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Holiday Appetizers

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Mulled Apple Cider, Hot Artichoke Dip and a Bay Shrimp Appetizer are delicious & easy to put together for any holiday party!
Ingredients
For the hot artichoke dip
  Light cream cheese 8 Ounce
  Light sour cream 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Light mayo 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), grated or shaved
  Artichoke hearts 14 Ounce, drained, chopped (Canned in water / Frozen and defrosted)
  Fresh dill/Dry dill - 1/2 teaspoon 1⁄2 Tablespoon, minced finely
For the mulled apple cider
  Apple 1 Small
  Whole cloves 25 Medium
  Zest of orange 4 Large, slices
  Cinnamon sticks 3 Medium
  Apple juice 4 Cup (64 tbs) (As needed)
For the bay shrimp appetizer
  Light cream cheese 8 Ounce (One 8 oz block used)
  Chili sauce 12 Ounce (One 12 oz Jar used)
  Shrimps 1⁄2 Pound, cooked, chilled (Small Bay shrimps)
  Ritz crackers 16 Ounce (One 16 oz Pack of any variety of Butter Crackers)
Directions

For the Hot Artichoke Dip:
GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

MAKING
2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese. Use back of a wooden spoon to mash the ingredients together.
3. Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and finely minced fresh dill.
4. Pour into baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until hot and lightly browned.

SERVING
5. Serve with sliced bread.

Note
This dip can be made ahead of time, covered with plastic wrap and kept in the refrigerator.
Let it stand 30 minutes at room temperature before putting in oven to bake.

For the Mulled Apple Cider:
GETTING READY
1. Take an apple, make a pomander by poking the whole cloves into the apple all over the outside.
2. Take an orange and peel 4 slices of orange zest.

MAKING
3. Take a wok, crock pot or saucepan, add in the apple pomander, 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 pieces of orange peel.
4. Pour apple juice into it and let it steep for about an hour on low heat and let all the flavors and spices are incorporated into the apple juice.

SERVING
5. Serve warm in a tall glass.

For the Bay Shrimp Appetizer:
MAKING
1. Place the block of cream cheese in the center of a large plate.
2. Spoon the chili sauce on top. Then top with the small bay shrimps.

SERVING
3. Serve over butter crackers.

Things You Will Need
1. For the hot artichoke dip - Baking dish
2. For the mulled apple cider - Electric wok / crock pot / can be prepared on a pan over the stove as well.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Taste: 
Savory
Interest: 
Holiday, Party
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
105 Minutes
Servings: 
8
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tessvowels's picture
LOVE THESE QUICK PARTY TIPS & RECIPES!!