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.
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