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Stir up some fall party fun

Posted: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Clockwise from top: Caramel Apple Dip, Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce, Kickin' Horseradish Sandwich Spread and Apple Butter Mustard Dip are perfect for fall festivities.

 

It’s the season  to think of parties. Here are a few ideas to spread some fall cheer with these easy-to-make appetizers that will please everyone with a variety of dips, sauces, spreads and simple tasty ingredients.

 

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No matter what the reason for the party, you can stir up some fall fun with easy-to-make appetizers that are sure to please the whole crowd.

These four recipes are a breeze to make and all share one simple secret ingredient — Musselman’s Apple Butter. Here are some delicious ideas for turning these dips and sauces into great party appetizers.

Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce: Brush on chicken wings or shrimp during the last few minutes of grilling. It is simple to make BBQ pulled pork, as well as the sauce for a crockpot of meatballs or bacon-wrapped smoked sausages.

Apple Butter Mustard Dip: Delicious with just hard or soft pretzels. Set out a plate of cheese cubes or mini egg rolls for dipping, and you have easy snacking.

Kickin’ Horseradish Sandwich Spread: This tastes great with roast beef, chicken, or pork – try mini sandwich sliders or pinwheel wraps. Another great idea is to use the spread as a dip for chicken tenders, sweet potato fries or even veggie chips.

Caramel Apple Dip: Set a dish of this warm dip on a pretty tray and surround it with freshly sliced apples or pears, and simple gingersnap cookies. For a family fun dessert, dip marshmallows and then roll them in chopped nuts.

For more ways to stir up some fun at your party, visit www.musselmans.com.



Quick and Easy BBQ Sauce

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

1 cup chili sauce

Mix ingredients.

 





Apple Butter Mustard Dip

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

Mix ingredients.



Kickin’ Horseradish Spread

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

Creamy horseradish sauce depending on spice level (1/4 cup for light, 1/2 cup for mild, 1 cup for hot)    

Mix apple butter with desired amount of horseradish.



Caramel Apple Dip

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter

1/2 cup caramel sauce

Mix ingredients.



From little monsters to grown-up goblins, Halloween is when sweets truly take center stage. Make this Oct. 31 a day to remember with these spine-tingling celebration tips.

Host a Spooky Story Night. Have family and friends dress up in their costumes and come over to tell haunting tales. Make a story chain by having each person tell a portion of a story and take turns adding embellishments and silly twists.

Practice Safe Trick-or-Treating. Contact your neighbors and suggest meeting as a large group to trick-or-treat together. Create a map of trusted houses for the group to visit, with each family hosting for a half-hour of games, snacks and refreshments. Rotate until everyone gets to play host.

Enjoy a Family Bake-tivity. On the night before Halloween, gather the kids to bake these simple but eye-catching cupcakes adorned with “cobwebs.” Enjoy them the next night when it’s your turn to host the neighborhood trick-or-treaters,



Cobweb Cupcakes

(24 servings)

1 package (18.25 ounces) devil’s food or yellow cake mix

2 (2.1 ounces each) Nestlé Butterfinger Candy Bars, chopped

1 container (16 ounces) prepared vanilla frosting

1 cup (6 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 small tube white decorator icing or gel

1 package (1.38 ounces) Nestlé Goobers Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts

Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions; add chopped Butterfinger to batter. Bake according to directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool completely. Frost cupcakes.

Place morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on high (100%) power for 45 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until smooth.

Cut small corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of frosting. Using wooden pick or tip of knife, pull tip through chocolate from center to last circle to create a cobweb effect.

Make 2 dots using decorator icing on each of 24 Goobers to resemble spider eyes. Place in center of each cobweb.

For more ghoulish recipes, visit www.meals.com.

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