Holiday activities go hand in hand with tasty nibbles, right? Holiday movies just aren't the same without a bowl of popcorn. A friend stops by for a cozy chat? Bring out the Chex Mix and eggnog!
The gang gathers at your house after the local Christmas Parade? How about some Taco Dip and chips or Ranch Oyster Crackers? Bet you can't eat just one!
Here are recipes for some of my favorite holiday snacks.
HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH CRACKERS
12-16 oz bag of plain oyster crackers
1 envelope of Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Recipe salad dressing mix
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Combine dressing mix with oil. Add dill weed, garlic powder and lemon pepper.
Place crackers in a baking dish. Pour dressing mixture over the crackers, stirring to coat.
Bake in a 250° F. oven for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool before serving.
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese - room temperature
1 (16 oz) carton of sour cream
1 envelope of taco seasoning
Blend cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sour cream and taco seasoning. Serve with your chips of choice. Easy peasy and sure to draw rave reviews. You may want to make a double recipe. This won't last long!
Need an appetizer to take to your work/neighborhood/book club Christmas party? I highly recommend Blue Cheese Walnut Spread, Boursin or Kahlua Pecan Brie. You may want to plan ahead and have recipe cards ready to hand out because I guarantee people will be asking!
A neighbor shared this recipe with me in 1984 and it quickly became a holiday tradition. Also makes
Blend the following:
2 cloves garlic, crushed
16 oz cream cheese - room temperature
8 oz. butter, room temperature
Add the following and mix well:
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon chives
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dill weed
Cover tightly and store in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature to serve. Great cracker spread!
KAHLUA PECAN BRIE
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup Kahlua
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 (14-16 oz) wheel of Brie cheese
Mix Kahlua, pecans and brown sugar together.
Cut and discard rind from the top of the Brie. Place Brie in ovenproof dish; cover with pecan mixture.
Bake at 350° F. for 25 minutes.
Serve with crackers of choice.
* Don't bake longer than 25 minutes. The Brie should be soft but not melted.
BLUE CHEESE WALNUT SPREAD
(I got this one from Weight Watchers - all the flavor with a fraction of the calories!)
1 cup cream cheese - room temperature
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chives
Blend cream cheese, blue cheese, sour cream and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir in walnuts and chives.
Chill at least one hour before serving with your favorite crackers.
What are the go-to snacks for your family this time of year?
I have a package of books (Merry Christmas!) for two randomly chosen people who leave a comment on today's post. (US addresses only)
Be sure to come back for the next two Mondays when I'll be sharing more holiday favorites and giving away books!