Southern Quick Bits

Submitted by Christi

Yesterday afternoon, I was expecting a visitor for a quick business meeting. Of course, as a Southerner, you can’t have anyone cross your threshold without offering at least a drink and preferable something to drink with a bite to eat.  Since I had less than an hour and didn’t have time to go to the store, I had to find something quick and easy to make with what I had on hand. As it happened, I had a can of apple pie filling sweetened with Splenda and some biscuit mix. I found this recipe and substituted my canned apples for fresh (I actually have some fresh apples, but didn’t have the time).

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie

French Apple Pie

3 cups sliced peeled apples (3 large)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs

1/2 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons firm butter or margarine
1. Heat oven to 325ºF. Grease 9-inch glass pie plate. In medium bowl, mix apples, cinnamon and nutmeg; place in pie plate.
2. In medium bowl, stir remaining filling ingredients until well blended. Pour over apple mixture in pie plate. In small bowl, mix all streusel ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle over filling.
3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Store in refrigerator.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Heat oven to 375ºF.

Monster Eyes

Monster Eyes

While I was looking for recipes, I came across this picture on Southern Living that I thought was so cute and, of course, I have given you a recipe for the sausage cheese balls before, so all you have to do to this is add the olive before you bake. If you aren’t going for the eyeball look, you could always wrap the olive in the sausage ball mixture and bake. Here is the sausage ball recipe that I have posted before.

Sausage Cheese Balls

2 cups Bisquick
1 pound hot sausage
1-1/2 cup medium or sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with your hands. Roll mixture into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 20 minutes.

Christi’s note: I like to add garlic powder, a couple of splashes of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of cayenne and sometimes a little dried parsley to this mixture.

That recipe would be another quick easy bite for impromptu visitors. By the way, go over to the Southern Living site and check out their really cute and yummy looking Halloween appetizers.

Okay, one more easy appetizer. I mean, you know, you never know when someone might drop by.

Olive Feta Pinwheels

1    can (8 oz)  refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
2    tablespoons cream cheese spread (from 8-oz container)
1/4    cup crumbled feta cheese (1 oz)
1/4    cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
2    tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or parsley

1.    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2.    Unroll dough; separate into 2 long rectangles. Press each into 12×4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations     to seal.
3.    Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese spread over each rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with feta cheese, olives and oregano.
4.    Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 8 slices; place cut side down on cookie sheet.
5.    Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

There you have it 3 quick and easy things to whip up when you have someone dropping by on short notice and you want to show them a little of your Southern hospitality (whether you live or are from the South or not)! 🙂

Today’s Lagniappe: Pumpkin Fritters
Miss Joan on the What’s for Supper board at SL posted this recipe and I thought it sounded so yummy!

4 cups mashed cooked pumpkin
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbs. sugar

Combine pumpkin, eggs, flour, and salt to taste, baking powder and sugar, making a soft batter.

Fry spoonfuls in shallow oil until both sides are lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with cinnamon-sugar or caramel sauce, if desired.

Serves 4-6


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10 Responses to “Southern Quick Bits”

  1. Lori E Says:

    So many yummy things here today. When I first saw that picture I thought you had put olives into a cookie. Yuck. I made sausage balls last Christmas but I didn’t think of eyeballs. Good for Halloween I would think.

  2. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipes. I’m definitely trying the French Apple Pie. ~ Sarah

  3. KBeau Says:

    You are so clever. Thanks for sharing.

  4. susan Says:

    This sounds delicious, but alas, I keep cookies baked by the elves (Keebler 🙂 for such an occasion! Cute idea on the sausage balls!

  5. Kathleen Says:

    Great save! I always keep a pkg of puff pastry in the freezer…
    Roll it out and fill with canned apples or blueberries. or easy, and delicious.
    Thanks for the recipes…

  6. Margetta Says:

    These sound wonderful. I am definitely going to keep them on hand for drop-ins and quick fixes for family stayers.


  7. Lisa Says:

    The monster eyes are too cute! I bet they’re yummy too!

  8. Brenda Says:

    I love those monster eyes! I’ll be making those for sure this October.

  9. angi Says:

    they sound delicious thanks for sharing

  10. Rechelle Says:

    Loving those monster eyes. I’m going to try those! Thanks for sharing!

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