Friday, 16 December 2011

KISSing in the Christmas Kitchen: Day 5

NOTE: Christmas is a busy season: it's full of special events, visits with friends and family, and lots of entertaining. It's also a lot of work. It's easing to let thing get out of hand, which is why I have a few strategies for KISSing (Keep it Simple, Silly) in the kitchen at Christmas time. This week I'm sharing 5 of my quick-and-easy kitchen ideas for the holidays.


Today's recipe can be used to make a lunch (or a quick dinner) that the kids will love, or some delicious appetizers. I find one recipe makes enough for 2 meals.  I often make a double recipe and freeze the extras for future lunches or for when I need an easy-to-make (but not store bought) appetizer.

1 can of ham (Prem, Spam, or Klik)   --> I prefer the Klik Light, as it's lower in fat
1/2 lb (about 250 g) of grated mozzarella cheese (grate it yourself or save time and use shredded cheese)
8 oz (about 175mL) can of tomato sauce*
1 Tbsp grated onion
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted  (if you're calorie conscious, you can use less)

* I've used a can of pizza sauce and omitted the pepper, garlic and oregano and it turned out ok.


In a medium-sized bowl, mash the Klik well with a fork. Add all of the other ingredients and blend well. Chill in the fridge for a few hours.

For a lunch, spread on English muffins, hamburger buns, or French bread (we prefer English muffins).  For an appetizer, spread on melba toast rounds or slices of baguette.

Place them on a baking sheet and broil in the oven  until the top is brown and bubbly.

Hot out of the oven

The mixture keep well in the fridge for about a week.  It also freezes really well.

1 comment:

  1. These also make good appetizers, if you bake them on a slice of baguette or a large melba toast or dried baguette round