Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 Days 'Til Christmas!!

YAY!!! I'm finally caught up and now I have so many things to post I'm running out of days! HAHA It's funny how that works. Well I may just have to double up some posts and share just a little extra with you guys! That means 3 recipes for this post!!
Here are some great appetizers for parties or family get-togethers: 
Marinated Cheese, Kicked Up Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters & Bourbon Pecan Brie Pastries

Marinated Cheese

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 (2 oz) jar Diced Pimiento, drained
3 Tbsp chopped Fresh Parsley (dried works fine)
3 Tbsp minced Green Onions
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp dried whole basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 (8 oz) block sharp Cheddar Cheese, chilled
1 (8 oz) package Cream Cheese, chilled

Combine first 10 ingredients in a jar; cover tightly and shake vigorously. Set marinade mixture aside.
Cut block of cheddar cheese in half lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. (Basically you're making thin squares of cheese for easy assembly!) Cut cream cheese in the same way, remember chilling the cheese and cream cheese makes them so much easier to cut! Arrange cheese slices alternating cheese and cream cheese in a shallow baking dish, standing slices on edge, vertically. Pour marinade over cheese slices. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours.
Transfer cheese slices to a serving platter in the same alternating fashion, reserving marinade. Spoon marinade over cheese slices. Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs, if desired. Serve with assorted crackers!
Makes 16 servings.

Kicked Up Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

2 3/4 cups Tomato Juice
4 oz Pepper Vodka
1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Horseradish (drained)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Pinch Salt
Pinch freshly ground Black Pepper
2 dozen small-sized Oysters

In a container, combine all the ingredients except the oysters. Pour into an 8-inch metal baking dish and freeze until ice crystals start to form around the sides, about 30 minutes. Stir with a fork, return to the freezer and continue to stir with fork every 45 minutes until uniform ice crystals have formed, about 3 hours.

To serve, spoon 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp of frozen Bloody Mary mix in baking dish into the bottom of 24 tall shot glasses and top with an oyster.
Serve immediately!

Bourbon Pecan Brie Pastries
(If you love Brie, you will LOVE this recipe! I know I do and it's super easy!!)

1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 Tbsp Butter, melted
1 Tbsp Bourbon
1/4 cup pecans, chopped
24 mini pastry cups, thawed
16 oz Brie Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, butter and bourbon until combined. Fold in pecans.
Remove rind off of Brie and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Place each piece inside a pastry cup and top with bourbon pecan mixture.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until Brie is bubbly.
Serve warm.

How yummy does that sound! Well I hope this helps you with some appetizer ideas if you're planning a party! Enjoy!

Today I'm Listening To:
Christmas Vacation Theme Song by Mavis Staples

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