December 22, 2014

Neiman Marcus Party Dip and Tortilla Roll Up Christmas Tree

Holiday party food is on the agenda this month and I certainly baked my fair share of cookies and desserts. But for my husband's work Christmas party last week I decided to skip the desserts and make two fun -and delicious- appetizers. The Neiman Marcus Dip {a popular recipe on Pinterest named after the department store} is a savory treat loaded with cheese, bacon, and mayo {hey, it's the holidays we can splurge!}. Serve it with crackers {I like Ritz or tortilla chips} and dig in! 
The festive Tortilla Roll Up Christmas Tree, made with spinach tortillas and turkey feeds a lot and is packed with flavor! I love the creamy, cheesy spread {use the leftovers as a dip!}.
Ashton's Work Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!  

Neiman Marcus Dip

Ingredients:

Makes enough for 20-24 people!
  • 4 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Green Onions, diced
  • 1 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 3 oz pkg Real Bacon Pieces
  • 3 Cups Duke's Mayonnaise

Directions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. 
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with Ritz crackers. 



Simply mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. 
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
This recipe makes A LOT! I had enough to serve at 2 parties and had left overs. 
Serve with Ritz crackers to dip. Enjoy! 


Tortilla Roll Up Christmas Tree

Ingredients: 

Makes about 100 roll ups.

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cubed and softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (about 6) green onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 lbs thin sliced deli turkey
  • 3 pkgs (6 each) 12-inch spinach tortillas
Optional decorations: One slice of toasted bread, cut into a star shape
Cherry tomatoes
1 Yellow bell pepper, cut into mini star 'ornaments'

Directions: 

  1.  In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, olives, and red bell pepper.
  2. For each tortilla: Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture  over tortilla. Lay turkey slices on top. I used about 2-3 slices of turkey per tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly, then roll with plastic wrap. Place rolled tortillas in the refrigerator for one hour, or until firm.
  3. Remove plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch thick slices (5-6 per roll). I found it easier to wait to assemble until I got to the party. I arranged in 5 layers on a cake stand and decorated with cherry tomatoes and yellow bell pepper cut as stars. Cut slice of toasted bread into a star for tree topper.



I stored my roll ups covered in the fridge until party time. Then I assembled on a cake stand. I had about 100 rollups and it made about a 5 layer tree. I added cherry tomato 'ornaments' and yellow pepper stars and topped with a toasted piece of bread cut in a star shape! You can serve with salsa but I didn't think they need it. They are delicious -and festive- on their own! 

*I originally doubled the filling recipe but had over half leftover so I think the portions are perfect for this size tree {unless you want leftover filling for a dip!). 
Merry Christmas from The Hood Family! 
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