Thursday, December 9, 2010

Snow Peas With Sesame-Cream Cheese Dip

I'll admit that I'm an ambitious person by nature, but I hesitate to claim stupidity as a characteristic, so after attempting for over 5 minutes to delicately slice open one pea pod to stuff with this sesame cream cheese, I quickly gave up so as not to add "slow learner" to my resume.

I opted to simply place the sesame-cream cheese dip in a serving bowl, stick two pea pods in it so that people would know what it was for, and sat it along side the pea pods which started out arranged like a Christmas tree. The star on top was cut from a yellow bell pepper and the garland was fashioned from red bell pepper strips. I then sprinkled sesame seeds over all (it's the snow!!)

This comes together very quickly (if you skip the part where you think you're going to slice the pods and stuff them, that is.) Festive also, yes?

Sesame-Cream Cheese Dip

3 green onions, green part only
2 (8 ounce) packages of reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 TBSP sesame oil
3/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp hot sauce (I used sriracha )
sesame seeds (optional) as garnish

In food processor fitted with blade, process green onions until finely minced. Add cream cheese, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder and hot sauce. Process until mixture is smooth and creamy.

30 comments:

Moogie said...

GIRL!!!!!! This looks super. Where do you get all your energy? You are putting my blog to shame.

Sue said...

Such a healthy dip! LOVE the snow pea tree!

Design Wine and Dine said...

LOVE this, as usual! So super cute in a fun and festive way!

I will share this post for sure!

Julie said...

Love the pea pod tree...so cute and festive! The dip looks delicious, too.

Bo said...

This has to be the coolest veggie tray I have ever seen! Awesome!

Anonymous said...

I'm confused - in the directions you talk about chicken, but it isn't listed in the ingredients. I'm thinking that maybe there really isn't any chicken in the recipe?

It is a beautiful presentation, however!

Nanan said...

Much better with the tree than stuffed - brilliant - as always!!!!!!!!

June said...

Adorable tree Mags! I can't believe anyone would bother to stuff those little suckers - like your version much better.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Anonymous: Thanks for catching that. The recipe has been corrected.

Anonymous said...

You're very welcome, Mags. It is a hectic time of years, trying to do it all, isn't it? I do enjoy your blog so very much, and I knew you wouldn't want a booboo on a recipe. Thank you for all the wonderful dishes that you've brought to my table that have become a part of our regular repetoire! Anon.......

SeattleDee said...

OMG, I'm still laughing at the memory of playing with peapods - trying to slice and stuff dozens of those little suckers was not my finest kitchen memory. Your solution is brilliant and oh, so festive.

Natalie said...

TOO CUTE!!!!

Lauren said...

What an adorable - and festive! - presentation! I can only imagine how frustrating the stuffing process was ;). The sesame-cream cheese dip sounds delicious.

Karen said...

Awww, I love this how it looks like a Christmas tree! Stuff those little itty bitty pods? Not me... you did the right thing Mags :)

Megan said...

Very cute indeed! I love it.

Smita Srivastava said...

Hello
First time here, i jus love love ur cute & innovative christmas tree. Simply wonderful !!!
I love food creations you can take a look at mine at my blog wenevr time permits .

- Smita
www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.com

Sean Grey Hanson said...

Brilliant as always!

Jenn said...

Wow, I would have never thought to do that with peas. It really looks like a christmas tree.

Shelby said...

So festive! I love this! I am doing veggie and dip this weekend what a great way for me to impress the inlaw's!

Amanda said...

You are just way too smart! Love this :)

Jennifer (Savor) said...

LOVE this and healthy. Keep it up!

Amy said...

So cute. And I'm with you, don't bother stuffing when you can easily dip em.

Chic Cookies said...

Amanda (up there) sent this to me. LOve it! I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

Lisa said...

That is SOOOOO Cute!!! What a clever and delicious idea! Beautifully put together.
Lisa

Paula said...

that`s beautiful! I love this

have a great time,
Paula

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

This is brilliant, Mags! How smart of you to skip all the fussy stuffing bits and go straight to something much prettier and more creative with your pea pod and pepper Christmas tree. I've got oodles of sugar snap peas in my garden now and will definitely give this recipe a try.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

So tasty! That looks like a fabulous dip. Love the Christmas tree picture, too. So fun!

Kathleen said...

I went to a wedding many years ago and they had crab meat stuffed snow peas. I still remember how good they were!
LOL about the stuffing. Always good intentions.
I love your presentation!

marla said...

Such a cute way to eat your veggies! The dip & the veggies would be a hit at any holiday party!

Cheryl said...

My favourite Appy this year so far! My little one is going to love it too! Thanks for sharing!