Appealing Holiday Appetizers

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Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 179 kcal


  • 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
  • 8 oz plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded, low-moisture, part-skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp red pepper, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

    Combine artichoke hearts, spinach, yogurt, cheese, onion and garlic; mix well.

    Pour mixture into 1-quart casserole dish or 9-inch pie plate. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until heated through.

    Sprinkle with red peppers.

    Nutritional information per serving: 179 calories; 12 g total fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 383 mg sodium; 227 mg potassium; 7 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein.

    Source: Midwest Dairy Association (Family Features) 


Antipasti Holiday Skewers

Easy tortellini appetizer skewers for your holiday party. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 81 kcal


  • 1 9 oz package cheese filled tortellini cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1/2 cup fat-free italian dressing
  • 1 8 oz block reduced fat swiss cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 32 pieces turkey pepperoni
  • 3 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 16 wooden skewers 9-10 inches long


  1. In large bowl, marinate tortellini in Italian dressing 30 minutes in refrigerator.

    To assemble skewers, start with two pieces tortellini, one cheese cube, two spinach leaves, one pepperoni slice (folded in fourths), one tomato and repeat. Each skewer will have total of four pieces tortellini, two cheese cubes, four spinach leaves, two pepperoni slices and two tomatoes. 

    Source: Midwest Dairy Association (Family Features)

Appealing Holiday Appetizers

While the main course is in the oven and guests mingle in anticipation this holiday season, tide them over with simple appetizers the whole crowd will enjoy.

That sometimes tall task may be easier said than done depending on the size of your get-together, but you can make it less daunting with quick starters that incorporate dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt, which can serve as helpful on-hand ingredients that also provide flavor and nutritional value. Since dairy foods are readily available in many family kitchens, they are ideal for creating recipes for last-minute noshes and nibbles, especially perfect for holiday entertaining.

For quick snacks to help keep appetites at bay, try these Antipasti Holiday Skewers that have something for everyone with bits of pasta, cubed cheese, pepperoni and veggies. Or for a warmer dish perfect for a snowy holiday, this Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip can help chase away the chill.

Other easy ways to give the gift of dairy during the holidays by incorporating it into tasty dishes include:

  • Starting the day with egg casserole or a quiche made with milk and cheese.
  • Sprinkling shredded cheese on steamed vegetables, casseroles or pasta dishes.
  • Replacing mayo with plain Greek yogurt in tuna or chicken salads.
  • Creating warm, comforting soups using milk.

Find more dairy-inspired recipes perfect for holiday entertaining at (Family Features)

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