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    Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes
    Jason Hammel/Lula Cafe

    Baked Brie and Apple hors d'oeuvre
    1 ½ pounds Brie cheese
    30 Athens Mini Fillo Shells (2 boxes)
    1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
    1 Fuji apple, cored and diced
    1/2 cup dried cranberries
    Fresh parsley, for garnish

    Fill each shell with Brie. Add a piece of the green and red apple and a couple cranberries to each.  Place shells on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 5 minutes until Brie is soft, but not runny. Top with small parsley sprig. Serve immediately.

    Makes 30 appetizers


    Mini Chicken Waldorf Salad Bites
    3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
    1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    30 Athens Mini Fillo Shells (2 boxes)
    1 fully cooked chicken breast, shredded
    1/2 cup walnuts, slightly toasted and chopped
    1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced and chopped
    1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced
    1 sweet apple, cored and chopped
    Pomegranate seeds

    In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise (or substitute plain yogurt) and the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper. Mix in chicken, walnuts, celery and grapes. Spoon rounded teaspoon into fillo shells. Sprinkle on pomegranate seeds. Serve.

    Makes 30 appetizers

    Nutty Lemon Martini
    1 oz. Frangelico
    1.oz. Vodka
    ¼ ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
    Lemon for twist
     
    Combine all ingredients in martini shaker, squeeze about 1/4 ounce lemon into shaker (remove seeds first). Shake with ice and serve straight up with lemon twist.


    Chocolate Espresso Ganache
    3 cups dark chocolate chips
    1 1/4 cups heavy cream
    2 espresso shots
    Fruit to serve with (Pint of raspberries, orange segments etc)

    Place chocolate chips in a bowl. Bring cream to a boil and pour over chips. Prepare 2 shots of espresso and pour in over chips. Let stand a minute then mix well.  Serve with raspberries and orange segments.
     

    Honey-Infused Cream
    1 pint whipping cream
    3 T honey

    Whip cream until soft add honey and continue to whip till firm but not grainy.

     

    Hazelnut Coffee
    6-8 oz Freshly brewed coffee
    1 oz. Frangelico
    Whipped Cream
    Shaved Chocolate