Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Easy Holiday Appetizers

Christmas Day can be hectic with little ones. As you're preparing the main meal, the little one want something around 11:30 or noon. And to be honest, so do I. The munchies kick in and your stomach starts rumbling. But really... who wants to stop and even make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? And you don't want the kids to fill up before the dinner. So what's the solution?
In my family, we have our main meal around 2pm, but before that we have an appetizer buffet about noon. It's perfect. Most appetizers can be pre-prepared and are easy to grab on the go. Kids are in and out, the guys are playing cards or out in the snow, and most of the gals are gabbing in the kitchen. Appetizers definately work for us.
These are just a couple of things you'll find on our appetizer buffet this year:

Shrimp Cocktail Dip

Layer the following on a platter:
1-2 blocks of cream cheese (depending on your size platter)
bundle of green onions, chopped
1 bottle shrimp cocktail sauce
2 lbs of fresh baby shrimp

Serve layered dip with Ritz crackers.
Even non-seafood lovers will enjoy it.

Seven Layer Bean Dip

Layer the following in a 9x 13 pan:
1 can refried beans
green onions, chopped
Tomato, chopped
olives, sliced
Grated cheese
Chunky salsa
Sour cream mixed with a packet of taco seasoning

Serve with tortilla chips

Both of these appetizers can be made ahead and are big crowd pleasers.

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Christy said...

Great idea - I haven't thought of the shrimp dip in years, I think will bring it to my mom and dad's!

Wanda said...

great ideas! We're always starving too!

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