Holiday Appetizers

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Holiday appetizers are quick and easy when you do it the Wildtree Way!

To get things started, here is one of most popular herbs mixed with a great fruit to try and include in your daily eating habits:

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:
4 eggs, hard boiled
1 avocado
1/2 teaspoon Wildtree Dill Dip (#10191 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
Alfalfa sprouts for garnish or chopped red bell pepper

Method of Preparation:
Peel the hard boiled eggs, cut in half length-wise.  Carefully empty the yolks and scoop out the avocado flesh into a small food processor (you can use a hand blender too).  Add the Dill Dip.  Puree until smooth.  Spoon the mixture back into the egg white halves.  Garnish with sprouts.  Refrigerate or eat right away.  Enjoy!


Whether for holiday appetizers or other special gathering, deviled eggs are always a hit!


Baked Onion Dip
Servings 12

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup mayo
1 cup shredded parmesan
1 tablespoon Wildtree Absolutely Onion Blend (#10775 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
2 scallions, chopped

Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium size bowl combine all of the ingredients until well combined. Transfer to a baking dish that allows about an inch of room from the top to prevent the dip from bubbling over. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with chips.


Baked Spinach Balls With Garlic Lemon Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

Spinach Balls:
1/2 tablespoon Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil (#10229 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
10 ounces fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning (#10725 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten

Dipping Sauce:
3 tablespoons mayo
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning

Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Heat the Grapeseed Oil over medium heat in a large nonstick pan.  Add the spinach and saute until wilted.  Transfer to a mixing bowl.  Once cool enough to handle, remove the liquid from the spinach by squeezing it with your hands.  Work in small batches to do this.  Once all the liquid has been removed, chop the spinach.  Add the spinach back into the mixing bowl along with the bread crumbs, nutmeg, Garlic Galore  Seasoning and Parmesan cheese.  Toss to combine.  Add the beaten egg and toss again.  Shape the mixture into 12 balls and place on a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes, flip and continue cooking for 5 minutes more.  While the spinach balls are baking, stir together the ingredients for the dipping sauce.  Serve with the finished spinach balls.


Baked Spinach Dip
Servings 12

Ingredients

8 ounces Cream Cheese
8 ounce sour cream
1/2 red onion, diced
1/4 cup Wildtree Savory Spinach Dip (#10801 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
1/3 cup shredded parmesan

Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer to a baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Serve with crackers, veggies, corn tortilla chips, or even as a spread for crostini.


There is always room for a spinach dip in your holiday appetizers line up.


Brie en Croute
Servings 12

Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 sheet puff pastry
1 (8 ounce) block brie
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
Your choice of 3 - 4 tablespoons of:
  - Wildtree Apple Cranberry Jam (Item 10719)
  - Wildtree Pineapple Jalapeno Jam (Item 10803)
  - Wildtree Cranberry Jalapeno Jam (Item 10720)
  - Wildtree Spiced Cranberry Jam (Item 10835)
  - Wildtree Sweet Onion Spread (Item 10753)

Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Make an egg wash by whisking together the egg and water; set aside. Lightly flour your working surface. Unfold the thawed sheet of puff pastry and roll into a 12 inch square. Trim the corners so they are rounded (save the scraps). Spread the desired Wildtree Jam/Spread over the puff pastry to within two inches of the edges. Sprinkle with almonds (optional); place the brie on top. Brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash. Fold the pastry over the cheese to cover by bringing each edge over the cheese one at a time (similar to wrapping a gift). Place the cheese seam side down onto a greased baking sheet. Brush the entire pastry with egg wash. Decorate the top of the cheese using the pastry scraps; brush that with egg wash as well. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Serve with crackers if desired.

Optional:  Cut puff pastry and brie into bite size portions to make individual pieces.


Marinated Mushrooms
Servings 4

Ingredients

8 ounce package white button mushrooms, halved
1 tablespoon Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil (#10226 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
1 teaspoon Wildtree Mediterranean Dry Rub (#10824 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)

Method of Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; toss to coat the mushrooms. Marinate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F or preheat grill. Thread the mushrooms onto skewers. Roast for 10-12 minutes, turning half way through, or grill for 5 minutes on each side.


Quick and easy holiday appetizers are always popular.  These marinated mushrooms fall into that category.


Scampi Stuffed Mushrooms
Servings 8

Ingredients

1 sleeve butter crackers, crushed
1 1/4 sticks butter, melted 
2 tablespoons Wildtree Scampi Blend  (#10450 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice 
4 ounces of any seafood
1 1/4 pounds mushroom caps

Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Combine the crackers, butter, Scampi Blend, and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well. Add the seafood and mix. Arrange the mushroom caps on a baking sheet. Spoon the seafood mixture into the mushroom caps. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until heated through and light brown on top. 

Did you say quick and easy holiday appetizers.  These stuffed mushrooms fit the bill.


Smoked Mozzarella Bruschetta
Servings 12

Ingredients

8 ounce baguette
2 tablespoon Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil, divided (#10229 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
½ onion, diced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
¼ cup sundried tomatoes
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 tablespoon Wildtree Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Blend (#10209 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme

Method of Preparation

Preheat broiler; set rack to highest position. Slice baguette into 12 slices. Place on a baking sheet and brush each using 1 tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil; set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the mushrooms, stir to coat in the oil. Cook for about 7 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender. Add the sundried and cherry tomatoes, the Smoked Mozzarella Blend, cracked black pepper, and thyme. Continue cooking until the tomatoes are tender. Meanwhile, toast the baguette slices under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they will burn quickly. Remove from oven and top with the cooked mushroom mixture.


Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms
Servings 5


Ingredients

¾ pound ground chicken
2 teaspoons grated ginger
2 scallions, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Wildtree Teriyaki Sauce (#10423 at www.TheDinnerPlanMan.com)
1 pound white button mushrooms (or baby bellas)
2 teaspoons sesame seeds


Method of Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine the ground chicken, ginger, scallions, and Teriyaki Sauce in a mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly. Remove and discard the stems from the mushrooms. Use a small spoon to remove the gills from the insides of the caps. Fill the caps with the chicken mixture. Place the mushrooms on a lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Rest for 5 minutes before serving.


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