Munching Around the Christmas Tree

Today's topic...

Holiday Recipes 
Entertaining Ideas!

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I'm going to share one of my new faves with you....

Antipasto Cheese Ball
 (adapted from a Nabisco recipe)

What You Need:

*2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
{I use one low fat and one regular to cut calories}
*3/4 cup chopped Pepperoni
{I use turkey pepperoni to cut calories here, too}
*1/2 cup Kraft 100% Three Cheese Blend
2 Tbsp. chopped basil
3 Tbsp. chopped roasted red peppers

Crackers to dip (i.e. Ritz or Club Crackers)

You may also choose to add 1/4 cup chopped black olives (the recipe calls for this, but I forgot it when I made it the first time, and it turned out lovely without it..so I stuck with that version of this recipe)

How to Make It:

*Let cream cheese soften
*Mix all ingredients until well blended.
(Nice clean hands work best to "smoosh" it all together.)
*Roll into ball and cover in plastic wrap.
*Refrigerate about 1 hour to firm up before serving.

This makes a great appetizer for holiday functions!

Extra thoughts:  
-Place onto a small cutting board and use a decorative holiday cheese spreader for serving.  
-You can also form this into a "wreath" shape and garnish with roasted red peppers on top as well as parsley leaves to give it a more decorative look.  
-Finally, if you wish to plan ahead, you can store this in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving.


I can't wait to read your favorite holiday recipes and entertaining ideas!

Tomorrow...Christmas DIY! Need some last minute decorating and/or gift ideas? We're talking crafts, ladies!

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  1. oh yum! love the "extra thoughts" you have on how to serve it/make it more festive! how fun, i might i have to try this one!

  2. Tried to post a photo but blogger is having trouble on compose mode tonight so I will have to add to this post later.

  3. Hey Cait! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! It really is a small world! I met Lauren during college, through church and I just love her! Your blog looks so cute and fun..can't wait to follow along!


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