Friday, 18 December 2009

Candace Calvert ~ What's Cooking at Christmas?

I’ve used this Pillsbury recipe several times—looks pretty on your appetizer table and tastes yummy.

Ham and Veggie Wreath


2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 container (8 oz) pineapple cream cheese spread

1/3 cup chopped cooked ham

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped fresh broccoli florets

1 tablespoon chopped red onion

6 grape tomatoes or small cherry tomatoes, quartered


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Turn 10-oz custard cup upside down on center of ungreased large cookie sheet. Remove dough from 1 can, keeping dough in 1 piece; do not unroll. (Keep remaining can of dough in refrigerator.) With hands, roll dough in one direction to make 12-inch log. Cut log into 20 slices. Arrange 16 slices, slightly overlapping and in clockwise direction, around custard cup on cookie sheet.

2. Repeat with second can of dough, cutting log into 20 slices. Arrange remaining 4 slices and slices from second can (total of 24 slices) slightly overlapping each other and in counterclockwise direction, close to but not overlapping first ring. Remove custard cup.

3. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown. Gently loosen wreath from cookie sheet; carefully slide onto cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

4. Place wreath on serving tray or platter. Spread cream cheese spread over wreath. Sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours before serving.


Delicious “Taco” variation for Wreath:


1/3 cup sour cream

¼ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon cumin

small can diced mild green chiles (add amount to personal preference)

Spread over cooled crescent wreath

“Decorate” with:

1 diced avocado (sprinkle with lime juice to avoid turning brown)

½ cup chopped fresh tomato

½ cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

2 ½ oz. sliced black olives, drained

extra chopped fresh cilantro

Place small bowl of salsa in center. Ole!

Wow - this does look pretty, Candy, and I like the sound of the Taco variation :) I knew you were the author to go to for a Christmas recipe!

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Mark said...

Looks good, but that lady is always describing tantalizing-sounding meals on Facebook and Twitter :-)

Tracy said...

That looks really yummy....but what do you use instead of 'refrigerated crescent dinner rolls'? I think I can safely say we don't have that here.

Jenny said...

Sounds pretty yummy. :) Thanks for sharing.

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