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Laurie Aker from Earth Fare offers up these tasty treats you can prepare for the kids for the Holidays:
Holiday Pita Trees
- 4 flavored or plain pita folds or pita (pocket) breads (about 6 inches in diameter)
- 16 thin pretzel sticks
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 1/2 cup guacamole
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley (or cilantro)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic
- 1/4 cup very finely chopped red and yellow bell pepper
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced sugar plum tomatoes
- Cut each pita fold into 8 wedges. Insert pretzel stick into center of bottom of each wedge to form "tree trunk."
- In small bowl, mix sour cream, guacamole, parsley and garlic. Spread about 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture on each pita wedge.
- Sprinkle diced bell peppers onto each wedge, forming a garland pattern. Add sliced tomatoes for ornaments. If desired, cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours before serving.
1 pound cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Celery, clove, pumpernickel slice, black olives, thin pretzel sticks and carrot
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese (reserve a spoonful for hat), 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, feta, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Freeze until firm, 30 minutes.
- Shape mixture into 3 balls; roll balls in remaining Mozzarella until evenly coated. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
- Just before serving, stack balls; secure with toothpicks. Use vegetable peeler to shave celery scarf; pin with clove. Cut bread into 1- and 1 1/2-inch rounds; glue hat together with cream cheese, then secure with toothpick. Place sliced olives on as buttons and eyes. cut end off carrot; press in place as nose. Insert pretzels onto each side for arms. Serve with crackers. Enjoy!