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Michele Powell says ...
Spray baking pan with olive oil spray. Cover baking pan with whole wheat saltine crackers. Drizzle melted dark chocolate over crackers. Springled ground nuts over chocolate (your choice, I use walnuts!) Bake at 350 degrees about 5-6 min. Let cool Break up crackers into bite-size pieces..yummy!
10/03/2009 5:30:57 AM CDT
Camille S. says ...
Religiously after school my sisters and I would eat our snack of the day, never really knowing what to find in the fridge. A personal favorite we came up with are what we called 'Goat Cheese Crunchies'; cut sourdough bread into slices (size of preference) and spread goat cheese on it. Put to toast in a toaster-oven for about 2 min or until the cheese is golden on top. Let it cool off. Sprinkle with thyme or herbs for color and taste. Ready to serve as is, or for more delight add a slice of turkey breast, ham, or olive slices. Enjoy! :)
10/03/2009 5:32:09 AM CDT
Pam S. says ...
Easy, Festive, Healthy and always a Hit for both adults and kids. I slice 2 red and 2 green apples very thin. Place in a ziplock bag, sprinkle in some lemon juice and shake to cover apples (to keep the apples from turning brown). Take one 6 or 8oz container of vanilla yogurt, stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon. My dad always said it is all about presentation....take a large plate, alternate the red and green apples around the plate, put the yogurt in the middle for dipping. Delicious!!
10/03/2009 3:40:59 AM CDT
Meg says ...
My quick, easy, crowd-pleasing and tasty holiday party app is simple. - Slice a baguette into 1/2 thick pieces - for larger pieces, slice on an angle. Put the slices on a cookie sheet, single layer and put in 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes until just starting to toast (but the middle is still soft). Put a slice of cold smoked salmon (lox) on each piece of bread, add a dollop of creme fraiche, then top with a little piece of dill. THe only work you have to do during the party is restock the serving tray as these are popular.
10/03/2009 9:08:09 AM CDT
Brenda says ...
Christmas Cukes Ingredients: 2 English cucumbers 1 can refried black beans 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. dried chipotle powder 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika 1/4 tsp. sea salt finely diced red pepper (or tomato), for garnish sliced scallions, for garnish Directions: If desired, the cucumbers may be striated using either a fork or a knife. Slice the cucumbers into 1/4 in. rounds (approx. 20 pieces). In a bowl, mix together the refried black beans with garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, dried chipotle, smoke paprika, and salt. Either pipe or spoon the bean mixture onto the cucumber rounds. Finally, garnish with red pepper (or tomato) and scallions.
10/03/2009 4:18:33 PM CDT
Mary Rudolph says ...
Friends and neighbors like the CROUSTILLANTS that I have brought -- warm crackers that taste like comte and parmesan. They're special little bites. 2 C shredded Comte or Gruyere cheese ½ C grated Parmesan 7 T unsalted butter 3/4 C flour Pinch of cayenne pepper 2-3 T chopped chives Coarse sea salt 1.In food processor, combine Comte, Parmesan, butter, flour and cayenne. Process until well combined and crumbly– 40 – 6- seconds. If mixture does not stick together enough to shape into a log, try mixing in 2 T of vodka – the alcohol will dissipate during baking, but the liquid will help make the mixture workable and the crackers will be crispy, not tough. 2.Transfer mixture to piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 2 in in diameter and 6-7 inches long. Roll up in plastic wrap, patting it as you do so that it forms a smooth even shape. Refrigerate 1 hour to overnight. 3.Preheat oven to 350. Unwrap dough and slice into rounds ¼ in thick. Arrange on ungreased baking sheet, spacing rounds about 2 in apart. Sprinkle with chives and sea salt. 4.Bake crackers 1 sheet at a time until golden brown 10 – 15 minutes, rotate pan from back to front halfway through to ensure even browning. Remove from oven, transfer to a platter or plates and serve immediately. 24 – 28 crackers. Note: This recipe originally called for 6 T unsalted butter and 1 C flour but that was too dry to form into a log and impossible to slice into rounds. Try the vodka addition if adjusted recipe results in mixture too-dry to work into a roll.
10/03/2009 5:04:15 PM CDT
Danica Pike says ...
Danica’s Low Fat Healthy Pesto & Sun Dried Tomato Cream Cheese/Pesto Spread This is my favorite goto appetizer for the holidays. It can all be made from scratch or you can take a shortcut and buy store bought pesto. It is festive during Christmas since the colors are red, green and white. The best part is it's healthy! STEP 1 - MAKE YOUR PESTO OR BUY IT. Danica’s Healthy Pesto 1) Blanch 1 – 2 cups of basil leaves. (To blanch – add to boiling water for 1-2 minutes and remove. Drain and run under cold water.) Set aside. 2) Add 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube to1/4 c hot water. Set aside. 3) Combine in the food processor (a blender will also work): blanched basil, 4-5 cloves of fresh garlic, 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of chicken broth – (Only use the amount of chicken broth needed to blend ingredients. You will not use the entire 1/4 c.) 4) Blend the ingredients in the food processor until creamy and well blended. 5) Pour blended mixture into a bowl and stir in parmesan cheese to flavor (I like to use about1/2 c or so – to absorb liquid.) 6) Drain excess liquid. And since I am pretty sure you will ask, here is the recipe for the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Cream Cheese Spread. It is fabulous with crackers or bread and I make it almost every Christmas (due to the colors!). STEP @: Sun Dried Tomatoes 1 9 oz. Jar of Sun-Dried Tomato Spread made by California Sun Dry Foods (preferable as this spread is seasoned and provides additional flavor) or – Drain 1 small jar of marinated Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Run them through the food processor until it forms a thick paste. STEP 3 ~ LAYER THE SPREAD Use the Pesto Recipe Above. 1 – 2 squares of low-fat or regular cream cheese. You can also use the large plastic container of cream cheese. Spray a flexible plastic bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Start layering with either the Sun-Dried Tomato Spread or Pesto. Alternate with thick layers of cream cheese. You may need to soften the cream cheese in the microwave for a few seconds in order to get it to cooperate. Refrigerate. If the spread will not pop out of the mold easily, then place it in the freezer for about a half-hour to an hour to set. Serve with a variety or crackers and/or a sliced sourdough baguette. Enjoy!
10/03/2009 7:40:46 PM CDT
Alicia A says ...
For a quick easy holiday bite I buy a family sized pack of already baked croissants. I put them in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 2-3 minutes, until warm, and drizzle a small bit of condensed milk over them and its done.
10/03/2009 9:32:24 PM CDT
Diana Acres says ...
Chicken Sausage Balls 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour 3/4 tsp salt 3/4 c nonfat dry milk powder 2 TBS Baking Powder Mix these ingredient together in a large bowl Add 1 pound Chicken Sausage (Chicken Spinach Feta or Italian Chicken Sausage Hot or Mild) 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces) 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Regianno 1/2 tsp dried Rosemary 1/2 tsp parsley flakes Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and shape into 1 inch balls. Place balls side by side in a 9x13 pyrex that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Makes 6 1/2 dozen.
10/03/2009 8:36:17 PM CDT
Cathy Benedetto says ...
Grate a medium carrot in the food processor. Change to the metal blade and add 1/2 tsp each of grated lemon peel, grated fresh ginger, finely minced celery leaves, turmeric, and ground coriander. Roughly chop 1 T each of parsley and chives and add to bowl of processor. Pulse to mix. Add 8 oz Horizon cream cheese and 4 oz of Whole Foods goat cheese. Process until well combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Grind 1 cup of pecan pieces. Form 1 inch balls of the mixture and roll in the pecans. (May be made up to a day in advance.)
10/05/2009 9:37:32 PM CDT
Rhonda Campbell says ...
This is so easy and the flavors work really well together. Put a dollop of cream cheese on each pitted prune and add a light sprinkling of paprika.
10/05/2009 10:20:13 PM CDT
Melynda says ...
I have two recipes to share: 1. Salmon Tortilla Roll-Ups. First make the salmon dip using 1 can of sockeye salmon (drained and skin removed), 8 oz cream cheese, 2 tbsp lemon juice, fresh dill, and green onion, plus 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper. Put the salmon (bones included, making this recipe rich in calcium!) into a food processor, along with the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Spread 1/4 c. of the salmon dip on each 10-inch flour tortilla and place a green onion at the one end of each tortilla and roll it up. Cut the tortilla on an angle into 5 diagnol pieces. Place on a platter garnished with lemon wedges and sprigs of fresh dill. 2. Goat Cheese Dip: I don't have the measurements to this recipe but don't worry, this one can't go wrong. Cut a log of firm goat cheese into discs (about 1/4" thick). Place in shallow baking dish and top with sundried tomatos (julienne cut). The sundried tomatoes should be either those set in oil (if so, use paper towels to remove oil) or boiled until soft. Next, make the dressing... 2:1 ratio of oil:balsamic vinegar. Add 1-2 cloves freshly minced garlic, a few splashes of soy sauce and a pinch of dried rosemary. Shake dressing and pour over goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. Garnish with fresh black kalamata olives and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and serve with a freshly baked baguette. Guests may choose to dip or spread the goat cheese on their bread. enjoy!
10/05/2009 10:35:32 PM CDT
Sue Bengtson says ...
Cream Cheese Balls 8 oz cream cheese softened 1 cup cooked ham, finely chopped 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1 tsp hot pepper sauce 1/2 cup nuts finely chopped Thin pretzels for picks ***Allow several hours to chill*** Combine cream cheese,ham,horseradish,dry mustard & hot sauce in small bowl, mix well.Shape the mixture into 3/4" balls,roll in chopped nuts,cover,refridgerate for several hours,transfer to serving platter, insert pretzel sticks, Serve chilled. Makes about 48 appetizers.
10/04/2009 7:29:53 AM CDT
Jana says ...
I love goat cheese on Wasa with orange marmalade on top, and the pretty goat cheese-marmalade layers are just as delicious on smaller thin crackers, cucumber rounds, or carrot curls served on a tray.
10/04/2009 9:47:04 AM CDT
Michele Miller says ...
Holiday Quinoa Salsa. 1. 1 Cup of Cooked Quinoa, 2. 1 Large Can of Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes. 3. 3 finely sliced green onions (Optional). Mix all ingredients together, and serve with organic tortilla chips or lightly toasted pita wedges. Your guests will constantly ask you, "what is in this, it's so delicious?!" They do not expect such a zesty taste and hearty texture. Perfect to dazzle their pallets, and fill their tummies with just a few pennies.
10/04/2009 2:03:36 PM CDT
Lisa Horine says ...
My sister made this for me once and I just can't get enough. It is simple quick and so flavorful. Most of all, it is inexpensive but you couldn't tell by the taste. White Bean Bruschetta 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans (drained, but not rinsed – I leave a little liquid) 1 large clove garlic (I always add more) ½ tsp. chili flakes 1/3 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, drained and sliced ¼ inch thick 10-15 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced 2 tbsp. olive oil salt and pepper to taste Heat pan, and warm olive oil. Saute garlic until lightly toasted. Add chili flakes. Cook for 10 seconds, then add basil leaves (do so carefully as basil may splatter some oil). Add white beans, sun dried tomatoes and salt and pepper. Heat through. Serve warm, with toasted or fresh bread slices. Even can be eaten with pita chips
10/04/2009 6:39:28 PM CDT
Helen Brotherton says ...
Fancy quiche squares. Cheat by grabbing a box of biscuit mix. Mix up with water for the 'Bisquit recipe' on the box. Press biscuit mixture on the bottom of a greased 13x9 pan. In a bowl, whip up with fork 6 to 8 eggs, then add some chopped onion, parsley, chives and shredded cheese. Cubes of veggie sausage is good too. Pour this egg mixture over the pressed biscuit layer. Bake 350 degrees for about 25 min. Middle rack. Check to make sure the eggs are cooked . Cool for 5 minutes, cut into smallish 2" squares. Perfect for the party platter.
10/04/2009 9:47:46 PM CDT
Deirdre Lamond says ...
Inexpensive small bites; 12 slices hard salami, 1/3 cup whipped cream cheese, 24 slices of jarred (or fresh) jalepeno peppers. Spread cream cheese on salami. Place 2 peppers on and roll up . Slice in half and secure each half with a toothpick. Makes 24 servings.
10/05/2009 6:20:11 AM CDT
Gabriela N. NOlen says ...
This is so simple and kids love to help. Use presliced rectangular honey ham slices, spread softened cream cheese on each in a nice thin layer, add your favorite type of pickle (we love sweet/buttered pickles) to one end of the ham slice, roll it up, then slice. You can usually get up to four individual ham roll-ups from each. Let your helpers eat the "ends" that are cut off. Arrange the roll-ups on a festive dish and, if you have some decorative toothpicks or bamboo skewers, stick those in the middle. The plate will be emptied in no time. If you have the time, add scallions or mint or basil to the cream cheese and whip.
10/05/2009 8:45:30 AM CDT
Karen V says ...
Pitted Medjool dates, stuffed with goat cheese and an almond, then wrapped in bacon and drizzled with maple fig dressing. Put in the broiler until bacon is done. My friends can't get enough of these! I'm required to make them for every girls' night..
10/05/2009 9:16:01 AM CDT
Doretta Whalen says ...
These canapes can't be beet! beets crackers organic goat cheese chopped pistachios dried tarragon Roast a few beets in double ply aluminum foil on 400 for 45 minutes. Or use canned beets if you can't find the fresh. Spread organic goat cheese on salted crackers. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on this layer. Slice beets into slices, then quarter slices, or if desired, cut beet with a cookie cutter into small star for other festive shape. Sprinkle with dried or fresh tarragon for a delicious, nutritious, red and green taste treat.
10/05/2009 10:06:48 AM CDT
Alison Karpstein says ...
My favorite holiday appetizer is cream cheese drizzled with soy sauce and topped with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with whole wheat crackers (similair to Triscuits). Inexpensive and super delicious!
10/05/2009 12:45:23 PM CDT
Sally Milo says ...
One of my favorite appetizers: Toasted sour dough 3" squares topped with roasted garlic (spread it on), a bit of brie & a couple strips of roasted red peppers on top. If one eats 2 squares, the price comes out to less than 50¢ per person.
10/05/2009 12:47:01 PM CDT
Liz K says ...
Make your favorite mole (beef or chicken) and serve it on a tortilla chip or baked corn tortillas in mini muffin tins! DELIC and affordable. My fav recipe . . . Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a nonstick Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 large onion, chopped and 2 minced garlic cloves, stirring frequently, until golden, about 7 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano. Cook, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1 (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Stir in 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans and 1 cup cooked finely chopped chicken (I prefer thigh meat); return to a simmer and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Scoop heaping tablespoon-fulls onto chips or into corn tortilla mini muffin molds. Sprinkle with cheese, dollop with sour cream or guacamole.
10/05/2009 12:47:12 PM CDT
Terri says ...
One of my favorite super easy appetizer recipes: Roll out one sheet of puff pastry. Center a round of brie on the pastry. Spread apricot preserves or homemade blueberry chutney over the top and sides of the Brie. Fold up edges of the pastry to completely seal the Brie. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Serve with wheat crackers and/or homemade crostini. YUM! I also am know for killer good pate and would be happy to share the very easy recipe.
10/05/2009 1:52:23 PM CDT

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