Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

It’s happening…the cravings for anything sweet dipped in chocolate, peanut butter or caramel. Well, pretty much anything sweet at all. And no, I am not pregnant…it’s the Holiday Season!

I’m not much of a baker and I usually crave a giant bowl of queso over anything sweet. But this time of year brings out my sweet tooth and the urge to experiment in the kitchen.

I’m obsessed with Reese’s. It’s my favorite candy combo and what could be more delicious than chocolate and peanut butter wrapped in buttery flakey dough, dipped in more chocolate and caramel, sprinkled with a hint of spice and cinnamon. That crazy concoction was in my head tonight and voila…Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs. I couldn’t get the damn lighting right in the kitchen tonight for my pics but take my word for it…these are sinfully delicious!

Happy Eating!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Serves 15 puffs

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 package Reese’s Peanut Butter Bells or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis
  • 2 eggs
  • heavy cream
  • Nutella [around 15 teaspoons]
  • caramel sauce
  • cayenne pepper
  • ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Cut the puff pastry into 15 squares using a pizza cutter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Place 1 Reese’s Peanut Butter Bell on the center of each square.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Wrap the pastry around the bell.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Roll in the palm of your hands to make a ball.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly coated with cooking spray.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Mix the eggs with a dollop of heavy cream and whisk to make the egg wash. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each puff with the wash. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until the dough is cooked through and lightly golden.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Place a teaspoon of the Nutella on a serving platter for each puff. The puffs will sit on top of the Nutella so make sure they are spaced a part.

Place a single puff on top of each dollop of Nutella. Drizzle with the caramel sauce and lightly sprinkle with the cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon. Be careful with the cayenne…a little goes a long way!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffs

Bon Appetit & Happy Holidays!

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Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

The holiday season always gets me in the mood to cook. I saw an ad in my Cooking Light magazine featuring the cutest potato wedges with assorted toppings and I had to give them a try. I used my mandolin to get exact sizes so that the potatoes cooked evenly. It was super easy and fun to think of different toppings…the skies the limit!

When I think of potato appetizers I  automatically think of traditional potato skins with cheddar cheese and bacon bits. These felt a lot lighter and packed way more flavor than the traditional recipe. So get creative and make this tasty recipe for your next holiday party!

Happy Eating & Happy Holidays!


Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

Ingredients

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • salt and pepper

Toppings

  • 1 can refried black beans [try my Spicy Black Bean recipe here – mash at the end for desired consistency]
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chives, minced
  • 1 cup salsa [try my Spicy Fire Roasted Salsa]
  • Black Bean Corn Relish [see recipe below]
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup guacamole [try my Savory Southwest Guacamole]
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. Using a mandolin, cut the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place on the cookie sheets, making sure the slices don’t touch.

Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

Using a pastry brush or the back of a spoon, lightly coat potato slices with half the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with half the thyme. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes.

 

Loaded Baked Potato Wedges

Flip the potatoes over and brush with remaining oil, salt, pepper, and the rest of the thyme. Bake another 5 to 8 minutes, or until tender and golden on both sides. Remove from the oven, lightly blot with a paper towel to remove excess oil, and transfer to a serving platter.

For the first topping, spread a spoonful of the refried beans onto a slice. Top with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with the chives.

For the second topping, spread a spoonful of the salsa onto a slice. Top with another spoonful of the relish and sprinkle with the cilantro.

For the third topping, spread a spoonful of the guacamole onto a slice. Top with the shredded cheese.

Black Bean Corn Relish

  • 1 cup yellow corn kernels, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chile powder
  • salt and pepper

Combine all of the above ingredients in a medium size bowl and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Bon Appetit! 

New video! The Way You Love Me – Acoustic Performance!

Sarah Sellers - The Way You Love Me (Acoustic)

I am soooo excited to share my new single with you guys on Valentine’s Day. I am absolutely in love with this track and since the origins of the song started with an acoustic guitar and vocals, I thought I’d put together an acoustic version for you guys.

I had a blast shooting this at the beautiful Majestic Theater in Dallas with the amazing Justin Goode, Steven Reeves and of course, Josh Goode on guitar. Check it out, let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to download the single on Valentine’s Day!

Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers: Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Southwest Mac and Cheese Bites

I’m happy to be back as a guest blogger for Lyndsey Parker’s Reality Rocks blog during Season 13 of American Idol. For tonight’s cities I’m combining Boston’s love for Italian food with the spice of the southwest in Austin, TX.

Thanks for all the love for my Mac & Cheese Bites recipe last year. You inspired me to try another one. Make sure you let these cool before you remove them or you’ll have a pile of macaroni.


Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Ingredients

  • 8oz large elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used 2% but whole milk works just as well)
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 4.5 oz can chopped green chiles
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp panko
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain well. Spray a nonstick mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a medium sized skillet and sauté onion and bell pepper until softened. Set aside.

Mac and Cheese Bites

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.

Mac and Cheese Bites

Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Cook, whisking occasionally, for about 2 -3 minutes until thickened.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Add cheddar, pepper jack and Parmesan cheeses. Stir to melt.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Add the onion mixture, salt and next 4 ingredients through the chiles.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Stir until well combined and remove from heat.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Stir in the egg yolk.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Fill each tin with the macaroni mixture and sprinkle with the panko and scallions.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Bake for 10-15 minutes until bubbling and golden.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Remove from the oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Using a teaspoon, carefully loosen the mac and cheese bites and transfer to a platter to serve. Top with the avocado and cilantro.

Southwest Mac & Cheese Bites

Bon Appétit!

New Single Release & Snackin’ 2014

Sarah Sellers "The Way You Love Me"“THE WAY YOU LOVE ME” – COMING 2-14-14

Happy 2014 everyone! I’ve been a bit absent on my blog lately but for good reason. Music has been so good to me over the last year and I can’t wait to finally share my new single, The Way You Love Me, on Valentine’s Day.

Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting an acoustic version of The Way You Love Me, followed by the official music video in February.

It’s also that time of year again for Snackin’ with Sarah Sellers. Yahoo’s Lyndsey Parker has asked me to join her again during Season 13 of American Idol. So make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss out on this year’s recipes!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s been going on with me:

New YouTube Video! Jessie J’s Wild – Remix!

Jessie J's Wild - Covered by Sarah Sellers

When I first started doing covers on YouTube a few years ago it was a pretty simple process. Sit down in front of my webcam, sing to a track, save and publish. Then I started incorporating piano, a better camera and my OCD. When the hallow room sound wasn’t working for me I switched to GarageBand then eventually upgraded my camera to a Canon Rebel T3i.

As the “upgrading” continued so did my OCD and need to perfect every video. When Jessie J released her newest single Wild off her upcoming album Alive in May I instantly knew I wanted to cover it. I sat down with my producer Josh and said I wanted to do a quick, in the studio, acoustic video that week. I didn’t want to miss out on capitalizing on the current buzz. When he listened to the track he heard more than an acoustic version and came up with an entirely new remix of the song. I fell in love with the track and wanted to do more with the video than just singing in front of a mic….and then the shooting and shooting and reshooting began.

The moral of this story is 6 months later and a serious check on my OCD I eventually went back to my original idea of shooting in the studio. It’s so easy to get caught up in the cover world of competing with the slew of YouTubers for the best video that you can lose sight of how blissful simplicity really can be. So after months of experimenting I’m excited to put this out there and move on to the next thing….which I’m excited to announce will be the release of my first single. I’ve been working with the super talented Josh Goode and Bradley Prakope for over a year on my original material and I’m so excited to release my first single in the next few months.

Check out my new video and get ready for some original music SOON! XOXO

New Video & Music Update! Katy Perry’s Roar Covered by Sarah Sellers

Sarah Sellers Well hello my lovely readers, it’s been too long. The world of music has officially sucked me in and it’s not giving me back! I’ve been busy singing until I literally can’t sing anymore and trying to keep up with all the amazing pop music coming out this summer.

Since I gave up the desk job in April I’ve had the pleasure of performing with some of Dallas’ best musicians on a weekly basis. It’s been such a growing and amazing experience to share the stage with such exceptional talent and have the opportunity to tune my own skills. To say it’s been a challenge at times is definitely an understatement. The voice is a finicky mistress and she just flat out tells me when she’s done, at times right in the middle of a performance.  I’m definitely learning a massive amount of control and endurance during my performances that will hopefully make me a better and long lasting performer.

Aside from performing every week I’m still chipping away at the writing machine. Growing up as a singer I always dabbled in writing but never considered myself a strong lyricist. This last year working with my production team has taught me so much about the art of a good song. It continues to push me and I’m excited to put some quality work out to the world.

So while I continue to write, record and perform I’ll keep having some fun behind the camera making videos for you guys. This video by far was the most fun I’ve had. What started as a Sarah Sellers “typical” cover idea – video, mic, guitar and singer – turned into a new track and a new series I’m starting called the Backyard Sessions. Why not right? So check out my latest cover of Katy Perry’s Roar and check back for my cover of Jessie J’s Wild VERY soon!

Happy listening!

 

New YouTube Video! Jay Z & Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail & Mirrors Mashup!

Jay Z just released his new album, Magna Carta, and I am loving his collab with JT on the track Holy Grail! When I heard it I instantly thought it would be cool and different to mash it up with JT’s Mirrors. So check it out, share it with your friends and let me know what you think!

Arrangement and piano by Josh Goode.

New Video! Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams [Cover] – Sarah Sellers

To say the last few months have been crazy is a major understatement. Since my last post I’ve quit my day job, become a full time musician and joined an amazing team at Lyric Marketing to help satiate my marketing side. It’s been the most satisfying move I’ve ever made and I couldn’t be happier. Now it’s just time to take that time management course.

It’s been too long since I’ve posted a new video and the second I heard this song I new I wanted to cover it. I’m joined again by my amazing producer and guitar player Josh Goode! So check it out and give me some love by sharing it with your friends!

What song should I cover next? Let me know in the comments field below.

StageIT Online Concert!

Next Tuesday, February 19th, at 7pm I’ll be doing an online concert with country artist Adrian Johnston! As a massive music lover I love the idea of sharing the stage, or in this case…your monitor, with different artists and genres. We’ll be putting on a 30 minute show, two 15 minute sets, with singer/songwriter and producer Josh Goode!

If you’re a first time user to StageIt it will cost you $5 to buy tokens but the show is only $2! So click the link below for all the info and to buy your tickets. See you guys on Tuesday!!! 🙂

What covers do you want to see me perform? Let me know in the comments below!

StageIt Online Concert with Sarah Sellers and Adrian Johnston

 

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