For “BEEFED-UP” Holiday Entertaining:

Sauerkraut Meatball Appetizers (submitted by Sharry Knock)

1 bottle chili sauce and 1/2 bottle water
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large can sauerkraut
1 can of whole berry-jellied cranberry sauce
Prepared meatballs

Bring first four ingredients to a boil and continue to boil for 10 minutes; then simmer for another 30 minutes.  Add prepared meatballs and heat on low.  Can be heated in a crockpot.  Also can be made a couple of days ahead.

Hot Pecan Dip (submitted by Shannon Montross)

1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 T butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
2 T milk
3 oz. package dried beef; chopped fine
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. sour cream

Toast pecans in butter and salt.  Whip other ingredients together and put in buttered glass pie plate (8″).  Sprinkle pecans on top.  Bak 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with Sociable crackers either warm or cold.

Beef Scooper (submitted by Elaine Eichacker)

2 lbs. hamburger, browned with onion
2 pkgs taco seasoning
1 large jar salsa
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
shredded cheddar cheese

Once hamburger is browned, drain and add taco seasoning and salsa.  Let simmer.  Take the cream cheese and add a splash of milk and warm in microwave.  Mix until smooth.  Spread cream cheese evenly onto a pan or plate of choice.  Put the hamburger mixture on top.  Cover with shredded cheddar cheese.  Other toppings optional: shredded lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and/or sour cream.