When I first moved into my neighborhood over twenty years ago, there was a wonderful elderly couple across the street and we soon became good friends. The woman, named Lea, would always give me recipe clippings or old magazines with recipes in them.
One such magazines was Taste of Home a simple and humble magazine, full of great recipes and a challenge in each. They would hide a picture of a toothpick somewhere in the magazine, anywhere and sometimes I could find it right off the bat while other times I could spend hours looking and never find it. Each year Taste of Home puts out a recipe book called Taste of Home Annual Recipes. I will be sharing my favorite recipes from different categories for each year I have collected a book beginning with 1999.
These are my choices for the best snack recipes from the 1999 Taste of Home Annual Recipes:
Championship Bean Dip – This is a great way to turn canned refried beans into a terrific bean dip that will surpass the usual one you find for sale in stores. Bring this to a potluck or any gathering and soon your friends will be asking if you brought your bean dip when you arrive! If you have any left overs which I doubt you will, use them the next day for bean and cheese or combination burritos. I like to add a dash of Shiracha sauce to it for a bit more of a kick.
Tortilla Pizzas – I love pizza more than any other food I think, well next to a lobster that is. Here is a twist on your typical pizza using tortillas. You can use any toppings that you like, but the combination of toppings in this recipe makes a great combination. The only thing I would add to it would be spinach, I love my spinach!
Savory Party Bread – I love those large bread bowls that are filled with spinach dip so when I came across this recipe I was excited to give it a try. Using the same large loaf of sourdough bread only you don’t hollow it out, but cut it much like you do a mango or papaya in a criss cross manner. Stuffing this with cheese and a few other ingredients make this one great loaf of bread.
Garlic Pepper Toast – If you like bruschetta you will enjoy this simple and tasty alternative. If you grow your own vegetables and have peppers planted, using these when ripe and ready will make this have a much more personal touch. I tend to use a bit more garlic as I do in everything I cook and I also like to add capers to this.
Ruben Roll-Ups – I really do love a good Ruben sandwich, always have and when I came across this recipe I knew it was a must try. Having this as a snack is a great idea and you will find this recipe to be so simple you just may find yourself making it often.