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Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon grated lime peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 bottle (12-1/2 ounces) mandarin natural flavor soda
1-1/2 cups Clamato juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup ketchup
1-1/2 pounds peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (100-150 per pound)
2 avocados, finely chopped
Tortilla chips

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in soda, Clamato juice, lime juice and ketchup. Add shrimp. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours.

Just before serving, add avocados. Serve with a slotted spoon and tortilla chips. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

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Cheddar-Bacon Dip

Ingredients
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
5 green onions, thinly sliced
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jar (16 ounces) taco sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
Tortilla or nacho tortilla chips

Directions
In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Spread in an ungreased 13×9-in. dish or on a 12-in. plate. Combine onions, tomatoes and green pepper; sprinkle over the cream cheese layer.

Pour taco sauce over the vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Refrigerate. Just before serving, sprinkle with bacon. Serve with chips. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Recipe found here: Cheddar-Bacon Dip

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Quick Crab Melts

Ingredients
1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
5 teaspoons finely chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced green onion
2 English muffins, split
4 slices tomato
4 thin slices cheddar cheese
4 thin slices Monterey Jack cheese
Paprika

Directions
Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, mix crab, mayonnaise, celery and green onion until blended. Place muffin halves on an ungreased baking sheet.

Broil 4-6 in. from heat until toasted. Spread with crab mixture. Top with tomato and cheeses; sprinkle with paprika. Broil until bubbly. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe found here: Quick Crab Melts

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Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Ingredients
2 cans (13.66 ounces each) coconut milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup red curry paste
1 package (8.8 ounces) thin rice noodles
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1-1/2 cups shredded carrots
3/4 cup bean sprouts
Fresh basil and cilantro leaves

Directions
In a Dutch oven, bring coconut milk to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 3 cups. Stir in curry paste until completely dissolved.

Meanwhile, prepare noodles according to package directions.

Add broth, brown sugar, fish sauce and garlic salt to curry mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken; heat through.

Drain noodles; divide among six large soup bowls. Ladle soup over noodles; top servings with vegetables, basil and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste.

Recipe found here: Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

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Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Ingredients
1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
1/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, peas), thawed
1 can (12 oz.) refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Triple Cheddar Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA

Directions
Heat oven to 375°F.

Mix cream cheese spread, milk and garlic in medium bowl until blended. Add chicken and vegetables; mix well.

Separate biscuits. Press 1 biscuit onto bottom and up side of each of 10 muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray. Fill with chicken mixture; top with shredded cheese.

Bake 20 to 22 min. or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool in pan 5 min. before removing from pan to serve.

Recipe found here: Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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Triple Tomato Flatbread

Ingredients
1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
Cooking spray
3 plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup soft sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
2 cups yellow and/or red cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions
Unroll and press dough into a 15×10-in. rectangle. Transfer dough to an 18×12-in. piece of heavy-duty foil coated with cooking spray; spritz dough with cooking spray. In a large bowl, toss plum tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes with oil and seasonings.

Carefully invert dough onto grill rack; remove foil. Grill, covered, over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until bottom is golden brown. Turn; grill 1-2 minutes longer or until second side begins to brown.

Remove from grill. Spoon plum tomato mixture over crust; top with cheese and cherry tomatoes. Return flatbread to grill. Grill, covered, 2-4 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 pieces.

Recipe found here: Triple Tomato Flatbread

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Antipasto Platter

Ingredients
1 jar (24 ounces) pepperoncini, drained
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups halved fresh mushrooms
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
1 can (6 ounces) pitted ripe olives, drained
1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
1 bottle (8 ounces) Italian vinaigrette dressing
Lettuce leaves

Directions
In a large bowl, combine pepperoncini, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, olives and pepperoni. Pour vinaigrette over mixture; toss to coat.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight. Arrange on a lettuce-lined platter. Serve with toothpicks. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Antipasto Platter

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