I’m so excited to be joining Sarah and Victoria today for The Most Wonderful Time of the Year linkup. I jumped right in when Sarah asked me to be a co-host for a day but may have slightly panicked when it was all about sharing a favorite holiday recipe. While I have my favorites, I always try to keep things original around here and really wanted to create something instead of do my best work copying a familiar recipe. Every year my pasta salad is a huge it at the Janac Christmas so why not mix it up a little and turn it into a little appetizer!
Let’s just say all the samples I made were quickly eaten by my family so I’m going to give this a thumbs up! It also gets the thumbs up from me because it is super easy and quick to make.
Here’s all you need
1 pkg Buitoni cheese tortellini pasta
1 pkg Buitoni pesto
1 red bell pepper
1 can large black olives
1 pkg salami or pepperoni Boil and drain the tortellini. After adding a dab of pesto to a piece of pasta layer a small piece of bell pepper, the salami folded in half and half a black olive and secure with a toothpick. So easy! Add to a tray and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. I think they turned out very festive what do you think?
One recipe my mom always made for Christmas Eve was this shrimp dip. While it doesn’t look super appetizing, it is seriously amazing. Let’s just say Carly and I were knocking each other over testing this after it chilled!
Boil 1 lb small shrimp (deveined)
Blend 1 package cream cheese with 1 jar heinz cocktail sauce
Add 2 Tablespoons mayo and blend
Fold in shrimp
Chill before serving
I personally love this dip the very best with Fritos but we were using the stock on hand!
Any little appetizer can be made to look Christmasy with a little garnish. I love the rosemary sprigs but would also use cranberries, grape tomatoes or even green olives to a platter. Oh, and of course you need a little Christmas drink! I made the cranberry mule to test out and it was yummy but a little sweet for me. Sure does look festive though!
We hope you will share your favorite party recipe so we can all have something new to try this Christmas! Thank you Sarah and Victoria for hosting such a festive linkup.