There’s an App(etizer) for That!

This week dinner was all about appetizers. Appetizers usually get neglected in favour of entrees and decadent desserts, so we decided to have a dinner full of delicious hors d’oeuvres. It was a really good dinner, we had everything from homemade pita chips and hummus to turkey meatballs (thanks, Whole Foods!).  I would highly recommend making a dinner out of appetizers, most things are quick and easy to make and they taste great!

Pita Chips: 

Ingredients:

  • Pita Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Cut pita into triangles; you can separate the layers of the bread or leave it intact, totally up to you.
  3. Spread out the pita wedges on a pan, leaving space between them. Brush with olive oil lightly on both sides.
  4. Sprinkle salt and any other spices (ex. paprika, garlic powder, oregano, etc.)
  5. Bake until golden brown, about 7-12 minutes; these can cook quickly, so check after 5 minutes to see how they’re cooking.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Pita Chips & Hummus

Cucumber Feta Rolls: 

Ingredients:

  • English Cucumber
  • 2 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes
  • 8 Kalamata olives
  • 4 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 oz. Feta cheese
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the cucumber lengthwise into long, thin strips; place on a paper towel to absorb the liquid.
  2. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes & kalamata olives (without the pits) into small pieces.
  3. Mix together the Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and lemon juice until they are well combined. Then add the olives, sun-dried tomatoes and some black pepper.
  4. Place a strip of cucumber on a chopping board. Place a teaspoon of the feta mixture onto one end of the cucumber; roll it up and secure with a toothpick. Chill until ready to serve.

Cucumber Feta Rolls

Pizza Scones: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Olive-oil flavoured cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning and salt in a bowl; cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives (I recommend a pastry blender) until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in cheese. Add milk, stirring with a fork until the dough is moist, it will be slightly sticky.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Coat tops of scones with cooking spray.
  4. Bake for 13 minutes, or until browned; cool on a wire rack. These can be served warm or cold, but they are better warm.

Pizza Scones

Whole Foods’ Turkey Meatballs

Delicious appetizer dinner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy eating, everyone!

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