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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Favorite Appetizers

Kate at http://asimplewalk.blogspot.com is hosting the appetizer leg tonight of the Bloggy Progressive Dinner. I think sometimes that appetizers are yummier to me than the actual main course! Here are 2 of my favorite easy cold appetizers.

Ranch Cheese Ball
2 packages of cream cheese, softened
1 package of ranch dressing mix
1 tsp dried dill
pecans, walnuts or almond slices
chopped fresh parsley

In bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch mix and dill. Shape into a ball. Combine nuts and parsley on a plate and roll ball until coated. Place on platter with various crackers.

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 bag sweet corn, thawed
1 red onion, minced
1 medium tomato, diced
2 avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
1T lemon juice
1T minced garlic
1 package dry italian dressing mix
juice of 1 lime
3T chopped fresh cilantro
2T red wine vinegar
1/2 t cumin
chipotle hot sauce to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients but avocado in bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, dice avocado, toss in lemon juice to prevent browning, and then add to mixture. Serve with tortilla chips


Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

The ranch cheese ball sounds good!

Mary Ann said...

These sound really good, especially the salsa! Yum! I'm going to have to try that!

Thanks for sharing!