This year will be our first year having Christmas with the family at our house without boxes all over the place.
Last year, we were traveling, and the year before that, we were here, but Nick and I moved into our house on Christmas Eve, thanks to two trucks and 5 extra family members to move furniture and boxes.
Now that we’re all moved in and settled, I’m 100% excited for everyone to come here in a few weeks and 100% freaked out about the whole food situation.
I’ve never hosted a real holiday meal.
Not Thanksgiving, not Christmas, not Easter. I haven’t roasted my own turkey or whipped up a ham, potatoes, gravy, and pie all in one day to serve to everyone at our table.
I think we’ll be okay. My family will chip in, and I’m used to helping make meals at their houses. It just feels so much more stressful knowing it’s in our house – maybe because it’s the first real time having family here for the holidays?
All I know is that I’m already brainstorming foods to make – the classics I know everyone will want, new recipes to try, and easy appetizers to have around for snacking.
I’m always looking for new (and simple) bite size foods to try, especially this time of year. And since I just bought a ton of feta, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.
Feta smashed with cracked black pepper, tangy cranberries, and crunchy pecans, smeared on crackers and baked until hot.
If you haven’t had feta hot – in a dip, on a pizza, or on a cracker – you’re seriously missing out. Feta isn’t just for greek salads!
And now I have a new favorite holiday bite. I’m just hoping everyone else loves these little snacks as much as I do. If not….I guess that’s just more for me!
I made these loaded crackers with Wasa Crispbreads, but you could use any other variety or your favorite cracker. Even though these little bites are full of flavor, they’re pretty healthy compared to a lot of holiday fare.
To help you stay on track during the holidays – and to create your own new holiday treat! – Wasa is offering up a $25 Gift Card and two boxes of Wasa Crispbread to one reader.
To Enter: Tell me your favorite holiday appetizer!
Cranberry, Pecan, and Honey Feta Loaded Crackers
Makes: 8-12 cracker bites, depending on how small you cut them
- 4 Wasa Crispbreads
- 6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
- 1.5 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp chopped pecans
- 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- honey, to drizzle before serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lay the crispbreads on a baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mix the crumbled feta with the milk, pecans, cranberries, and black pepper. The milk should help bind the cheese together a bit more so it won’t crumble right off the cracker. If it’s not holding together well, add a splash more milk.
- Smooth a spoonful of the cheese onto each cracker.
- Bake the crackers at 350 for 5-7 minutes until the cheese is starting to get warm and the crackers a bit golden.
- Broil the crackers for 15-20 seconds – watching carefully so the crackers don’t burn – then remove from the oven.
- Drizzle with honey, slice the crackers into bite-size pieces, and serve warm.
Wasa sent me the crackers to try and a giftcard to purchase the other ingredients for my recipes. All recipes, ideas, and opinions are my own.