New Year’s Eve Treat: Holiday Cheese Spread

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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If you are planning your NYE, here are some other great ideas for New Year’s Drinks:

Midnight Spice

Merry Margarita

Aperol Spritz

Boulevardier

Cranberry Rum Slush

French 75

Gin and Tonic

Jingle Gin Punch

Pineapple Infused Vodka

Rojo

Zaya Manhattan

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.

Summertime Appetizer: Tequila Ceviche

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It seems that we just talked, since we sent out our July Bonus Post only days ago.  We have a great appetizer that we have been dying to share with you.  Tequila Ceviche is the perfect summertime appetizer. You don’t need to cook or turn on the oven and it is a crowd pleaser.  We are huge fans of Gloria’s, which is a small local chain in the Dallas area that features fine Salvadorian, Tex-Mex, and Mexican food.  They have amazing ceviche there, and it is one of our favs.  Now we have a quick fix for nights that we are staying in.

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This recipe is easy, tasty, and fresh.  It will soon win you over as your fall back take and share appetizer.  It is a great app for GNO’s (Girls’ Nights Out) because it is local.

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To start, we bought one pound fresh cooked shrimp from the seafood counter at our local Kroger.  You can also buy uncooked shrimp and devein and cook it yourself.  Let’s face it, people, who really likes to devein those little crustaceans?  Gross!  We skip all of that by purchasing the deveined cooked shrimp.  The first step is to remove the tails from the shrimp and chop the shrimp into little pieces.

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Next place fresh lime juice, fresh lemon juice and 1 ounce of tequila in a bowl.  Add the shrimp to the bowl, salt, cover and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

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Next prepare tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and cilantro by dicing into little pieces.  Shortly before serving, dice up 1-2 avocados and add to the other vegetables.

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Drain shrimp and then combine shrimp and veggies.  Add pepper, garlic powder, and coriander and combine well.  Chill until ready to serve.

Serve with chips or tostadas.  What a yummy and quick appetizer.

We served this appetizer on the Fourth of July and a couple of times since.  It has been a hit each time.

What is your favorite go-to appetizer when you are in a pinch?

It has been so HOT in Texas lately, which has us thinking…. Some like it hot.  Do you? Check back with us next week to see what HOT stuff we have to share.  Some of you may have noticed that you are added to our new email list.  Keep referring our post to friends and family.  We would love to have them become part of our Blind Pig Blog following.

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Bonus Post: Corralejo Lime Guac

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It’s time for our May bonus post.  This month’s bonus is an easy, tasty, fresh recipe that you can whip up with a Mexican meal or if friends are dropping by for a last minute visit.

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With the fresh ingredients of avocados, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, lime and a splash of Corralejo Anejo Tequila, your guests will be singing your praises.  We had family visitors from California last weekend, and wanted to serve a tasty meal with little fuss.  The guac was a hit and so easy to make.  It was a great compliment to chicken enchiladas and a Santorita!

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First slice avocados into a molcajete or other bowl. Smash avocados with a fork.  Next add diced tomato, diced cilantro, diced onions, and jalapenos.  Mix together with the avocados.  Blend in the juice of 1 lime and .5 ounces of tequila.  We used Corralejo Anejo Tequila.  Anjeos are aged 1-3 years, so they have more flavor that comes through in the guac than a regular blanco tequila which is not aged and bottled immediately.   Add a pinch of kosher salt.  Serve with blue corn tortilla chips.  Yummo!

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Try out this tasty recipe this Memorial Day weekend while you are enjoying the views at the lake.  Let us know what you think.