Make snappy apps with dill pickles

Published the week of December 21, 2015

Pickles appeal to nearly everyone in nearly every age group. When served in a simple bowl, pickles have a place on any holiday tables. But the tantalizing taste can offer much more when dill pickles become ingredients in some tasty — and different — appetizer recipes. So whether you are celebrating Christmas or ringing in the New Year, try adding pickles to your appetizer menu.

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This recipe also works well with salami.

Pickle Rolls

1 32-ounce jar dill pickles
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 pound sliced deli ham
10 6-inch flour tortillas

Spread cream cheese on one side of a tortilla. Place a slice or two of ham over this. Spread another layer of cream cheese over the ham. Roll a pickle up in the tortilla and slice the roll into finger food-sized pieces. Refrigerate the rolls if you aren’t serving them immediately. Makes 20 servings.

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In addition to serving with tortilla chips, this salsa is also good on hot dogs and hamburgers including appetizer-sized sliders.

Dill Pickle Salsa

1 large tomato
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup onion, chopped fine
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 tablespoon oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Dice the tomato and discard part of the seeds. Place in a medium bowl; add pickles, cilantro, onion, pickle juice, and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Although you need to chill this dip before serving to allow the flavors to blend, you may find that chips scoop it up easier if you allow the dip to come to room temperature before serving.

Dill Pickle Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, regular or reduced fat, softened
2 dill pickles, finely chopped
2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons pickle juice, or more to taste
1 dash salt
1 teaspoon dried dill weed

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, pickles, onions, pickle juice, salt, and dill weed. Add additional pickle juice if desired. Chill for one hour to allow all flavors to blend. Serve with potato chips. Makes 8 servings.

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Pantry Pointers

Pickles are a great part of any antipasto platter. Just slice dill pickles and arrange them on the platter with marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, black or Kalamata olives, and thin slices of salami, ham, and provolone cheese. Drizzle with your favorite Italian salad dressing, and serve with breadsticks or slices of Italian bread.

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