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Simple party foods for any occasion

Simple party foods for any occasion 

Easy party food is on the menu today — perfect for your big kids for graduation parties, little kids for first communion events, even fun for Mother’s Day! 

Jolene Ketzenberger, Editor & Host, Eat Drink Indy, shares how to make all of these goodies:

Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps
Bacon Parm Crackers
Cake Batter Dip
Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Simple party foods for any occasion 

Jolene says a good party menu should always have a variety:
Something cheesy
Something crunchy
Something with meat
Something sweet

Jolene’s Tip: 
When you’re looking for interesting recipes, check out publications from other countries, rather than the same old websites. Taste of Home is great, but it’s fun to look at a UK magazine like Olive and check out British, Australian or Japanese food sites.

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Cake Mix Dip
Makes about 4 cups

•  1 box cake mix, such as Funfetti
•  3 approximately 5-ounce containers vanilla Greek yogurt
•  8 ounces heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks with a bit of powdered sugar; or use non-dairy whipped topping 

1.    In a mixing bowl, stir together cake mix with yogurt. Stir in whipped cream. Serve with fruit or animal crackers.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits
Serves 6 

•  About 1 cup crumbled vanilla wafers or graham crackers
•  1 scant cup lower fat sweetened condensed milk
•  Juice and zest of 1 lemon
•  1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
•  1 approximately 5-ounce container plain Greek yogurt
•  4 ounces lower fat cream cheese
•  1 cup chopped strawberries or other fresh fruit 
•  3 tablespoons strawberry jam

1.    Crumble cookies into a bowl. Divide the crumbs between 6 wine glasses or small tumblers. 

2.    Place condensed milk into a bowl and add the lemon zest and juice and the vanilla extract.  Stir together until the mixture has thickened slightly.  

3.    Whisk the cream cheese and Greek yogurt in a small bowl until smooth then fold into the thickened condensed milk. Don’t over beat. Spoon the mixture over the crumpled cookies.   

4.    Mix chopped strawberries, mix with strawberry jam and top the cheesecakes with the fruit. Chill if desired. 

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Ginger Pork Lettuce Wraps 
Makes 24

•  1 pound lean ground pork
•  1 medium onion, chopped
•  1/4 cup hoisin sauce
•  4 garlic cloves, minced
•  1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
•  1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
•  1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
•  2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce
•  1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
•  4 green onions, chopped
•  1 tablespoon sesame oil
•  24 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves

1.    In a large skillet, cook pork and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until pork is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up pork into crumbles.
2.    Stir in hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce and chili sauce until blended. Add water chestnuts, green onions and oil; heat through. To serve, place pork mixture in lettuce leaves; fold lettuce over.          

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Bacon Cracker Bites
Makes 32

•  1 pound package bacon, strips cut in half 
•  32 Club Crackers
•  1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
2.    Arrange crackers on baking sheet and sprinkle with Parmesan. Tightly wrap each cracker with bacon and replace seam-side down, then top with more Parmesan. 
3.    Bake until bacon is cooked through and bites are crispy, 35 to 45 minutes. 

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