pieces.
  2. When brown drain grease and return to pan.
  3. Cut cream cheese into thirds across and then cut in half the long way.
  4. Add pieces to hot sausage and stir until melted.
  5. In the meantime, spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and spread one sheet of crescent dough on cookie sheet. If using crescent roll dough, press dough together at perforations.
  6. When cream cheese has melted, spread sausage and cheese mixture on dough leaving half inch margin all around the mixture.
  7. Open second can of crescent dough and spread on top of mixture. Press edges of dough together to prevent meat and cheese from oozing out. Fold up bottom layer over top layer if necessary.
  8. Bake at 375 until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  9. Let set about 5 minutes and cut with sharp knife into 1inch squares.
  10. Serve warm. (But they taste good when cool too!)
Notes
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece 1 inch by 1 inch

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