25 January, 2012

Appetizers and what to do with Leftovers!

GREAT APPETIZERS! Warm Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Topped with Bruschetta and the other is Baked Feta Spinach Dip

For both appetizers i've used a french baguette.  Slice it and top with a bit of Olive Oil or Butter and broil till browned and crispy! Simple!

6 diced Roma Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Paste (1/2 cup)
1 sm Red Onion (1/2 cup)
Fresh Basil - More is Better! - Lg. handfull and then Chop.
Sugar (1 Tbs)
Balsamic Vinegar (1/4 cup)
Salt and Pepper
.... oh boy.. I'm a dumper...  Depending on how much you're wanting to serve...  Let try... Yields 3 cups.

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese:
Goat Cheese - Buy whatever size
Roll in Silvered Almonds B
Bake in an oven safe dish at 350 degrees for 15 min.

Feta Spinach Dip:
1 Package Cream Cheese (Room Temperture)
1/4 cup Mayonaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
Whip until Smooth
Add Chopped Artichoke (1/2 cup) , Fresh Spinach (2 Cup) and Feta Cheese (1/2 cup)

I have a hand blender thing that I like to blend mixture into a chunky paste!  Place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees till warm and bubbly!

LEFT OVERS!  Here's a great option:

Combine Bruschetta and Spinach Dip and a can of tomato sauce in pan and heat through.  Cook your choice of pasta and mix together!  Top with crumbled goat cheese!

Tip for Pasta- Cook your pasta in Ocean like salty water to add flavor to your pasta.  Don't rinse your pasta... It washes away the starch that helps the sauce to stick to your pasta and not get all runny in the bowl.

1 comment:

  1. ok yum...all I want is appetizers now!