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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Deviled Eggs

I made this dish for the baby shower, it is a great brunch recipe and the filling can be made the night before and piped into the eggs the morning of the party. I make these at every brunch and there are never any leftover! I took my mom's recipe and made it my own...

Deviled Eggs

1 dozen large eggs
4 Tbsp low fat mayo
2 tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp low fat sour cream
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried dill weed
salt and pepper to taste
few dashes cayenne powder (optional)
fresh chives for garnish

Hardboil eggs. The best method I find is to fill a large pot with water, gently place eggs one by one in pot. Bring to a boil, shut off heat and cover, set the timer for 18 minutes exactly. With a slotted spoon, remove eggs and place in an ice bath until cooled enough to peel. I find the best way to peel the eggs is to tap several times on the counter and peel the shell off, if you want you can rinse under cool water.

Once the eggs are cooled and peeled, slice each one in half lengthwise and carefully pop out the yolks into a bowl. Place the whites into a paper towel lined container and put away in the fridge (if you are making this the night before). Add all other ingredients to yolks and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Spoon mixture into a large ziplock bag and push the mixture into one of the corners and seal. If making this the night before, put the mixture in the fridge. When ready to serve, place the egg whites on a platter and cut the tip off the ziplock bag and pipe yolk mixture onto the egg whites. Garnish by sprinkling either cayenne or paprika over eggs and topping with fresh chives if desired.

Veggies with Garlic Feta Dip

This is another recipe from the baby shower. I wanted to have something for the guests to eat while I finished the rest of the food for the shower, so I served some fresh veggies with a garlic feta dip, that I could just eat by itself with no veggies! It was great!

Garlic Feta Dip

1 C crumbled feta
1/2 C low fat sour cream
1/2 C low fat greek yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
assorted raw veggies of your choice
hollowed out bell pepper to serve the dip in

Combine feta, sour cream, yogurt, garlic, season with salt and pepper. Spoon the dip into the hollowed out bell pepper and serve with veggies on a platter.

Mock Champagne Punch

I decided to throw my sister's baby shower, and cook all the food myself, and I wanted her to have a special fun cocktail for her to enjoy even though she cant have the sangria everyone else was was pretty good....once I added vodka to it later ( :

Mock Champagne Punch
1/2 C sugar
1 C water
6oz can frozen OJ concentrate
6oz can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1/3 C grenadine
1 Liter bottle ginger ale
orange slices

Combine sugar and water in saucepan, boil 5 minutes and cool. Add frozen juices and grenadine. Refrigerate over night. Just before serving add ginger ale and orange slices.