Keeping the Holidays Simple with Delicious Local Ingredients!

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Merry Christmas from the Land of Kansas & WIBWIf you’re looking for a simple but elegant appetizer for your Christmas gathering, the Big Game, or a New Year’s Eve party, you do NOT want to miss these recipes! I’d like to introduce you to my two best friends around the holidays: Rabbit Creek Gourmet and Copperleaf Gourmet. Both local Kansas companies who were created to make your food offerings just a little easier and a lot delicious! It’s almost too easy. Just add a few ingredients- like sour cream or cream cheese- arrange creatively, and ta-da! You have a gourmet appetizer that everyone will eat up. Literally!
If you’re still planning a special snack or needing a hostess gift, these mixes- prepared from the highest quality products right here in Kansas- are perfect. So hey… take it easy this holiday. Make things beautiful. But most of all, be filled with JOY (and good food!) as we celebrate Christmas!Bleu Cheese Bacon DipEasy-Blue-Cheesey Bacon Dip
1 package Rabbit Creek Gourmet Blue Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix
1 1/2 cups sour cream (may use light sour cream, if desired)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. cooked, crumbled bacon
Combine dip mix with sour cream and mayonnaise until smooth; place into serving bowl and top with bacon.  Chill, if desired. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Cheese Ball dip
Holiday Pinecone Cheeseballs

1 package of your favorite Rabbit Creek Gourmet Cheese Ball Mix (we’re using the Garden Vegetables with White Wine selection)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
40-50 whole almonds, for creating the pinecone effect
3-4 rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Combine cheese ball mix with cream cheese until well blended.  On a serving platter, mold mixture into two pinecone shapes, then place rosemary sprigs between or around pinecones on platter, as Christmas greenery. Adorn each cream cheese mound with almonds to create the finished pinecone effect.  Serve with your favorite crackers.

Cranberry CheeseballCranberry Christmas Cheese Ball 

1 package of your favorite Rabbit Creek Gourmet Cheeseball Mix, we are using the Fall Harvest Cheese Ball Mix
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
dried cranberries, for garnishing the cheese ball
vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, or graham cracker cookies for serving
Combine cheese ball mix with cream cheese until well blended.  Mound cheese ball mixture onto a serving platter in desired shape.  Press dried cranberries onto the exterior of the cheese ball, as desired.  Serve surrounded with cookies.

Copperleaf Gourmet BruschettaCopperLeaf Gourmet Bruschetta 

1 jar of your favorite CopperLeaf Gourmet Bruschetta, 9 oz., Tomato Artichoke, Tomato Olive, or Tomato Black Olive
Baguette slices, lightly toasted
feta crumbles or parmesan shreds, for garnish
Top baguette slices with bruschetta; garnish with desired cheese and serve at once.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Bread RingSpinach and Artichoke Bread Ring Skillet Dip

12 frozen dinner roll dough balls, thawed
1 package Rabbit Creek Gourmet Roasted Garlic and Red Bell Peppers Dip Mix, .9 oz.
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
14 oz. can artichoke hearts, well drained and chopped
3/4 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
olive oil, for brushing skillet and rolls
Coat a 10″ skillet (I love to use my cast iron skillet for this recipe) with olive oil.  Place thawed dough balls in a ring around the outer edge of the skillet. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese with dip mix, Parmesan, mozzarella, sour cream, artichokes and spinach until nicely blended; gently place this mixture into the center of the rolls in the skillet; lightly cover skillet and let rolls rise until about doubled in size; gently brush rolls with a bit of olive oil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and bake dip, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly at the center and rolls are golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving.
 

Merry Christmas,

Chef Alli

 
**These recipes were featured on Chef Alli’s Farm Fresh Kitchen with From the Land of Kansas, as part of WIBW 13 News This Morning, December 2015. To order your favorite From the Land of Kansas products and ingredients, visit our new ecommerce sight. 
 

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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