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Appetizers worth Applauding

Sausage balls and creamy fiesta dip...but WAIT before you click away.  These aren't your usual recipes. Did you really think I would give you a recipe you can find a thousand times in blogland?
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. herb seasoned stuffing
1 egg, beaten
1 roll sausage (regular sized roll)
Melt butter in water in saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir into stuffing, then add egg and sausage. Blend thoroughly. Use your hands! Chill for easier shaping.
Roll into small balls. Place in shallow pan and bake at 350 degrees until brown. They smell heavenly and taste even better!
I got the recipe from Southern Living over 30 years ago. It is tried and proven!

This recipe I got from one of my students, Lizzie, about ten years ago. It is also tried and proven. My husband took it to work not long after I got it, and the girls at his work asked for the recipe. He called me and I gave him the recipe over the phone. I found out later that he dubbed the dip, "Lori's a Dip Dip". ha. ha.!!  It's been called that ever since!
It is not attractive looking, but it is beyond delicous!

Lori's a Dip dip!
1 8 oz. block cream cheese (room temp.)
1 carton 12 oz. sour cream
1 envelope Ranch DIP powder
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese

With mixer, blend cream cheese and sour cream together.  Add Ranch dip powder. Mix.
Add can of Ro-tel. I like to drain some of the juice first before I add it. 
Add shredded cheese. I usually use cheddar or a Mexican blend.  Mix in well. Chill.
Serve with chips, veggies, crackers or spread on tortilla's.
Oh my goodness the deliciousness!
Enjoy these two 
Perfect for Christmas parties or Christmas Eve gatherings.

****Edited to add--These would be PERFECT for any New Years celebration or football game-watching-day!
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  1. Yum! I'm saving that dip dip recipe! Sounds fantastic.

  2. Anonymous12/21/2010

    Bad timing on reading this...I'm hungry!! Are you all ready? I'm not.


  3. Yum! I have bookmarked these recipe & will definitely be trying them :)

  4. Hi - I'm all appetizered out after a week of binging at relatives homes, but your recipes really do sound yummy.

    Hope you have a great New Year!

  5. Oh! That dip is a classic! Although I never tried it with shredded cheese in it. Good idea!


  6. They both sound delicious! Maybe I'll make a batch for myself and just watch the ball fall!!

  7. These sound really good! Thanks for sharing your appetizer recipes.
    Blessings, Beth

  8. These sound great. I love sausage balls and have never made them with the stuffing. I will make these for our New Years party on Sat. :) THANKS.

  9. Both look wonderful! I have a southern gal girlfriend who first made these balls for me years ago and they were out of this world, I can testify to that. Must be a southern tradition. I love appetizer meals. I could go from appetizer to dessert anytime. Have a wonderful New Year.

  10. Great recipes for entertaining. Have a very Happy New Year!


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