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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Appetizers To Ring In The New Year

Ring in the New Year with these 5 Quick appetizers

Pesto Twists -from: Nestle
These tasty twists made with pesto, hazelnuts and Parmesan cheese are a delicious way to start the evening.

1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or almonds
1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese

PREHEAT oven to 400° F. PLACE pastry sheets on lightly floured surface. Roll each sheet into 12-inch square. Spread pesto over one rolled pastry sheet. Sprinkle nuts and cheese evenly over pesto. Lay second sheet on top and press lightly. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Twist each strip and place on baking sheet. BAKE for 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cream Cheese 'n Herb Cucumber Bites from: Kraft Foods

What You Need
1 carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup), divided
1/2 cup PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese
2 cucumbers, cut lengthwise in half, seeded

Make It

RESERVE 2 Tbsp. carrots. Mix remaining carrots with cream cheese; spoon into cucumber shells. Top with reserved carrots.

CUT each cucumber half into 5 pieces to serve.

Turkey Club Tortilla Roll-ups
from: Pillsbury

Pretty spirals filled with thin-sliced turkey from the deli, fresh greens, peppers, and creamy dressing, roll up fast for a quick lunch or appetizer.

1/2cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
4oz cream cheese, softened
1/2cup chopped drained pepperoncini
2tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
6Old El Paso® flour tortillas, 8-inch (from 11.5-oz package)
1/2cup chopped tomato
1/2lb thinly sliced cooked turkey

6 leaves leaf lettuce

1.In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in pepperoncini, cilantro and bacon.
2.Warm tortillas as directed on package.
3.Spread about 2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture on each tortilla. Top each with 1 rounded tablespoon tomato, 1 slice turkey and 1 lettuce leaf. Roll up each tortilla tightly. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; secure each piece with cocktail toothpick. Serve immediately or cover tightly and refrigerate until serving time.

Pesto Party Dip- from Nestle

Sports fans will tackle this winning recipe for Pesto Party Dip. Perfect on veggies, crackers and bread sticks, this delicious crowd-pleaser goes hand in hand with the big game. With its creamy texture and robust pesto taste, this dip is sure to score extra points.

1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Assorted fresh vegetables, crackers, bread sticks or shrimp

PLACE pesto, cream cheese, sour cream and Parmesan cheese in food processor or blender; cover. Process until creamy.

SERVE with fresh vegetables, crackers, bread sticks or shrimp.

Bacon Quesadillas :from: Kraft Foods

What You Need!

4 flour tortillas, (6 inch)
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits
1/4 cup thin green onion slices

Make It!

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Top half of each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the cheese and 1 Tbsp. each of the bacon bits and green onion. Fold tortillas in half; press lightly to secure.

PLACE in single layer on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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