12 Days of Christmas :: Food Ideas


So here we are 11 days before Christmas…I’m sure that yall have some sort of party to go to, whether it’s taken a dish to a office party or all of the girls getting together.  We wanted to give you some new ideas!


Martha Stewart’s Baked Brie

Baked Brie



1 cup pecan halves

3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar

All-purpose flour, for dusting

2 standard packages (17 1/4 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed

1 wheel (2.2 pounds) Brie

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons heavy cream



1.In a medium bowl, combine pecans and sugar, using your fingertips to thoroughly mix; set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2.Lightly dust work surface with flour. Place two sheets (one box) of puff pastry on the work surface one on top of the other. Using a rolling pin, adhere the two pieces of the puff pastry together. Continue rolling puff pastry until it is very thin, slightly less than 1/8 inch thick. Using a pastry wheel or a sharp knife, cut the puff pastry into a 13-inch round, reserving scraps for decorating.

3.Place the Brie in the center of the puff pastry. Top the Brie with pecan mixture, spreading to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the cheese. Be sure to remove any sugar or nuts from the puff pastry, as they may cause holes to form during baking. Fold puff pastry up and over Brie to enclose. The center of the Brie will not be completely covered with pastry. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.

4.Lightly dust work surface with flour. Repeat rolling and cutting process with remaining two sheets of puff pastry. Drape pastry over the Brie, tucking the edges under to enclose.

5.In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and cream to make an egg wash. Cut reserved scraps of puff pastry into decorative shapes. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the decorative shapes with the egg wash, and adhere to wrapped Brie. Brush the wrapped Brie evenly with the egg wash. Transfer to refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.

6.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake Brie until golden brown and puffed, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until dark golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes

7. Serve with a Raspberry Preserve, SO GOOD


Blue Cheese Date Wraps Recipe

Blue Cheese Date Wraps Recipe



12 bacon strips

36 pitted dates

2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese



Cut each bacon strip into thirds. In a large skillet, cook bacon in batches over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp.  Remove to paper towels to drain; keep warm.

Carefully cut a slit in the center of each date; fill with blue cheese. Wrap a bacon piece around each stuffed date; secure with wooden toothpicks.

Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Yield: 3 dozen.


Grilled Prawns with Caper Tzatziki

Picture of Grilled Prawns with Caper Tzatziki Recipe



1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup extra-large capers, drained and finely chopped

1 small shallot, finely minced

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

12 large prawns, about 1 pound, peeled, deveined, tail left on

Olive oil, for grilling



Preheat a stove top grill pan to high heat.

In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, capers, shallots, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let stand to allow flavors to mingle.Cut a deep slit about 1/2-inch long in the bottom third of the shrimp, without cutting all the way through. This will allow the shrimp to butterfly open at the ends as they cook. Toss the prawns with oil and season well with salt and pepper. Grill the shrimp, turning once, until bright pink and just cooked through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side.


Spicy Cocktail Meatballs

Picture of Spicy Cocktail Meatballs Recipe



For the meatballs:

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 eggs

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

2 tablespoons adobe sauce (from can of chipotle peppers in adobo)

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon canola oil


For the sauce:

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar



To make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients, except the canola oil. Shape heaping teaspoons of the mixture into 1-inch balls. In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, wiping pan in between, saute the meatballs, turning frequently for even browning, until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.

To make the sauce:

Heat oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce heat to low.

Add the browned meatballs to the Dutch oven and toss gently to coat with sauce.



To keep with the “Gift Giving” Trend…the Today Show ran a segment on great gift for Foodies, that you can mail to them! (whew say that 5 times in a row)


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