Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cocktail Wienie Wreath

No matter what kind of party I'm having Pigs in a Blanket are always on the table - they are universally loved! (well, unless you are a vegetarian, but you get my point!)  That is why I loved this idea for a Cocktail Wienie Wreath!  Besides the tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls and a package of mini-hot dogs, you only need a red pepper and some garnish, like parsley, to make things look festive.

To assemble, cut a piece of parchment paper out to cover your baking sheet.  Wrap each mini-dog in the dough and then arrange on the parchment paper. You can free hand it; or use a bowl or plate to trace a circle on the parchment paper like I did below as a guide.  Just flip over the paper so the pencil marks don't touch the food - you'll still be able to see the circle through the paper.  The dough wrapped dogs should be touching, but not totally squished together.

Make an egg wash and lightly brush it over the tops and sprinkle with poppy and sesame seeds.  You can totally skip this step if you want to!  Once you are done preparing your wreath, put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until they are golden brown.  Carefully slide the cooked wreath onto a serving platter.
Arranging the wienie's on the
parchment paper

For the garnish, I cut off the side of a red bell pepper and used a paring knife to cut it into a bow, stuffed a few parsley leaves around the side and served this up with condiments.

You will mostly likely have leftover mini-dogs and dough, depending on how big your wreath is, so make another one!  They go fast!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Tree Crudités

Pinterest has been supplying me with fun food ideas this time of year!

We had a small holiday gathering this past weekend and I wanted to make my vegetable platter a little more festive and it think this tree-shaped arrangment does the job!

For the tree, I used baby carrots, zucchini, broccoli and celery. For the 'garland' I used sliced red and yellow peppers and used a small piece of the yellow pepper for the tree topper. I reserved a small piece of the zucchini for the stump.

There really wasn't any 'plan' in mind when I started to assemble the vegetables. I trimmed the broccoli to florets and then cut the zucchini and celery to about and an inch and a half and then started arranging in a tree and it just all came together! Don't forget the dip!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pretzel Kisses

I was on Pinterest looking for an easy holiday treat to add to the cookie making - one that didn't involve baking and came across these little treats. I love the salty-sweet mix of chocolate and pretzels and the M&M on top was a bonus! These could be made with regular Hershey kisses, Hugs, regular or peanut M&M's and in any color for the occasion.  You could even make these for a party snack, a girls night, last minute guests coming over or even a movie night.

All you need are some pretzel snaps, M&M's and Hershey kisses. Preheat the oven 275, place a kiss on top of each pretzel snap and put in the oven for 3 minutes. Once they come, out press an M&M in the center. The chocolate will be really soft so let them cool to harden - if you can wait that long - and enjoy!

Before the oven

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gearing up for holiday baking

On this weekends trip to the grocery store I picked up *some* stuff for my holiday baking.

I'm planning on making Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mint cookies, one variation with Andes candies and another with Peppermint crunch chips; Cranberry Macadamia Nut cookies; Macaroon Trees; dipped Pretzel Rods and French Chocolate Bark.

What are your holiday baking plans?