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Old 12-16-2007, 01:15 PM   #1
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Help Me Give Our Christmas Eve a Lo Carb Makeover!

I'm restarting at this crazy time of year. I'm in Charge of Christmas Eve and Day for our smallish family. Our tradition is to open gifts for each other on Christmas Eve at my house with appetizer/hors douvre's (sp?) that evening. Then I usually make a breakfast casserole, something I can prepare ahead of time for Christmas morning. That way I just pop it in the oven when I get up, put the coffee on and enjoy watching the kids open presents. That also lets everyone kind of eat when they're hungry.

I figured I could do a quiche or if I'm really ambitious, omelettes, add some breakfast meat and maybe bread for the others for Christmas morning. My mom makes ham and cream cheese roll ups/pinwheels with either pickles or my favorite, scallions in the center and those would work. I need some more suggestions for low carb appetizers besides devilled eggs.....can you help me with some yummy suggestions that everyone will like? I can't wait to hear your suggestions. Once my menus are figured out, I'll post the results and my menus here for everyone. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:23 PM   #2
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I like making an antipasto platter with good cheeses. salami, pepperoni, marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Yes, it's processed meat and some may balk at the suggestion, but I think it's fine on occasion. It's delicious and low-carb.
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Stuffed mushrooms make a nice appetizer. I also like l/c meat balls. Sometimes I fix them with some cheddar cheese and taco seasoning, other times I use a l/c BBQ sauce or a mushroom cream sauce. Assorted crudite with a l/c dip is easy as well. If you can get a l/c tortilla, coat it with cream cheese chopped olives and green onion. Roll it up and slice it for a festive appetizer. I do this with taco meat, cheddar cheese, jalepenos, ripe olives, green onion, and a little salsa and call it my "Nacho Ordinary Rollups".
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I'm going to try crab cakes with a low carb binder.
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:01 PM   #5
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I second the vote for stuffed mushrooms. Get a copy of Dana Carpender's LC cookbook and have at it ! Lots of great stuff there. How about a lovely shrimp cocktail?

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Old 12-16-2007, 02:03 PM   #6
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grilled shrimp and mozzarella wrapped in nitrate free bacon! delicious.
scallops and butter.
spinach and cheese dip w/celery sticks.
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:11 PM   #7
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For appetizers, it is always nice to have a veggie tray with broccoli, celery, and cherry tomatoes; celery with cream cheese; cold cuts; asparagus rolls (asparagus, cream cheese, and ham); hot artichoke dip; flax garlic parmesan crackers.

The newer Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution has a fabulous recipe for crustless quiche that I love (you could make for breakfast or make in little muffins for appetizers); or you could make chille rellenos for breakfast, or a breakfast caserole.
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Awsome Appetizers!
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I always make this the night before Christmas, and sometimes the night before Easter:



* Exported from MasterCook *

Southwestern-Style Egg and Cheese Breakfast

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast CrockPot
Main Dish- Egg

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
2 pounds hot sausage -- crumbled, browned and drained
1 onion -- chopped
1 green pepper -- chopped
8 ounces chopped green chiles -- 2 cans, 4 oz. each
1 pound shredded co-Jack cheese -- or Mexican 4-cheese blend
18 eggs

Layer IN ORDER in crockpot:

1 pound of sausage

1/2 of the onion

1/2 of the green pepper

1 can of the chilies

half of the cheese

Repeat layers.

Beat eggs and pour over all. Cover and cook at LOW for 8 to 10 hours.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 438 Calories; 38g Fat (78.9%
calories from fat); 19g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 369mg
Cholesterol; 611mg Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 6
Fat.

NOTES : ~*~Crockpot~*~

Nutr. Assoc. : 2384 0 0 0 0 0

Wake up to breakfast already cooked, and if your coffeemaker has a timer-
there is NOTHING left to do in the morning (for the lowcarbers)!
The highcarbers will probably appreciate some toast and juice, though,
to go with the casserole.

It's easy to do just half this recipe, too, for smaller families/groups.
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Buffalo wing dip with celery sticks and tortilla chips for the carby crowd. I made an olive tree for a party I attended this week. It was a huge hit
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Old 12-17-2007, 11:16 AM   #11
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Thank you all for those great suggestions!

My cousin's wife used to make that buffalo chicken dip and it was TDF!!! I forgot all about it, but that's one I'll definitely make! The olive tree sounds cool but dangerous for me...I have a real weakness for olives...I have no problem eating an entire can of them....so I may need to pass on that one! Ooh, and I need to add seafood to the list...scallops, shrimp and smoked oysters all sound good!

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Old 12-17-2007, 12:53 PM   #12
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We love my mom's Blue Cheese ball:
Cream together 2 - 8 oz. softened cream cheeses, 1/4 c. softened butter,
1 - 4 oz. pkg. Blue Cheese crumbles, 1 capful of Worcestershire sauce.

Stir in 1 Tbsp. dried chives (or more to taste), and 1 small can chopped black olives.

Shape into a ball and roll in finely chopped pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate till serving. Serve at room temperature.

Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-17-2007, 01:02 PM   #13
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I love Linda Sue's Korean meatballs, made small for appetizers. And I often make Karen Barnaby's chicken wings in peanut sauce. Everyone loves them. There are never any left over.
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Old 12-18-2007, 02:52 PM   #14
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:24 PM   #15
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I'm restarting at this crazy time of year. I'm in Charge of Christmas Eve and Day for our smallish family. Our tradition is to open gifts for each other on Christmas Eve at my house with appetizer/hors douvre's (sp?) that evening. Then I usually make a breakfast casserole, something I can prepare ahead of time for Christmas morning. That way I just pop it in the oven when I get up, put the coffee on and enjoy watching the kids open presents. That also lets everyone kind of eat when they're hungry.

I figured I could do a quiche or if I'm really ambitious, omelettes, add some breakfast meat and maybe bread for the others for Christmas morning. My mom makes ham and cream cheese roll ups/pinwheels with either pickles or my favorite, scallions in the center and those would work. I need some more suggestions for low carb appetizers besides devilled eggs.....can you help me with some yummy suggestions that everyone will like? I can't wait to hear your suggestions. Once my menus are figured out, I'll post the results and my menus here for everyone. Thanks in advance!
Racheal Ray's cheese/nut ball looks delicious and low carb too. It's cheese mixed with chopped nuts, and you can slice it.

Bacon Wrapped scallions or shrimp are an idea.

Sorry I can't help more, in my house we generally eat mostly sweets/cookies during xmas morning, we don't fill up on fat/protein appetizers so as to have room for dinner. We may have a little cheese and egg but that's it.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #16
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Pickled pinwheels

Carl Buddig Beef lunchmeat (that thin paper-like meat)
cream cheese
pickle spears

Lay out a slice of beef- spread with cream cheese-put a dill spear on it and roll up. Put in fridge to set up for an hour or so. Then slice in like half inch to 1 inch slices. We Never have leftovers of these

My husband likes these without the pickle-and sprinkle some garlic powder over the cream cheese before you roll them!
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:52 PM   #18
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I usually make parmesan crisps (bag of shredded parmesan spread on cookie sheet and baked at 350 for 8-10 minutes, then use spatula to loosen entire sheet of parm and flip on paper towels until cooled and crack into sqaure pieces), and serve on a platter with salami, cheese cubes and grapes (I don't eat the grapes, but they look nice and others enjoy them).
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