Loaded Guacamole

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Snacking: how I adore snacking! I am going to be completely honest: there are days when I would be perfectly happy with simply chowing down on snacks/small plates instead of a full meal. Hors d’oeuvres and small bites are a staple in our household for entertaining as well as for every day! When it comes to snacking, my all time favorite dip absolutely needs to be involved. Today, I am bringing you an oh so delicious loaded guacamole to enjoy!

Loaded Guacamole

What I love about this loaded guacamole is that I almost always have the ingredients on hand in my pantry/kitchen. Black beans, corn, salsa…they are always in an easy to grab place for me! Adding avocado into the mix leads to something oh so delicious that I sometimes have a hard time sharing. I mean, I’ll share with Justin if I have to…because I’m nice. Guacamole is probably hands down our favorite snack item to create in our kitchen. What I always have to laugh about is that as a kid I wouldn’t touch guacamole or avocados with a 10 foot pole. Oh, how things change! Nowadays, if avocado or guacamole is involved in a dish, I absolutely MUST have it!

Loaded Guacamole

Typically when you think of guacamole, your mind goes to tortilla chips to scoop up the dip. But what about something a little different? Today, I’m scooping my loaded guacamole on top of RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers. Thinking outside of the box can be fun sometimes – so why not?

RITZ® crackers

I picked up a box of these yummy crackers at Walmart, and there were so many other flavor options to choose from as well. I mean, look at that shelf full of choices! In the end, adding the loaded guacamole to the top of the crackers created a slightly more sophisticated snack, and it tastes great to boot! The flavor of the RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers compliments the guacamole nicely. You can whip up a batch of this loaded guacamole, add a spoon, and allow your friends and family to scoop dollops of creamy goodness on top of their RITZ® Roasted Vegetable crackers. It’s the perfect snack!!!

And can we talk about how making a loaded up version of guacamole really makes your dip go the distance? Adding black beans and corn made the final yield of guacamole larger, and I am not upset about that whatsoever. The more guacamole, the merrier!

So – how do you make this loaded guacamole, you ask? Here’s the easy to make recipe so you can replicate my Snackify creation!

Loaded Guacamole

Loaded Guacamole
 
Delicious, loaded guacamole filled with corn and black beans. It's easy to put together, and is a crowd pleasing topper for crackers!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • Juice from ¼ of a lime
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • ¼ cup corn kernels
Instructions
  1. First, slice the Haas avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skins, then add to a small bowl.
  2. Add the onion, salsa, lime juice, and a generous pinch of salt to the bowl with the avocado. Use the tines of a fork to mash the avocado and blend everything together to desired consistency (I like mine with some chunks still!).
  3. Gently fold in the black beans and corn kernels.
  4. Scoop the loaded guacamole onto crackers, and enjoy!

 

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Loaded Guacamole

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Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers for #SundaySupper

Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

There is something ridiculously glorious about the combination of gooey cheese and toasty, golden brown bread. Grilled cheese: it’s a classic sandwich that pretty much everyone can love! The beauty of this dish is that it can be simple and straightforward, or pumped up a notch with the addition of extra ingredients! In my case, I like to add a few mix ins to my grilled cheese sandwiches, and this grilled cheese with spinach and roasted red peppers is currently making me drool.

Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? I have to admit: it makes me want to celebrate in my kitchen. So, I gathered up a few of my favorite flavors and combined them to put together this oh so delicious sandwich creation. It wasn’t difficult to come up with the ingredients, as I am on a spinach and roasted red peppers kick lately. I constantly have them on hand in my kitchen, so it seemed a natural combination. When you add in two types of cheese – white cheddar and havarti – it comes together to create the perfect bite.

Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Is there anything better than executing a perfectly golden brown crisp on the outside of your grilled cheese? The crunchy outside, the gooey inside contents: I’m drooling just thinking about it! What is great about this grilled cheese with spinach and roasted red peppers is that it also brings both savory and sweet flavors. The salty and savory bread and cheese is contrasted nicely with the sweet roasted red peppers. This grown up grilled cheese is a sophisticated bite in my book!

Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Of course, when you have a fancy grilled cheese, a glass of wine to go with it is essential! Today the Sunday Supper family is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you some epic grilled cheese sandwiches paired with Gallo Family wine! When it comes to my grilled cheese with spinach and roasted red peppers, I suggest Gallo Family Vineyards’ Pinot Grigio. It is refreshing and crisp, with flavors of green apple, white peach, and citrus. This dry white wine makes a lovely pair with the vegetables in the sandwich. Plus, I always enjoy a cool glass of wine to contrast with a toasty, warm sandwich straight off the griddle! However, if you are looking for a red wine option, Gallo’s Pinot Noir is one to reach for! It is medium bodied and dry, with a smooth and light finish that shouldn’t overpower the flavors of your grilled cheese!

Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

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Grilled Cheese with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers
 
This crispy, crunchy, gooey, and delicious grilled cheese with spinach and roasted red peppers is a sandwich you NEED to create!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bread (I used sourdough)
  • 2 ounces sliced Havarti cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced white cheddar cheese
  • ½ roasted red pepper, sliced
  • 8-10 leaves fresh spinach
  • Butter or olive oil, for grilling
Instructions
  1. First, heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Next, layer half of the cheese on one slice of bread. Layer the strips of roasted red pepper and leaves of spinach on top. Place the remaining pieces of cheese on top, followed by the second slice of bread.
  3. Lightly spread butter or brush olive oil on the outside of the sandwich before placing it in the heated skillet.
  4. Cook the grilled cheese sandwich on the first side until golden brown on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes. Then, flip the sandwich over and continue to cook until both sides of the sandwich are golden brown and the cheese inside has melted. Remove from heat, slice, and enjoy!

 

If you are looking for more grilled cheese inspiration, make sure you check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog post!

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For more information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines and menu pairing ideas, visit their website (where you can also find a store locator). Get connected with Gallo Family on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, see their snaps on Instagram, and watch their videos on YouTube for more ideas and updates.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

 

 

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Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, and Artichokes

Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Spinach, and ArtichokesToday’s post is sponsored by Arla Dofino, but my love for their naturally delicious cheese is all my own!

Let’s talk about comfort food. There are a few classic dishes out there in the world that bring me back to childhood, and no matter how old I get I will still enjoy them. One of those items happens to be grilled cheese. You can’t beat the crunchy bread, the gooey cheese, and the overall deliciousness. So today I bring you one of my new favorite combinations: a grilled cheese with caramelized onions, spinach, and artichokes.

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Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach for #SundaySupper

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

I don’t know about you, but in my kitchen the best recipes always have a story behind them. And today’s recipe for Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach has a pretty memorable one for me!

It all started with a visit to one of our favorite restaurants. I was perusing the menu and my eyes landed on a gnocchi dish. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have ordered gnocchi, but for some reason I was drawn to the choice. It paid off in the end, as the plate filled with fluffy potato gnocchi, butternut squash, and spinach was absolutely wonderful. I had to restrain myself not to eat every single bite and lick the plate clean.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

On subsequent trips to the restaurant, it became my go-to entree to order. Call me a victim of habit, call me someone who knows what she likes, but I just couldn’t stop requesting this dish for my meal. Then I found myself craving it in between trips to the restaurant, and I knew something had to be done. An at-home recreation was definitely an order!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

So, my quest to make my own version in the kitchen began. Luckily, this gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a relatively simple dish in regard to components (and in my opinion, simple ingredients can create some of the best dishes – it doesn’t have to be complicated!). I gathered everything and began experimenting. I sauteed the butternut squash cubes in some butter, garlic, and salt for a few minutes on the stove top, then popped the pan in to my oven at 400 degrees F to finish them to a soft texture ready for mashing.

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

While the butternut squash was in the oven, I was sauteing the fresh spinach and boiling the gnocchi. It came time to remove the butternut squash from the oven, so I reached in with an oven mitt and removed the hot pan and set it on the stovetop. Justin walked into the kitchen at that point and offered to help me with some of the process. I mentioned he could help by mashing the butternut squash, but to be VERY careful because the handle of the pan would be extremely hot since it has just been in the oven. I then walked across the kitchen to grab something, and then returned to the stove. Somehow in the span of 10 seconds I completely forgot what I had JUST warned Justin about, and I absentmindedly reached my hand out to grab the handle of the pan. The scalding hot pan. I wrapped my left hand around the scorching hot handle and immediately felt a surge of pain shoot up my arm. One second was all it took. I quickly ran my hand under cool water and then wrapped it up with a cool damp rag. I soldiered on and finished the dinner – a burn to my hand was not going to stop me!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Oh, am I glad I didn’t throw in the towel after my kitchen accident. The dish turned out wonderfully, and Justin and I actually were left with ZERO leftovers. Justin immediately asked that I make it again, and I will definitely be honoring that request with pleasure! The fact that I can make my own at-home version of a restaurant favorite (and at a much cheaper price) is a total win in my book! But next time I am going to make sure I don’t burn my hand in the preparation process…

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

Of course, this meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine to go with it! A glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay would be a great choice. It is medium bodied with hints of vanilla and oak. The rich fruit and luscious texture is a great complement to the gnocchi with fresh vegetables and the herbs frizzled in butter. Delicious! If you’re looking for a red wine option, the Gallo Family Vineyards Merlot is one to look into. It is a medium bodied red that is smooth, approachable, and pairs well with many dishes!

Gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach
 
This gnocchi with butternut squash and spinach is a recipe that's easy to put together but is sure to impress your family and friends!
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 11 ounces butternut squash, cubed
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, cut in a chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, cut in a chiffonade
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook potato gnocchi according to package instructions (boil for 2-3 minutes in salted water). Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, minced garlic, the cubed butternut squash, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5-6 minutes, then place the pan in the oven to finish roasting the squash until tender (about 10-12 minutes). When tender, remove the squash and mash until smooth.
  4. Meanwhile, heat another deep pan over medium high heat. Add the baby spinach with a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute until just wilted. Remove the spinach and allow to drain.
  5. In the same pan you cooked the spinach in, add the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter, over medium high heat. When the butter melts and begins to bubble, add the sage and basil and allow the herbs to fry for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the gnocchi in a single layer on the pan. Allow the gnocchi to saute and brown in the butter for 2-3 minutes before adding the butternut squash and spinach to the pan. Stir to combine, and allow the mixture to heat through, about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 

Today the Sunday Supper family is partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to bring you an event replete with recipes that have a story. If you are looking for more inspiration, make sure you check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ Meals with Meaning blog post!

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For more information on Gallo Family Vineyards wines and menu pairing ideas, visit their website (where you can also find a store locator). Get connected with Gallo Family on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, see their snaps on Instagram, and watch their videos on YouTube for more ideas and updates.
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Make sure you check out all of the recipes with meaning from the Sunday Supper tastemakers today!

 

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.