Make Perfect Appetizers for Christmas

Edited by Maureen D., Anonymous, Lynn, Eng

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Hors d'oeuvres or appetizers are served just before the main course, or at some cocktail parties, these food items are served alone, together with drinks of course. Here are some appetizer ideas for the holiday season.

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Goat Cheese Logs

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Who doesn't love delicious and creamy cheese? Add some spices and sweet sherry, and this recipe will be one of the best to keep your guests coming back for more. This is best served with toasted pita and crostini. Yields 2 logs.

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of goat cheese (2 logs)
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 3 teaspoons of sweet sherry (aged is best for this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper (black)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 teaspoons of freshly chopped parsley
  • 4 teaspoons of fresh dill, chopped
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Steps

  1. 1
    In a bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese, sweet sherry, and pepper.
    Place it in plastic wrap, rolling it to form a log and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
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  2. 2
    Spread the fresh herbs in a parchment paper, and on another parchment paper, spread the paprika and cumin.
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  3. 3
    Unwrap the cheese log and slice it in half.
    Roll one of the cheese logs in the fresh herbs and the other log in the spice mixture.
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Mini Triple Decker Sandwiches

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These tasty mini bites are very low in fat. This recipe makes 18 mini sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons brown mustard, spicy
  • 6 slices of rye bread, remove the crusts
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese
  • 6 slices pastrami
  • 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons of sauerkraut

Steps

  1. 1
    Take 4 slices of bread and spread 1/2 teaspoon of mustard on each of them.
    Top the bread slices with cheese, 1 1/2 slices of pastrami, and another slice of cheese.
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  2. 2
    Spread the remaining slices of bread with melted butter and place on top of the mini sandwiches you made earlier.
    Top them with the remaining two meat-cheese sandwiches to form a triple-decker.
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  3. 3
    Grill the mini sandwiches over medium heat, brushing both sides with melted butter.
    Turn them over and cook until they have turned golden brown and the cheese is melted. Cut them in thirds, and then cut them again into three equal pieces. Secure with toothpicks. Place in nice platters and top with sauerkraut just before serving.
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Spicy Yogurt and Cheese Balls

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These tangy little appetizers are very easy to put together. They taste good and are nice to look at as well, due to the colorful spices and nuts.

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces of yogurt, plain
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Steps

  1. 1
    Line a sieve with a cheesecloth and set it in a bowl.
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  2. 2
    Stir the ingredients in a separate bowl.
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  3. 3
    Place the yogurt mixture into the sieve and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
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  4. 4
    Let it strain and chill it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
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  5. 5
    Take a large plate and cover it with thick paper towels (about 8) and transfer the strained yogurt onto it.
    Again, cover with plastic wrap loosely and put it back in the refrigerator for 6 hours.
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  6. 6
    Scrape the yogurt from the plate and form into balls.
    For garnishing, sprinkle on some caraway or sesame seeds or sprinkle the balls with paprika or cinnamon.
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Corn Fritters

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These make a great appetizer, but can also be served as a meal on their own, or together with salad. This recipe makes 12 fritters.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of canola oil
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup of corn kernels, preferably fresh
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Steps

  1. 1
    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F, and heat canola oil to 375 degrees in a medium pot, using a thermometer.
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  2. 2
    Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
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  3. 3
    In a separate bowl, mix together egg, butter and milk, and then stir in the dry ingredients.
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  4. 4
    Fold in the corn kernels and let the batter sit for a few minutes for better flavor.
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  5. 5
    Drop about a heaping tablespoon of the batter into the heated oil, frying about five pieces in one batch.
    Place in a baking pan and keep warm inside the oven.
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Yogurt Dip Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all the ingredients together and chill before serving with corn fritters.

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Categories : Appetizers & Finger Foods

Recent edits by: Lynn, Anonymous, Maureen D.

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