Christmas Eve night – one night during the year when little ones are allowed to stay up past their bedtime in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa Clause as he shimmies down the chimney to deliver holiday gifts. But along with the fun and excitement of staying up late also comes the late night munchies! So we’re rounded up some fun and delicious snacks to help keep your tummy from grumbling as you and your children wait up for Old Saint Nick.
A Fruit and Parkers Farm Cheese Plate: No, really. This may sound like a stuffy cocktail party appetizer, but when you’re snuggled together on the couch watching The Night Before Christmas, it might just hit the spot. It’s late, so you don’t necessarily want to load the kids with sugar—the fruit will satisfy the sweet tooth and the crackers, bread, and cheese will satisfy the savory. Feel free to get creative, too—apples, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, anything your family likes! For mom and dad, a little white wine wouldn’t go too badly with the snack either!
Peanut Butter & Jelly Graham Sandwiches: Mmm… Who doesn’t like a good old peanut butter and jelly sandwich? At the risk of making your late-night snack feel like a school lunch, we suggest you mix it up and use graham crackers instead of bread. The sweetness of the jelly and the graham will disguise the fact that you’re actually indulging in a protein-rich snack.
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Recently I had this weird daydream where Santa comes down my chimney, looks to the right, sees yet another plate of decorated sugar cookies, lets out a huge sigh, and reluctantly takes a few bites. How sad! This year, I’m making it my mission to give Santa as many delicious and unique fireside treats as possible. The poor man can only eat so many cookies! Of course, as we all know, the best of the best desserts always include some Parkers Farm Peanut Butter…
There is very little we like better than a quick, easy, and sweet peanut butter recipe, so this Cheerio Treat is definitely for us. Whether you throw this together for a special treat for the kids, office, or family gathering, these little bars will have everybody asking what your secret was. If only they knew it was hardly more than left over cereal and your favorite cooking ingredient—peanut butter!
Are you wracking your brain for the best way to tide your guests over before mealtime this holiday season? Rather than trying to pull together some dip or amuse bouche, go for a classic flavor that everybody will find irresistible—cheese! Whether you stick with the classic crackers and toast for dipping or venture into apple slices, celery sticks, grapes, and carrots, a cheese log is the perfect holiday appetizer.
Not only are cheese logs delicious and satisfying, but they also provide a decorative element to your holiday-themed cocktail hour. Instead of a bowl of dip or a plate full of tiny bites, find a seasonal plate, place your cheese log in the center, and fill the plate with a fan of crackers, breads, and vegetables for your guests to choose from at their leisure. Providing a variety of vessels for the cheese is the key to keeping your guests coming back for more. We already know the cheese is good, but there is no limit to the combination of foods that it tastes good with!
Tis the season for holiday parties! Sure, the star of your holiday meal – the turkey or ham – is important, but don’t forget about the supporting cast of food items, including appetizers!
These small-bites will keep your guests happy and satisfied until the main meal is served. Best of all, these holiday appetizer recipes include some of our favorite ingredients – Parkers Farm peanut butter and salsa!
One of our favorite dips incorporates our two favorite ingredients—salsa and peanut butter!
Salsa and Peanut Butter Dip
1 ¼ cups Parker’s Farm Salsa
¼ cup Parker’s Farm Peanut Butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups baked tortilla chips
1 red bell pepper, cut into wedges
All you have to do to perfect this dip is microwave your peanut butter for about 30 seconds and stir in the salsa and cilantro. The red pepper and tortilla chips both taste great with this dip.
If you’re looking for a hot appetizer, you’ve got to try our Honey Peanut Chicken Wings!
2 lbs. thawed chicken wings
1 cup Parkers Farm Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. curry powder
I’m the first to admit that my go-to salsa “recipe” includes a bag of tortilla chips and a container of salsa—and that’s it. However, with such a vibrant ingredient, we needed to come up with a few new ideas that can help you incorporate it into more everyday cooking. If you can’t get enough salsa, but can’t quite justify eating more chips, give these ideas a try!
Southwest Salsa Burgers
Southwest Salsa Burgers from CookingLight.com
¼ cup finely chopped shallots
3/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
¼ cup Parker’s Farm Salsa
4 (1-ounce) slices Monterey Jack cheese
4 Boston lettuce leaves
4 (1 ½-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
8 (1/8-inch-thick) tomato slices
- Combine the first five ingredients with two tablespoons of Parker’s Farm Salsa. Divide the seasoned mixture into four equal portions, shaping each into a patty.
- Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Top each patty with one cheese slice; cook one additional minute or until cheese melts.
- Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top with 2 tomato slices, 1 patty, and 1 ½ teaspoons of Parker’s Farm Salsa.
Nacho Cheese Bites
Nacho Cheese Bites from Campbell’s Kitchen
8-ounce package of puff pastry sheets
1 tablespoon water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parker’s Farm Salsa
5 pitted ripe olives, cut into quarters (optional)
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Man and man’s best friend alike love Parkers Farm peanut butter!
Parkers Farm has produced the finest Cold Pack Cheese since the company’s conception in 1977. Parkers Farm has expanded its growing product line to include one of the best all-natural Peanut Butters available. We have also added pimiento spread, six varieties of bagel spreads and five varieties of fresh salsa to the line as well as Con Queso and Jalapeno Nacho Dip.