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Christmas Snacks: Simple to prepare

por Sabores de México

by Luis Mario Vargas

Christmas means to be next to our family and friends, sharing unforgettable moments. No matter how difficult the year had been, we always have the night of the 24th and Christmas day to enjoy and forget about all our problems. It doesn´t matter how you celebrate Christmas, food and drink represent an important part of the holidays, and even when dinner is the main event on Christmas Eve, and it will be surely a lot of it for the following days, the snacks are as important as the dinner itself. It will be the anteroom to open the apetite, besides working as an element of the family reunion.

That’s why, this article will provide you with some easy ideas to prepare delicious snacks that you can make by yourself, and serve them to your Vhristmas guests this year.

Asparagus wrapped in Serrano ham

If you’re interested in low-carbohidrates snacks, either because you don’t want to lose that much the line with all the Christmas meals, or because your Christmas dinner will be hard to digest, this option is right for you.

You will only need 4 or 6 asparagus per person and the same number of  Serrano ham slices, a little spoon of olive oil and a little bit of salt. Cut the base of the asparagus after cleaning them perfectly, wrap each asparagus in a slice of Serrano ham. After this, put the olive oil on a pan at low fire and wait for it to be hot.

Put the wrapped asparagus on the hot pan an fry  them for 4 minutes. Serve them warm. Thanks to the Serrano ham , a good wine is perfect to accompany with.


Roast Mozzarella with bacon

This might be a perfect option  if there are no children in your reunion, because this snack’s flavor will stand out if you accompany it with some red wine. To prepare it, you will need 250 g of mozzarella cheese, 50 g of sliced bacon, a little spoon of olive oil, a little spoon of dry basil, a bit of salt and black pepper.

This snack is one of the simplest to prepare, and due to its versatility, it can be served either cool or warm. This means you can make it previously your guests’ arrival and have it ready, making easier your role as host and taking care of other  tasks. First of all, we need to warm the oil on the pan at low fire, while we cut the cheese in half centimeter  thick slices. Once the oil is hot, we will fill the whole surface of the pan  with the slices of mozzarella cheese.

Leave this layer of cheese on the pan at low fire for 10 minutes. When the cheese starts melting, flavor it  with salt, pepper and basil. Then, put the bacon slices over the cheese on the pan. You will know it is ready when the borders of the cheese layer are crispy and slightly burnt.

When you serve it (whether it is cool or warm), divide it into slices, cutting from the center, as a pizza.


Gratin Mushrooms filled with shrimps

I know. This is one of those recipes that sounds complicated, but this is not actually true. You will only need 2 big mushrooms, 200 g of  boiled pacotilla shrimps, 50 g of manchego cheese, 1 spoon of Oaxaca cheese, 1/2 tomato, 1/4 of onion, 1 spoon of olive oil, 1 pinch of ground bread, salt and black pepper.

First than anything, you will peel the mushrooms and cut their stem. Then, cut the onion and tomato, to proceed to put them along with the pacotilla shrimps boiled) in a small bowl. Now, flavor it with salt, pepper and add olive oil.

Now, fill the mushrooms with this  ensmeble we has just prepare, and seal with the Oaxaca cheese and the ground bread at the top. Finally, put the two filled mushrooms into the oven at 200 º C  for 20 minutes.


Potato, cheese and bacon muffins

Now, if waht you are looking for is one of those recipes that will make you look as an expert to your guests, the potato, cheese and bacon muffins are the right choice.  You just need 4 big potatoes, 200 mililiters of sour cream, 1/2 finely chopped onion, 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup of grated  Parmesan cheese, 100 g of chopped bacon, olive oil, salt an pepper and a baking muffin mold.

The first step in the preparation of these small delights will be pealing off the potatoes and boiling them. Once they get a tender consistency, we will let them drip all the water they will get after boiling, to then, put them into a bowl to crush them.

Now, warm on a pan the olive oil, and add the chopped onion to it. When it begins to become soft, add the bacon. This must get really crispy. Mix in a bowl the sour cream and the eggs, and add some salt and pepper. Finally, add de Parmesan cheese.

Before we’re done, preheat the oven at 200º C and put a bit of butter inside the muffins mold. Then, add the mashed potatotes, the onion, the fried bacon and the mix of sour cream, eggs and Parmesan cheese into the molds. Put it into the ovenfor 15 minutes, or until the surface of the muffins is taosted.

Before taking them out of the molds, let them cool for 10 minutes,


I hope these ideas have been helpful to you, and one of this recipes will join you and your guests this Christmas. Bon appetit!

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