I thought it would be nice to offer several tasty recipes for parties. My first offering is a really tasty cheese ball which makes either one large ball or two smaller ones. I should add that the cheese spreads mentioned below come in small glass jars with metal pry-up lids.
16 oz. cream cheese (room temp)
1 jar Kraft Roka Blue cheese spread
2 jars Kraft Old English Sharp cheese spread
3 T. wine vinegar
1 C. ground walnuts
Cheeses should be at room temperature. Mix all ingredients (except nuts) together well-mixture will be stiff. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Form into ball (or 2 balls, if desired), roll in ground nuts and refrigerate, again, at least 3 hours before serving.
The next appetizer is a wonderful Greek ‘tasty’-it’s flaky, buttery and has a creamy texture…all the things you’d want in a good appetizer!
4 oz. Feta cheese, grated
8 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
1 pkg. Filo dough
melted butter (about 1/4 C.)
Mix together Feta cheese, cream cheese and egg; set aside. Open package of Filo dough and slice roll of dough into sections, each section about 1 1/2 inches wide. Cover any unused dough with a moist paper towel. Unroll one cut section of dough, peel off one layer and place 1 T. cheese mixture at one end. Fold dough “flag style” (forming a triangle with the one end and continuing to flip-flop the triangle end until you are about 1/2 inch from end of dough-SEE PHOTO). Spread end of dough with melted butter then seal triangle together, using the spread butter as the ‘glue’. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
This recipe makes about 60 triangles and you can refrigerate these before baking, baking only those you need at the time. They can also be frozen, then baked. Add 5-10 extra minutes to the baking time if frozen.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; bake sheet of triangles 15 minutes.
Wassail Bowl (punch)
2 quarts apple cider
3 sticks cinnamon
4 C. orange juice
2 C. pineapple juice
a little brown sugar
one (or more) orange sliced circularly (not wedges)
Place all liquid ingredients in a crock pot on LOW. Add brown sugar, to taste, after adding liquid ingredients. Stud orange slices on rind side of slice with whole cloves and float studded orange slices in top of punch.
May I, at this time, wish each and every one of you:
HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your New Year be blessed with health, happiness and contentment.
ps: We got another 2 inches of snow last night but that wasn’t so bad; at least it came AFTER most of the other 10 inches had melted away! I guess there’s always a good side to everything…you just have to look a little harder to find it!