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I serve Eggnog before our Christmas dinner and would like some appetizers that are light not heavy hot dippy things. Any suggestions
Cucumber slices with cream cheese mixed with some dry dressing mix like Uncle Dan's is good.
Just spread some on top of each slice. If you want to get extravagant put a shrimp on top.
Cook's note: You may not need to use the whole pkg of Uncle Dan's.
GRAPES ROLLED IN BLUE CHEESE AND NUTS
8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled 3 tablespoons sour cream 1 cup walnuts and pecans 1 medium bunch seedless red grapes, separated 1 medium bunch white seedless grapes, separated
Blend the blue cheese and the sour cream and place in a shallow bowl (if the blue cheese is either too thin or dry to stick to grapes, adjust sour cream and cheese amounts accordingly). In a mini-chop or food processor, coarsely chop nuts. Place nuts in a separate shallow bowl. Roll grapes in blue cheese mixture, then roll grapes in nuts. Serve with toothpicks.
Cranberry Appetizer Spread
1 cup water1 cup granulated sugar12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries1/2 cup apricot preserves2 tablespoons lemon juice1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted8 ounces cream cheese
In saucepan over medium heat bring the water and sugar to a boilwithout stirring. Boil 5 minutes. Add the cranberries. Cook untilcranberries pop and the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.Remove from heat.
Add preserves and stir in juice. Cool.
Place the block of cream cheese on a serving dish and spoonberries over top.
Serve with crackers.
Recipe:Preston Bentley's Cheese Straws Posted by: hollyga Replies: 1 Posted on: 3/8/2006 12:25:12 PM #T646751 Preston Bentley was the subject of the first Southern Cooks column, appearing in this section weekly. He shared his recipe for cheese straws, which can be made ahead and frozen. In this article, Mr. Bentley varied the amount of cayenne in his cheese straws according to his audience.
A good many readers called it to ask if it was correct to use melted butter-the answer is yes. For those who lost the recipe or missed it the first time, here it is again:
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon dry mustard1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like spicy food)1/3 cup butter, melted1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 1/2 Tablespoons ice water, or, as neededCelery seeds to sprinkle over top of cheese straws
Pre-heat oven to 350F°.
In a medium bowl, sift flour with salt, dry mustard and cayenne pepper. With pastry blender, cut in butter and cheese until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water and stir to blend. Shape into ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1/8" thick wide. Cut into strips about 3" long and 1/2" wide with pastry wheel. Sprinkle with celery seeds. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet and bake about 10 to 12 minutes, or until crisp.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions
I think any type of a spiced nut would be a nice compliment to the eggnog.
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