Meatballs are one diverse food. First of all, it doesn't matter what kind of meat you use: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or tofu, they are fun size morsels that can be dunked or simmered with a variety of sauces to delight the tastebuds. Using Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix as a base for your meatballs gives these little treats a kick that will be sure to start a meal off right.
We like to make appetizer meatballs for an impressive pre-game snack. We like to bake the meatballs, but you can cook them in a slow cooker or InstaPot as well.
Holy Smokin' Meatballs!
Start making the sauce first so it can reduce to half.
Mix in a saucepan:
While simmering and stirring occasionally, start making the meatballs below.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In food processor, mix sausage, 1/2 of the hamburger meat, sour cream, Smokin' Mary mix, egg, onions and garlic. Process into a puree.
Transfer to bowl.
Add Ritz to the processor and grind to a fine crumb. Add to bowl with others ingredients. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Next, add the remaining hamburger meat.
Make 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes, then flip each ball and bake for additional 15 minutes (until both sides are nicely browned).
Mix with sauce and serve.
There are days that either I don't have time to whip up the perfect appetizer for that weekend party or I don't have the imagination. Insert Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix here. I came up with this quick life-hack at the 2019 Dallas Gourmet Market. Not one to not participate in everything, I found out that there was a condiment and sauce competition. I figured, If I could find a few shrimp and some shot glasses, I would provide the most perfect cocktail sauce.
Yep, we won.
There is not much to this recipe. it's meant to be simple. But feel free to modify at will. I used some poached shrimp from the buffet table. Gussy it up with grilled shrimp or for other shrimp variations, watch Forrest Gump.
Smokin' Mary's Award Winning Cocktail Sauce
Pour Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix in a nice serving bowl or individual shot glasses. For extra spicy sauce, stir in raw horseradish.
Display shrimp to your liking. Bring to a party and impress your friends.
There are some mornings I wake up and think "oh, it's going to be a slow cooker kind of day". Maybe it's predicted to be a summer scorcher and the thought of slaving over a hot stove after five brings tears to your eyes. Or maybe, the plan is to have a afternoon cocktail on the porch instead of cooking. Either way, prepping for dinner in the morning is why the slow cooker was invented. Whether it's an InstaPot, a Crock Pot or a Hot Pot, Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix is here with a tried and true simmer sauce for those days you need someone else to do the cooking. The recipe below is for chicken, but don't be afraid to try other lean meats with this kicked up sweet and spicy concoction.
People are going to think you slaved all day in the kitchen.....
Smokin' Mary Kickin' Honey Garlic 'Slowcooker'
Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
In a medium bowl mix rest of ingredients, then pour over the chicken
Cook low for 4-5 hours, check if done in 4 hours (chicken temp 165degrees)
Serve over rice or quinoa, use remaining sauce to pour over the top or as a garnish.
The best thing about summer is, hands down, barbecue. Ahhhh those charcoal briquettes, the lighter fluid, that sweet snap of a struck match. My dad had many ways to test when the coals were just hot enough to put food on that sizzling metal as we all eagerly waited for our favorite meat to come off slightly charred and smoky. Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix adds a punch to your grilling masterpieces by turning up the heat with a BBQ sauce so tasty, too bad the vegans can't put it on their veggies.
Mary's Smokin Heat BBQ Sauce
Put all ingredients into a saucepan and simmer until thickened to the consistency you prefer.
Mary Says: If you use Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix as a marinade for your meats, don't toss it away, cook it down using the above recipe into a smokin' good BBQ sauce. This sauce will keep in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
One of my favorite treats when I was a kid was chocolate covered Pringles. Believe it or not, a chocolate shop in my hometown would make these sweet and salty delicacies and I couldn't get enough of them. We all know Smokin' Mary Bloody Mary Mix makes the perfect Bloody Mary for every occasion, but what happens when our sweet tooth gets the best of us? Well, worry no more. Just whip up some of this candied bacon and add it as the perfect garnish to your already perfect cocktail.
Candied Bacon Garnish
Place strips of bacon on baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easier cleaning.
Liberally sprinkle the top side of the bacon with white sugar.
*optional - sprinkle bacon with cayenne pepper
Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Be careful to watch the bacon, some bacon may cook faster and burn. You will know when it is done when it looks crispy and the sugar is bubbling and caramelized on the strips.
Remove from oven and place on a plate or piece of parchment paper to cool and harden before adding as a garnish to your cocktail.
Mary has many personalities. She's a spicy gal who mixes well with just about anyone. So bring her into your kitchen and enjoy her special twist on your favorite culinary delights!
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