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Published on November 13, 2017

Appealing Holiday Appetizers

While the main course is in the oven and your guests mingle this holiday season, tide them over with these simple, but delicious, appetizers.

The Antipasti Holiday Skewers have something for everyone - pasta, cubed cheese, pepperoni and veggies. Or for a warm dish, give the Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip recipe a try.

Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach frozen, thawed and drained
  • 8 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded, low-moisture, part-skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine artichoke hearts, spinach, yogurt, cheese, onion and garlic; mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into 1-quart casserole dish or 9-inch pie plate. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with red pepper.

Nutritional information per serving: 179 calories; 12 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 383 mg sodium; 227 mg potassium; 7 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein.

Antipasti Holiday Skewers

Prep time: 45 minutes
Yield: 16 skewers

  • 1 package (9 ounces) cheese-filled tortellini, cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Italian dressing
  • 1 block (8 ounces) reduced-fat Swiss cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 32 pieces turkey pepperoni
  • 3 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 16 wooden skewers, 9-10 inches each
  1. In large bowl, marinate tortellini in Italian dressing 30 minutes in refrigerator.
  2. To assemble skewers, start with two pieces tortellini, one cheese cube, two spinach leaves, one pepperoni slice (folded in fourths), one tomato and repeat. Each skewer will have total of four pieces tortellini, two cheese cubes, four spinach leaves, two pepperoni slices and two tomatoes.
  3. Repeat until skewers are complete. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 81 calories; 2 g fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 191 mg sodium; 113 mg potassium; 8 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein.

Source: Midwest Dairy

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