Monday, December 14, 2009

"Cheesy" Christmas Package

I'm suscribed to several cooking lists, and one of those is Yanuq from Lima, Peru.  It's one of my favorite and most trusted sites for Peruvian cuisine, but it also has international recipes.  Some are really simple and very appropriate for the holidays, like this one:

Cream Cheese Christmas Package


8 oz (225 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 teaspoon dill, chopped
¼ teaspoon garlic, minced
Salt & pepper, to taste
2 – 3 green onion, green part only, to wrap the package
1 red pepper, seeded and deveined, cut into small dices

Combine dill with cream cheese and season with salt and pepper. Line a rectangular small pan (the size of the cheese box) with plastic wrap. Use the cream cheese box if the pan is not available.

Transfer cheese mixture to the plastic lined container and refrigerate for 3 hours. Before serving, invert into a serving platter and remove plastic wrap. Blanch green onions until it gets soft. Drain and dry green onion and use it as a ribbon to tie the package. Make a bow in the center of the package. Press red pepper all over the package.

Serve with toasts or crackers.
4 – 6 servings

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