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Cheddar and Horseradish Spread recipe. Mushroom and Roquefort Tarts are the Favorite Dish on the Menu. Mushroom and Roquefort Puff Pastry Tarts At a recent cooking class featuring a menu of Parisian-inspired dishes, my students were most enthusiastic about the simple first course—individual mushroom and Roquefort tarts.

Mushroom and Roquefort Tarts are the Favorite Dish on the Menu

There was a fork-tender veal and tomato ragoût as an entree, a vibrant salad of haricots verts, oranges, and Belgian endive in orange vinaigrette, and for dessert a walnut rum gateau with chocolate icing plus homemade vanilla ice cream. Yet, these simple tarts garnered by far the most attention. Their golden, flaky crusts were definitely part of the allure. Baked Cream Cheese Wonton Cups (Ready Under 20 Minutes!) Camembert Stuffed with Dates and Walnuts Starts the Party on a Snowy Night. The week before Thanksgiving my husband and I hosted our annual dinner for his freshman class at Amherst College.

Camembert Stuffed with Dates and Walnuts Starts the Party on a Snowy Night

This year along with worrying about getting food cooked for fifteen, I was also concerned about the weather. Forecasters were predicting a hearty snowfall for the night of our party. Since we live two miles from campus, we were keeping our fingers crossed that the storm would start later than expected. Luck went our way with the students arriving around 6, and no snow in sight. For appetizers I had set out a wheel of Camembert, halved and stuffed with chopped Medjool dates, dried apricots, and toasted walnuts, all scented with orange zest.

But when the desserts–pumpkin brownies served with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, petit chocolate tarts, and fresh berries with diced pineapple—were arranged on the table, the snow at last appeared. Best Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Cups Recipe - Buffalo Chicken Triscuit Cups for Parties. Curried Cashews Make a Great Last-Minute Gift from the Kitchen. If, like me, you are running late, but still hoping to make edible gifts for this holiday season, consider these delicious curried cashews with currants.

Curried Cashews Make a Great Last-Minute Gift from the Kitchen

They take only about 30 minutes to assemble, roast, and cool! I included these nuts at a Holiday Open House cooking class last week, and was thrilled when almost everyone in the packed room said they were planning to prepare them! These nuts are definitely addictive. A Delicious Fall Appetizer Perfect for Cool Nights. Earlier this fall in a cooking class, I included the recipe for some polenta squares with Gruyère, walnuts, and fresh rosemary.

A Delicious Fall Appetizer Perfect for Cool Nights

In the class they were served as a side dish to racks of lamb, but later I discovered that they worked beautifully as appetizers. A few days after that class, my husband and I ended up hosting an impromptu Sunday supper for family and friends. Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe. Print Photography Credit: Lisa Lin Making dumplings is a big tradition in my family.

Baked Vegetable and Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe

Sausage & Hash Brown Balls {Football Friday} Sausage Balls are one of our favorite snacks.

Sausage & Hash Brown Balls {Football Friday}

I always have a bag in the freezer for a quick snack. I had some frozen hash browns in the the freezer and was thinking of ways to use them up. I wondered how they would taste in my favorite sausage ball recipe. Orange & Vanilla Hot Buttered Rum Recipe. Print Every winter, I’m surprised by how many people have never had a hot buttered rum.

Orange & Vanilla Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Crispy Baked Wontons Recipe. Barbecue Chicken Empanadas courtesy of Ken Haedrich, Dean of ThePieAcademy.com. Okay, so I get that Cinco de Mayo was a couple of weeks ago now… And, yes!

Barbecue Chicken Empanadas courtesy of Ken Haedrich, Dean of ThePieAcademy.com

– the day we celebrate Mexican heritage and pride certainly would have been the perfect occasion to trot out this recipe and serve alongside your frosty Coronas and guacamole. But it’s not too late. The Preakness – the second jewel in the Triple Crown – is this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is next. Empanadas are stuffed pastries, typically savory, found throughout Latin America. In this country, you normally find empanadas stuffed with ground beef , but this version uses chicken that’s been heated in a sort of enhanced barbecue sauce. Nor do you want to shortchange the amount of filling you can add, which is why I like to partially grind the chicken mixture in the food processor before I use it. Try not to be greedy and overfill the empanadas; I still do that on occasion. If you have parchment paper, line your baking sheet with it. As for serving, if they’re really small you can serve them whole.

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Frito Lay Bean Dip Recipe

Rosé and Mini-Chèvre Flans Perfect for Summer Entertaining. At a recent cooking class that featured bouillabaisse as the main course, I was surprised not only by my students’ excitement over the famous Provencal fish soup, but also by their raves for the simple appetizers.

Rosé and Mini-Chèvre Flans Perfect for Summer Entertaining

In keeping with the Provencal theme, mini-chèvre flans topped with a colorful mélange of chopped tomatoes, fresh herbs, and walnuts were an instant success. Perhaps it was the simplicity of these starters or the seamless blending of flavors that made them so popular. All I can report is that this hands-on class of 15 downed almost four dozen in less than 15 minutes! You’ll need mini-muffin tins to make them. For the custard mixture, you whisk together eggs, cream, goat cheese, and Parmesan, pour the mixture into the molds, and bake for about 20 minutes.

Grilled cheese tartine. Honey Hazelnut Baked Brie Recipe. One of the easiest and most elegant appetizers you can make for a gathering is baked brie. Baking a round of brie for a few minutes in the oven makes it all melty and oozy, and transforms it from something already wonderful to completely irresistible. For this baked brie recipe we are making a sweet and sour caramelized honey sauce, and drizzling it over the brie with chopped toasted hazelnuts.

The sweet tartness of the sauce helps cut through the richness of the brie. It’s really a perfect way to enjoy this cheese. The caramelized honey sauce is a classic French glaze called a “gastrique”. Most references I found for gastrique would have you caramelize the honey first, then stir in some vinegar and reduce. Gearing Up for the Holidays with a Camembert Appetizer. Camembert Baked in a Wooden Box, Honey-Glazed Walnuts, Apple and Pear Slices Claire and Liz, great helpers at the party! Rigatoni with Spicy Tomato Sauce Students around the table. Choosing dessert. Olive and Artichoke Tapenade Recipe. Jalapeno Popper Cups Recipe. Parmesan Black-Pepper Biscotti Recipe. Photo by Romulo Yanes yield Makes 5 to 6 dozen biscotti active time 45 min total time 2 1/2 hr These savory biscotti are ideal for a soiree.

Their crisp texture is accented by the richness of parmesan and the bite of black pepper — perfect for nibbling in between sips of wine. Preparation. Choriqueso empanadas - Laylita's Recipes. Here’s an easy recipe for choriqueso empanadas, these mouthwatering empanadas or stuffed savory turnovers are filled with chorizo and cheese, and can be fried or baked. Choriqueso, also known as queso fundido con chorizo, is a warm dip made with chorizo and cheese; it is usually eaten with tortilla chips or as a filling for corn tortillas. Choriqueso is one of my favorite Mexican appetizers, so the idea to turn it into an empanada was a no-brainer. What a better way to stuff all that cheesy and chorizo goodness into a few bites than by putting into an empanada? Spinach and Artichokes in Puff Pastry Recipe. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip Recipe. Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Chipotle Sour Cream. I absolutely love this week before the Super Bowl in the food blog world.

Tex-Mex meatballs in a chipotle-tomato sauce. Mexican Potato Skin Bites Recipe : Aida Mollenkamp. Tomato and Mozzarella Bites Recipe. Marinated Mushrooms Recipe. Baked Brie with Dried Cherries & Thyme. User reviews made it? Filo Onion Rolls Recipe - Appetizer Recipes - Stuffed Phyllo Rolls Appetizers. These appetizer pastries need to be baked just before serving - but that's okay, since you actually make the pastries ahead of time. I bake the recipe one cookie sheet at a time, so there are fresh, crispy hot rolls to pass around again. They even taste wonderful as they cool. This appetizer recipe also freeze beautifully before baking. Just bake them, while they are still frozen, for about another 10 minutes until golden brown. Read through How to Make Filo Onion Rolls before you begin. Chipotle-Lime Mixed Nuts Recipe. We were eating some store-bought chili-lime nuts the other day and it occurred to us that it should be easy enough to make them at home.

But how to get the spices to adhere to the nuts?