Delicious & Easy Appetizers
I can honestly admit I LOVE to cook and as the months go on I expand my recipe knowledge …and my husband’s pallet. I have become “that house” where everyone meets for dinner, drinks or just to hang out but with being a hostess comes whipping up some yummy, easy & fast recipes with items I would standardly have in my kitchen. At first I offered chips & salsa or cookies & fruit or the standby pigs in a blanket, none of which are bad options but they are boring & at every party. I have started to really find some gourmet-style appetizers that still seem appetizing to kids too.
I found a great recipe by author Kelsey Banfield in her cookbook ‘The Naptime Chef’. This recipe is elegant for large formal parties or a night in with girlfriends & a good glass of wine!
Ricotta Crostini with Balsamic Caramelized Onions, Honey & Sea Salt:
Who doesn’t have the majority of these ingredients in their house?!?
- 1 large french baguette
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 large yellow onions,finely chopped
- 1 pinch salt
- 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
- honey & sea salt for garnish
Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, place on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until golden brown & cool
In a small pot heat olive oil. Place chopped onions and 1 pinch salt until caramelized (about 20 minutes). Once onions are browned & soften add 4 tsp balsamic vinegar & cook for 1 minute. Take off heat & left cool.
On a serving dish arrange crostini. Place a small dollop of ricotta cheese. On top of the ricotta cheese place a small spoonful of caramelized onion mixture. Drizzle a very small amount of honey on top of each crostini & finish with a pinch of sea salt to garnish.
I also have an obsession with avocados this season and while eating them plain or as a dip is always tasty I really am trying to find various apps that encompass favorite ingredients. My goat cheese avocado slices wrapped in salty prosciutto are the perfect filling and satisfying appetizer. On a side note I also LOVE this recipe with fresh mozzarella or even a slice of Laughing Cow light swiss … can you tell I love cheese?!?
This one is super simple:
Goat Cheese Avocado Slices Wrapped in Salty Prosciutto
- goat cheese
- prosciutto sliced very thin
Slice 1 avocado & remove pit. Remove avocado halves from skin. Cut the halves into fourths. Put a small amount of cheese into middle section of each avocado slice then wrap each slice of avocado with a slice of prosciutto. EAT!
xoxo- Glam Girl