Having friends over during the holidays does not have to be difficult, with a few
GO TO recipes in your hip pocket, you can make entertaining a snap! Remember to plan a vegetarian option, something that is pure protein for the meat lovers and a nice bread for a filler. Add a a veggie tray and cheese and crackers and you have a party on your hands!
Enjoy party season this year with simple, tasty appetizers and click on the above to see me making these dishes on FOX 4 Good Day.
Jalapeno Cheddar Muffins, Candied Bacon Strips and Tomato Gruyere Tart
Tomato and Gruyere Tart
1 sheet puff pastry
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic minced
4 medium or 3 large ripe tomatoes
1 cup grated gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh basil cut in a chiffonade
½ teaspoon fresh thyme
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare pastry by pushing it into a tart shell and cut off any dough hanging over the edge. In a small bowl, combine mustard and garlic. Using a pastry brush, paint the bottom of the tart with the mustard mixture. Dock the bottom of the pastry by pricking it with a fork. Sprinkle half of the gruyere cheese onto the crust. Slice tomatoes about ¼ inch thick and layer them around the tart season with salt, pepper and herbs. Add remaining gruyere cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes until crust is browned and cheese is browning and bubbly.
Cinnamon Candied Bacon Sticks
1 pound Applewood smoked bacon
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl; mix sugar, cinnamon and salt. Place a wire rack in the center of a metal baking pan. Dredge each slice of bacon in sugar mixture. Lay bacon out on rack and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove bacon from racks and lay out on paper towels until cooled.
Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
3 ¾ cup prepared biscuit mix
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups milk
2-3 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 18 muffin cups with non-stick spray. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and scoop into muffin tins. Bake for 18-22 minutes until muffins are puffed and beginning to brown.