|Salted Pumpkin Seed Brittle|
I’ve always wanted to make brittle, so after finding this recipe on The Kitchn, I decided to modify it by using toasted pumpkin seeds.
|Press quickly into the pan!|
Work quickly when pressing it into a pan and for an extra flavor component, press some sea salt on top too. This recipe made a lot of brittle, so we were able to share with friends at a family gathering.
|Crostini with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Goat Cheese|
I really wanted to make some appetizers, so I picked up a baguette, puff pastry, cheese, and grape tomatoes from Trader Joe’s and went to work in the kitchen. Starting with the tomatoes, I made a nice bite-sized appetizer.
Crostini with Roasted Grape Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
(adapted from Food & Wine)
1 small baguette, sliced into ½-inch slices
4 oz. goat cheese, softened
2 pints grape tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1/3 cup
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. In a glass baking dish, combine grape tomatoes, smashed garlic, salt, and pepper with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss well. Roast for 20 minutes or until skin starts to shrivel.
Meanwhile, combine 1/3 cup olive oil, rosemary, and oregano in a large bowl. Remove roasted tomatoes from oven and add to bowl. Stir gently and let stand 30 minutes.
Reduce oven to 350°. Arrange baguette slices on a cookie sheet and toast for 10 minutes or until crisp. To serve, spread goat cheese on baguette slices and top with tomatoes and infused oil.
|Brie, mushrooms, and raspberry jam wrapped in puff pastry.|
Next, I wrapped puff pastry around brie cheese, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and raspberry jam. It was baked at 400° until lightly browned on top and served with fresh fruit.
|Chili Cheese & Mushroom Bites|
I had one sheet of puff pastry left over so I made little appetizer cups filled with chiles, sautéed mushrooms, onions, cheddar, and Swiss.
|Chocolate Pudding Pie|
And I couldn’t help but make another dessert: chocolate pudding pie with a homemade pie crust.
Of course, there was plenty of champagne to go with all that food and make the day just a tad more enjoyable. Nom nom.