New Year’s Eve is just days away! Whether you’re throwing a big bash or just ringing in the New Year with your significant other finger foods are a must have. After all you shouldn’t start the New Year on an empty stomach!
This year I’m making these yummy Spinach Puffs as well as a few other tidbits to go with our bubbly! Here are some of my favorite appetizer recipes, maybe you’ll find one or two that tickles your fancy!
These Spinach Puffs are light and delish, your friends and family will love them. Best of all Spinach Puffs are very easy to make, you can make them ahead of time or whip them up in about a half hour.
You’ll just need 4 main ingredients to whip up a batch of these Spinach Puffs.
You can make them ahead of time and freeze them in ziplock freezer bags until you’re ready to use them. Just thaw them out to room temperature then pop them in a 400º oven to heat up.
By the way, you can use them for any occasion, you’re not limited to New Year’s Eve!
Makes 24 Spinach Puffs
3 sheets frozen puff pastry – thawed to room temperature
5 oz. bag fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 tsp. olive oil
Pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
Heat oil in a medium skillet
Add garlic and sauté about 1 minute or until golden brown
Add spinach leaves and cook until soft and dark green in color – use the spatula to cut spinach leaves into small pieces
Add salt, pepper & crushed red pepper
Cook one more minute
Turn off heat and let cool slightly
Add mozzarella cheese and stir well – cheese may melt
Lightly spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray
Unfold pastry sheets and cut out 3″ circles with a cookie cutter
Place a pastry circle in each muffin cup and gently press in
Divide spinach cheese mixture into each muffin cup
Pinch 2 opposite sides of circle together, then do it to the other 2 sides to form a pocket with the spinach mixture inside
Pre-heat oven to 400º
Bake for 18 minutes or until pastry is golden brown
Remove from oven and serve warm or freeze for later.
If you liked these Spinach Puffs you might want to try these other recipes by Savvy Nana!
Christmas is yearly Christian festival celebrating Christ’s birth. In Philippines, the majority of the population is Roman Catholic Christians that why Christmas is so important and needs to celebrate at least once a year. This is the time where people of all ages sing a Christmas song in every house they drop-in, we call in “CAROLING” after the song, the resident in the house will give them treats or money, that’s our way of expressing Christmas cause Christmas here in Philippines is Giving, no matter what, you have to give cause we believe that Christmas is Giving.
We celebrate Christmas every December 25th of the year so we will have our we call it “Noche Buena” or A midnight Meal ready to go. We have lots and lots of Noche Buena Recipes to Enjoy but for now, I will going to give you our 14 Round-Up of Filipino Christmas Dishes since Christmas is near to come.
Unlike any other spaghetti recipe, Filipino Style Spaghetti is quite different and simple, no herbs and no other spices and a little bit sweet cause it is really cooked specially for kids. Best for Noche Buena.
This Filipino dessert is made with cornstarch, coconut milk, and sugar. It is also called Coconut Pudding. This luscious dessert is easy to make using common ingredients. Perfect for Christmas occasion.
What exactly is a “Torta”? It is a cake, pie, pastry, sandwich, Tapas, or omelette? I know it can get confusing. The quick answer is all of the above! What? How can that be? Well it really depends on where you are and what language you’re speaking.
“Torta” is a word derived from latin and means different things is different languages. In Mexico “Torta” refers to a sandwich; in Italy and Portugal it refers to a cake, pie, or pastry; in Spain it can be a cake or pie, or even a Tapas; in the Philippines it’s an omelette. Yup definitely confusing.
For today’s recipe I’ll be using the Filipino definition of Torta, we’ll be making an omelette.
In the Philippines torta refers to an omelette that can be filled with meat, potatoes, or eggplants. It’s made to look sort of like a cake, not the folded omelettes you normally see on the breakfast menus at IHOP or Denny’s.
Filipinos eat torta for any meal, usually with steamed white rice. Growing up we had it for dinner. It’s a basic Filipino comfort food which I make for my family all the time. It’s simple and fast.
Tortas can be made with ground beef or pork or eggplants, but we prefer it with just potatoes and onions. I serve it on meatless Monday’s! Another family favorite is Torta Talong (Eggplant Omelette).
Today I’m going to share my favorite Torta recipe. I love it with rice and dip it in ketchup. Try it, you might just like it!
A quick tip, use a small frying pan to make this torta so you can flip it over without breaking it.
Torta – Filipino Potato Omelette
2 large potatoes – diced
1 small onion – minced
1/2 tsp. garlic – minced
5 Large Eggs – beaten
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Heat about 2 Tbs. of oil
Add diced potatoes and saute until they start to turn golden brown and soften
Add onions, saute until onion are translucent
Add garlic, saute until the potatoes are cooked – stir constantly to keep the potatoes from burning and sticking to the pan, add another Tbs. of oil if needed – don’t let the pan run out of oil
Season with salt & pepper to taste
Add more oil if needed, about another Tbs.
When potatoes are cooked pour beaten eggs into pan, make sure the beaten eggs spread out evenly in the pan and touch the pan edge.
Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the eggs start to dry up
Carefully flip your torta over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until done
Slide onto serving dish and slice into wedges.
Serve hot with your choice of starch and condiments.
Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle and is a source of high quality protein and essential nutrients. Beef is one of the best and delicious, well, for me it’s the best meat in the entire world! WE ALL LOVE BEEF! Unless you have a pet cattle?
We all know that Beef is one of the most expensive meats in the market but we still choose to buy it because eating beef dishes is HEAVEN. From the cheapest to the most expensive kind of beef is all classic.
Today I’m going to give you the best homemade round-up Beef Dishes!
Flautas, sometimes called taquitos, are very similar to chimichangas which are deep fried burritos. They can be filled with ground or shredded meat, cheese, beans, or a combination of any of these. This is also one of our favorite homemade beef dishes.
I was never much on Mexican food until I discovered the Chimichanga. I still remember the first time I had this deep fried burrito. It was at the Mexican restaurant chain called Chi-Chi’s. The chain is long gone from the United States, but my love for the chimichanga remains.
Who says Halloween is just for kids? After the kids have returned from Trick-or-Treating and they’ve wound down for the night put them to bed it’s time for some adult fun.
Whip up some adult treats ahead of time, hide them from the kids, and take them out for a bit of spooky fun with your friends, or snuggle up with your significant other for drinks and nibbles as you watch a scary movie.
Here are a few recipes for Halloween treats and drinks for adults.
The Blackbeard cocktail from Honestly YUM is made with chocolate stout. It looks lethally YUMMY!
The other day I was looking for something easy to whip up to add to our Sunday night barbecue. I usually make garlic knots but didn’t have any frozen bread dough. I didn’t want to make a grocery run so I hunted around the kitchen to see what I could come up with. Well, I found a box of frozen puff pastry in the freezer and some shredded cheeses. That’s when I decided I’d make Cheese Straws!
These Cheese Straws are super simple to make and require just a few ingredients. Best of all they are too yummy!
For our Sunday night barbecue I served Cheese Straws instead of dinner rolls, the family loved them. But you can have them as a snack too! Because they’re made with puff pastry they’re light, buttery, and flaky!
Here’s how you make them!
makes 16 pieces
Pre-Heat over to 425°
1 Pkg. Frozen Puff Pastry sheets Thawed- each package comes with 2 sheets
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Egg Beaten
Melt butter and stir in Garlic Powder
Toss together cheeses
Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and brush with butter mixture
Evenly distribute 1/4 of cheese mixture on half of the pastry sheet
Fold pastry sheet in half over the cheese and brush with butter
Evenly distribute another 1/4 of cheese mixture on the top – lightly press cheese into the pastry dough to keep it in place
Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut the pastry sheet into 8 strips
Take the first strip in twist it a couple of times
Place twisted strip on parchment covered baking sheet
Repeat with the rest of the strips
Repeat this whole process with the other sheet of puff pastry
Brush beaten egg over all the strips°
Place twists in the PRE-HEATED oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.