Sunday, October 27, 2013

Appetizers make the world go round

Yes they do! Appetizers might be my favorite food group. Tonight I made three different appetizers for a get together tomorrow. Of course I had to sample each after I finished and boy O' boy are they delicious! 

The first is bacon wrapped dates. Pretty easy and so scrumptious! 

25 Pitted Dates 
25 Slices of Bacon (I cut one regular slice in thirds)

Take one date wrapped in bacon and continue until all dates are wrapped then bake at 350 until bacon is crisp!

The next was a recipe I have never tried. Sam always calls this my science experiment in the kitchen when I try out new or made up recipes. 

Pecan and blue cheese Grapes

  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 18 to 20 seedless red grapes, chilled
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Directions:

Line a small baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

Mix together the cream cheese, blue cheese, and heavy cream until smooth.  Add the grapes and stir until coated with the cheese mixture.

In another small bowl, mix together the pecans and parsley.

Using a fork, transfer the grapes, one at a time, to the pecan mixture and, using clean hands, gently roll in the mixture until coated. Place the grapes plate or cookie sheet and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours and serve.

They are really yummy! 

The last thing I made was Pecan and Almond chocolate! 


1 cup cacoa butter
1/2 cup cacoa powder
1/2 cup honey
1 t vanilla 

Melt butter add honey and powder stirring until smooth. Then add vanilla. Pour into molds or lined muffin tins. 

I put pecan halves in the bottom of one batch and sliced almonds in the other. 

These three appetizer took me about 30 minutes to whip up this evening! Love quick, easy, clean food! 



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