Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

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This Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip is the easiest, most addictive adult dessert for your Halloween party.

This week I’m going to be giving you some “adult” treats for your Halloween parties that you’re hosting for the kids. Because the adults have to have fun too right?

We live in “the neighborhood” to go trick or treating in. It’s pretty much one of the only neighborhoods around so the kids come by car loads.

We also have one of the houses that a lot of people end up hanging out at – at the end of the cul de sac, with the bon fire and all the food.

Halloween is definitely an event in our house, we have Halloween decorations (a Halloween Tree, but everyone has one of those, right?) I think we have just as much fun as the kids do.

After all the kids run around trick or treating a group of friends end up in front of our house eating hot dogs and chili. And of course, there’s also lots of beer and cocktails.

My father in law took all the kids apple picking a couple of weekends ago and my wife came home with tons of apples. I’ll tell you, my kids can eat apples like there’s no tomorrow. I swear they eat five a day. But there was a lot…

That’s when I got the idea for this Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip. You know that caramel dip you can buy right in the produce section at your grocery store? Grab a tub, throw the whole thing into a sauce pan and let it slowly heat up. Add in 4 shots of Apple Bourbon and stir. We used Berentzen’s new Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon, it’s definitely one of the most flavorful apple bourbons that I have tasted, so I thought this would go perfectly with the caramel.

 

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And it’s great for just sipping, too!

And now you’re done.

Slice up some apples and start dipping.

This recipe would also be a great crock pot dessert if you bought a few tubs, added the bourbon and just let it heat up (and also stay warm that way)

The kids will have all their Halloween candy, so you can tell them to leave your Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip alone!

 

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Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

Bourbon Caramel Apple Dip

You could double or triple this and serve it in your crock pot. No need to use the pot to heat it up then, just add your dip and bourbon to your slow cooker and set on low. It'll take about 2 hours to warm up, or you can warm it up on top of the stove per the directions and transfer to your crock pot to keep warm.

Ingredients

  • 1 tub (16 oz.) caramel apple dip
  • 4 ounces Apple Bourbon, we used Berentzen Bushel & Barrel Apple Bourbon
  • 6 apples, sliced

Instructions

  1. Add the caramel dip to a sauce pan and heat over low heat until loosened.
  2. Slowly stir in the 4 ounces of apple bourbon.
  3. Serve with sliced apples.

Notes

Apples aren't the only dippers - bananas, pound cake, pretzels, graham crackers, anything that goes with caramel!

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Pumpkin Mojito

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It’s Pumpkin Week on the Food Fanatic web site and my contribution was this Pumpkin Mojito – still trying to keep the warm weather drinks alive by adding a Fall twist. 

This mojito is still as refreshing as the original, except instead of ordinary simple syrup this drink has pumpkin simple syrup.

Totally easy to make too, just like a regular simple syrup with some canned pumpkin puree added to it. The pumpkin simple syrup will be good in your refrigerator for about a week so you can make lots and lots of mojitos as the week drags on…

You can adjust the pumpkin simple syrup proportions to your liking, if you like it more sweet then add the 2 ounces, if you don’t like a sweeter cocktail then you can try only adding an ounce at first.

The most important part about making this mojito is using a good quality rum and fresh mint leaves.

You can also use the pumpkin simple syrup for other cocktails too, like with some champagne or prosecco in a bellini, or shaken up with vodka and triple sec in a martini.

So head on over to Food Fanatic for the whole post and to check out the rest of the Pumpkin Week Recipes!

 

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Pear Vanilla Martini

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In an attempt to not spend $15.00 on a special martini at a restaurant, I created this Pear Vanilla Martini for my wife so she can enjoy them at home.

Not that I mind going out and spending money on a good meal and drinks every now and then. But sometimes you just want to stay home and relax. Not worry about a sitter or what dress shirt you have clean…just make up a few martinis and watch the game. Or whatever movie the wife ordered up on Netflix.

I’ve never bought an actual vanilla bean before – and good thing I haven’t need to before ’cause these things are expensive!

Really, it’s like 13 dollars for 3 vanilla beans. But still, that will make 6 martinis…still cheaper than paying for one at a restaurant.

We don’t get into NYC too often, but when we do we do it right, Eataly, Del Posto, Delfrisco’s. All expensive places – but all worth it once in a while. When I say once in a while, I mean like once a year, or two. With the exception of Eataly…I try to get there as often as I can!

But when it came time to do another cocktail for Food Fanatic, I thought of our recent trip to the city, and all the pricey drinks. So with this Pear Vanilla Martini recipe you can make up a batch right in your own kitchen. For half of what you would have to pay ordering it out.

Click over to Food Fanatic for the full post and recipe, and check out some of their other food and drink recipes too…like how about these Baked Chili Cheese Fries?

Now everyone’s happy. My wife can have her fancy martini’s – and I can have some beer and a platter of those chili cheese fries.

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Salty Nut Shot

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To finish up peanut week, I give you a Salty Nut Shot.

Maybe that didn’t sound so good.

But the shot is really, really good. I promise.

What else would I call a peanut flavored shot with salt around the rim?

It’s salty and nutty and very, very tasty.

So yes you’ll have to be a fan of peanuts to like this shot. And be a fan of salty things. But if you do like both – then this is the drink for you.

A Salty Nut Shot.

It’s a catchy name, right?

I combined Frangelico (one of my favorite liquors) with NutLiquor vodka, some peanut butter and a little cream. And shook the hell out out it with some ice. You can see all the ice chips floating to the top of the shot. It’s pretty awesome.

And just to amp up the peanut and salt flavor a little bit more, I rimmed the shot glass with crushed peanuts and kosher salt.

Are you still with me here? I know you’re still processing the name…

You can serve this as a dessert shot with some coffee, or during appetizers with some wings. It’s perfect for drinking with spicy food – it puts the fire right out.

As I have mentioned before, I am always sneaking off into the kitchen and whipping up shots of some sort. No one even asks where I’m going anymore – they all know.

But there wasn’t a party going on when I came up with this one. It was just 5:30 on a Tuesday. Just the wife and I.

We played around with some different ratios of the Frangelico and the Nutliquor Vodka until we came up with the perfect flavor combination.

I think it’s perfect anyway.

So get your peanut loving friends together, make up some Chicken Satay Bruschetta or some Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches and serve them up some of these Salty Nut Shots!

 

 

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Salty Nut Shot

Yield: 2 Shots

Salty Nut Shot

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Frangelico liquor
  • 1 1/2 oz. Nutliquor Vodka
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T. heavy cream
  • For rimming the glass
  • 2 T. crushed peanuts
  • 1 T. kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Take the heavy cream and pour it over the peanut butter in a small dish.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 15 seconds then stir until smooth.
  3. Mix the crushed peanuts and salt together in a small bowl,
  4. Pour out into a shallow dish.
  5. Slightly wet the rims of each shot glass and then dip into the peanut and salt mixture.
  6. Add the Frangelico, the vodka and the peanut butter mixture to a shaker with ice.
  7. Shake well and strain into 2 shot glasses.
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Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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I think you’re all starting to get it now, I’m trying to cook as much food as I can with beer…like with these Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches!

That’s really not my goal. I’m kidding – sort of.

But it just seems that so many things I’m making taste so much better if you just add a bottle of beer. It also gives you an excuse to get beer out of the fridge before noon.

I mean if you’re just cooking with it, right?

Anyway, the theme this week is really more about peanuts. First the Chicken Satay Bruschetta and now these Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Friday will be the boozy version of peanuts…it’s a good one, stay tuned.

So this version of a pulled pork sandwich gets cooked in beer and a spicy peanut sauce in your slow cooker. 8 hours on low will do it – but I’ll confess, I cooked mine more like 13.

13 hours for a pulled pork?

Yeah, well I sort of forgot about it.

As soon as the wife texted me a reminder (she knows I can be a little forgetful) I rushed downstairs thinking it would be ruined, but it wasn’t.

It was actually perfect.

So I’m not going to tell you to cook your pork butt for 13 hours, but if you want to, go right ahead. It just gets better!

It starts with a simple dry rub then into your slow cooker with a beer and your peanut sauce.

8 (or 13) hours later, pull it out and let it cool enough so you can shred it.

Pour the sauce from your slow cooker into a large pot and turn the heat onto medium-high. Thicken the sauce with Wondra┬« Flour and let simmer until you’re ready.

The asian slaw takes just a few minutes to put together since I used a store bought bag of cole slaw mix for the base…No need to go crazy chopping cabbage.

When you shred up your pork, take a few ladles of the thickened sauce and mix it in. As little or as much as you want – I don’t like pulled pork swimming in sauce so I just added a little to coat the pork.

And that’s all folks – Pile it up on a big bun and throw some of that slaw on top.

Oh, and some beer to wash these down too?

Absolutely.

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Thai Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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Yield: 10-12 sandwiches

Ingredients

    For the Pork
  • 5 lb. pork butt
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • For the peanut sauce
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 1/2 c. light coconut milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 2 t. sriracha
  • 1/4 - 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • For the Asian Slaw
  • 1 16 oz. bag cole slaw mix
  • 1/2 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. sesame oil
  • 1 T. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 t. sugar
  • 1/2 t. fresh grated ginger
  • 4 T. rice wine vinegar
  • For Serving
  • 1 package Hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt covering all sides.
  3. Place the pork butt in your slow cooker.
  4. Mix the ingredients for the peanut sauce together in a medium sized bowl.
  5. Carefully pour in the bottle of beer.
  6. Don't whisk the mixutre or the beer will foam up, just stir gently to combine.
  7. Pour into the bottom of slow cooker and set to cook on low for 8 hours.
  8. Put all the ingredients for the asian slaw into a bowl, mix together and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
  9. After 8 hours, remove the pork butt to a platter to cool.
  10. Pour the sauce from the slow cooker into a large pot and turn the heat to medium.
  11. Add 1 T. Wondra flour to the pot and bring to a boil to thicken, then let simmer until you're ready.
  12. Shred the pork into bite sized pieces, removing any visible fat.
  13. Add in a cup or 2 of the sauce to coat the pork, as much or as little as you like.
  14. Put a heaping scoop of the Thai Pork on a bun, then top with some of the asian slaw.
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