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Written by Darci Tomky   

Bring on the new year!

It’s time to ring in the new year the right way ... with junk food! But really, what would a great New Year’s Eve party be without some sweet and salty munchies to crunch on?

With all the stress of Christmastime, I thought it was time to give you some stress-free recipes. The ROLO Pretzel Delights from her sheys.com (or the back of the ROLO bag) and the Beef Enchilada Dip from addapinch.com are super, super easy. I’m not kidding—they’re easy!!

The ROLO recipe calls for pecans, but I’m not a big fan, so I substituted M&Ms instead. You can also use a Hershey’s Kiss in the flavor of your choice in place of the ROLO and top it with anything from nuts to sprinkles to mini marshmallows.

These seriously take three minutes in the oven. So easy! Or you can pop a few in the microwave for 30 seconds. Even easier!

I know I’m touting the ROLOs and Beef Enchilada Dip for New Year’s, but just imagine this at your next football party (or when your husband forgot to tell you he invited the guys over for the game).

I’m not a big fan of onion or garlic in my dip, so I simplified that recipe even more by just using the beef, enchilada sauce and cheese. It can be whipped up in no time, and your guests will be begging for more!

Let’s look forward to a stress-free, yummy-tasting 2014.




ROLO Pretzel Delights

Small pretzels
ROLO chewy caramels in milk chocolate
Pecan halves

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil. Place one pretzel for each pretzel treat desired on prepared sheet. Top each pretzel with one unwrapped ROLO chewy caramel in milk chocolate. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until caramel piece begins to soften but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.

Microwave directions: Line microwave-safe plate with wax paper. Place up to 6 pretzels on plate and top each pretzel with one unwrapped ROLO. Microwave at MEDIUM (50 percent) for 30 seconds or until caramel has softened slightly. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 10 seconds. Carefully slide parchment paper and pretzels onto countertop. Top with either a pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely.




Beef Enchilada Dip

1 1/2-2 pounds ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups enchilada sauce
2 cups grated Monterrey Jack or cheddar cheese
Sour cream (optional)
Tortilla chips (optional)

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain. Add in onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce and top with grated cheese. Cover and allow cheese to melt, about 3 more minutes. Top with sour cream and serve with tortilla chips.


Holyoke Enterprise December 26, 2013