Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Mix of Weekend Round-Up and Healthy Foods

Some of the Week's Best Holiday Appetizers 
Pepperoni Caprese Bites with Basil Vinaigrette 
Recipe makes makes 24
  • 24 Mini Mozzarella Balls
  • 24 Basil Leaves
  • 24 Slices of Pepperoni
  • 24 Small Cherry Tomatoes
  • 24 Toothpicks
  • Thread the mozzarella ball first then fold the pepperoni in half and half again and thread onto the toothpick. 
  •  Next add the basil leaf then the tomato.
Basil Vinaigrette
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 TB. White Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 scallion, finely minced
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped fine
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 grinds of black pepper
In a medium glass jar, add all of the above ingredients and shake well or use a blender. 
Let sit at least 30 minutes to let the flavors develop.
Healthy Cucumber Bites
  • Cucumbers-English variety
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Lite Garlic Herb Soft Cheese e.g. Boursin or Rondele   
  • Smoked paprika or chipolte powder
  • Slice cucumber lengthwise. and then slice crosswise into pieces. Use a melon scooper and scoop out center. Fill with a teaspoon of cheese. 
  • Add a grape half. Sprinkle with smoked paprika or chipotle powder.
Cranberry Brie Bites
This quick and easy appetizer is a fruit and cheese course in every melty, delectable bite!

  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 lb. Brie cheese
  • 1 cup cranberry relish, fig preserves or hot pepper jelly (purchased or homemade)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheets into approximately 3 inch x 3 inch squares. Press each square into a muffin cavity.
  • Cube the cheese - about a 3/4 inch cube for each (you may have a little cheese left over). Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry square. Top the brie with a small dollop (about 2 tsp.) of cranberry relish or pepper jelly.
  • Bake about 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are toasted lightly brown.
  • Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
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Raspberry Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail 
Cook's added comment: Put this recipe top of your list. It's festive looking and quite tasty! Recipe from
  • 8 TB. pomegranate juice 
  • 1 pint raspberry sorbet 
  • 4 TB. pomegranate seeds 
  • chilled champagne 

  • Freeze your glasses until frosty. 
  • Add 2 Tb. of pomegranate juice to the bottom of each glass. 
  • Add a few small scoops of the raspberry sorbet and 1 teaspoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass. 
  • Top with chilled champagne. 

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