Our Christmas was filled with laughter, cheer and lots of good drinks and food. In fact, we probably partook in a little too much good food, but we just couldn’t help ourselves! Rhonda made Merry Margaritas and Jingle Gin Punch on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Morning Bread to kick off the day. We loved hearing from many of you through Facebook and texts that tried out Golden Mint Crinkles and Yum Rum Balls. Now we are getting back into our exercise routines and regular life. However, there is another great food and beverage holiday lurking around the corner — NYE! What are your plans for the big evening? In the past we have hosted a fun casino party and served our Pineapple Infused Vodka, but this year we are ringing in 2019 quietly at home.
Whether you are hosting a rocking evening or headed out to ring in the new year with friends, we have a quick and easy holiday appetizer that you can serve: Holiday Cheese Spread. This spread only looks complicated and tastes even better. Your friends and family will be very surprised that you whipped this up in a matter of ten minutes.
We adapted this recipe from a recipe we found on www.foodnetwork.com. You will need a pound of cheddar cheese cut into chunks, softened cream cheese, prosecco (oh bummer!), parsley, nutmeg, red pepper, pecans and dried cranberries.
Place the cheeses, prosecco, parsley, nutmeg and red pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. Spoon into a bowl. Mix in cranberries and pecans. Cover and chill. We refrigerated ours for a couple of hours so the flavors could blend.
Place in a serving bowl and voila! Now you have an easy tasty fresh appetizer for your holiday party. We served ours with French bread slices for our photos. Later we ate the remaining spread with crackers. We preferred it with crackers, but you can also serve it with fresh veggies.
The cranberries and pecans give the spread a more decadent and festive look, and you can drink the rest of the prosecco as you wish! (wink)
If you are planning your NYE, here are some other great ideas for New Year’s Drinks:
Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! We will see you in 2019!
Disclaimer: The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older. We do not condone underage drinking and never drink and drive.