Last year, some girlfriends and I got together on a Friday night in mid-November before the chaos of the holidays really kicked into high gear, and had a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and creating fun Christmas presents for teachers and co-workers. We each brought a dish and sampled each other’s favorites, while helping each other “mass-produce” the cutest Christmas gifts! One friend set up a coffee and hot chocolate bar, so the evening ended around the fireplace with a peppermint mocha espresso for me and whatever else my friends could dream up.
The gifts were easy and adorable. We bought tubes of Brookshire’s Sugar Cookie Dough. Super simple. We purchased metal cookie cutters in bulk, as well as clear glass ball Christmas ornaments. We carefully removed the “hangers” from the ornaments, and filled the glass bulbs with different kinds of cookie sprinkles and jimmies in holiday colors. Red sugar, green sugar, silver jimmies, multi-colored holiday jimmies and anything else festive we found. Then, we packaged several Christmas ornaments in assorted varieties with some sugar cookie dough and a cookie cutter! Voila, instant gift! (You might want to keep the dough refrigerated up until the time you give the gift, however.)
The food was fabulous as well. I made these super-easy sliders that were a huge hit.
Baked Jalapeño Chicken Sliders
12 King’s Hawaiian rolls
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
5 strips bacon, cooked until crisp and diced
2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 large jalapeño, seeded and diced
1 1/2 Tbs butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Remove rolls from the foil tray, being careful not to separate rolls. Using a serrated knife, slice through the rolls horizontally, so they each have a top and a bottom. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, and place the bottom layer of rolls into the dish.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and half the Monterey Jack cheese. Add in the crispy bacon, chicken and jalapeño. Mix well.
Spread the chicken mixture over the bottom layer of the rolls. Sprinkle the top of filling with the remaining cup of cheese. Addtop layer of rolls.
Mix the melted butter with garlic salt. Brush over rolls. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are golden-brown. Serve warm.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 247, Calories from Fat: 178, Fat: 20 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (10 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 477 mg, Potassium: 139 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 15 g.
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