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How Christmas Vacation inspired my Christmas Appetizer
What’s your go-to Christmas appetizer? As seen in my last Weekending post, I went to a Holiday Movie Party that is (fingers crossed) becoming a tradition. I didn’t have a ton of time to create a complex dish to bring, but I still wanted to make something that was easy yet festive.
Since I love themes, I started thinking of movie’s that I could base my recipe decision on. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is such a classic Christmas comedy. Who doesn’t love to get grossed out by cousin Eddie?
I love the Griswold’s moose mug so much that I thought I’d use it as inspiration for a Christmas appetizer! Seriously, I got way too excited about this thing. If you’re weird like me and want to know where I found it, just follow the highlighted link above :).
Since the movies can go all day, it’s nice to have food you can nibble on in between cheesy on-screen mistletoe kisses. With the dress code being pajama and/or Christmas best, I was kind of set in brunch mode even if it wasn’t early in the day. I decided bagels with a cream cheese based dip would look great in my new moose mug!
“Christmas Vacation” Cherry Cheese Dip
It was so easy to make, and only requires 3 or 4 ingredients.
There are so many ways you can switch the ingredients up, but I wanted a pink tone and love black cherry yogurt, so it was an easy decision. Dump the ingredients into the food processor and mix away. If you are going to use this for something like fruit you may want it thinner, in which case you would put the whole yogurt container in. I wanted it slightly thicker since it would be on bagels, so I decreased the amount.
The honey made it slightly less pink, so if you want to keep the brighter color I would use an alternative sweetener.
I don’t have the selection of movies they watched, but I can testify that the rest of the food was ah-mazing, and the company got a little cuter this year as well!
Have you ever used a movie as inspiration for a food? I think it might be a new thing!
Happy Holiday movie viewing!!