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12 Days of Christmas - Day 9 - Appetizers for the Holidays

I love a great appetizer. I would rather have a bite of 10 different foods than commit to one full meal. I change my appetizers up occasionally but as I mentioned on Day 3 that brie is always on the menu! Aside from my love of brie cheese I also love these crowd-pleaser options!



Magic Dip


A couple of years ago I brought this to my sister's house for a girls night and the truth is I didn't actually try it that night. It was gone very quickly and there was more than enough to go around! I went home and saved the recipe, those are the results I love when I make something new!


Photo courtesy of Spendwithpennies.com


Recipe


Ingredients:

8oz Cream Cheese

6oz Sour Cream

4oz Mayo

1 Package of Uncle Dan's Ranch Dressing Mix

1 cup of Tex Mex Shredded Cheese

1/2 Cup of Real Bacon Bits

3 Green Onion Stems - Chopped Finely


Directions:

  1. Cream the first 3 ingredients together in a mixing bowl

  2. Mix in Ranch Dressing Mix

  3. Fold in Shredded Cheese, Bacon Bits & Green Onion




Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops


We've all had a bacon-wrapped scallop but this slight variation is a lovely twist! They are easy and everyone loves them!




Photo courtesy of Adrian Mueller Foodnetwork.com



Recipe


Ingredients:

16 Medium Sized Scallops

8 Slices of Prosciutto

16 Toothpicks

Balsamic Glaze (I love Nonna Pia's Brand)


Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 F

  2. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel

  3. Wrap scallops with a layer of prosciutto

  4. Bake for 12-16 minutes or until prosciutto is crisp

  5. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes

  6. Plate and serve with a drizzle of balsamic glaze




Buffalo Chicken Dip


This classic dip is hearty enough to replace a proper dinner. It has all of the flavours of wings but the creamy deliciousness of a party dip!



Photo Courtesy of The Brown Eyed Baker

Recipe


Ingredients:

8oz Cream Cheese

8oz Sour Cream

1/2 cup Mayo

1 Package of Uncle Dan's Ranch Dressing Mix (or ranch of your choice)

1/2 cup Franks Red Hot

1 cup of Diced Chicken

1 cup of Grated Tex Mex Cheese

Celery

Pretzel Chips

Tortilla Chips


Directions:


  1. Combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayo together

  2. Add ranch mix

  3. Add Franks Red Hot

  4. Fold in Chicken and Cheese

  5. Serve chilled or bake until warm

  6. Serve with celery, pretzel chips and/or tortilla chips







Bacon-Wrapped Goat Cheese, Pecan Stuffed Date


I skipped the bacon on the scallops so I had to add it somewhere! Bacon-wrapped Goat Cheese, Pecan Stuffed Dates are the perfect blend of sweet, salty and creamy. These are always a huge hit and they are very easy to make!


Photo courtesy of the Cookie Rookie


Recipe