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Recipes: appetizers

  • December 18, 2013 - 12:55 PM

Ham and Cornbread Squares With Cranberry Mustard √

Makes 24.

Note: From Beth Dooley.

1 (8- by 8-in.) square cornbread (homemade or store-bought)

• 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 c. cranberry sauce (canned or homemade)

• 1/2 lb. thinly sliced country ham

Directions

Slice the cornbread in half horizontally and open like a book.

In a small bowl, mix together the mustard and cranberry sauce. Spread the mixture on both cut sides of the cornbread and lay the ham slices over the cranberry. Put the cornbread halves back together and slice into squares.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 80 Fat 3 g Sodium 270 mg Saturated fat 1 g

Carbs 10 g Calcium 14 mg

Protein 3 g Chol 15 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: ½ other carb, ½ medium-fat meat.

Wasabi Dip √

Makes 1 cup.

Note: Serve with rice crackers, bruschetta with sliced smoked turkey, carrot sticks, poached shrimp or grilled chicken wings. It’s also a wonderful sandwich spread. From Beth Dooley.

• 1 c. mayonnaise

• 4 tsp. soy sauce

• 1 tsp. sugar

• 2 tsp. fresh lime juice

• 2 tsp. wasabi paste

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, soy sauce, sugar, lime juice and wasabi paste.

Nutrition information per 1 tablespoon:

Calories 100 Fat 11 g Sodium 155 mg Saturated fat 2 g

Carbohydrates 1 g Calcium 2 mg

Protein 0 g Chol 5 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 2 fat.

Classic Cheese Crackers √

Makes about 50 crackers.

Note: To toast walnuts, warm in a dry saucepan over medium heat until fragrant. From Beth Dooley.

• 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened

2 c. coarsely grated cheese (Cheddar, Parmesan or Colby)

• 1 egg yolk

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. cayenne

• Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

• 2/3 c. flour

2/3 c. toasted walnuts, finely chopped (see Note)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Beat together butter and cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg yolk, salt, cayenne, nutmeg, flour and toasted walnuts.

Using a teaspoon, drop the dough onto the baking sheets about 3 inches apart. Flatten each to a disc. Bake until golden, about 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer the crackers to a rack to cool.

Nutrition information per cracker:

Calories 50 Fat 4 g Sodium 52 mg Saturated fat 2 g

Carbohydrates 2 g Calcium 26 mg

Protein 2 g Cholesterol 13 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 fat.

Deviled Eggs √

Makes 12.

Note: From Beth Dooley.

• 6 eggs

• 1/4 c. mayonnaise

• 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

• 1/8 tsp. cayenne

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

• Paprika for dusting

Directions

Put the eggs in a 3-quart saucepan and cover with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let stand about 10 minutes.

Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice and cold water, and let cool for about 30 minutes, then drain.

Peel the eggs and halve lengthwise. Remove the yolks and mash in a small bowl with a fork adding the mayonnaise, mustard, cayenne, salt and pepper. Fill egg halves and top with paprika.

Nutrition information per egg half:

Calories 73 Fat 6 g Sodium 77 mg

Carbohydrates 0 g Saturated fat 1 g Calcium 13 mg

Protein 3 g Cholesterol 95 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Diabetic exchanges per serving: ½ medium-fat meat, ½ fat.

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