Start off your holiday party with this appetizer and drink

Spice up your holiday get-together with this smart, fun appetizer and drink that EVERYONE can enjoy! Heather Tallman, Basilmomma, shows us how!

Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball Bites
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 C shredded medium or sharp cheddar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
Pinch kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
8 slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
⅓ C chopped fresh chives
Mix all but last 2 ingredients.
Roll into 1” sized balls and place on a cookie sheet to chill in refrigerator.
Mix bacon and chives in a shallow dish.
Roll each ball in bacon and chives.
Can be made a day ahead.


Sparkling Cran-Raspberry Tea
2 C chilled brewed tea
2 C chilled cran-raspberry drink
2 C chilled sparkling water
Raspberries or lime slices for garnish
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
Combine tea and cran-raspberry drink in a large pitcher.
Add in sparkling water.
Serve over ice.

Heather’s Upcoming Events:

January 22: Cooking onstage at the Fantastic Food Fest
January 28: Cooking onstage at the Indianapolis Home Show at Noon AND at Macy’s in Castleton at 2:30 (upstairs in the home department)
January 29: Back at the home show cooking at noon and 2 pm.

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