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Here's a few of our favorite treats for the holidays.
GLAZED YAMS OR SWEET POTATOES
1 kg (2 1/4 lbs. ) yams or sweet potatoes
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 cup orange juice
Cut yams into 2 or 3 large sections. Cover with water, bring to a boil and cook just till fork tender. Do not overcook. When cool, peel and cut into bite size chunks. Place into a 2litre (2 quart) casserole dish.
Mix the remaining ingrediants in a saucepan. Heat over med. high heat until it comes to a boil and gets thick. Pour over the yams. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F. (180 celcius) for 20 minutes. Remove cover for the last few minutes
Note: You can also peel and cut the yams into chunks while raw. Place in casserole dish. Bring the sauce just to a boil, do not thicken on stove. Pour over raw yams, cover and bake at 350 for about an hour or until they are tender.
8 squares white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup Craisins
1/2 cup favorite nuts, I like cashews (optional)
1/2 Golden Grahams cereal
Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) power for 3 minutes to partially melt the chocolate.
Remove and stir until completely melted.
Sir in Craisins, cereal and nuts.
Drop small spoonfuls onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Chill until firm. Wrap well and refridgerate.
RED & GREEN FETA MELT
1 pgk. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup cottage cheese
1 small tomato, chopped
1/4 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
1/8 tsp. garlic powder (not salt)
tricuit crackers or your favorite crackers
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix all the ingrediants except the crackers until well blended. Put into a greased 2 1/2 cup heatproof crock or baking dish.
Bake 15 - 20 minutes until heated through.
Serve with the crackers.
Some of my family prefers this cooled off so I make and bake a double batch. Then I seperate into two serving bowls and let one cool off.
Note: For a low fat version use low fat cottage cheese and low fat feta cheese
(appetizer or sometimes we have them for brunch Christmas morn)
3/4 cup broken shrimp ( 2 - 113g cans)
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 beaten eggs
1/3 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dry dill
dash of garlic powder
unbaked tart shells (for appetizers I use the mini tart shells, for the brunch I use the regular size)
Fill tart shells with a bit the each of the first 3 ingrediants.
Beat remaining ingrediants.
Pour over the tarts to the top. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 - 20 minutes.
Serve hot and fresh or keep refridgerated until ready to use and reheat until warm or serve room temperature.