Festive Appetizers


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Festive Mango Guacamole

‘Tis the season for celebrations with friends and family, and guests with food allergies can

leave a conscientious host or hostess scrambling to find finding festive appetizers and snacks that are safe for everyone.  Here are a few last minute ideas that are sure to please.

Apple butter dip:  Combine 1 cup of apple butter with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar (can increase, depending on your taste).  Serve with dried apple chips for dipping or cinnamon-sugar pita chips, if no one is allergic to wheat.  Serves about 12.

Chunky Mango Guacamole: A few small tweaks to this recipe from Taste of Home make a safe guacamole for guests allergic to onions and tomatoes.  Omit the tomatoes and onion.  Add 3 chopped radishes for a festive splash of red and ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper.  Serve with rice crackers or chips.  Serves about 12.

Dairy-Free Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa:  In a medium sized slow cooker, combine 4 ½ cups of water, ¼ cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of dairy-free chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 dash of salt and ½ cup of granulated sugar.  Cook on low 2 hours, stirring every ½ hour.  Switch to keep warm setting to keep hot chocolate warm through the evening.  Serve with mini marshmallows and crushed candy canes as desired.  Makes about 6-7 servings.

As a volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home magazine, I was sent a free Fillables Mini Loaf pan to try and review.  Using the pan, it was easy to make customized mini cakes by adding a variety of fillings.  For an allergy-friendly twist, I used a favorite allergy-friendly, pound cake recipe.  A cherry filling with a layer of coconut sorbet made a festive finish.  The individual size is also ideal for portion control. Clean-up took a few minutes, since each small pan had to be scrubbed, but otherwise, it was an easy way to make a fancy dessert.

Fillables Cherry Pound Cake with Coconut Sorbet

Fillables Cherry Pound Cake with Coconut Sorbet

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