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12 Recipes of Christmas, 3 and 4

23 Dec

I’ve just come back from the Caribbean and I’m in an island mood. Maybe you are too. You’ve got a Surfin’ Santa Hawaiian shirt, festive Tiki shot glasses and a copy of Bob Dylan singing Christmas Island. But you’re wondering what will make your Christmas table spark with tropical originality. These two recipes are for you.

3. Spam Party Ball

1 grapefruit


grapes, black and green

mandarin oranges, drained

cherry tomatoes

cocktail onions


sliced banana, dipped in lemon juice

button mushrooms

Cut the grapefruit so that it sits firm on a serving plate.

Cut Spam into cubes, slices or shapes with small pastry cutters.

Arrange the Spam on cocktail sticks with a selection of ingredients, making each as colorful as possible. Spear the sticks into the grapefruit for serving.

(From The Book of SPAM, Meals, Snacks ‘n’ Party Ideas, 1992)


4. Fruit-soup Dessert

1 11-ounce package mixed dried fruits

1/2 cup golden seedless raisins

3 to 4 inches stick cinnamon

4 cups water

1 orange, unpared, cut in 1/4 inch slices

2 1/4 cups unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 cup currant jelly

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine mixed fruits, raisins, cinnamon and water. Bring to boiling, reduce heat; simmer uncovered till fruits are tender, about 30 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to boiling; cover, cook over low heat 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or chilled. Makes 8 to 10 servings

(from Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Cook Book 1959)


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