Monday, December 13, 2010

Looking for those Easy Appy Recipes?

Well, the morning of my own Christmas party this weekend, I found them! Unfortunately, it was too late for me but I want to share some of these easy, and what I know will be delicious, appy suggestions from Jessica Seinfeld (yes, the wife of Jerry). I have to admit, her cooking videos have become a recent bit of an obsession (Tamra Davis - still love you too). Here are a few recipes from Jessica's blog. If you try any - keep me posted. Enjoy...

Warm Rosemary Mixed Nuts: On a sheet pan, toss your favorite mixed nuts with a little olive oil, fresh rosemary needles, and salt. Bake in a 375°F oven until warm and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Carrot and Cucumber Sticks with Dilly Dip: Combine Greek yogurt with chopped fresh dill, grated lemon zest, and black pepper. Serve with carrot and cucumber sticks for dipping.
Pistachio Goat Cheese Log: Chop up pistachios and golden raisins and roll a goat cheese log in them to coat the outside. Serve with crackers.
Parmesan Twists: Brush a thawed puff pastry sheet with a beaten egg and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Cut into ½-inch wide strips then twist. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, sprinkle with some more Parmesan, and bake in a 375°F oven until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes.
Roasted Spiced Potato Wedges: Cut up red potatoes into wedges, toss in olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika and roast in a 425°F oven until tender and crisp. Serve hot or at room temperature with a mixture of sour cream and scallions for dipping, about 35 minutes.
Fresh Ricotta with Herbs: Place fresh ricotta in a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, a little salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with crackers or sliced baguette.
Chocolate Bark: Melt 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate and spread into a parchment lined 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle the top with dried cranberries and chopped cashews. Refrigerate until firm (15 minutes) then break into pieces.
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  1. Thanks for all the ideas! I will have to try the one with olive oil and rosemary. Sounds so easy too.


  2. Thanks! Great ideas! I love chocolate bark at Christmas time... an easy gift for teachers, neighbors etc. I saw one on someone's blog that used crunched up candy canes... sounded yummy!

  3. Yum! Love the sound of the parmesan twists and the rosemary mixed nuts.