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Mini Sausage Wreath

Mini Sausage Wreath 

Christmas isn’t complete without a wreath. Better yet, why not make it a wreath you can eat? A must-have recipe for holiday gatherings, this mini sausage wreath is simple and quick to make and is a marvelous centerpiece for your table of Christmas hors d’oeuvres. 

Ingredients
Mini Sausage
Refrigerated Crescent Dough Rolls
Red Bell Pepper
Diced Rosemary
1/3 cup Butter
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the package of Refrigerated Crescent Dough Rolls.  Drain the liquid off the mini sausages.
2. Unroll the crescent dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles.  Press together the remaining perforation in each rectangle.  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle lenght-wise into 8 strips making a total of 32 strips.
3. Wrap one strip of dough around each mini sausage.  Lay out the cresent-wrapped sausages with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet in a circle forming a wreath shape.
4. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.  Melt 1/3 cup of butter and brush the butter on tops of the crescent-wrapped sausages.  Sprinkle the rosemary on top of the butter. 
5. Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish.  Combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until heated through.  Serve with wreath for dipping.

Source:  www.freefunchristmas.com

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Santa Crackers

Christmas Santa Crackers 

These delicious appetizers may have you believing in Santa Claus all over again. Fun to make and even more fun to eat, these are a must-have addition to your table of goodies for filling family, friends and your Christmas guests with a heaping helping of ho-ho-holiday cheer!

Ingredients

  • Round Butter Crackers
  • Pepperoni Slices
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Capers
  • Celery

 Directions

  1. Cut the pepperoni slices into triangles. Place the ricotta into a Ziploc® plastic bag, making sure the bag is securely closed. Cut a small hole in one corner of the plastic bag. Attach the pepperoni to the cracker with a dab of the ricotta.
  2. Pipe the ricotta along the bottom of the pepperoni “hat” and to form the beard. Use the ricotta to adhere the capers to the cracker for eyes.
  3. Slice the celery and adhere to the cracker for the moustache and a dab of ricotta for the nose.
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Source:  www.freefunchristmas.com

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