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Holly Clegg: Recipes for Gumbo Dip, Mini Muffulettas, King Cake, Mardi Gras Salad, Mardi Gras Punch

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE Gumbo Dip Makes 32 2-tablespoon servings. Recipe is by Holly Clegg. "This recipe, which has all the components of gumbo in a creamy, cheesy dip, was voted most popular at a recent party." Serve with toasted baguette slices. 1 large green bell pepper, cored and chopped 1 cup sliced okra (frozen is fine) 2 ribs celery, diced 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic Cajun seasoning to taste 1 pound peeled cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1. In large nonstick pan coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook green pepper, okra and celery about 7 minutes or until almost tender. Add green onions, garlic and Cajun seasoning; cook a few minutes. 2. Add shrimp, cream cheese and Parmesan. Stir over low heat until cream cheese is melted. Cook until bubbly and creamy. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 39, calories from fat 46 percent, fat 2g, saturated fat 1g, cholesterol 32mg, sodium 74 mg, carbohydrate 2g, sugars 1g, dietary fiber 0g, protein 5g. Diabetic Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrate, 1 lean meat ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE Mini Muffulettas Makes 32-40 servings. Recipe is by Holly Clegg. "All it takes is four easy ingredients and 15 minutes to create my popular version of this Louisiana favorite Italian-style sandwich. Make ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze until ready to bake." 2 (12-ounce) packages party-size rolls (16-20 to package) ½ pound thinly sliced lean ham 1½ cups shredded Italian five-cheese blend 1 (16-ounce) jar chopped Italian olive salad, drained 1. Preheat oven 375 F. 2. Split rolls in half, lay on baking sheet. Divide ham, cheese and olive salad onto each roll. 3. Replace bread tops. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Nutritional information per serving: Calories 107, calories from fat 48 percent, fat 6g, saturated fat 1g, cholesterol 9mg, sodium 260mg, carbohydrate 10g, dietary fiber 1g, sugars 1g, protein 4g. Diabetic Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 fat Terrific...

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