BHG Delish Dish

Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen


Gina from Skinnytaste here, excited to share this easy appetizer recipe that my husband LOVED!

This recipe is really simple, I almost followed the recipe exact with a few exceptions. I used part skim mozzarella instead of fresh mozzarella which I shredded, and I reduced the amount of mozzarella to 2 ounces instead of the 3 ounces the recipe calls for.

The recipe starts with frozen puff pastry which you cut into 9 circles and bake until golden and puffed.

Then you top it with parmesan cheese, mozzarella and tomato and bake until hot. Finish with basil and you have yourself these delicious mini tarts that taste like little pizzas. Perfect appetizer for the Superbowl, you can easily double it for more servings – enjoy!

To see the full Tomato and Mozzarella Tart Recipe, Click Here.

Pimento cheese spread is a classic Southern favorite and has often been referred to as Southern pate.  It’s so beloved at our house, its been elevated to the level of  Southern caviar.  I can’t remember a time when my Mom and Gramma’s didn’t have a batch of pimento cheese ready in the fridge for sandwiches, to slather on celery for a quick snack or to enjoy as a dip with pretzels or crackers.  As you make your plans for the holidays, don’t forget to have some tasty appetizers available for family and friends to snack on while visiting, sharing laughs and enjoying chit chat prior to the Thanksgiving meal.  BHG’s fabulous Peppered Herb Cheese Ball lends the perfect opportunity to add a bit of Southern love to a traditional  favorite adding a delectable addition to your appetizer menu.

If you prefer, this pimento cheese ball could be rolled in additional shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a heaping helping of toasted chopped pecans or mix-up the herbs using a combination of your favorites. Prepare this peppered herb pimento cheese ball a day in advance, then tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and chill until serving. It’s a fantastic way to entertain guests while they’re waiting for the main event.



5 Tbsp chopped chives, divided

4 Tbsp chopped parsley

1 8 oz cream cheese softened

4 oz goat cheese, softened

2 Tbsp real mayonnaise

1 tsp garlic salt

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 oz diced pimento, drained

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Peppered Herb Pimento Cheese Ball:

Prepare per the directions except omit the basil.  To the cream cheese and goat cheese add 1 Tbsp chopped chives, 2 Tbsp real mayonnaise and 1 tsp of garlic salt.  Fold in the shredded sharp cheddar cheese and diced pimento by hand.  Roll in the remaining chopped chives, fresh parsley and black pepper.


Whip together.

Fold the pimentos and cheddar cheese in by hand.


Get the full instructions for the Peppered Herb Cheese Ball on BHG


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.


Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers



I made a big batch of these Butternut Quesadillas recently for a party, and they were a hit! They’d be perfect for a Superbowl Party. I started with this BHG recipe for Avocado Quesadillas, but swapped the avocado out for roasted, mashed butternut squash. I found that with the squash, you didn’t need quite as much cheese, and it was still moist and delicious! I made them ahead of time and kept them warm in the oven, which worked great.

I use a potato peeler to remove the rind from the squash, which makes things much quicker. Then you can just slice it up and remove the seeds. I cut the squash into cubes (about 1 inch) and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Drizzle liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast them at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until a fork goes in easily and they are a bit browned. When they come out, mash them in a bowl with a fork.

Just spread about 2 tablespoons of mashed butternut squash onto a tortilla (I used corn). Then sprinkle with cheese (I used Manchego like in the BHG recipe, but anything works!), and a pinch of fresh thyme. Cover with another tortilla and heat in a skillet until the cheese melts, flipping once. Stack the quesadillas in a warm oven until it’s time to eat. I cut them right before serving, and top each with a dollop of sour cream and/or salsa.


By Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a blog and forthcoming cookbook full of simple recipe and entertaining ideas inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.



March Madness is reaching its peak this weekend with the Final Four. To be honest, I’m not much of a basketball fan so I really don’t know what all the madness is about. What I do know, however, is food and parties. Whenever there is big game on television, food is the co-star right? Leafing through magazines is one of my favorite ways to discover new and interesting recipes. BHG is an obvious favorite. I’ve really been impressed and excited about many of their recipes. Not only do they look delicious, but each dish seems to have a healthy twist. With summer just around the corner, I’m definitely more conscious about the foods I’m eating. The recipe I can’t wait to try is Shrimp Tacos with Lime Slaw. Talk about delish!

01 Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella // 02 Classic Potato Salad

03 Layered Greek Dip // 04 Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks with Blue Cheese


So whether you are watching the games, cooking up some party food in the kitchen, or doing a little of both, give one of these new recipes a try. I can’t wait to hear which one is your favorite!


 05 Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 06  Shrimp Tacos with Lime Slaw

07 Meatball Sliders // 08 Sugar Snap Pea Slaw


Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

Cheese balls. Even the words evoke a party. Katie here, prompting you to consider this season of get-togethers as an opportunity to try out a few of our best cheese ball recipes. We’ve gathered them all here, and recently I gave a few a test-run for a work party. I’ll tell you our favorite (and our favorite dippers) at the end!

I made these three:

The recipes are available here:

Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Balls

Chutney Cheese Balls

Dilled Onion Cheese Balls

Since I’m likely to forget an ingredient unless I plan, I printed each recipe and laid out the supplies. (Not a necessary step, I know, but it made me feel better as I chopped, measured, mixed, and poured.):


Each of these recipes makes a party-size portion (think 30 or so servings), so I cut the recipes into thirds since our party was smaller and I was making three cheese balls.


Mixing was fun; each cheese ball took on a life of its own with its savory, sweet, or spicy add-ins:


Ensure you have lots of chill time before the party; each cheese ball needs to bank a few hours in the fridge before you roll them (don’t worry, each recipe explains more).


My hands were too gooey to take pics, but you get the idea from the finished products:


Next, I wanted party-goers to know what they’re eating so I doodled on scrapbook paper and taped a toothpick to the back to make these handy guides:

And what’s a cheese ball without yummy dippers? I recommend crunchy veggies and, the party’s favorite, Melba crackers:

What fun! Each party-goer weighed in on their favorite. The results? Bacon Cheddar emerged victorious. C’mon, why would you ever bet against bacon?


Can you believe it’s almost the middle of January? 2013 seems to be moving even more quickly than 2012 did. One thing I do look forward to after the holidays is the Golden Globes. It’s another excuse to get together with friends for a fun show, a few snacks, and a couple drinks. Don’t we all need an excuse to place our New Year’s diets on hold for an evening? This year’s Golden Globes Awards Show is even more exciting for me because it’s being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Not only are these gals amazing women, they also know how to tickle your funny bone. I think we are all in for a night of fun and laughter.

As I’ve said here, I’m a huge fan of any party that can be hosted by only serving appetizers – easy foods and small bites packed with flavor. You just can’t go wrong. While not totally ignoring everyone’s desire to lose those holiday pounds, I’ve collected some appetizers from the BHG recipe archives that are sure to please your guests. All of these finger foods are delicious and perfectly elegant for a memorable and star-studded evening!

1. Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites // 2. Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 3. Cheesy Mexican Fondue // 4. Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms // 5. Caribbean Cocktail Sausages // 6. Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta // 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta // 8. Spicy Grilled Shrimp // 9. Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta // 10. Spicy Melon Skewers // 11. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 12. Corn Cakes with Garden Relish


To top it all off, an awards show party needs a little bling. I don’t know about you, but gold is my color this year. It’s vintage, it’s fresh, and it adds a little sparkle. I’ve found some gold accessories that will bring a bit of sparkle to your Golden Globes Party and keep your future parties feeling festive!

1. Dahlia Candleholder // 2. Gold Wishbone Napkin Ring // 3. Gold Stripe Cocktail Shaker // 4. Gold Trim Glassware // 5. Gold Flatware // 6. Gold Mercury Glassware // 7. Gold Glitter Twine // 8. Square Lacquer Trays // 9. Gold Die-Cut Masks // 10. Gold Brioche Mold // 11. Metallic Gold Taper Candles // 12. Honeycomb Glassware

What’s your favorite way to add a touch of sparkle to your parties?


Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm 


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