Each Monday as an alternative to our regular Crock Pot feature - I'll be featuring one of our family holiday favorite recipes. I have also posted here before about the idea of gathering your family favorites and making your own cookbook via Shutterfly or similar site. I did this several years ago and gave out as Christmas gifts to many people in my family. It's fun to have all your beloved recipes in one place along with pictures to relive the people and places that made them special in the first place.
Today's feature Stuffed Celery is one of my husband's family's most beloved recipes and 20 years ago when I first had it - I wasn't a huge cream cheese or olive lover but I thought this stuff was the bomb. This is great all year long but is always a holiday staple - make in a double batch as I promise your crew will love it too. The stuffing part can be made a couple of days in advance and then stuff celery right before serving. Also great with other veg or even a spread for crackers.
8oz light cream cheese softened
2 garlic cloves - chopped
1/2 c. toasted pecans
1/2 c. green olives with pimentos
4 or so shakes tabasco
1-2 T light mayo (for spread-ability)
Chop up the olives, garlic and pecans in food processor into small chunks. Add to bowl w/ softened cream cheese, mix with mayo to blend and add tabasco to taste. Chill at least 1 hour to let flavors meld and then stuff celery.