My Olive Cheese Bread
So I know P-Dub has an awesome Olive Cheese Bread recipe, but this one is really good and super easy. I needed something to take to a little party and I needed it fast so I came up with this:
1 loaf of baguette bread, sliced about 1/4 an inch thick
1 jar of Boscoli Italian Olive Salad
Some sort of white cheese. I used swiss.
Here is the Olive Spread I used
Lay bread out on a cookie sheet. Spoon some of the Olive Salad on each piece. Make sure to get some of the oil b/c this will make it really crispy.
Cover with cheese.
Stick in oven or broiler until cheese is melted and bread is toasty.
Devil's On Horseback
My friend Kari brought these over and they are simple and easy. Not sure why they are named this.
Here is what you need:
- 1 package of thinly sliced bacon.
- Pecan halfs
- Dates or Prunes. I think the recipe calls for dates but we used prunes because that is all she could find at the store.
Slice the bacon in half.
Place a pecan and a date/prune on top of each other and wrap with bacon.
Use a toothpick to hold together.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 for about 25 minutes (I think) or until bacon is crispy.
Beth is such a good food model!
These are the perfect combo of sweet, salty and crunchy!!
My Mini Italian Meatballs
Another lazy day when I didn't want to go to the store but was supposed to take an appetizer, I came up with these with stuff I had in the fridge/freezer.
- Italian Sausage Links
- basil pesto
- Fresh mozzarella cheese slices
- Marinara Sauce
Remove the sausage from casing.
Place in a bowl and mix with about 4 T of pesto or until it smells pesto-y enough.
Roll into a 1 inch ball and place in a mini muffin cup.
Bake for about 25 minutes at 425 until sausage is brown.
Slice mozzarella and place a piece on top of each sausage ball and secure with a toothpick.
Sprinkle black pepper over cheese.
Drizzle Marinara Sauce over.
Aunt Jennifer's Cucumber Salad
This is so good and so simple.
All you do is this:
- Slice a few English Cucumbers. (These are the long skinny ones)
- A few tomatoes sliced
- Feta Cheese
- Italian Salad Dressing (Or any other. I used Balsamic Vinaigrette in this photo)
- She puts a small can of sliced black olives, drained in hers as well.
- Season with salt and pepper.
These are two delicious desserts I got from PW and Tasty Kitchen:
These were the perfect summer dessert. They are very fresh and light. I realize summer is over but they will still be good anytime of the year!
This cake is SO moist. I added cocoa powder to the icing because I think coffee and chocolate should be eaten together.