Appetizers & Snacks
Looking for a super-quick and simple appetizer for your soiree? Give this one a try!
One sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
Raspberry Jam (optional)
1 Egg, beaten
1-2 T. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using raspberry jam, cut brie in half horizontally and spread a thick layer of jam on one half; top with the other half.
Wrap entire brie wheel in the puff pastry and press edges together to form a seal (make sure there are no holes). It's okay to bunch the dough where it meets at the top, but you can also cut away some of the excess if it is too much. Place covered wheel on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Mix together egg and water and brush over exposed areas of the wheel. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. Remove and serve with crackers or french bread slices and some grapes for a nice touch.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Satisfy that craving for buffalo wings with a fraction of the fat, calories and MESS!
2 cooked chicken breasts or 1 large can chicken, drained
1-2 large stalks celery
1-2 large carrots
2 T. cream cheese, softened
2 T. blue cheese dressing
2 T. wing sauce
Shred the chicken and finely chop the vegetables; combine in a medium bowl and set aside. In a smaller bowl, mix together cream cheese, blue cheese dressing and wing sauce. Add to chicken mixture and toss to combine. Serve with crackers or corn chips.
If ever there was a recipe written for making new friends, this is it! They don't have to know how easy it is! Credit for this one goes to Chrisy Toombs at www.HomemadeHooplah.com
1 cup cream cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Waffle cones, broken into chip-sized pieces
Mix together the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips and serve with broken cone pieces. Yup, it really is that easy!
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
This is such a simple, quick, and healthy way to get your picky kids to eat more fruit or jazz up your party fruit tray. Take it to the pool or to your next picnic or potluck.
6 oz. container low-fat or nonfat vanilla yogurt
2-3 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter
Simply mix together until well combined and serve with a variety of bite-sized fresh fruit.