Holiday Appetizer Dips

December 16, 2012 6:55:24 AM PST
The holidays are a time to get together and eat -- a lot. Everybody seems to have a favorite appetizer, and so the folks at Peapod recently asked their Facebook fans: What is it? The answer they found: hot dips.

So, Tony Stallone from Peapod (www.peapod.com)came into our ABC7 studio kitchen to show us how to make some great dips without all the usual calories.

Tony's Recipes:

Goat Cheese Basic Recipe:
Combine equal parts of softened cream cheese and goat cheese.

Hot Crab Dip

Ingredients:
1/2 cup goat cheese basic recipe (see above)
3/4 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tbsps. red pepper, diced
2 Tbsps. yellow pepper, diced
2 Tbsps. green onion, sliced
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
3/4 cup fresh crabmeat pod id 137353
1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. green onion, sliced

Preparation:
Mix together first eight ingredients.
Fold crabmeat into above mixture.
Place mixture into baking dish.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Garnish with green onion.
Bake for 20 minutes in 325 degree oven, or until bubbly and golden.

Hot Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

Ingredients:
1/2 cup goat cheese basic recipe (see above)
1/2 cup shredded cooked white chicken
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
2 Tbsps. crumbled bleu cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded

Preparation: Spread in bottom of small baking dish, or form into star shape, if desired.
Layer with next five ingredients.
Bake 10-15 minutes in 325 degree oven, or until cheese is melted.
Serve with celery sticks.

Baked Goat Cheese with Green Pepper Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
1 cup goat cheese basic recipe (see above)
1 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
Green Pepper Pico de Gallo (recipe below)

Preparation:
Mix cheese and pine nuts together.
Spread in bottom of small baking dish, or form into Christmas tree shape, if desired.
Top with Green Pepper Pico de Gallo.
Bake 10-15 minutes in 325 degree oven.
Serve with pita chips.

Green Pepper Pico de Gallo

Ingredients:
1/2 cup green peppers, diced
2 Tbsps. grape tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp. jalape?o, finely diced
2 Tbsps. fresh cilantro, diced
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Preparation:
Mix together

Baked Goat Cheese with Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:
1 cup goat cheese basic recipe (see above)
1 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
fresh pesto sauce

Preparation:
Mix cheese and pine nuts together.
Spread in bottom of small baking dish, or form into wreath shape, if desired.
Top with pesto sauce.
Bake 10-15 minutes in 325 degree oven.
Serve with fresh bell pepper strips.

Baked Goat Cheese with Fresh Salsa

Ingredients:
1 cup goat cheese basic recipe (see above)
1 Tbsp. toasted pine nuts
Andrew's Fresh Salsa pod id 150119

Preparation:
Mix cheese and pine nuts together.
Spread in bottom of small baking dish, or form into Christmas stocking, if desired.
Top with salsa.
Bake 10-15 minutes in 325 degree oven.
Serve with crusty French bread slices.

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