Batty Bites

Batty Bites

Batty Bites

 

 

I love this time of year and I know I have mentioned how much I love Halloween. I found this super adorbs simple party fun recipe on All You Magazine. These are the kind of appetizers that everyone will enjoy and you won’t have to spend forever trying to get them right! I also like that they are simple enough to incorporate into other holidays. Add some fun shaped pretzels/crackers/treats and make them reindeer antlers or make a top hat and it can be a leprechaun! You can play with the cheeses and use different colored sesame seeds, nuts, cracker or chip crumbs to compliment the cheese ball. You can also make monster bites or witches maybe vampires and ghosts! Soo much fun! Get creative!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup pesto
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
8 pitted olives, sliced
32 peppercorns
32 triangular corn chips or any kind of chip or cracker you prefer.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto.
2. Let chill for 40 minutes.
3. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls.
4. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover.
5. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes
6. Place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
7. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings and serve.

Tomato & Olive Lady Bug Baguettes

Tomato Olive Lady Bug Baguettes

Tomato Olive Lady Bug Baguettes

 

 

How cute is this idea for spring?!?! I love making fun finger foods for parties. The more creative the more fun I think it is. I love going to a party or even a dinner where someone has put a little extra thought into what they are serving by making it designed. I know it isn’t always easy and not everyone has the time but if you do why not play with your food? Every little ounce of effort counts and your guests will appreciate it.
This is a great way to get kids interested in eating foods they might not other wise be interested in. People and children alike tend to eat food that is attractive or fun looking. You can get people to try new things just by you being creative.

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Baguette
Cherry Tomatoes
Black Olives (pitted)
Flat Leaf Parsley
Chive Cream Cheese (any flavor you prefer really)
Smoked Salmon

Directions:

1. Cut the baguettes an inch to 2 inches in thickness
2. Toast the pieces lightly just so they have enough crunch but not so they get completely toasted.
3. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and de-seed (cut long ways so one side lays flat)
4. Cut black olive in half, through the middle, then cut that half in half as well.
5. Spread cream cheese on to baguette, just enough to lightly cover the bread
6. Place a piece of smoked salmon on top of the cream cheese
7. Next is a few pieces of flat leaf parsley on top of the salmon
8. Add the tomato and olive for the lady bug body.
9. Lastly, using a tooth pick use some cream cheese to make the eyes and do the same all over the tomato. Cut up tiny pieces of olive to use as the dots for the lady bugs back.

Mini Lasagna Cups

Mini Lasagna Cups

Mini Lasagna Cups

 

I made these amazingly delish little tidbits for a party I went to over the weekend and OMFG were they good! I will say next time I will use the sauce sparingly and perhaps add a different type of meat. I used turkey pepperoni which is always awesome but I think you need the added bulk to keep the cups from getting soggy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

1 lb lean organic ground beef ( I did not use because beef is gross)
1 lb organic sausage ( I also did not use because sausage is gross)
1 cup organic spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta cheese (fresh ricotta really is best if you can get it)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp organic ground black pepper
1/4 tsp organic red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp organic parsley
1/4 tsp organic oregano
1/4 tsp organic basil
1/4 tsp organic garlic powder
1/4 tsp organic onion powder
24 wonton wrappers ( I used eggroll wrappers because the store was out of wonton wrappers)
1 1/2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese
24 cupcake cups

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Brown sausage and hamburger in a large skillet over medium high heat and drain. )Keep in mind I did not do this. I cut up turkey pepperoni and added it to the ricotta.)
3. Divide into 4 portions and reserve three for another night.
4. Add sauce to remaining meat mixture and stir to combine.
5. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta the and spices, stir to combine.
6. Place the cupcake cups in the muffin pan and take half the ricotta mixture and divide it among the 12 cups.
7. Top with half of the meat sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
8. Place another wonton wrapper over the cheese, and repeat the layers by adding the remaining ricotta cheese, meat sauce, and top with shredded cheese.
9. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are golden.
10. Cool in the muffin tin for 5-10 minutes before serving.