Grilled Bruschetta

Grilled Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped and seeded plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 16 slices French bread baguette (1/2 inch thick)
  • Sea salt and grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 3 tablespoons, 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, shallot, basil, 2 teaspoons olive oil and garlic. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • Brush remaining oil over both sides of baguette slices. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
  • Top toasts with tomato mixture. Drizzle with balsamic syrup; sprinkle with sea salt and Parmesan. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 58 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Creamy Corn and Chile Dip

Level: Easy

Total: 30 min

Active: 30 min

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

Ingredients

 

 

Directions:

1. Cut the kernels from the corn. Cut 2 thin rounds of the Fresno chile and reserve them for garnish. Seed the remaining chile, if desired, then finely chop it.

2. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender, about 6 minutes. Add the heavy cream and chopped chili and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese until melted, then remove from the heat and season with salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the scallion greens and the chile slices. Serve hot or at room temperature with tortilla chips for dipping.


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Bruschetta

Bruschetta

 Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 30 min 

Prep: 20 min

Inactive: 1 hr

Cook: 10 min 

Yield: 12 servings

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute, removing before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden). Pour the garlic and oil into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. 
  2. Add the red and yellow tomatoes, balsamic and basil to the bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, and then taste and add more basil if needed, and more salt if needed (don’t over salt, though!) Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two if you have the time. 
  3. Cut the baguette into diagonal slices to allow for the most surface area possible. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet and grill half the bread on both sides, making sure they’re nice and buttery. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the other half of the bread. 
  4. To serve, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and then spoon generously over the slices of bread. Serve on a big platter as a first course or appetizer.

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TIE Striker Appetizers

TIE Striker Appetizers

All good things come to an end. We have reached our third and final recipe of our Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trio. Fortunately, we saved the best (at least thematically) for last. Everyone knows that starfighters/vehicles are one of the coolest aspects of the Star Wars Universe. So, for our last recipe, we went all out and created our TIE Striker Appetizers.

The TIE Striker is a streamlined variant of the classic TIE fighter design. It is designed for atmospheric patrols over important Imperial ground-based installations. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the TIE Strikers are mainly seen patrolling in the clouds along the beaches of Scarif. Since this particular starfighter was unique to Rogue One, we felt it was due a tribute.

When designing the look of this recipe, we really wanted the appetizers to be mostly visual. Meaning, when you look at them they look like TIE Strikers. We went through a few ideas on how to achieve this but settled on wonton wrappers and Lil Smokies. The result is a sausage and cracker flavor. Even though we used mustard for the detail work, you really could use any condiment like bbq sauce or ketchup.

As we mentioned earlier in the post, this is our last recipe in our Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trio of recipes. Don’t worry if you missed one as we will be re-sharing them in a recipe round-up on Tuesday along with a review of the Blu-ray!

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Ingredients

  • 48 Wonton Wrappers
  • 24 Lil Smokies
  • Yellow Mustard (or another condiment to garnish)

Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    • Cut wonton wrappers using the diagram as a model.

TieStrikerDiagram

  • Each TIE Striker will be made with 2 of the wrappers.
  • On your foil lined baking sheet, place a wrapper, lightly moisten it with water (not too much) and top it with a seconder wrapper.
  • Place a Lil Smokie on the double layered wrapper and using the scraps from Step One of the wrapper cuts create a “seat belt” for your Lil Smokie.
  • Make sure to moisten the ends of “seat belt” so it will attach.
  • Cook TIE Strikers for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Decorate with condiment of choice. We used a ziploc with the tip cut off to line the TIE Striker.
  • Serve.

 

 

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Baked Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Dried Persimmons

Baked Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Dried Persimmons

Make the most of those end-of-winter persimmons with this creamy baked ricotta.

 

Spike Gjerde, the James Beard Award–winning chef at restaurants like A Rake’s Progress in Washington, D.C., and Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore, approaches local sourcing with religious fervor. He forgoes olive oil and lemons, using locally grown and pressed oils and vinegars in their place. His team dries mint, lavender, peaches, and cherries—and even makes garlic powder. He refuses to buy from distributors, even when they buy from local growers, because he wants every penny to go the farm. “A lot of people say, ‘Wow, this is harder than I thought.’ Then they just call [giant distributor] Sysco. But it’s why we’re doing it,” Gjerde says. “Our job is to get more value back to growers.”This recipe, from A Rake’s Progress, is inspired by Gjerde’s relationship with local makers and purveyors. Hoshigaki are Japanese persimmons that have been dried and massaged to evenly distribute their sugars. Gjerde shaves them and scatters them over baked ricotta to make an indulgent but healthy snack.

 

 

Active:  15 mins                    Total:  1 hr                 Yield:  6

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sheep’s milk ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 teaspoon medium-grind sea salt (such as J.Q. Dickinson)
2 tablespoons Herb Oil
1/4 ounce hoshigaki (Japanese dried persimmons), shaved on a mandoline (about 2 tablespoons)
Grilled bread, for serving

 

Directions:

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together ricotta, egg, and salt in a medium bowl. Transfer ricotta mixture to a small (3-cup) crock or gratin dish. Bake in preheated oven until ricotta mixture is puffed and golden brown in spots, 45 to 50 minutes. Drizzle herb oil over baked ricotta, and top with shaved hoshigaki. Serve hot with grilled bread.

 

Suggested Pairing:

Creamy, full-bodied Rhône-style white.

 

 

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