As we get down to the zero hour this Christmas Weekend, you may be at home, getting the last-minute holiday chores completed…and the “munchies” strike! You may even be trying to decide what snack you can take to that Christmas party. Or, you may be trying to decide what to serve when company comes calling on you this weekend. If any of these situations look like a real possibility, then here’s some answers!
Here’s some ideas of some recipes you can make for when you want just a little something to snack on, or to serve to company that you may be having over the holidays, or even to take to a party you may be attending. The first one is for “Praline Bars”. This is an incredibly good and easy sweet that you can make in minutes and it’s surprisingly delicious for something to be so easily made. It uses whole graham crackers, which are dressed up with a caramel-like topping.
Then, a recipe for “Buttered & Salted Pecans”, which are good to have on hand when the family is gathered around the TV during the holiday season. These are also great for a party as a “pick-up” snack or even to pack in a decorative jar to give as a nice gift for someone, as is very easy to prepare.
Finally, a great recipe for “Virginia’s Peanut Butter Sticks”. These require more time to prepare, since the bread used in the recipe has to be dry in order to make these, but that can be speeded up by drying the bread in the oven for a few hours. Regardless of how you dry the bread, these have a peanut butter coating and can be flavored with additional seasonings of choice. This is actually a rather healthy snack, particularly is you use 100% whole wheat bread.
No matter where the “munchies” strike, be prepared this Christmas weekend with one or more of these snacks!
Whole Graham Crackers, enough to cover the bottom of a 15×10 inch pan
1-1/2 Sticks Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar, Packed
1 C. Chopped Nuts (more or less, depending upon personal taste)
Grease or spray with cookware spray the 15×10 inch pan; arrange graham crackers to cover the bottom, breaking them as needed to have them fit; in a saucepan, bring the butter and brown sugar to a boil and boil 1 minute (but no longer); pour over cracerks and sprinkle with nuts; bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes (no longer!); let cool and break or cut into bars.
BUTTERED & SALTED PECANS
2 Qts. Shelled Pecan Halves
2 Sticks Butter
Spread the pecans on 2 baking sheets and dot with butter; bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring occasionally (about every 15 minutes) making sure they don’t burn; when the pecans are a nice brown, remove from the oven and salt to taste while still warm; let cool; store in a tightly covered container….if you can keep out of them!
VIRGINIA’S PEANUT BUTTER STICKS
1 Loaf Thin Sliced Bread (white, wheat, your choice)
2 C. Salted Peanuts
1 C. Peanut Oil (I have used Canola Oil)
1/4 C. Crunchy Peanut Butter
Optional Additional Seasonings: Salt, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Chili Powder, Curry Powder, Garlic Powder, or Red Pepper
Cut the crusts from the bread and reserve; cut the bread into 4 strips; dry the bread and the crusts for 2-3 days at room temperature, uncovered (or dry in a warm oven for several hours until dry.)
In a food processor, a blender, or by hand, grind the crust into crumbs; add the peanuts and chop until the mixture is fine; in a shallow bowl, combine the oil and peanut butter and blend well;
Dip the dry bread sticks into the oil and peanut butter mixture; then roll them in the crumb and peanut mixture; store in an airtight container. Serves 12-16 as an appetizer.
HINT: Add 1 Cup Corn Flakes to the crumbs and peanuts for additional crunch.