Practically an instant appetizer, this yummy dip comes together in minutes and is easily dressed up for Christmas!
Hey guys! How’s your week been? Crazy, I bet. Well, we’re in the home stretch now, folks. Personally, I’m feeling a bit less stressed since last week’s post. Thank goodness. As an advent calendar activity, we went downtown last night to see the gorgeous lights and the enormous Christmas trees, have dinner and see Santa. Can I just say that Louisville is a really wonderful place to be at Christmas time? Our little excursion was planned for the kids, but honestly, it was exactly what I needed. We really had an amazing time. A great dinner (that I didn’t have to cook) at Gordon Biersch Brewing Company (with an Apple-Cranberry Martini… or two), the perfect weather for walking, the new World Market on Fourth to check out, live music, pictures with Santa and then we ended our evening grabbing some fudge from the Fudgery*. It was so nice to have a night out to decompress and just enjoy my favorite people 🙂
Do you guys have a lot left to do? I have about half of my cookies left to bake, the girls’ homemade gifts to our family members to finish and all of the presents to wrap. I’m officially done with all of my shopping (except for some lottery tickets for my grandpa that I have to wait to get until we’re in the proper state) so that’s a huge weight lifted.
Since we always go home (to Ohio) for Christmas, Santa makes a special early trip here to drop off presents for the girls, so we have our Christmas ahead of time. It’s basically the best thing ever. We still get to have our cozy Christmas at home with the girls and go back home to see everyone and spend Christmas with them. So Santa is coming to our house this Sunday and I can’t wait! There’s only one thing better than being a kid at Christmas and it’s having a kid at Christmas. I just love to watch their little faces light up, feeling like the most magical thing in the world just happened to them. Basically mommy perfection.
Anyway, with so many things to do this time of year, I wanted to bring you something so quick and easy, you’ll hardly need to think about it. Because I don’t know about you, but I’m all out of thoughts at this point. Anything that’s left to do better be my-four-year-old-could-do-it easy. Here’s to hoping my cookies come out! With that in mind, I offer you this delicious, garlicky edamame hummus that I’ve shaped and decorated like a Christmas tree (and so can you!).
This is the ULTIMATE last minute Christmas appetizer. It was also really simple to shape into a tree. Well, once I figured it out anyway. I tried doing it freehand and I’m betting there are a TON of you who would excel at such a task, but alas, I’m not one of those people. I’m so jealous of you, really I am. It wasn’t pretty, friends. #fail. I should’ve taken a picture and given you guys a good laugh! Maybe on my next screw up 🙂
Well, once I failed so spectacularly, I decided to print out a Christmas tree template from here, then I placed a piece of wax paper on top and used a marker to draw the outline. I then cut it out of the wax paper (cutting out the marker) and set the wax paper on the dish that I was using (securing it with a smidge of butter). Next I put the hummus in a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (though you could easily use a large ziplock bag with the corner cut off) and piped the hummus using the wax paper as a guide, going a little bit further out than the paper to make it a little bit bigger since I had plenty of hummus. In hindsight I wish that I would have made it bigger still as I had more hummus left over, but that’s ok, if you have some left over, you can just put it in a bowl to put out after the tree has been eaten. I know this sounds like a lot, but it only took me about 5 minutes max. Then I just decorated my Christmas tree with some cut veggies. This was really easy to do and came out so cute! That being said, if you happen to have a tree shaped dish, I would just use that instead. I didn’t, so I improvised.
I hope you guys love this recipe and feel free to cut back on the garlic if you like, it can get pretty spicy when it’s raw, especially for the kiddos.
This will be my last post until Christmas so I just wanted to tell you all that I hope you have a wonderful holiday, that you eat, drink and be merry and that you come right back here afterwards ready to make the most of a new year 🙂
*I discovered that I no longer like fudge. Seriously, why does it have to be so sweet?
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂