Posts Tagged ‘appetizers’

LAST WEEK, I POSTED THE Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Herbs and Creamy Tofu Spread recipe from Whole Living on the “14 Months to 50” Facebook page as our first recipe for Thursday Cooking Club.   Today we will all meet on the Discussion tab to tell how we made the recipe our own, offer opinions, etc.   Here’s what I did:

I don’t eat tofu, so I substituted goat cheese in this recipe.   In two small mixing bowls, I divided 4 ounces of goat cheese.   I added chopped fresh dill and a couple of squeezes of lemon to the goat cheese in one bowl, along with a dash of cracked pepper, then blended with a fork.  In the second bowl, I added chopped fresh basil and cracked pepper.  I’m not sure it’s possible to use too much dill or too much basil — in my house it isn’t.  I have always loved basil and cream cheese and with goat cheese I can closely imitate that flavor combo, with just a little bit of added tang. 

After blending the herbs with the cheese, I spread half of each mixture on 1/2 slice of wheat artisan bread.  I topped the dill mixture with halved grape tomatoes, more dill, and pieces of fresh lettuce.   The basil mixture was topped with tomatoes, more basil and walnuts.  Then I sprinkled the entire dish with cracked pepper and sea salt.  

This recipe is good for a brunch or lunch, snack, or even as an appetizer if entertaining.   The flavors are very savory, and the bread gives it some weight — delicious and filling. 

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Tonight I made this tasty, interesting appetizer, and I almost made it like the original recipe.  The only things I did different, which are minor, are that I left the garlic in the oil when I added the herbs and pepper and I served it with dark rye toast points, not french bread.

Here is the original recipe from Epicurious for Baked Radicchio and Herbed Goat Cheese.   The flavors are so different, with the marjoram, basil and rosemary in one dish, along with garlic, goat cheese and radicchio.  The blend of aromas when it’s baking makes the house smell sooooo good!   This is a good recipe for an appetizer, but could also be served as a side dish to a meal.

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SuperBowl Super Bowl SnacksJust for you!    If you are looking for some new and different football snacks to make this Super Bowl weekend (that won’t send you running for antacids later),  have a look at these websites.   I can’t get the Pear-Walnut Sandwich (from Cooking Light) out of my head.

8 Different 5-Ingredient Sandwiches 

Oatmeal Fig Walnut Bars 

Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa 

Hearty Multi-Bean Chili 
Let me know if you try any of these!

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