Today Anita from Blessed But Stressed is sharing her Super-Simple Sandwich Spread/Dip with us as part of the "A Christmas with Friends" week here on Simply Jesus. Because what's a party without something yummy to snack on?
Well enough from me, here is Anita...
“Could you bring that goop to the Christmas party?” a friend from work asked me.
“Sure,” I said with a laugh. “I know exactly what you mean.” And I did. The nameless ‘goop’ probably has a name and probably originated from someone’s kitchen at some point in time.
But I like to call it ‘Super-simple Sandwich Spread’—although you could put it on crackers, too (my husband has even put a dollop of it in soup—I DO question his sanity at times ;) ).
Whatever the case and with apologies to whoever first invented this recipe, know that it’s the perfect dish to sign up to bring to holiday parties—whether for work or for family.
I like to make a batch of whole-wheat dinner rolls to serve along with the spread—or you can bring your favorite crackers—for a do-it-yourself tasty appetizer. If you’re feeling super fancy, you can even do the work ahead of time and call the cracker/spread combo “hors d’oeuvres.”
No one has to know how simple it is—the only cooking skill necessary is being able to hard boil eggs. Wait! That would make it a great dish for your kids to prepare (I’m all about delegating over the holidays).
Here’s what you’ll need:
Super-simple Sandwich Spread
2, eight-ounce packages of Neufchatel cheese (you could use regular cream cheese, but when Neufchatel cheese has half the fat and tastes just as good, why bother?)
1 small jar of pimentos—drained
1 small can of chopped olives
5 eggs (and water to boil them in)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
I usually boil the eggs ahead of time so that they’re not too hot to peel nor so warm that they heat the cheese up.
I set the Neufchatel cheese out of the refrigerator an hour or so ahead of time to soften it and make it easier to work with.
Once you’re ready to assemble the spread, all you have to do is peel the eggs and place them in a medium sized mixing bowl (or the bowl you plan to serve the spread in if you don’t feel like washing an extra bowl). I use a pastry cutter to chop the eggs into small pieces, and then I sprinkle the salt and cayenne pepper over the chopped eggs. Next, add the Neufchatel cheese, the drained pimentos and the chopped olives. Mix well. You might want to add a dash more salt after you do a quality control check.
While it’s the perfect dish to bring to a holiday party, it’s also the perfect sandwich spread for picnics or school lunches—a lovely change from ho-hum egg-salad sandwiches.
So what is your favorite Super Simple recipe for the holidays? Would love to hear about it in the comments.
Because of Him,