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Both of these are easy, super delicious, and were a HUGE hit when we made them for company. And both come from the Cooking With Trader Joe's Dinner's Done Cookbook (Gunn & Miniati)


Bacon Wrapped Dates



- 1 16-ounce package of bacon (regular thickness-not thick cut), sliced in half

- 1 8-ounce package of pitted dates

- 24 toothpicks



- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit. Line broiling rack with foil, and make slits with knife to allow bacon grease to drip away while cooking.

- Remove pits from dates; wrap each date (or date half, if large). Use toothpick to secure.

- Place on a foil-lined broiling rack; bake 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway during baking.



Artichoke Dip and Baked Pita Chips



- 1 12-oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped fine

- 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or reduced fat)

- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

- 1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese (regular or lite), softened



- Preheat oven to 350.

- Mix all ingredients together; transfer to a small baking dish; spread to flatten.

- Bake 35 minutes, or till dip is heated through and edges are bubbly

- Serve immediately with baked pita chips.




Turkish Cigars (Sigara boregi)

An appetizer that is cigar-shaped pastry made with a spinach and feta cheese filling, wrapped in phyllo dough. We had this one at a restaurant once -- fabulous!




And here's a healthier option:


Tsatsiki (Cucumber-Yogurt Dip) with Veggies for Dipping



- 1 long English cucumber, peeled

- 1/4 tsp salt

- 1/2 cup Greek style yogurt

- 1/2 cup sour cream

- 1 small clove garlic, crushed



- Coarsely grate the cucumber; squeeze with paper towels to soak up excess water.

- Combine everything in a bowl; mix well. Cover tightly, refrigerate till ready to use.

- Serve with veggies for dipping (baby carrots; celery sticks; radishes; cucumber slices; bell pepper slices; peapods; etc.)



And here's one I haven't tried yet, but fits with the holiday theme:


Cranberry-Apple Butter and Cheese on Crackers



- 1 3.5 log goat cheese (or cream cheese)

- 1/3 cup cranberry apple butter (purchased, or make from recipe here)

- 1 box Water Crackers (or other larger-sized crackers)



- Allow cheese to soften.

- Spread each cracker with cheese; top with cranberry apple butter (do half in a zig-zag drizzle, and half as a "dollop").

Edited by Lori D.
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