Indulgent (and easy) Appetizers

Tis’ the season for family gatherings and holiday get togethers! I’ve been asked lately if I have any yummy, and not to mention easy, appetizer suggestions . Whether you’re hosting your own Christmas party or have been asked to bring a nibbly, here are a few of my favourites! 

Specialty Cheese Platter

I hosted my own Wine and Cheese party in the summer for some friends and although the spread looks impressive, a cheese platter is one of the easiest things to put together for a crowd. Stop by a specialty cheese shop, like Benton Brothers in Kerrisdale (2104 West 41st Ave, Vancouver) and they’ll happily put together a platter for your event. Serve with accompaniments like cornichons, grainy mustard, dried fruit, grapes, honey and lots of bread and crackers!

Fruit Wrapped in Prosciutto
This combination is and oldie but a goody! For a last minute appy, purchase some thinly sliced prosciutto at your local deli. Cut apples, pears and melons into slices then wrap each piece with prosciutto. Voilà! 

Spinach, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tart 

This recipe comes from Martha Stewart’s cookbook “EverydayFood”. It is so simple and delicious, we even have it as a main course on busy weeknights! Cut the tart into small squares when sharing with a group. 

Ingredients 

– Flour, for rolling out puff pastry 

– 1 (from a 17.3-ounce package) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions 

– 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced 

– 2 tablespoons olive oil 

– Coarse salt and ground pepper 

– 2 packages (10 ounces each) white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced 

– 1 packages (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach 

– 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled 

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry out to a 16-by-10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges. Place the pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score dough to form a 1-inch border. Using a fork, prick dough inside the border every 1/2 inch. Bake until golden, rotating pan once, about 15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, toss onion with 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt. Cover and cook over medium heat until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir. Continue cooking with cover on for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat remaining oil. Add mushrooms; cover and cook until tender and all liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Fold in spinach; season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes more. Drain any liquid.
  4. Top dough with mushroom-spinach mixture. Scatter onion and goat cheese on top. Bake until cheese is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

3 Comments on “Indulgent (and easy) Appetizers

  1. Yummm…with blue cheese, I could sell this to G’Pa. This is MY kind of blog…go girl! xo

  2. Katie I am so proud of you what a great idea I love the recipes I will have to try the one with goats cheese which I love take care be well very much love to you and Mannen

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