Appetizers

Warm Brie wrapped in a bread thingy

You will need:

a triangle of brie cheese

a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls

apricot jam

apples

Wrap the dough around the entire block of brie or cut the cheese to make it a little more symmetrical.  Put in a corningware dish, bake uncovered at 350 for 10 minutes or until dough is lightly tanned.  Cover it with apricot jam and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until bubbly.  Serve warm with sliced apples.

Bacon wrapped scallops – this is such a crowd pleaser and could not be easier

You will need:

1 lb of scallops

1 pkg. of bacon

barbecue or any other tangy sauce you like – this Christmas I used a honey-ginger BBQ sauce and they were well received

Cut the scallops into bite sized pieces (usually in 1/2 or 1/3).  Cut the bacon into thirds (use a food scissor to make it much easier).  Wrap the bacon around the scallop, put on cookie sheet, put a little sauce on each one.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy.  You can serve with extra sauce but you don’t need to.

Wasabi Cream Cheese dip – if you like the flavor of wasabi, you will get addicted to this

You will need:

an 8oz block of cream cheese (lite cream cheese will taste just as good)

wasabi powder

soy sauce

sesame seeds (usually can find these in the spice section)

wasabi flavored rice crackers

Cut the block of cream cheese in half lengthwise (like it is a bagel and you are slicing it open.)  Mix the wasabi powder to make wasabi cream according to the directions.  Spread the wasabi cream on one half of the cream cheese and put the other half back on (like a sandwich.)  You can control how spicy it is by spreading more or less wasabi.  I like a thin spread over the whole thing.  Put it on a small serving dish that has some kind of lip.  Pour soy sauce to cover the whole block, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.  Serve with the wasabi crackers.

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