Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008 - the appetizers

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I've decided to recap my thanksgiving over a couple of posts, because I took quite a few pictures. I didn't make all the dishes pictured, so I'll mostly provide details on the items I brought.

It's a family tradition to have a mexican layered dip on thanksgiving. Start with refried beans spread onto a plate, and add layers of sour cream, guacamole, salsa and shredded cheese. You can garnish any combination of chopped tomatoes, olives and green onions.

Here's a vegetable tray my mom made, it was quite colorful.

I made this white cheddar cheeseball. The recipe is from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and it couldn't be any easier. It's a block of cream cheese, 8 oz of shredded white cheddar, 2 T butter, 1 T lemon juice, a dash of cayenne, salt and pepper. The cream cheese and butter need to be softened ahead of time. Throw all the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and blend. Shape into a ball and roll in chopped herbs or toasted nuts.

Next up - the main event!

13 comments:

Pam said...

Yum. I love Mexican layered dip. It all looks terrific.

Patsyk said...

Appetizers are my favorite part of any meal! I love layered Mexican dip!

Ana Powell said...

Everything looks terrific.
Happy thanksgiving.
Have a nice weekend
Ana x

Grace said...

of all the traditions in all the lands, i think mexican layered dip is one of the best--it's always a hit and yours looks grand. :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Everything looks great and well presented!

Lisa said...

Yum! Appetizers are my favorite part of the meal.

VeggieGirl said...

INCREDIBLE Thanksgiving fare!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What great apetizers! I hope you had a good time!

Cheers,

Rosa

Mary said...

That Mexican layered dip sounds wonderful. Your pictures are beautiful. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Cakebrain said...

mmm! appies are my favourite way of eating! I could make a meal out of just appies!

Jaime said...

mmm i love cheese balls! that's great that your family has the tradition to do the mexican layered dip - spices things up a little :)

Passionate About Baking said...

Love each one of them...especially the cream cheese ball Sara. Your Mom's veggie platter looks gorgeous too...Happy Thanksgiving!!

DEESHA said...

the mexican layered dip looks yummmm