Another easy and impressive-looking way to prep your guests' bellies is with caprese salad bites.
At this point turn the heat down to medium and keep stirring continuously. You may add a teaspoon of sugar at this point but that is up to you. The vinegar will become sweet when it reduces but some people like it sweeter. You will continue to stir for a few minutes until the reduction coats the back of a spoon like a syrup. Make sure not to over-reduce.... or else when it cools, it will become hard and yucky.
When it cools, just drizzle it over the caprese bites and serve!
Another appetizer I LOVE LOVE LOVE and again is super easy, is baked brie. Theres many ways to make this and you can play around with it, but this is the way I do it. For your ingredients:
- Wheel of brie
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 1 egg for egg wash
- Fruits and nuts for stuffing.... pick what you like! I like some chopped walnuts and fresh raspberries or figs or sometimes I take fruit preserves and mix it up with nuts and chopped apples and pears. Have fun with this!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Mix your fruits, nuts, etc in a separate bowl.
On a flat surface lay out your puff pastry.
Spread some the fruit filling about the same size and shape of the brie wheel.
Place the brie on top.
Spread the rest of the fruit filling on top of the brie.
Fold up the edges of the pastry little by little, overlapping it on top of the brie and when they are all folded up, press the pastry down to hold it all together.
Whisk the egg and then with a pastry brush, brush egg all over the brie.
Place the brie on parchment paper and on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden.
Be prepared for the amazingness that will happen when it is cut open after.... It should look like this! Serve with crackers, baguette slices and apples.
- 48 wonton wrappers, found in the refrigerator veggie section
- 1 10oz package frozen spinach (thaw and drain)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 8oz package cream cheese (you can use a lighter version if desired to cut some fat!)
- 1 8oz package of sour cream
- Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray cooking spray on 2 mini muffin tins.
Add one wonton wrapper to each little cup and throw it in the oven to bake for about 5 minutes until golden.
While you're waiting for those, mix all of the other ingredients together, salt & pepper to taste!
Take the wontons out and drop about a tablespoon full of the mix in the cups and bake it all up for about 10 minutes until the cheese is melty!
Again another super easy and impressive bite!
More to come as Thanksgiving prep continues!