Saturday, January 2, 2010

Favorite Holiday Appetizers

Here's a simple one made famous by my mom!

Nelda Stefan's Garlic Cheese Dip
1 jar Old English cheese spread
1 pkg. Philly cream cheese, softened
2 small cloves of garlic, sliced in quarters
0-2 Tbsp. whipping cream or whole milk

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Leave out the cream or milk for a thicker dip or add more cream or milk depending upon the consistency you want. Can add more or less garlic cloves depending upon personal taste. Start light and build. Serve with crackers, potato chips, or fresh veggies (broccoli is my favorite!)

You can also mix together in a bowl, skip the milk and make into a cheese log and serve on crackers

Hot Crab Dip
1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sour cream
2 Tbsp. green onions, sliced (including the greens)
1 (6 oz) can crab meat, drained
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 Tbsp. half-and-half
1 tsp, freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. fresh-ground pepper
Opt: Dash of hot sauce
1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds

Combine all ingredients except the almonds and mix well. Spread into a pie pan or shallow 1 qt. casserole dish; sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Serve with crackers. Makes 2 cups. Delish!
Crab dip is on the wooden hot plate in the pie plate.

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