Since the New Year’s Eve party preparations are rapidly approaching, there are a few more recipes which might help you get your menu together. Here I’ve arranged for us to have boiled shrimp and cocktail sauce, baked brie in phyllo dough served with crackers(yum!), some fresh veggies with 2 kinds of dip – that’s about it. We’re not big on celebrating New Years and, for the most part, we’ve had very small ‘celebrations’ – basically eat then go to bed! Ever since we had the baked brie last year at my oldest son’s house, I’ve been wanting to try to make it myself. Having leftover phyllo dough from making Tropita’s (see previous posts for recipe) for Christmas, I thought this would be a good way to use it up! (Probably not ALL of it, as it comes in large quantities . . . will have to come up with another recipe for that!). Here are the recipes:
Baked Brie in Phyllo Dough
4-5 sheets phyllo dough, defrosted
4 tbsp. butter, melted
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Butter each sheet of phyllo dough and place in a pie plate or quiche dish, with the ends hanging over the edge. Place brie in center of the dough; bring the edges of the phyllo dough up over the top and seal well, using most of the remaining butter.
Turn the “package” over and brush the top well with the rest of the butter. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20 minutes.
Remove and let sit for at least 20 minutes before serving with slices of French bread. This can be served as an hors d’oeuvre at a large party or as part of a brunch menu. Serves 10 or more
Bacon-Crab Mushroom Caps
1 can (6 oz.) crabmeat, drained, flaked
1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup bacon pieces or bits
1-1/2 Tbsp. parsley flakes
36 medium mushroom caps
Preheat oven 350°F.
Mix all ingredients except mushroom caps.
Spoon evenly into mushroom caps; place on baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Makes 36 servings, 1 stuffed mushroom cap each
(recipe: Kraft Foods)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
Iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 large vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 pound lean bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Sea salt bagel chips
Combine mayonnaise and sour cream in small bowl with a snap-on lid. When well mixed, refrigerate until serving time. When ready to serve, place mayonnaise mixture in a large serving bowl. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and bacon. Serve with bagel chips. Serves 8.
(recipe: Food Network)
Baked Cream Cheese Appetizer
1/2 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 egg yolk, beaten
Preheat oven 350º F.
Unroll dough on a lightly floured surface; press together seams to form a 12 x 4 inch rectangle. Sprinkle one side of the cream cheese with half of the dill weed. Place brick of cream cheese dill side down in center of dough. Sprinkle dill on top of cream cheese. Enclose cream cheese by bringing sides of dough together and pressing edges to seal. Place dough on lightly greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg. Makes 8 servings
(not sure if I posted this one before – not even sure where I got it!)
Margarita Pie 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese (softened) 2 packages Holland House margarita mix 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar 1 carton (8 oz.) Cool Whip Cream the cream cheese until fluffy. Add margarita mix and sugar and beat until smooth. Add Cool Whip and mix. Freeze in graham cracker crust until ready to serve. ====================================Bing Cherry Delight 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 7 tablespoons lemon juice 1 (16.5 ounce) can pitted dark sweet cherries, drained 1 cup whipping cream 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup vanilla wafer crumbs In a large bowl, combine milk and lemon juice. Fold in cherries. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold cream and pecans into cherry mixture. Spread into an ungreased 11x7-in. dish; sprinkle with wafer crumbs. Cover and freeze overnight or until firm. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before cutting.
Hope these are helpful to your holiday preparations. The
weather here today is amazing - it's almost 40 degrees!
I can see small icicles melting on the edge of the roof;
the mass of built-up snow & ice at the bottom of the
driveway is now gone (YAY!). Living in Michigan, I know
that this isn't the last of the snow & ice, but it gives
me a small joy knowing that the roads are clear, you can
go out shopping and not worry about falling - small things.
I'll leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt; think
on this when preparing to face the New Year:
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only
important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give."