EASY YET ELEGANT HOLIDAY SNACK IDEAS

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This time of year each and every one of us are looking for quick and easy ways to satisfy hungry family, friends and guests. So today I thought I’d give you a couple of my easy yet elegant holiday snack ideas. I’ll help you impress your guests with a couple of simple recipes using only a few ingredients that everyone will think you slaved over!

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Toward that end, I’m always delighted when my local supermarket, Stater Bros., not only has the things I need in a handy location, but also at a discount. Right now they’ve got a huge display of my favorite Coca-Cola beverages alongside my go-to munchies, BIG Wheat Thins, Wheat Thins Popped and Wheat Thins Pita, all of which I need for my easy yet elegant holiday snacks.

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Stater Bros. makes shopping for holiday snacks fast, easy and affordable. So even though I won’t be needing these until later in the week, I’m purchasing everything now while it’s on sale. I saved $1 with Digital Deals by purchasing any two Coca-Cola 6 packs or 6 packs of Smartwater.

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Plus I saved $1 on 2 packages of Wheat Thins Popped & Pita and Ritz Toasted Chips.  And as you’ll see, they will make the perfect pairing for my easy yet elegant holiday snack ideas.

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I like to have these nonperishable items as staples in my kitchen. I keep them on hand in the pantry and pull them out anytime I need to whip up a fast and easy snack for my family, or for friends that may pop in during the holiday season.

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When it comes time to serve my beverages I’ve invented an easy yet elegant way to both display them and keep them cold at the same time. In less than 10 minutes I can assemble a beautiful Ice Bowl using fruit, flowers, herbs and/or greenery I have in the house. Today I decided to make an Ice Bowl using sliced oranges and holly leaves and berries, perfect for the holidays. Here’s my easy Ice Bowl Tutorial:

Start by slicing 3 large navel oranges into 1/2″ thick slices.

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Line a large glass bowl with the orange slices, then add some holly & berries. As an alternative to the holly you could use orange tree leaves and fresh cranberries.

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Place a second glass bowl on top of the fruit. Pour water between the bowls to 1/2 inch from the top.

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Place the bowls in the freezer and freeze them overnight.

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When you’re ready to use your Ice Bowls remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes until the bowls separate easily. Do not run them under water.

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Remove the top bowl.

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Next, invert the bottom bowl onto a flat plate. Place it back in the freezer until ready to use.

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Once you’re ready to use your beautiful Ice Bowl carefully invert it onto a serving platter or stand.

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I’m a lover of Fanta and think bottles of this delicious orange soda look great in my Orange Ice Bowl. Just add bottles of your favorite coca-cola beverages to your Ice Bowl and serve to your very impressed guests.

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No one will have to know how quick & effortless it was.

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To go along with my Coca-Cola beverages I’ve made one of my favorite and much loved holiday dip recipes to pair with the assortment of Wheat Thins I purchased on sale at Stater Bros. Let me show you how you too can make this easy yet impressive Cream Cheese & Pesto Christmas Mold. All you need are 4 simple ingredients:

  1. 1 Lb. Salted Butter, Cut into small cubes
  2. Two 8 Ounce Packages of Cream Cheese
  3. 1 Cup of Prepared Basil Pesto
  4. Fresh Basil for Garnish

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Find a vessel that will accommodate 4 cups to use as your mold. I used a fluted metal brioche pan. A clean terra cotta flower pot also works well. Cut a double layer of cheesecloth to fit your mold, leaving some excess to drape over the sides.

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Wet the cheesecloth, then wring it dry. Line your mold as smoothly as possible, draping the excess over the sides of the mold.

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Allow the butter and cream cheese to come to room temperature. Add to the bowl of your standing mixer and beat until smooth and well blended.

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Now it’s time to assemble your Cream Cheese & Pesto Christmas Mold. Depending on the width of your mold you can have as many layers as you wish, but you will start and end with a layer of cream cheese.

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Carefully spoon the cheese mixture into the bottom of the mold, pressing it delicately and carefully into the mold using the back of a spoon.

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Next spoon on a layer of Pesto. If I have time I’ll make my own Pesto, however, if I’m short on time prepared Pesto is a great, easy alternative.

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Add another layer of cream cheese, then repeat with a layer of Pesto and so on until you have used up your ingredients. Keep in mind however, that you should always start and end with cream cheese.

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After you have completed the layering use a spoon to gently press down on the final layer.

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Fold the excess cheesecloth over the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. You can also cover the mold with plastic wrap and refrigerate it up to 5 days. This is a perfect make-ahead snack.

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When you’re ready to serve your Cream Cheese & Pesto Christmas Mold fold back the cheesecloth from the top of the mold and invert it onto your serving dish. Then carefully peel back the cheesecloth.

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Top with some fresh basil leaves.

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Serve with an assortment of Wheat Thins, Wheat Thins Popped and Wheat Thins Pita. I used assorted flavors, the Garlic Herb Toasted Pita, the 100% Whole Grain Veggie Toasted Chips, Wheat Thins Popped and BIG Wheat Thins.

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To complete this easy yet elegant holiday snack display, pair snacks with your beautiful Ice Bowl that has been filled with delicious, cold and refreshing assorted Coca-Cola beverages. I particularly like the glass bottles, which I think are a classy way to serve beverages and add a bit of a vintage, throwback aesthetic to your holiday snack display.

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It doesn’t get much easier or more elegant than this. Hard to believe something so simple and affordable could be so good!

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Comments

  • Nicole Elliott

    Oohhh I absolutely love these ideas! Impressive but easy are the rules I live by when entertaining as well! I’m totally going to try that ice bowl for our Coca-Cola drinks! Do you have to worry about it melting or does it stay pretty solid? ~ Client

  • Taylor I

    That ice bowl is a really cool idea! It’s very pretty and fun. How long does it last for?

  • Hi Nicole, great question! Since the ice bowl is about 1/2″ thick it stays solid for a good while. It’s a good idea to place it on a platter that will hold the drips. Before it melts entirely pop it back in the freezer so you can then refreeze it and use it again. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Thanks Taylor! How long it lasts will depend on how warm it is in your home. Be sure to put it on a plate or bowl to catch any drips, then you can always refreeze it before it melts.

  • Nate

    I made a holiday punch with cranberry juice, Sprite, pineapple and rum for a party this weekend and the bowl would have perfect!

  • Oh, your punch sounds yummy! Your idea to use this in a punch bowl is a great one! Thanks!!

  • Austin

    Awesome post, Im going to try to make the pesto and cheese dish for a dinner party this week!

  • Oh, that’s great! Please let me know how it turns out!

  • Joyce Bedrosian

    I think that ice bowl would be wonderful filled with shrimp! Great idea! Thanks Celia. Love the Christmasy Torte recipe too.

  • Hi Joyce, yes you are so right, the ice bowl is perfect for shrimp. You could even make a small ice bowl for the cocktail sauce. Use fresh dill for your shrimp bowl decoration.

  • Nicole Elliott

    Great tips! Thank you! 🙂

  • You are most welcome!

  • Sally McKenzie

    I shared your post with my daughter, Cara, who lives in Hawaii and works
    for Coca-Cola. I’m sure they will appreciate your ideas. Also, I will be making your cream cheese and pesto mold this holiday season! Thanks for your great entertaining tips.

  • I didn’t know Cara lived in Hawaii! My old stompin’ grounds!! Let me know how you like the Cream Cheese & Pesto Mold. Happy holidays XXX.

  • I love making ice bowls. I always love how people “oh” and “ah” over them! They are festive this time of year, particularly with cranberries. I love pesto and this looks easy enough for me to make! Haha! I might test this out for Christmas! Thanks for the recipe. I’m also looking for a good salad for Christmas…I will check your archives 🙂

  • I agree, Ice Bowls sure are a great way to impress your guests! And yes, the Cream Cheese and Pesto Mold is a very easy recipe, particularly if you use a good quality prepared pesto. Try it, you’ll find people love it and it’s impressive too!