Pita Tree Appetizers

From the Pillsbury site (original here), this appetizer is all about clever assembly. There’s no cooking involved! As the note with the recipe explains, “Plant a forest of pita bread trees on your table in less than 30 minutes by topping wedges with store-bought guacamole.” Pita Tree Appetizers are the seventh of my 25 Appetizers of Christmas.

Ingredients

  • Pita Tree Appetizers4 flavored or plain pita folds or pita (pocket) breads (about 6 inches in diameter)
  • 16 thin pretzel sticks, halved
  • ½ cup fat-free sour cream
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
  • ¼ cup very finely chopped red bell pepper

Directions

  1. Cut each pita fold into 8 wedges.
  2. Insert pretzel stick half into center of bottom of each wedge to form “tree trunk.”
  3. In small bowl, mix sour cream, guacamole, parsley and garlic-pepper blend.
  4. Spread about 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture on each pita wedge.
  5. Blot bell pepper with paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  6. Sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon bell pepper on each wedge or arrange to form a garland.
  7. If desired, cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours before serving.

Variations

  • For variety, use cilantro in place of the parsley.
  • If you have time, make your own guacamole. Simply mash a ripe avocado and throw in a dash of salt, lime juice and chopped garlic.

Time Required: 25 minutes

Servings: 32 appetizers

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