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Three Delicious Braces-Friendly Recipes for the Holidays

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza or even Festivus — or skip ahead to the New Year — you have some good times with friends, family to look forward to. And that usually includes some great food.

Here are three delicious recipes that are sure to be a hit this holiday season, and they’re braces-friendly.

Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Christmas Wreath

asparagus and prosciutto puff pastry christmas wreath for web 1 3Makes 12-24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box of puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 12 medium thick stalks of asparagus, woody part of the stems removed
  • 12 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash
  • Red bell pepper for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unfold the puff pastry sheets and cut each one into 12 squares.
  3. Wrap each asparagus stalk with a slice of prosciutto and cut in half crosswise.
  4. Place each prosciutto wrapped asparagus piece on top of a puff pastry square, diagonally, and roll up.
  5. Place 12 on each baking sheet and brush with egg wash.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
  7. On a round serving platter, place the puffs in a wreath shape and serve while warm. Cut red bell pepper into pieces to make a bow and use as garnish if desired.

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Chanukah Gelt Wontons

chanukah gelt for web picture 2Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 24 round wonton wrappers
  • 12 large chocolate coins (1 1⁄2”)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1⁄4 cup cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Lay out 12 of the wonton wrappers on a clean work surface.
  2. Unwrap the chocolate coins and place one in the center of each wonton wrapper.
  3. Lightly brush the edges of each wonton wrapper with water and place another wonton wrapper on top, pressing the edges to seal in the chocolate coin.
  4. Place butter and canola oil into a large frying pan and melt on medium heat.
  5. Fry each wonton for 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Place the cinnamon sugar in a shallow bowl and dip both sides of the wonton until coated.
  7. Let cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

pumpkin pie smoothie for web 1Makes 8 8-ounce servings

Ingredients

  • 1-15 ounce can of pure pumpkin
  • 3⁄4 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄4 cup half and half
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1⁄4 cup of brown sugar, or more if you like it sweeter
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers for topping

Directions

  1. Combine pumpkin, milk, half and half, yogurt, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in blender. Blend until mixture is smooth. Add ice and blend again.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers.

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Happy Holidays

Our whole team at Meyer Orthodontists wish you good tidings and happy holidays. Enjoy these recipes, and feel free to share your favorite braces-friendly recipes with us, maybe we’ll add them to the blog.

If you have any questions about your braces, foods you can (or can’t eat) or want a free consultation with a board certified Orthodontist in Brookings, give us a call at 1-800-832-3464.