Relieving some holiday stress in the kitchen

Eleven years ago my family started a new Christmas tradition. It all stemmed from eating too many huge holiday meals. I’m sure that a lot of families out there experience the same thing. We celebrate the Holidays with my family, my husbands family then there’s Christmas Eve and Christmas day and lets not forget New Year’s day too.

I look forward to our “new” tradition all year. Our Christmas Eve fare mostly consists of appetizers, no turkey, ham or roast beef allowed! I am hosting this year and I have been scoping out some of the recipes on LifeMadeDelicious.ca

I’ll pay homage to my French and Italian roots when creating the menu. Growing up, we always had tortière (meat pie) and pasta with squid in tomato sauce on Christmas Eve. I’m going to switch it up a bit and make individual hand held tortière and gnocchi (potato dumplings in tomato sauce). I’ll also throw in some family favourites
• Coconut Shrimp
Savoury Snacktime Chex Mix 
Fiesta Taco Dip 
• Spanakopita (Spinach and feta mixture wrapped in phyllo dough)
• A tray of assorted cheeses and crackers
• Egg and Olive Squares (see below)

Egg and Olive Squares (based on a recipe from the Country Fair Cookbook)
1 Package of Pillsbury crescent rolls
4 eggs
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 c sliced green olives
½ c chopped pimento peppers
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 cups of grated old cheddar cheese(I use low fat)
• Heat oven to 350°F
• Remove dough from cans, do not separate into triangles
• Unroll the dough in a 9”X15” non stick pan and press seams together
• Mix eggs, butter, olives, peppers, onion and cheese together
• Pour over crescent dough
• Bake for 17-20 minuets until the egg mixture is cook through

• Cheddar and Swiss with chopped ham
• Spread the dough with pesto and top with Cheddar, Parmesan and tomato
. • Add crispy chopped bacon

I’m also going to be baking up this Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizer. There is also a how to video for the Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizer Recipe here 

Disclosure:  I am a LifeMadeDelicious.ca General Mills Blogger.  As always, the opinions expressed on this blog are my own.

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