Summer Recipes with Wind & Willow

Summer 2021 is heating up and it’s all about the gatherings this year! (If you can squeeze out time at the lake or beach, check out these summer outfits!)

When you find yourself invited to a bunch of events, but don't have time to spend all day making something to need delicious (and easy!) recipes to have around to make in pinch. 

That's what we have here for you!

We spent 2020 perfecting our drink and side dish recipes and now is the perfect time to put them to use. Wind & Willow dips make a delicious and easy dish to bring or make for any gathering! Here are some fun recipes for you to try and you can purchase almost all the Dips right at Gia Rose!


Side Dishes


Wind & Willow Dip Mixes are your ticket to bold summer flavors without having to heat up your whole kitchen! Combine your favoriteDip Mix likeCheesy Bacon with mayoand sour cream (or sub Greek yogurt for a lighter version). Serve with chips, veggies,and fruit for a quick snack that feeds a crowd. 


Cheesy Bacon Potato Salad

1 Pkg Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix
1 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Cup Sour Cream
8 Cups Potatoes (Cooked & Diced)
Combine Cheesy Bacon Mix with mayo and sour cream as directed on package.
Stir in potatoes coating them evenly. Serve!

Tip: Top with cooked and crumbled bacon and your favorite cheese for extra flavor!

Poolside Dip

8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Red bell pepper (diced)
1 jalapeno (diced)
1 small can chopped black olives
15 oz. can corn (drained)
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.  Mix together until fully incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with your favorite chips or put on small buns to make sliders!


All about the apps! Check out these delicious appetizer recipes using Wind & Willow Dip Mixes.

Pinwheel Roll Ups w/ Cream Cheese

8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
1 pkg. Tortillas
Combine Cheeseball Mix and topping packet with cream cheese until well combined.  
Spread mixture on each tortilla making sure to cover the entire area.  
Roll up the tortilla and cut into wheels. You can also add fresh veggies like carrots and cucumbers before rolling.  


    Is anything as refreshing as a bruschetta appetizer? This isn’t just for Summer kickbacks, but makes a nice snack during Happy Hour with your pals!

    3 cups Diced tomatoes (drained)
    4 Tbs. Olive oil
    1 loaf french bread
    ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
    Slice French bread into thin slices; drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and grill or toast in oven just until they begin to brown.  Combine Bruschetta Cheeseball Mix & topping, tomatoes, and 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Spoon tomato mixture onto bread.  Top with parmesan cheese and sprinkle with contents of Bruschetta Topping packet.
    Option:  Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach or 1/4 cup chopped artichoke hearts.
    Makes 12-14 servings.


      Key Lime Pops
      A Summer must have for the entire family!

      1 Key Lime Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix
      8 oz. Plain Yogurt
      ½ Cup Water
      6 Popsicle Molds
      6 Popsicle Sticks
      In a saucepan combine Cheeseball Mix with water, stir over medium heat until well dissolved.  Let mixture cool then stir in yogurt.  Pour yogurt mixture into the molds adding a popsicle stick to each one.  Place in freezer until frozen.  Sprinkle with the graham crunch topping and enjoy! 

      Soft Peach & Amaretto Ice Cream
      Ideal for a shower or night time treat!

      1 White Chocolate Amaretto Cheeseball & Dessert Mix
      16 oz. frozen peach slices
      12 oz. Fat Free evaporated milk (chilled to almost frozen)
      In a food processor with metal blade, combine White Chocolate Amaretto Cheeseball Mix and frozen peach slices; churn 1 1/2 minutes.  Scrape down sides.  With processor running, slowly pour in cold evaporated milk.  Churn until well blended, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
      Spoon into dessert goblets and serve immediately.
      Makes 6 servings



        Just a few of our faves!

        Homemade Oven Pizza

        8 oz. Cream Cheese
        1 Refrigerated pizza dough
        1 tomato (sliced)
        6 oz. Feta Cheese
        ½ red onion (sliced)
        1 oz. fresh basil
        Heat oven to 425°F. 
        Brush oil on bottom and sides of 15x10 inch sheet pan. 
        Unroll pizza crust dough in pan; press dough to edges of pan.  
        Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown.
        Meanwhile, combine Cheeseball Mix (Topping packet used later) with cream cheese until well combined. 
        Layer toppings in the order listed over partially baked crust. 
        Sprinkle with Topping packet and return to oven and bake 7 to 11 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. 
        Serve warm! 
          Tip: Use a biscuit cutter to make individual mini crusts and top them all differently.   Everyone can have their own pizza or serve them as appetizers! 

          Summer Chicken Salad

          1 Cheesy Bacon Dip
          1 cup Sour Cream
          1 cup Mayo
          4 cups Chicken breast (cooked & chopped)
          ¼ cup Bacon (cooked & chopped)
          ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
          Combine Dip Mix, sour cream and mayo.  Stir chicken, bacon, and cheese into the sour cream mixture.  Spoon onto small buns and secure with a decorative pick.  Refrigerate until serving. Serve on Hawaiian Rolls.

          Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

          1 BLT Cheeseball & Appetizer Mix
          1 lb. raw jalapenos
          8 oz cream cheese
          1 ½  lb. Bacon
          Cut Jalapenos in half, coring and removing the rips and seeds.
          Combine Cheeseball Mix, Topping packet and cream cheese; combine until smooth.
          Stuff each jalapeno half with cheese mixture (approximately one tablespoonful), then cover with the other jalapeno half.
          Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with bacon and secure with toothpick.
          Bake in the oven at 375 degrees until cheese is melted and bacon is crisp and brown. Alternatively, cook on an outdoor grill or over a campfire.
            Tip: For more mild peppers boil raw jalapenos in hot water (prior to cutting) for a couple minutes to remove some of the heat from the peppers then prepare as directed in recipe.