Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Easy Hors D'oeuvres

I love having dinner parties and I think hors d'oeurves can be more fun than the main course. I love the idea of finger foods so with that in mind I came up with two recipes.

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Bites

One large onion of any kind
About 6 oz. of goat cheese
Small baguette or a package of crackers (for example: Ritz)
2 tbsp Oil
Salt and pepper

First, cut the onion into slices about half an inch thick. Then to a pan on low heat add the oil, then the onions. Once in the pan, you can add salt and pepper to taste. The onions
should not brown on the edges immediately, if they do, turn the heat down. The slower the onions cook the more they will caramelize in the pan, the key is not to rush the cooking process. It took me about 20 minutes to cook mine. While they are cooking make sure to keep an eye on them because they can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds. The onions will first turn translucent and then slowly they will become light brown. Once they reach this color, they are done and you can set them aside to cool as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Next, slice the baguette into thin slices. When I made this recipe I used crackers so that's fine too if that's all you have. Then, take the goat cheese and spread a small dollop onto each of the slices or crackers.
After that, just add the onions on top and you're done. And don't forget to enjoy!

Two-Bite Caprese Salad

About 6 oz. Mozzarella cheese
Half a pint of cherry tomatoes
A few leaves of basil
Small baguette or a package of crackers
Salt and pepper

First, slice the baguette into thin slices, you'll need ab
out 25 for this recipe as well. Next, slice the mozzarella and put a slice on each piece of bread (or cracker), these slices should be thin too. Once you've done that you can either put them on a baking sheet and put them in a low oven (about 200 degrees) to melt the cheese or you can put them on a paper plate and heat them in the microwave for 20-25 seconds.

Next you should slice the cherry tomatoes. Depending on their size you can get between 3-5 slices from each tomato. The slices shouldn't be too thick or too large. Place two slices on top of each piece of cheese.

Then, cut your basil, you can do a thin strips of basil or if you have small leaves you can put one small leaf per serving. Last, add a light sprinkling of salt and pepper over the top and you're done. If you want to go one step further you could add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to the top as well.

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