Posts Tagged ‘Party Food’

Jalapeno Corn Dip

I’ve added a new party dip to my repertoire – courtesy of the party-loving Catton family. Let me know what you think!

Lynd’s Jalapeno Corn Dip

  • 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) (I would suggest using a little less than 2 sticks, otherwise it can pool at the top of the dip)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 16-oz. can shoepeg white corn (drained)
  • 4 tbs. chopped jalapenos (I used canned so I don’t have to chop them. If you use fresh, be SURE to wear gloves!)

In a saucepan, melt the cream cheese and butter. Stir until blended. Add garlic powder, corn, and jalapenos. Transfer mixture to dish and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serve hot with crackers or chips.

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A coworker of mine has been making this punch for years, and we always look forward to it at every office party. It literally takes 5 minutes to make, and tastes fantastic!


Party Punch

  • 2 liters of ginger ale
  • 1 liter of club soda (I’ve also used seltzer water, you can’t tell the difference)
  • 1/2 can limeade concentrate
  • 1/2 can lemonade concentrate

Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl and enjoy!

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My husband bought me the Hungry Girl cookbook for Christmas this year, and I’ve found so many great recipes inside. When planning his birthday party, I wanted to find some party-type dishes that didn’t go overboard on the calories, so I made Hungry Girl’s banana pudding and pigs in a blanket – both were easy to make and turned out great!

Bananarama Wafer Puddin’

  • 2 cups fat-free milk, at fridge temperature
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 24 Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers
  • 1 small (4 serving) package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Optional: fat-free whipped topping

Combine pudding mix and milk in a bowl. Beat with a whisk for 2 minutes or until thoroughly blended. Set aside.

In a medium bowl or casserole dish (I used a trifle bowl), arrange a layer of wafers and then top with a layer of banana slices. Continue alternating layers until all wafers and banana slices are in the dish.

Top dish with the pudding and let it seep down in between the wafer and banana layers. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. If desired, add whipped topping before serving. Makes 6 servings.

This recipe is only 137 calories per half-cup serving!


HG’s De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket

  • 8 fat-free or nearly fat-free hot dogs (40-50 calories each)
  • 1 can (8 servings) Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls refrigerated dough

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut each hot dog into 4 even pieces.

Take 1 of the 8 triangle-shaped portions of the dough and stretch or roll it out slightly, making it into a larger triangle. Then cut this piece of dough into 4 long, narrow triangles. Beginning at the base of each of these triangles, roll 1 hot dog piece up in the triangle until the point of the triangle wraps around the center. Place your blanketed pigs on a large, ungreased baking pan and repeat entire process 7 more times with remaining dough and hot dog pieces. (Be sure to evenly space them, as the dough will expand while baking.)

Place pan in the oven and cook for about 12 minutes, until dough appears slightly browned and crispy. Enjoy! Makes 8 servings.

I’ve made this for several parties, and the best part is that one serving is 4 pigs in a blanket! Each serving is only 134 calories and 5 grams of fat – much less than the traditional kind.


One last tip for making a party healthier – if you’re making a cake or cupcakes, use applesauce instead of oil. The consistency of the cake will be slightly different, but most people would never know the difference! Use the same amount of applesauce as you would use for oil. For the birthday cake below, I used applesauce, reduced fat cake mix, and reduced fat frosting.


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My cousin Becky is a whiz in the kitchen, and she makes the most incredible cakes! If she lived here in DC I’d recommend her to everyone I know. I unfortunately did not inherit her baking skills, even though I’ve had success with some of her recipes including her easy cake cookies. It’s her recipe for buffalo chicken dip that has been quite the hit for me at more than one party. It takes only a few minutes to make, and it is so delicious!

  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • 1/3 cup Frank’s red hot
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 large can chunk white meat chicken, drained

Mix it all up (use a hand mixer if you don’t like chunks of chicken), then spread into a baking dish and heat it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. It’s great with tortilla chips, but also really good with celery sticks.

Below is a picture of me with the table of goodies for the party I threw for my husband’s 27th birthday in January. I’ll be posting recipes for a few other things on the table soon! (The buffalo chicken dip is on the left.)


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