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Elegant Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

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Mini Spinach and Artichoke Quesadillas

(Family Features) - Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season is a tradition that everyone enjoys. Finding the time to do the party up right, however, can be a challenge and then suddenly, that fun-filled evening of holiday merriment you planned for your guests becomes a stressful occasion for you. Well, stress no more as help is on the way.

Many companies, like Omaha Steaks (www.OmahaSteaks.com), for example, offer complete lines of elegant party foods ranging from heat-and-serve appetizers to richly decadent desserts, all designed for ultra-easy preparation. These options are great stress-reducers and your guests never need to know that you didn't spend hours in the kitchen.

For those party hosts who lack the time, but really enjoy a more hands-on approach, another great, time-saving tip involves impressing your guests with party-perfect appetizers that you make simply by adding a few homemade touches to prepared products. Here are few ideas that will allow you to truly enjoy your guests, while leaving them wondering how you ever found the time to prepare all the delicious food.

Mini Spinach and Artichoke Quesadillas

Ingredients
  • 10 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 box Omaha Steaks Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 ounces Jack cheese, grated

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Thaw dip over night in refrigerator or in the microwave on high for 5-6 minutes.
    3. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
    4. Using 4-inch diameter biscuit cutter, cut 3 smaller tortillas out of each tortilla. This can be done quickly by stacking the tortillas.
    5. Lay out 15 of the 4-inch tortillas on baking sheet.
    6. Mix grated cheddar and jack cheese together. Place 1 tablespoon of mixed cheeses on each tortilla.
    7. Place 1 tablespoon dip on top of cheeses.
    8. Top with another 4-inch tortilla, pressing down lightly to flatten.
    9. Place baking sheet on lower rack of the oven for 4 minutes.
    10. Carefully flip over each quesadilla with spatula, returning to oven for 2-3 minutes.
    11. Remove from oven. Cool for 2-3 minutes before transferring to serving platter.

Serves
Makes 30

SOURCE: Omaha Steaks



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