Sunday, March 24, 2019

I already gave you my recipes for Fabulous Cocktails and The Best Party Dips, but I realized there are a few things other than dips that I like at a party! Once I have a free moment, all these recipes will also be available on Singletini’s Guide to Gourmet Cheating.

Mom’s Top Secret Italian Chicken Wings…and My Not-So-Secret Adaptations


wings2By far the best wings I’ve ever had were my mother’s Italian wings that she used to make as an appetizer for the holidays. I lived in the house where they were being made so I got to snag a few before the party, otherwise, fuggettaboutit. In a family of about 40, you were lucky if you just got to lick the sauce off the bottom of the pan.

Pots Used: No pot. One bowl to mix, one baking sheet.

Skill: Easy, they are just time consuming.

Wow Factor: 7. They are my favorite wings of all time, but they are only wings!



1/2 bag of Chicken Wings, defrosted. (2.5 Lbs.)

1/2 cup margarine, melted.

1/2-3/4 cup of Hot Sauce

2 packages (.6 oz each) of Dry Italian Dressing (like Good Seasons. You make it fresh, you make it best!)

2 Tablespoons lemon Juice

1/2 teaspoon Dry Basil


The Steps:

  1. -Stir together all ingredients
  2. -Coat the thawed wings.
  3. -Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked, basting with extra sauce every 5 minutes.


Mom’s Hidden Secret Oyster crackers

For years, my mom would make these for the holidays. These simple little crackers went like hotcakes (can someone please explain why hotcakes sell so fast?). Then one year they stopped appearing. Never did figure out why. But they’ve remained my favorite and I make them now for a semi-low fat and extremely delicious snack whenever I want them. And they are still a crowd pleaser. I brought them into work one day and for the following months I had people following me around begging for them. And they are so ridiculously easy, as long as you remember to buy ALL of the ingredients. If you are like me and buy the dressing and not the crackers, it’s a little more complicated.


It’s actually an adaptation from Hidden Valley Ranch’s Oyster Cracker Recipe. But my mother never took recipes at face value. She was always trying to make them better. Where do you think I got it from?

Pots Used: No pot. One bowl to mix, one baking sheet.

Skill: I already said: ridiculously easy.

Wow Factor: 7. I mean, I can’t give oyster crackers a 10 but they are soooo great.


Ingredients for The Easiest Snack Ever:

1 12-16oz package of oyster crackers. I get the cheapest ones I can find.

1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Original Buttermilk Ranch Recipe salad dressing (dry)

¼ teaspoon of Lemon Pepper

1 teaspoon of Dill Weed

½ teaspoon Garlic Powder

¾- 1 Cup of Oil


The Steps:

  1. -Combine salad dressing packet and oil. Add rest of spices.
  2. -Pour over crackers.
  3. -Spread crackers on baking sheet.
  4. -Place in a warm oven for 15-20 minutes.
  5. -Let cool and store in a plastic bag that you can take everywhere with you because you will not be able to leave them behind. Enjoy!


Party Poppin’ Poppers

I adore jalapeno poppers! I would eat them every day if I could. And I’ve been wanting to make them for years but never got around to it. Then I finally found a recipe that I had to try! I do have a deep fryer so that made it a lot easier. But you can totally make them in a pan!


Pots Used: Lots of bowls. And either a pan or a deep fryer.

Skill: Eh. It’s a bit complicated. But worth it!

Wow Factor: 9.



24 jalapeno peppers

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

2 garlic cloves finely minced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs beaten with 1 tablespoon milk

1 cup bread crumbs

Vegetable oil for frying



  1. Wearing rubber gloves, cut stems off the jalapenos. Save the tops!
  2. Remove the seeds and membrane.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, garlic, cilantro, chili powder and shredded cheddar. F
  4. Fill the inside of the peppers with the mixture.
  5. Put the top back on each pepper. Wipe off any excess.
  6. Place the flour in a bowl, the egg/milk mixture in another, and the bread crumbs in a third.
  7. First dredge the stuffed peppers in flour, second in the egg, and then roll in the bread crumbs.
  8. Place on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Heat approximately 2-inches of oil in a deep-fryer or saucepan to 350*F
  10. Place 3 or 4 breaded jalapenos at a time in the pan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
  11. Drain on paper towels, and keep warm in a 200*F oven.
  12. Filling is hot!


Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

This one I haven’t tried but it came from my friend Brenda so I know it’s good. She is the one that gave me all the Fabulous Dip Recipes!



1 pound lean ground beef

1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

1/2 cup barbeque sauce

1/2 cup peach preserves



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Thoroughly mix the ground beef, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, onion, bread crumbs, milk, and egg.
  3. Form the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and place on greasedbaking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until there is no pink left in the middle.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the barbeque sauce and peach preserves.
  6. When meatballs are done, place in a serving dish and cover with the barbeque sauce mixture. Toss to coat.


Don’t forget to check out my Fabulous Super Bowl Dips and my Super Cocktails recipes!

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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  1. Nicci Said,

    Thank you for the delicious sounding recipes. I’m off to try the Chicken wings for dinner tonight. SOunds yummy 🙂

    Posted on December 30th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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