One night earlier in the week we were sitting around the dinner table singing Christmas carols, it sounded so fun and cheerful I ask if anyone would be interested in caroling on Christmas Eve. Most everyone was up for it, all except for one almost teenager, and he was not opposed to it, just not excited about it. So I called a few friends to see if they would be interested in joining us, and before I knew it we had 5 families going out singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve.
One almost teenager getting a little funky.....
The night would not be complete without a little food! After caroling we had our friends over for hot chocolate, coffee wine and snacks! Each family brought over a snack to share, and I made my favorite Spinach and Artichoke dip, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms and because I had crab left over a very simple but delicious crab dip.
The first 2 recipes are from the cookbook Good Friends Great Taste. The thrid recipe is from my head.
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
2 (10 oz) packages frozen spinach
1 (14 oz) can artichokes in water, chopped and drained
1 tbl fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup minced onion
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese – room temp
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
1 tsp Tabasco
½ tsp creole seasoning
1 cup half & half
½ cup mayo
Squeeze water out of spinach, mix with all other ingredients, bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips and a side of my homemade salsa! (You can also serve with crackers if you would like.)
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
1 ½ lbs medium to large fresh mushrooms
5 tbl butter, divided
½ cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped parsley
2 tbl dry sherry
½ tsp Worcestershire
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ cup mayo
3 tbl freshly grated parm cheese
8 oz fresh lump crab meat
Remove and chop mushroom stems and set aside. Melt 3 tbl butter in a large skillet. Add chopped mushroom stems, onion & garlic. Sauté 3-5 minutes or till tender. Stir in bread crumbs and next 7 ingredients until well blended; gently stir in crabmeat. Spoon crab mixture evenly into mushroom caps and place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with remaining 2 tbl butter. Sprinkle lightly with creole seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Super Easy Crab Dip
1 (8oz) package for cream cheese
8oz fresh lump crab meat
Mix cream cheese and crab meat together, sprinkle the top with creole seasoning, bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve with your favorite crackers
Thanks to all who helps us sing! (God knows we needed all the help we could get! :)