Super Simple Christmas Day Food
December 23, 2010, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Nibbles, Quick and Easy

I don’t cook Christmas Dinner. Christmas Eve, yes, but not Christmas Day. It’s a day for indulging in mimosas for breakfast, bloody marys for lunch, and a pick-me-up caffiene of rum and coke at 3. Then eggnog with bourbon. Oh and some food, too.

Sundried tomato and pesto dip
1-8oz block neufchatel cheese, softened
1 generous handful sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons garlic minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons pesto from a jar
Saute the garlic in the olive oil for about 30 seconds. Then add the white wine and tomatoes, and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the wine is absorbed into the tomatoes. Throw everything (including the cream cheese and pesto) into a food processor with a blade and whiz away until it’s well mixed. It ain’t pretty but it’s delicious. Serve with crackers or pita chips or something like that.

Cheese Ball
2-8oz blocks neufchatel cheese, softened
2-1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 package Ranch Dressing mix
about 1-1/2 cups sliced almonds, toasted and cooled.
In a food processor, mix together the cheeses and ranch dressing mix. Dump onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Roll the ball in the toasted almonds, kind of crushing the almonds as you do it until the ball is completely covered with almonds. Wrap tightly and refrigerate to firm it up. Serve with crackers or whatever.

Incredibly easy yet surprisingly delicious Heart Attack In A Crock Pot

1-2 pound chunk of velveeta cheese stuff
1 pound bulk sausage, your favorite kind (I like Jimmy Dean), cooked and crumbled
Cut the Velveeta up in little chunks and put it in a crock pot. Turn it on high and stir occasionally until it’s all melted. Stir in the sausage. Turn the crockpot on low and serve with corn chips.

Hummus My Way
2 cans of chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup tahini (I make my own but you can buy it in jars just fine)
2 or 3 (or 4) cloves of minced garlic, depending on how close you intend to get to your spouse that night
2 green onions, sliced including the green parts
2 tablespoons lemon juice (more to taste)
a splash (like just a teeny bit, maybe 1/4 teaspoon or so) toasted sesame oil
Mix everything together in a food processor with a blade until it’s a smoothish paste. Taste and add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. To serve, put it in a bowl and drizzle a bit of really good olive oil over it, and dust it with some paprika. Serve with pita chips, crackers, whatever.

The hummus is my way of preserving the balance of the universe against the Heart Attack In A Crockpot. I’ll also cut up raw vegs and fruit to set out.

For cracker type things, I like to take flour tortillas and cut them into cracker sized pieces, and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown and toasty-crisp. Using fancy tortillas (like those garlic-herb ones, or the whole wheat ones) works well and really they’re delicious as crackers.

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