Dips add spice to holiday appetizers

The Christmas season brings out lots of good food for guests, relatives and friends.

The Christmas season brings out lots of good food for guests, relatives and friends.

Christmas dinner is always the big meal at this time of the year, however we all have guests coming throughout the season and some appetizers work really well for those hungry tummies.

Most appetizers can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until you need to serve them for planned or unexpected guests.

You can spend a lot of time making really fancy appetizers or you can use simple easy to make recipes that will make your company happy.

Dips are usually one of the first appetizers people will make because they are quick and you can use a variety of crackers to dip into the tasty food.

Holiday Cream spread

• 1 tub or 250 grams of Cream cheese spread

• 1 ½ cups sour cream

• 1/4 cup miracle whip spread

• 1 cup salsa

• 2 cups shredded Mozzarella shredded cheese

• 2 chopped tomatoes

• 1 green pepper finely chopped

• 2 green onions chopped

• Your choice of crackers

Mix the first 3 ingredients until well blended then spread onto a serving plate.  Top this with layers of all remaining ingredients except for the crackers. You can put this in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.

Cucumber Cups with Creamy Salmon Whip

• ½ cup low fat cottage cheese

• 4 tbsp 1 percent milk

• 4 scallions sliced, white parts only

• 4 ounces of thinly sliced smoked salmon

• 1/4 cup whipped cream cheese

• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

• freshly ground white pepper

• 2 large English cucumbers

• 1 tbsp fresh chives

Process the cottage cheese and milk in a food processor until smooth.

Add the scallions, salmon, cream cheese, lemon juice and a pinch of white pepper and process until smooth and creamy.

Put in fridge for one hour or even overnight.  Cit the cucumbers into 1 inch thick rounds, discarding the ends.

Scoop the seeds and some of the flesh out of each round to form a small cup.  Fill each cup with about 2 tbsp of the salmon whip and sprinkle with chives.  Cover and refrigerate up to one hour before serving.

Christmas is such a special time of the year and some nice appetizers to make your tastebuds sing will make it even better.

Bye for now and Goood Cooking.


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