BHG Delish Dish

Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen

Party Appetizers

Everyone loves a good BLT. Nothing quite tops the combination of a fresh tomato, crispy bacon, and chilled lettuce between two warm pieces of bread. Thanks to the creative minds of some of our favorite food bloggers, we’ve found some alternative ways to make a BLT.

Lil’ Luna‘s melty, creamy BLT Dip recipe is one to bookmark. The recipe is so yummy yet simple — start with a dip made of sour cream, cream cheese, and melted colby jack and top off with crispy bacon crumbles, diced tomatoes, and lettuce. Use your favorite cracker or chip as a dipper!

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Macaroni salad is always a crowd-pleaser. BLT Macaroni Salad, however, goes beyond basic  macaroni salad and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. After all, everything is better with bacon, right? Food blogger Amy of She Wears Many Hats nails this BBQ-ready recipe.

The BLT Pizza from Perpetually Hungry was inspired by a meal that blogger Taylor had at California Pizza Kitchen years ago. Use a premade pizza dough and this so-good supper can be made in just 30 minutes.

Imagine: A Creamy BLT Soup to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice has made that possible — Reeni creates an even more comforting take on the classic sandwich. Toast a few slices of cubed French or Italian bread and sprinkle over the top along with bacon crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and a sour cream/mayonnaise drizzle.

In my opinion, bruschetta is one of the classiest yet most welcoming appetizers out there. As The Life Jolie says, everything tastes better on top of bread, right? Jolie repurposed traditional bruschetta with her BLT Bruschetta, made with savory bacon, sweet tomatoes, onion, and parsley for flavor, perched on top of a toasted baguette slice.

These Mini BLT Cups from The Endless Meal are truly bite-sized. Grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes work, too) are filled with a chipotle aioli and garnished with arugula and bacon. Talk about bursts of flavor!

After the holidays there always seems to be a reprieve from the eating, and resolution to undo the over indulgence of the season,  that is quickly undone when football playoffs come around. That end of the year “I will never eat like that again!”, is quickly washed away when bacon, cheddar, and soft baguette present themselves to you in the most wonderful combination imaginable.

I’m Megan Keno, of Country Cleaver, and I’m so pleased to be sharing with you this Cheddar Bacon Loaf here on Delish Dish today! There isn’t much that can’t be done with bacon added to the mix, and when the recipe for this Bacon Cheddar Loaf popped up on my screen, it was love at first sight. And it was impossibly easy to do!

I love this recipe, because it is highly adaptable to whatever tastes you have, or whatever bread strikes your fancy. You can opt for a traditional crusty baguette, or a sour dough boule would be utterly divine. I went for the first thing I saw at the store, one of the take-n-bake baguettes.

And if you’re feeling crazy, mix up the cheeses inside from the traditional cheddar, to a pepper jack!

To make this, slice the baguette (or whatever bread you are using) on the bias, cutting nearly through to the end. Stuff with the cheese and bacon mixture and bake until melted through. It doesn’t get better than that!

Just don’t forget the bacon.

Click here for the full recipe!

Hi, I’m Gina from Skinnytaste and I’m so excited to be a part of the BHG Delish Dish “Month of Healthy Snacks”. Today I’m sharing these great mini meatballs, a perfect appetizer recipe for the weekend if you’re watching the game!

These meatballs start on the stove, or you can even bake them in the oven, then finish in the slow cooker. Once done, you pour the Honey-Lime sauce over them and watch them disappear. They are a little spicy, sweet and salty – a winning combination!

I adapted the recipe from these Molasses-Lime Meatballs. Since I didn’t have molasses I used honey instead and reduced the amount to 1/4 cup which was plenty. I got about 60 meatballs, which could easily serve 15 (4 each) with other finger foods.

To see the original recipe click here: Molasses-Lime Meatballs


Thanksgiving is at the top of my list of favorite holidays.  To be reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for and given the opportunity to reflect on each one.  Visits from family, friends, lots of laughter, the sound of children giggling and playing and then there’s the roasted turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes.  It’s simply glorious.  For my  family, we always look forward to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and then we move on to the football game in the afternoon.  Perfect game day food simply has to be included in our food preparations as well as  something wrapped in bacon.  In this case BHG’s classic  Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies fits the bill nicely.



Living in NC we are well known for our love of pork barbecue.  The sauces that accompany our barbecue are specific to region.  For example, in Eastern NC you’ll likely find a tangy sometimes spicy, apple cider vinegar based sauce.  In the Western part of North Carolina, you’ll most commonly be served a sweet tomato based sauce.  So I thought the perfect match-up for these smokies would be to add a bit of kick to the brown sugar coating and then serve them with a prepared sweet and spicy barbecue sauce for dipping.  If you’d like to make your own barbecue sauce my Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce works beautifully, too.  Fans of the sweet and spicy flavor combination won’t be disappointed in these kicked-up smokies.  Make them and watch them disappear.

To the brown sugar coating add:

1 tsp ground chipotle pepper

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder


Follow the directions on BHG for their classic  Sugared Bacon-Wrapped  Smokies using maple flavored bacon.  To the brown sugar coating add 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp onion powder.  Serve with my Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce or a prepared Maple-Chipotle or Honey-Chipotle barbecue sauce for dipping.

Mix the brown sugar coating ingredients until fully combined then pour into a one gallon size plastic storage bag.
 Place the smokies into the bag and seal.  Shake gently to coat:
 Find the original Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies with full preparation instructions  here.

About Melissa: 

Melissa Sperka is the Publisher, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. Her blog focuses on creating homemade family-style meals, snacks and desserts as well as many classic Southern favorites. Melissa lives in North Carolina and is a busy Mom to 2 boys.  She is passionate about sharing her love of cooking, baking and entertaining. After winning the National Flour Power! contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon “Nested Potato Skins” featured in Southern Living Magazine. You can also find her at as a featured Contributor.


Cheese is easily one of my favorite things in all the world. And I’m not just talking favorite food; I’m talking my favorite amongst all things. My mom told me that she had cravings for cheese when she was pregnant with me, so my love of cheese may have been preordained. In fact, I’ve recently created a few amazing cheese related recipes on my own blog include Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Bacon and Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Today’s post is in celebration of my love of cheese and was inspired by two different things. First, the October issue of BHG. In case you missed it, here’s a little peek inside.

These are cheese balls shaped and decorated to look like apples. Mind blowning. What a fabulous, yet totally simple idea. It’s all in the details.

I was also inspired by this recipe for Bacon Cheddar Cheese Balls from BHG online.

I followed the recipe as written to create my fall-inspired cheese balls. I didn’t have any pimentos on hand, however, so I did substitute chopped kalamata olives. That’s one of things I love about cheese balls – you can readily use any combination of flavors and cheeses to create a delicious spread. My one recommendation for a can’t-miss product: use high-quality cheese and shred it yourself. As much as I love the time-saving benefits of packaged shredded cheese, nothing beats freshly shredded for this recipe.

With the cheese ball mixture made and cooled, I shaped the ball into an organic / natural-looking apple. To complete the look, as in the magazine feature, I snipped a few branches from an apple tree in my backyard and tucked them into the top to simulate a stem.


Details and simple touches like this get me every time. This is what entertaining is all about. These are the small things that guests remember and can’t wait to repeat when they get home or tell their friends about.

Plus, it involves cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese?

Again, you can get the recipe for these cheese balls here. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the presentation.

Happy Cooking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm



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Inspired by this BHG Watermelon Salad, I decided to make an appetizer version perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Just stack cubes of feta and watermelon on a toothpick with a leaf of fresh mint! Simple, refreshing and delicious. Summer in a bite!

Try to cut the feta and watermelon cubes the same size:

You can mix up the order of the 3 items however you like! However, for thin toothpicks I prefer to put the feta on the bottom as I think it keeps the items from falling off the tooth pick. This could also be served as a salad skewer by putting about 3 watermelon cubes, 3 feta cubes and mint leaves on a longer kebab stick.

I served them at a party recently and they were a hit:

The recipe for these watermelon bites was based on the ingredients in this Watermelon Salad. Happy summer entertaining!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast, a food blog and cookbook inspired by living in a cabin in the woods in California.



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