11⁄2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese 1⁄2 tsp. onion powder
1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese Round crackers for serving
20 to 24 whole cashews
In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion powder and garlic powder with an electric mixer. Chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
Spread shredded Parmesan in a shallow bowl or pan.
Remove cheese mixture from refrigerator. Scoop about 1⁄2 tablespoon of cheese mixture into your clean hands and form a ball. Roll the ball in the Parmesan. Shape ball into a slight oval, and place atop a cracker. Add a cashew beak and 2 black peppercorns for eyes. Continue until you’ve run out of the cheese mixture.
One 15-ounce can Great Northern or cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted vegetable dippers, such as sweet pepper strips, Belgian endive leaves, and/or blanched cauliflower and/or broccoli florets
In a small saucepan heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until garlic is softened and starting to brown, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
In a food processor or blender combine beans, lemon juice, snipped rosemary, salt, pepper, and garlic mixture. Cover and process or blend until smooth. If desired, garnish dip with rosemary sprig. Serve with vegetable dippers.
To blanch cauliflower and/or broccoli, cook cauliflower and/or broccoli florets in a pot of boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes or until bright and crisp-tender; drain. Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking; drain again.
These creamy deviled eggs, topped with Old Bay seasoning and pickled shrimp, are easy to make and sure to impress. For more deviled egg recipes using seafood, try our Crabmeat Deviled Eggs.
24 rock or bay shrimp
1 c. white wine vinegar
12 hard-boiled eggs
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. dill pickle juice
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch Old Bay seasoning
24 sprig fresh dill
In a large bowl, combine 24 cooked and peeled rock or bay shrimp and 1 cup of white wine vinegar; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the yolks from 12 hard-boiled eggs (halved whites reserved), 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of dill pickle juice, 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until smooth.
Drain the shrimp and set them aside. Distribute the filling among the reserved egg-white halves and sprinkle each with a pinch of Old Bay seasoning. Top each deviled egg with a pickled shrimp and a sprig of fresh dill. Serve immediately.
Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse ham in batches in a food processor until finely ground. Combine with the next seven ingredients just until mixed. Shape into 1-in. balls; place in a single layer on greased 15×10-in. rimmed baking pans.
For glaze, cook and stir all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Spoon over ham balls. Bake until ham balls are just beginning to brown, 30-35 minutes, rotating pans and carefully stirring halfway through. Gently toss in glaze. Serve warm.
In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Add water; beat until soft peaks form. Stir in nuts; toss to coat. Combine sugar and spice; stir into nut mixture. Spread nuts evenly on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool on waxed paper.
Originally published as Spiced Nuts in Country Woman November/December 1995, p21