Roasted Tomato and Burrata Appetizer

Roasted garlic and cherry tomatoes make the perfect topping for creamy burrata cheese. This is my fave appetizer to serve when I'm entertaining. 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. Roasted Cherry Tomato and Burrata Appetizer Recipe. This one is fantastic and easy to make ahead!  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! Best Burrata and Tomato Appetizer Recipe! 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. Simple appetizer idea with cherry tomatoes and garlic. 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. Have you tried burrata cheese? It's so creamy and delicious and pairs really well with sweet, roasted cherry tomatoes. Once your tomatoes have cooled a bit, just add your Burrata to a dish and spoon the tomatoes and garlic right over it. Garlic roasted cherry tomatoes and burrata cheese appetizer. This is a great one to make ahead and eat at room temperature! 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.Easy appetizer idea! Roast cherry tomatoes and garlic in the oven then eat it over burrata cheese. Serve with crostini and your guests will LOVE it! 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!

Roasted Tomato and Burrata Appetizer
 
These delicious and sweet roasted tomatoes pair perfectly with Burrata cheese and crusty bread! It's perfect for sharing with friends.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. To make the crostini:
  2. Slice the french baguette in pieces of even thickness.
  3. 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.
  4. For tomatoes:
  5. Slice cherry tomatoes in half.
  6. 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!)
  7. Put cut tomatoes on the cookie sheet.
  8. Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves.
  9. Stir to combine and toss with 1 TBSP olive oil.
  10. Roast in a 325 oven for about 20 minutes.
  11. When done, sprinkle generously with Maldon sea salt.
  12. Let cool for a minute. This can be eaten hot or even at room temperature.
  13. To a rimmed dish or bowl, place the Burrata down and then spoon tomatoes over the top.
  14. Spoon on to crostini and eat!

 

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Best Taco Seasoning Recipe

My very favorite taco seasoning. Make a big batch and use it as you need it.Mmmmmm, taco Tuesday. While we don’t eat tacos every single week and most of the time it doesn’t end up being a Tuesday, we eat a lot of tacos. Or a variation of the taco. But I use the same taco seasoning each time. After years of making it as needed, I decided to make a bunch to keep on hand for even speedier meal prep. I make my own to stay away from perservatives and extra sodium of the packaged kind. And the flavor! SO good.

My favorite taco seasoning recipe. There are just four ingredients. You probably have them all on hand.

Easy taco seasoning recipe. I found this jar at Joanns and it is perfect for making a batch of this taco seasoning. It will keep fresh and has a large mouth for your measuring spoon. Plus it will look cute on your counter or in your cupboard.

Make ahead taco seasoning and then use as needed. Simply measure and add all your ingredients.

Weeknight taco seasoning. Make ahead and then use as needed.Then just close the lid and shake.

Make ahead taco seasoning. Store it in a cute jar and it turns in to a great gift idea. This would also make a great gift for new neighbors, families who have just had a baby or even teachers. I mean, taco ’bout a great year! Cute, right? You could even add a measuring spoon and some cute hand towels to round out the present.

Best Taco Seasoning Recipe
 
Make this large batch of taco seasoning to make taco night even easier.
Recipe type: Main Course
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ⅛ cup cumin
  • ⅛ cup garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Optional 1-2 TBSP Cayenne (for heat, if you like that sort of thing)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or storage jar.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Use about 2 TBSP of the spice mix per 1 pound of ground beef.

 

 

Popcorn with Lavender Pepper

A delicious popcorn snackI’ve been thinking a lot about my “brand.” What am I all about and what do I want to share with you, my reader. I’ve been making lists and thinking about what I love. And one thing that keeps making it on to those lists is snacks. Wait, what?! Hey, turns out I love snacks. And here is a super easy one for you. On my last trip to Temecula I picked up some lavender pepper from the spice shop. I’ve been dying to use it and this just made sense. I’m trying to eat healthier snacks (but you know me, my quest for health usually lasts just for a few weeks) and popcorn is an awesome option. And so I made popcorn with lavender pepper.

Popcorn with Lavender PepperIt’s healthiest if you make it at home in an air popper or special microwave bowl, but it should also be noted that “lazy” is on my list of things about me. Trader Joe’s has a bag of reduced guilt popcorn that is a great base. Then all you need is some lavender pepper and sea salt. Now, I realize that you probably won’t have lavender pepper. Especially since this is the first time I’ve ever seen it. But you can pick up edible lavender on amazon or some local markets. Just add that and some fresh peppercorns to a spice mill or old coffee grinder to make your own. And be sure to taste your popcorn first to see just how salty it is before adding more.

Lavender and Pepper popcornBecause I am trying to not add calories, only flavor, I usually spritz the tiniest bit of water on the popcorn to help the spices stick. Weird, I know. But it would also work to toss the popcorn with a little melted butter or olive oil.  What is your favorite way to eat popcorn?

 

Easy Strawberry Snack

Try this super yummy strawberry snack.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHere is a super easy strawberry snack.  Wait, easier than actually just eating a strawberry?  Well, no.  But it IS still easy.  And super delicious.  I’ve learned something about myself over the years.  I see it as a skill.  Not one that you would ever really need.  And it doesn’t do your waistline any favors.  I have the innate ability to take a food and figure out how to make it as unhealthy as possible.  This can mean taking something unhealthy already and making it more delicious and amazing (thereby making it way more unhealthy, remember these lazy nachos?).  But I’ve noticed I do it with perfectly healthy items too.  Take for instance, the strawberry.  A perfectly fine piece of food on its on.  With its juicy sweetness and bright bold color, I should be fine, happy even, to eat it in its natural form.  But this is how I often eat my strawberries.  With…are you ready…SOUR CREAM and brown sugar.  What the!?!  Full disclosure, my close friend Lisa actually turned me on to this one when we worked in catering for a hotel together.  And that was a good 10 years ago.  And I’ve never forgotten it.

brown-sugar-strawberries-and-sour-cream-snackWould you try this?  I’ll be honest, I only just really started on the whole sour cream train a few years ago.  But there is something about the tanginess mixed with the brown sugar and strawberry that just makes your mouth so happy.

Super simple sweet strawberry snack.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comTry it.  Then serve it to your closest friends.  The ones who eat just as much junk food as you do and don’t judge you for it.  The people who you plan all your meals out in advance with before heading out on a girl’s trip to maximize the dining possibilities.  The ones who are fine to see you in your “fat” pants after you have eaten too many strawberries dipped in sugar.  If you even question the reaction you may get from a friend it is best to not introduce them to fat strawberries (I didn’t really intend to name them that but it has a nice ring to it, fat strawberries).  You’ve been warned.  Happy eating.

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are the perfect summer drink.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo last summer I discovered that I really enjoy tequila.  Or rather tequila based cocktails.  I’ve never been a shots kind of a girl and I don’t think my late 30’s, with two small children, is the time to start.   And since I like the flavor of limes so much it makes sense that I would love a good margarita.  About 6 months ago I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite margarita recipes.  They were varied to say the least.  So I decided I would try several of them and see which ones I like the best.  It was hard work, you guys.  But these are the kinds of things I do for you.  Turns out I found the best frozen margarita recipe.  Ever.

Tequila shots, leopard print and Mexican blankets = summer.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI know that the flavor of a margarita depends of the taste of the tequila you are using.  I’m not a tequila expert at all.  I just used what we had in the cupboard.  I see the guys on Real Housewives drinking a lot of Don Julio so I’m guessing that is a good brand to use.  And let’s talk for a second about the lime shortage we are currently facing.  Are you all as broken up about it as I am?  And I’m not even exaggerating about that.  I went to my grocery the other day to get limes for the margaritas, some salsas and guacamole I was going to make.  And my store was completely out of them.  Like, there were no limes in the entire store.  I asked.  Luckily my mom was able to grab a few from her store for me but that is why you see the bottled lime juice in some of the photos.  I’ve had to supplement with it.  It is not ideal.  I’m thinking about starting a fundraising campaign for the lime plight.  My summer relies heavily on limes.  But back to the margaritas.

Monte Cristo Roll Ups for Easter Brunch with King’s Hawaiian

*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions are mine!

Monte Cristo Roll Ups Recipe.  \\   www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I have a thing with Monte Cristo sandwiches.  My mom and I used to head to a restaurant in South Coast Plaza (anyone remember Magic Pan?!) for their Monte Cristo’s, salads with raspberry vinaigrette and delicious rosemary bread.  It is where I fell in love with the salty and sweet sandwiches.  And now when I see them on any menu, I HAVE to have it.  Because you don’t find them that often.  And I have a thing about brunch.  I “go pupule” over a good brunch.  When I was thinking about the perfect recipe for Easter brunch, I thought a Monte Cristo would be perfect.  Easter is all about ham, everything is better with cheese and raspberry jam just about screams brunch, am I right?  What the heck is “go pupule?”  It means go crazy in Hawaiian.  Add this phrase to your lexicon.  It is super fun to say.

Easy to make Monte Cristo roll ups.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile a traditional Monte Cristo is pretty much a sandwich made on french toast, I decided that sweetness of the King’s Hawaiian bread would work perfectly for this.  And I also decided that sandwiches are too boring.  I wanted to do this dish a little bit differently. So I decided that Monte Cristo Roll Ups just made sense.  It takes only a few ingredients, and not a lot of time, so I think it is a great dish to add in to your Easter brunch entertaining.  The key is SEEDLESS raspberry jam.  Ain’t nobody got time for all those seeds.  And you need a good gruyere – one that is salty and smells a little bit like feet.  Trust me, it makes this taste the best.  I “go pupule” over a feet-y gruyere.