June 20, 2024


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Dean shares recipes for Xmas appetizers

On his weekly cooking phase, WGN Amusement Reporter Dean Richards shares recipes for Yia Yia’s Vacation Cheese Ball, Christmas Tree Roll-up and Air Fryer Ravioli.

Xmas Tree Roll-Ups


  • 1 package deal (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chopped drained roasted purple bell peppers (from 7.25-oz jar)
  • 1 cup chopped ripe olives
  • 1 cup chopped refreshing basil leaves
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Conserve $
  • Spinach-flavor flour tortillas (8 to 10 inches in diameter)
  • Ripe olive pieces


  • In medium bowl, combine all components other than tortillas and olive parts.
  • Divide mixture among 2 10 inch tortillas, spreading medium-thin to edges of tortillas.
  • Roll up tightly. Press each and every tortilla roll into triangle condition, working with fingers.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hrs but no extended than 24 hours.
  • To serve, minimize rolls into 1/2-inch slices.
  • Position olive piece at base of every triangle to seem like tree trunk safe with toothpick.



  • 1 (10 ounce) package deal refrigerated ravioli
  • 1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Marinara and clean parsley for serving


1. On the stove or microwave carry medium sized bowl of h2o to a boil. Drop ravioli in for about 5 minutes. Drain and cool.

2. In a bowl, combine bread crumbs with 1/2 cup or Parmesan cheese. Conquer eggs in a compact bowl with the garlic salt.

3. Dip ravioli in egg then press into bread crumbs, coating both equally sides.

4. Fill the basket of your air fryer with a single layer of ravioli.

5. Set to 350 levels and 9 minutes.

6. Remove from fryer and provide scorching with marinara for dipping, with a great dusting of new parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Yia Yia’s Pimento Cheese Ball (served in Dean’s family members for about 60 yrs)


  • One 8-ounce deal cream cheese.
  • Complete to 3/4 10 oz. jar of Spanish Olives with Pimento, diced compact.
  • 1/2 cup (or to style) walnut or pecan chips.


1. Allow product cheese come to area temperature and mix all components with each other. Reserve about ¼ cup of the nuts for garnish.

2. If dip is also thick for your liking, incorporate a small of the olive juice.

3. Type into a ball.

4. Wrap in cellophane and refrigerate for at least an hour.

5. Take away from cellophane and roll the ball in the remainder of the nuts

6. Serve with Ritz Crackers an