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Spinach Cheese Strata

I love stratas because you make them up the night before and pop them in the oven the next morning.

Ingredients:

6 slices of whole wheat bread

2 T. butter or margarine, softened

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

1 1/4 cup milk

6 eggs, lightly beaten

10 oz. pkg frozen spinach, thawed and well drained

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Spread bread with butter.  Lay slices of bread in single layer in a greased 9 x 13″ pan.  Sprinkle bread with cheeses.  Combine milk, eggs, spinach, salt, pepper.  Pour over bread and cheese.  Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours or overnight.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until puffy and lightly golden.

Cheese Ball

Cheese Ball2

The cream cheese, pineapple, green bell pepper, and walnuts make an absolutely addicting combination in this cheese ball recipe.

One batch can make three small or two large balls.  However, I highly recommend that you bring two large cheese balls to your potluck.  I recently only brought one to a party and it got ugly.  Lesson learned!  This cheese ball is so good that people will fight over it!

This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember and I look forward to making it every year for Thanksgiving (and sometimes Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 T. finely minced white onion (sweet onion is my first choice)

1 tsp. seasoned salt

2 cups chopped walnuts (use 1/2 in recipe and 1/2 for rolling the cheeseballs)

Crackers (Ritz are my favorite with this!)

Combine the cream cheese, pineapple, bell pepper, onion, salt, and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.  Refrigerate until firm.  Form cheese balls and roll in remaining walnuts.  You can serve right away or put in an airtight container and refrigerator until serving time (keeps for about 3 days).  Then serve with crackers.  Ritz crackers are especially good with this recipe.