This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ArtofEntertaining #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. My family just got back from our annual weeklong vacation to June Lake in the California mountains. And by family, I mean, not only my kids and husband but also my mom and dad plus my sister and her family. It’s a lot. We rent three cabins, which have a large shared common area, and we plan all our meals together. Being that I am the youngest, and the least skilled cook of our group, I am not usually tasked with making dinner. But I still want to pitch in so where I really get to shine is in the appetizer department. And what goes better with an appetizer than a little wine? An appetizer that you make on vacation needs to be easy and delicious and this Burrata appetizer is both! There is nothing happier than happy hour on vacation!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TriscuitSummer #CollectiveBiasWhy should the kids have all the fun? I say we should make a stand this summer and declare adult playdates a thing. Mom-ing is hard work and I think we should make some time to chill out with our friends and do whatever we want for a few hours. Let’s be honest, we really just want to sit still for a little while and not have to get anyone milk or step on Legos. So I say grab your best gals, have a girl’s night in and unwind. Don’t let hosting stress you out. Girl’s night food doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m sharing an almost all no-cook menu with you plus a super easy flank steak appetizer recipe. The idea of playdates takes on a whole new life when you look at them this way, doesn’t it?
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameForBasketball #Collective Bias This post is not medical advice.Mmmmm. Bacon. This warm bacon cheese dip is a family favorite. It’s on our menu for Christmas Day munching plus we bring it out several other times a year when we’re looking for something delicious to eat. If I remotely think there’s a chance that you like bacon, I make this dip for you. And for some reason, sports watching and this dip go hand in hand. There’s rarely a big sports event that doesn’t get watched while shoveling bacon dip in our faces. With all the March college basketball games happening now, we have lots of opportunities to spend some time cheering on our favorite teams and enjoying this simple bacon cheese dip appetizer!
THIS! This is one of my favorite things to make when I have people coming over. Or I just want something delicious. This roasted cherry tomato and Burrata appetizer is crazy good. The Burrata is creamy and the tomatoes and garlic are super sweet and flavorful. They work together like a dream. And of course anything you can eat on a nice piece of toasty bread is A+ in my book! This works great when you make it ahead of time and then serve it at room temperature. This recipe doesn’t take a lot of ingredients which means it’s a really good idea to use the best quality you can. And I find it pretty crazy that I’m not a big tomato fan but cherry tomatoes are a favorite of mine. All you have to do is a roast them along with some garlic and your favorite olive oil in the oven. I like to add my sea salt once they come out of the oven. And that’s pretty much it! If you haven’t had Burrata, it’s mozzarella cheese but it is filled with cream. Depending on the temperature, the center may be more runny and creamy, or it might be a bit more like cottage cheese. Either way, it’s amazing. And pairs perfectly with the cherry tomatoes! I don’t find it at every grocery store but I know that Trader Joe’s keeps it stocked. Most higher-end grocery stores should have it. Traditional mozzarella will work as well. Or you can skip the cheese all together and just eat the tomatoes. But that’d be crazy. To skip cheese, I mean. The prep is super simple for this recipe. Just wash and cut your cherry tomatoes. Yes, that sounds a little tedious. But it goes quickly and I find I like the end result better this way than if I don’t cut them. You can skip that part in a pinch though. Once your tomatoes have cooled a bit, just add your Burrata to a dish and spoon the tomatoes and garlic right over it. And top it off with a little bit more sea salt. Because you just have to. And if you want, you can drizzle a little extra olive oil over the top as well. Whatever floats your boat.Prepare a simple crostini and you are ready to eat! I love that I can make this ahead of when guests arrive and can then hang out with them instead of getting stuck in the kitchen. Also, your guests will for sure ask you for the recipe and won’t believe you when you tell them it is just cherry tomatoes and garlic. I also use these exact same tomatoes in scrambled egg whites with a little arugula (amazing!) and in my favorite farro salad. I always try to make an extra-large batch so I can eat these a bunch of different ways. And I’m not saying YOU should but this makes a great dinner from time to time as well…
This recipe is inspired by Simply Happenstance. Those gals are awesome and make delicious food!
- 2 containers cherry tomatoes, rinsed
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 TBSP olive oil for tomatoes plus a little extra for crostini
- Sea Salt
- Burrata (Trader Joe's package comes with 2 balls in one package. Use 1 or both depending on how many guests you have or how much you like cheese).
- French Baguette
- To make the crostini:
- Slice the french baguette in pieces of even thickness.
- Drizzle a little bit of olive oil on one side and toast on a cookie sheet in a 325 degree oven for approximately 8 minutes.
- For tomatoes:
- Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
- Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil (the tomatoes have natural sugars that will burn on the cookie sheet and make cleaning a real pain!)
- Put cut tomatoes on the cookie sheet.
- Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves.
- Stir to combine and toss with 1 TBSP olive oil.
- Roast in a 325 oven for about 20 minutes.
- When done, sprinkle generously with Maldon sea salt.
- Let cool for a minute. This can be eaten hot or even at room temperature.
- To a rimmed dish or bowl, place the Burrata down and then spoon tomatoes over the top.
- Spoon on to crostini and eat!
In the summer, all I want it guacamole. But even though avocados have “good fats” it still has a lot of fat. And maybe if you were eating a dainty portion of it, it would be fine. But I am not dainty. And when paired with a good tortilla chip, all bets are off. It could be a fight to the death at the guacamole bowl, if you get in the way of my guacamole eating. But then I discovered avocado hummus. It is pretty much like guacamole and hummus had a baby. The garbanzo beans cut down on the amount of avocado you need, but all the key guac flavors are there. Yeah!!!!!! I mean, who wouldn’t love hummus masquerading as guacamole?
You can make it from scratch or you can start with a store-bought plain hummus base. But honestly, it really isn’t that much more work to make it from scratch since you’ll need to have the food processor out anyway. Just like with regular guacamole, you get to make this recipe the way YOU like it. Add the full jalapeno with seeds if you want it hot. Hate cilantro? (why? it’s so good!) leave it out or only put a tiny amount.
And salt. Salt is always good. Just remember, if you decide to serve this with tortilla chips instead of the other snack options like I did, that they are really salty on their own so do a taste test with the chip to make sure you aren’t adding too much. You can see the rest of my hummus party here for more ideas on what to serve with it.
- 1 can chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans)
- 1 avocado
- ½ jalapeno
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 3 TBSP lime juice
- 2 TBSP water
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- Rinse and drain chickpeas and add to the food processor.
- Give them a pulse to start breaking them down.
- Rough chop the jalapeno, cilantro and avocado and add to food processor with chickpeas.
- Add the lime juice, and oil.
- Add water to get the right consistency.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, pretzel chips, baby carrots or other vegetables.
So yum. This summer I have probably eaten my body weight in tomatoes. I just can’t stop. I usually eat them with a drizzle of my fave extra virgin olive oil and some basil. Or with a little mozzarella in standard caprese form. But on my recent trip to Loreto, Mexico I found this sort of Mexican inspired caprese tostada on one of the buffets at Villa del Palmar Loreto. And I knew I had to recreate it at home. It is super easy and totally delicious. And probably has its own name but I don’t know what it is.
The shot above was from dinner one night at The Market Restaurant at Villa del Palmar. The ingredients were fresh, the cheese was a touch salty and the crunch of the tortilla added the perfect texture. Of course the tequila shot wasn’t bad either.
You could easily make your own tostada shells at home by frying your own tortillas. But I am clumsy and afraid of hot, angry oil so I bought them, ready-made, from the store. And these Mexican cheeses are pretty readily available in all of my markets so they shouldn’t be too hard to find. Then it’s just fresh cilantro and Roma tomatoes.
The cotija cheese is salty and the crema is tangy like sour cream. The fresh flavors of the tomato and cilantro are bold and wonderful. And who doesn’t love a giant tortilla chip? If this was a cooking show, now would be the time when I take a huge bite and then try to still have manners while talking with your mouth full and let out an exaggerated, “Mmmmmmmmmm.”
It would go perfect with a margarita. Just saying.
I just know you are going to love these. These are a great light snack or accompaniment to tacos, etc. I bet you could even add some scrambled eggs to it and make it a breakfast treat. Can’t wait to share my Mexican adventure with you soon!
- Pre-made tostada shell (or make your own with corn tortillas)
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1 Tbsp cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1 tsp Mexican crema
- Slice Roma tomatoes in to rounds.
- On top of the tostada shell, place tomato slices, cotija cheese and cilantro.
- Using a spoon, drizzle on some crema.
- Amounts listed above would make between 1-2 tostadas. Increase amounts to make more!