Holiday Bites

I recently assisted a business with a Holiday Party for its employees who earned some well-deserved recognition.  They gathered at the store to make some tasty holiday treats. We made 2 appetizers and 2 dessert bites. Everyone helped prepare the treats and shared their very important community volunteer accomplishments.  Good job everyone!  The wine pairings were also appreciated, thanks to our Wine and Spirits Department for sharing too.

Salmon Mousse

All you need:

2 packages (3 ounces each) smoked salmon or lox

2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon dill weed

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon onion powder, Tones

1/2 teaspoon  Hy-Vee prepared horseradish

24 cucumber rings/slices

Spanish Olives, sliced optional 

All you do:

Place the first six ingredients in a food processor; cover and process until smooth. Pipe or spoon about 1 tablespoon filling onto each cucumber slice.  Garnish with sliced olive. Yield: 2 dozen

Originally published as Salmon Mousse Endive Leaves in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p184. Taste of Home, Fresh to Your Table
Nutritional Facts- 45 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

               Garlic Onion Pizza Wedges

All you need:

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup chopped red onion

½ cup Hellman’s mayonnaise

¼ cup minced fresh basil

4 garlic cloves, minced

Pepper to taste

1 prebaked 12-inch thin pizza crust, whole wheat

All you do:

Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl, combine cheese, onion, mayonnaise, basil, garlic and pepper; spread over crust.

Place on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into wedges. Yield: 8 servings.

Source: Taste of Home, Fresh to your Table.
Nutritional Facts1 slice equals 234 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 357 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.

            Heavenly-Filled Strawberries

All you need:

3 dozen large fresh strawberries and 6 kiwi, cut in half

2 packages (one 8 oz. and one 3 oz) Hy-Vee cream cheese, softened

½ cup Hy-Vee confectioners’ sugar

¼ teaspoon almond extract

Hy-Vee mini chocolate baking chips, melted

All you do:

    1. Remove stems from strawberries; cut a deep “X” in the tip of each berry. Gently spread berries open.
    2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and extract until light and fluffy. Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons into each berry; sprinkle with melted chocolate. Spoon out 1/2 teaspoon from each kiwi and fill with cream cheese filling.  Chill until serving. Yield: 3 dozen. Originally published as Heavenly Filled Strawberries in Country Woman June/July 2010, p6. Taste of Home, Fresh to Your Table.
Nutritional Facts-1 filled strawberry (calculated without chocolate) equals 41 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic exchange ½ fat

           Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Tarts             serves 15

All you need:                                     

2  tablespoons whipped Hy-Vee cream cheese, berry-flavored (Dairy)

1/2 cup Dannon 100 calorie Greek yogurt, Cherry or Berry (Dairy)

1 – (1.9 oz.) package pre-baked phyllo shells (Athens Fillo) (Frozen)

or use Puff pastry shells, bake first

1 cup mixed berries (Produce)

½ cup dark chocolate, melted

All you do:

Add ½ teaspoon melted chocolate to bottom of phyllo cup and let cool for 5 minutes in refrigerator. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese and Greek yogurt until well-combined. Spoon filling mixture into phyllo shells. Place berries on each shell.