Festive Crab Dip
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
Crab meat, flaked
Place brick of cream cheese (lowfat, please) on a pretty serving plate. Drizzle cocktail sauce over the cream cheese. Arrange flaked crab meat on and around the cocktail sauce. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
Now, you can see why this is my favorite...It's attractive and takes only about 10 minutes to prepare. These are ingredients that you can buy ahead and have on hand throughout the holiday season.
One of the girls brought these...
Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks
8 slices Bacon
16 Breadsticks, garlic flavored
3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Cut bacon slices in half lengthwise. Wrap half slice of bacon diagonally around each breadstick. Combine Parmesan and parsley in shallow dish; set aside. Place 4 breadsticks on double layer of paper towels in microwave oven. Microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes or until bacon is cooked through. Immediately roll breadsticks in Parmesan mixture to coat. Repeat with remaining breadsticks.
OK, this recipe is also fast to make and uses ingredients that you have in your refrigerator and pantry.
And who said chips and dip weren't good for you? These with flax and sesame seeds actually had some vitamins and minerals listed.
Green Olive Dip
8 oz. cream cheese
Small jar stuffed green olives
Heaping tbsp. mayonnaise
Onion, to taste
Drain olive, reserving some liquid. Chop olives and onion. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and some of the olive liquid to desired dipping consistency. Stir in olives and onions. Serve as a dip or as a spread on bread or crackers.
Now, here is the best tip of the night. Substitute TOFU for the cream cheese in this dip and it is delicious. My friend recently found out that she is allergic to milk and milk products and was forced to make these changes, however, allergy or not, this is a change that will benefit everyone.
There was only one boy at the party. His name is Cole. I think he is smiling here...and why wouldn't he...he's surrounded by lots of women and good food.