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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

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Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time:  30 minutes
Difficulty:  Easy

There is something so darn comforting and fun about meatballs.  These quaint little globes are simple to make; the flavor combinations are unlimited, they can be served with your favorite sauce over noodles or rice, or piled into sandwiches, or served as tasty appetizers with toothpicks.  Quite the versatile little ball!  So let's talk meatballs friends, in particular, Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatball Recipe.  Are you ready to get rolling?

Why order takeout when you can eat in with a meal that is quick, easy, and just as flavorful as the take-out version, but a fraction of the cost?   I usually make these meatballs as an appetizer to share with guests and serve with toothpicks, but I recently served them to my family over rice for a quick and easy meal, and as suspected, dinner was a hit!  Everyone loves meatballs, and this recipe with sriracha, ginger, Cherchies Garlic Seasoning, and Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, is so flavorful, your family will ask for seconds.  

So, get the "ball rolling," grab some Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, spices, and make these delicious sweet and spicy meatballs today!  For a complete meal, serve this dish with our Cranberry Spinach Salad and our Best Darn Garlic Bread to sop up the sauce. 

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  • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey, chicken, or pork

  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) tsp black pepper

  • 4 green onions chopped

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) freshly grated ginger

  • Cooked Rice (optional- to serve over)

For Sweet and Spicy Glaze

  • drippings from meatballs

  • 1 jar Cherchies® Apricot-Pineapple Preserves

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) sesame oil

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) chopped green onions- green part (scallions) only (optional for garnish)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the meatball ingredients and mix with your hands to combine.   Do not over mix the meat.  Use a 1 1/2" ice cream scoop to measure out perfectly-sized meatballs and place on the greased baking sheet.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until meatballs are golden brown.

While the meatballs are cooking, add the sauce ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Whisk to combine.  Turn the stove on low and cook the ingredients, whisking occasionally, until smooth.  Turn off heat.  With a slotted spoon, remove meatballs from baking pan and transfer to a large skillet.  Add the pan drippings from the meatballs, and the sauce to the skillet.  Turn the skillet on low and cook for a couple of minutes, or until heated through.

Serve the meatballs over cooked rice for a meal, or use with toothpicks as an appetizer.  Garnish with chopped scallions.


Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs Recipe


Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

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Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes  
Difficulty: Easy

Today’s recipe is a copycat version of our family’s beloved Philadelphia’s Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread. It is chock full of vegetables, fresh herbs, is a fraction of the cost to the store-bought brand, and I have to say, this recipe is pretty darn close to the original.

Bagels and cream cheese are a staple breakfast or after school snack in our home, especially bagels slathered with Philadelphia Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese, our family's favorite.  The problem is, the small tubs found in grocery stores do not last long in a home with two teenagers, their friends, and a young adult, all with voracious appetites.  Anyone who has teenagers can attest to how quickly food disappears.  Yeesh!

Re-creating recipes at home is kind of my thing, so I  took a stab at re-creating my family's beloved veggie cream cheese spread because I could make larger quantities and I could control the ingredients. It took a couple of tries experimenting with the ingredients (apparently, cucumber was a no-no), but according to our "Master Taster Tester", as my son calls himself, this recipe got a thumbs up!   With just a few ingredients, a couple of minutes of chopping and mixing, the end result was a creamy, dreamy, savory spread, the perfect addition to bagels, crackers, sandwiches, and wraps.  You definitely need to try this delicious recipe.  It is so good, you may never go back to the store tubs again!

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  • 3 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2 whole green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 whole red pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 whole yellow pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped

  • 6 whole green onions, sliced

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 stalk of celery, coarsely chopped

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon (Tbsp) coarsely chopped chives (more to taste)

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) Cherchies® Lem'n Dill Seasoning (more to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic Seasoning (more to taste)

*Feel free to add or subtract any veggies or herbs to your liking.

Coarsely chop the peppers, the onions, carrot, celery, and herbs.  Add all the ingredients, except the cream cheese, to a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.  My family prefers chunks of vegetables in their veggie cream cheese spread, but you are welcome to pulse until really fine. Scoop out the vegetable mixture from the food processor and place into a bowl. Set aside.  

*Note:  if you do not have a food processor, don't fret, this recipe can easily be made by finely chopping up all the ingredients and adding to the softened cream cheese.

Combine the cream cheese in the food processor until smooth.   Remove the cream cheese from the food processor and add to the vegetables.  Mix to combine.  Refrigerate the mixture for at least a half hour to marry the flavors.

Spread this heavenly mixture on just about anything, bagels, crackers, sandwiches, wraps, or use as a dip.  Enjoy!

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Vegetable Cream Cheese Spread Recipe


Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

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Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Baked Coconut Shrimp With Spicy Apricot-Pineapple Sauce Recipe

Do you have a food that makes you weak in the knees?  For me, hands down that would be coconut shrimp, but because of the fried factor, this dish is usually meant as an occasional indulgence.  But behold, Baked Coconut Shrimp! Hello!

Adapted from, this delicious recipe is a lighter version of it's cousin, fried coconut shrimp, using egg whites and baked to a golden brown in the oven.  This dish may be low in fat, but it is high in flavor.

Engulfed in a blanket of sweet crispy coconut and served with a spicy apricot-pineapple sauce, this easy baked shrimp recipe is the perfect treat for dinner, lunch, or as an elegant appetizer for guests.  It is healthy, easy, and scrumptious!  You may want to grab some for yourself because these succulent morsels will disappear right before your eyes!

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Clean and dry shrimp. Carefully separate the yolks from the egg whites, using the shell as a separator, and reserve the egg yolks for another yummy recipe.  Add the Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning to the egg whites and mix.

In a small bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand held mixer until the egg whites make soft peaks, about a few minutes.

Arrange three bowls on your prep surface and place the following ingredients in the bowls in this order, corn starch, egg whites, and the shredded coconut.  Hold shrimp by the tail and dip into the cornstarch, then the egg whites, followed by the coconut and place on the parchment lined baking sheet.  

Place the shrimp on the baking sheet, sprinkle them with Cherchies® Select Grilling Rub, lightly spray with cooking oil, and bake the shrimp in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

 While the shrimp are cooking, prepare the dipping sauce.  Mix together the Apricot-Pineapple Preserves, the hot sauce (to taste), and the lime juice.  

When the shrimp are golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.  Enjoy!




Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

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Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Are you traveling this holiday or will you be sharing a lovely Easter meal at home with family or friends? What do you serve at Easter?  In our family, a traditional Easter dinner or brunch wouldn't be the same without some sort of a succulent glazed ham, and being that Easter is almost here, I thought you would enjoy our family's favorite glazed ham recipe, Cherry Glazed Ham.  

Let's face it, ham is the perfect entree for most holidays and occasions, as it easily pleases a crowd.  And what ham wouldn't be complete without a homemade glaze, not the little packets that come with the hams, a real homemade glaze. It only takes a few minutes to prepare a glaze and the possibilities are endless.  Over the years I have experimented with our various preserves and hot pepper jams in this basic recipe, and all the results have been just as fabulous.  This time, I was craving a glaze bursting with cherries and this easy to make sweet-salty ham recipe, featuring our Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, and just the slightest hint of Bourbon,  is the perfect addition to your holiday menu.  

So gather up your guests, grab a jar of Cherchies® Cherry Butter SpreadCherchies® Champagne Mustard, slather on the glaze, and serve this delicious ham with your favorite side dishes for an exceptional holiday meal, and wait for the ooohs and ahhhs!  This will definitely be one of your favorite ham recipes.

Happy Easter friends!


* Note- Substitute Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves with Champagne for the butter spread for a festive flair!


Prepare the glaze by combining Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, Cherchies® Cherry Butter,  brown sugar and Bourbon in a small sauce pan.  Cook on low until smooth.  Pour half of the glaze over the ham and cook the ham according to the package directions, normally 15 minutes per pound until warm. Chill the other half of the glaze until later.   When the ham is about a half hour from being done, remove the ham from the oven and pour the rest of the glaze over the ham.  Cook the ham for the remaining time. When the ham is warmed, cool for 15 minutes before serving.

*Note- This basic recipe would work nicely with any of our Cherchies® Preserves or Hot Pepper Jams, depending on your palate. Try them all and let us know what you come up with:)


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