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Snacks and Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Bites
Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Cucumber and Yogurt Bites
Makes approximately 30-40

1 loaf cocktail rye bread (2″ square slices)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat, if you want, which is what I had on hand)
1 -2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced into thin wheels
Smoked salmon thinly sliced (you can also use Swedish gravadlax)
Dill weed

  1. Lay out the bread slices.
  2. Top with one cucumber wheel.
  3. Top with 1 teaspoon yogurt.
  4. Add small slice salmon (1/4 ounce).
  5. Lightly sprinkle dried dill.
Nutritional data (per piece):
Calories:       45
Fat:               1.1g
Sat fat:         0.1g
Chol:            5mg
Sodium: 66.7mg
Carbs:           4.1g
Fiber:               1g
Protein:        3.5g
Caramel Cashew Chex Mix
Caramel Cashew Chex Mix

Caramel Cashew Chex Mix (aka “Christmas Crack”)
Assuming 1 ounce by weight, this will make about 50 portions

12-14 ounce box of Chex, Crispix or similar breakfast cereal
12 ounces cashews
2 sticks butter (unsalted is best)
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
½ teaspoon baking soda
Large paper grocery bag

1. Pour cereal into grocery bag. Add cashews.
2. In a saucepan, melt the butter.
3. Add brown sugar and corn syrup.
4. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. Add baking soda, stir to mix. This will make the syrup foamy.
6. Pour over nuts and cereal.
7. Scrunch the bag down so it will fit into your microwave, and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
8. Carefully stir everything, and scrunch the bag down, microwaving on high for 2 more minutes.
9. Carefully pour mix onto buttered cookie sheets. (Wax paper does NOT work, even if buttered. Peeling shreds of paper off the candy is less fun than it sounds.) Spread into an even layer, let cool and harden.
10. Break into small pieces and store in an airtight container, preferably not where I can get at it.

Nutritional data:
Calories:       151
Fat:                7.8g
Sat fat:          3.2g
Chol:          9.8mg
Sodium:   52.6mg
Carbs:          19.3g
Fiber:             0.5g
Protein:         2.6g