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Pick’Ams: Super Tasty Quick Simple Appetizers

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The first time I had these was when I was a kid at my Great Granny’s house.  She and some ladies had a regular Bridge night where they all brought easy to eat and super yummy snacks.  Granny let me and my cousin Krystle have some before we were sent off to let the grown ups have their game time.  From then on, I was in love!  Later, I introduced them to my bestie Stacy and it was our go to snack for an entire summer.  Fabulous that it’s a cold one on hot days, but works wonderfully on cooler days as well!  I am pretty certain we brought stocks in Atkins Dill Pickles up a notch that summer!

Two things before I get started:

  1. These never had a name, I made one up.  Previously they were those ham roll thingy’s.  If you have a better name, PLEASE leave it in the comments!  I’ve been trying to come up with a fitting one for a while.  Pick’Ams pays homage to my Granny’s Southern Belle heritage, so I used it.  LOL
  2. I’m always looking for simple appetizers!  If you know of any, leave a link or suggestion or something!  Seems like I have a hard time coming up with them!

Now, without further ado I will give you the recipe.  Cherish it, enjoy it!  The recipe will always be close to my heart.  Your guests will love it!PickAms1

Ingredients:

1 Jar of Dill Pickles

Cream Cheese, softened (I use low fat)

1 Package Ham of Choice

Mayo (optional)

Directions:

In a bowl, mix cream cheese and mayo.  If you aren’t using mayo, then simply ensure the cream cheese is at a spreadable temp.

Lay out ham and pat dry.

Using a spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture over the ham.

Place pickle on ham and roll it.  Chill for 24 hours or more.  The chilling helps harden the cream cheese back up and holds it together.

After it is chilled, slice and enjoy!

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Originally posted 2014-04-03 04:23:39.

Cheesy Party Pops Recipe: Your Next Party Hit!

Monkey made these for our Thanksgiving gathering and they were amazingly yummy!  They would be great for any party, as they went super fast!  Don’t be nervous about the blue cheese, the flavors meld so well that even people who said they don’t normally like it said they loved it!  They were gone pretty fast!  Enjoy!

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8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup (about 3 oz) crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups pecans

Pretzel Sticks

Recipe:

IMG_49711. Use a spatula and stir together cream cheese, blue cheese and cranberries.  You may need to smash up some of the blue cheese chunks to ensure the mixture is smooth.

IMG_49732.  Dampen your hands with water to keep them from sticking to the balls, then use your hands to make teaspoon sized balls.  Place on parchment paper (we used plastic cutting boards), cover with plastic wrap and chill them for at least 2 hours.  This can be done the night before also.  😀

IMG_49743.  While the cheese balls are chilling, toast the pecans at 350 degrees F.  It will take about 8 minutes (you’ll smell them!).  Let cool completely then finely chop them.  Place them in a bowl.

4.  Roll each ball in the pecans, place a pretzel stick in each one and enjoy!  Be sure and keep the balls chilled until serving!

Please Note: Recipe is from Family Fun Magazine, December/January 2014 issue, Pg 20.

Originally posted 2014-01-04 04:24:46.