02 September, 2018

Pat's Baked Triple Veggie Dip

This is one of my new favorite dip recipes. Pat says you may serve this dip either warm or cold.

Pat's Baked Triple Veggie Dip ingredients (7)
Makes about 6 to 8 appetizer servings

For Dip:
1.5 cups grated Parmesan cheese (divided use)
1 (1-lb. 3-oz.) can asparagus spears, drained well and chopped
1 (10-oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
1 (8.5-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained well and chopped
1 (8-oz) tub Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1/2 cup mayonnaise (may substitute mix of 1/4 cup each of plain yogurt and sour cream OR 1/2 cup sour cream)

For Serving:
Crudités OR 
Three Little Pigs Imported Petits Toasts OR Nabisco Wheat Thins

Pat's Baked Triple Veggie Dip Directions
Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Mix well 1/4 cup of the Parmesan with the drained and chopped vegetables, cream cheese spread, and mayonnaise (or its substitute).

Lightly apply nonstick cooking spray (such as PAM) to the inside of a 2-quart baking dish before spooning dip mixture into it. Then, top with the remaining 1.25 cups Parmesan cheese.

Bake in the preheated 375ºF oven until warmed through and the the top is lightly browned, about 35 minutes.

Serve with crudités or crackers shown above.

25 November, 2016

Menu: Christmas Season Pizza Night

Items on this menu which can be prepared in advance are denoted by #. Alternatives are suggested to help tailor the menus to your family's preferences.

We have tried and enjoy serving items marked with an asterisk (*).

Christmas Season Family Dinner
or Dinner Party
Menu for 12

One appetizer

Greens salad#  or  Small bowl of soup#  or  pasta

Five assorted pizzas

Carbonated beverage#

Frozen dessert# with cookie#

Choose one Appetizer

or Antipasto Kebabs# (like this or this# or that#)

or Eggplant Dip or Spread with * Pita Chips#

Choose one or two Sides
* Tossed green salad#

Meat Combo Pizza
(Like Pepperoni, Italian sausage, Onions, Green peppers, 
Mushrooms and Black olives)

Include one single meat pizza

* Pepperoni Pizza (Could be kid-friendly on English muffins)

or * Italian Sausage Pizza or Bacon Brussels Leek Pizza

And one meatless pizza
* Margherita Pizza

or * Veggie 
(Like Green peppers, Red onions, Mushrooms,
Green olives and Roma tomatoes)

And one white sauce
* Spinach Alfredo Pizza

or Five Cheese Pizza which could be a Snowman Pizza!
(Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Provolone and Mozzarella)

Choose one or two Beverages

* Spa Water# or * S. Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water#

Or * Soft drinks# 

Or Beer# or Prosecco#

Choose two or three Desserts

* Breyers® Gelato Indulgences™ Tiramisu#

And/Or choose one store-bought fruit sorbet
Raspberry or Peach or * Mango Sorbet#

And choose one cookie
* Christmas cookies#

or Store-bought cookie like * Biscotti# or Amaretti#

01 November, 2016

Test: Cheddar Cheese Quick Bread | Christmas Kitchen

Please note: We are testing this recipe. Ingredient list is still being adjusted.

Quick Cheese Bread ingredients
Makes one loaf
2 cups biscuit baking mix
1.5 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided use (see Notes below)
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter, diced (see Notes below)

For serving
Additional butter, softened

Quick Cheese Bread Directions
Get ready
Assemble ingredients and equipment. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease well one (9- x 5-inch) loaf pan and set aside.

Prepare batter
In a large bowl, combine the baking mix and one cup of the cheese.

Whisk eggs with milk and then, mix well with dry ingredients.

Turn batter out into the prepared loaf pan. Dot with the butter and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated oven forty-five (45) minutes. Let cool completely before slicing.

Quick Cheese Bread Notes
  • Pick your favorite Cheddar, or use a variety of Cheddar cheeses.

  • Lisa says this bread reheats well in the microwave.

  • Slightly adapts Lisa Ashton's Quick Cheddar Bread recipe submitted to Christmas Kitchen (Delaware, OH: Gooseberry Patch, 2008), 23.

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