Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fig & Blue Cheese Tarts

I bought this JJ&B
Fig & Walnut Jam
at our local
White Rock Local Market

It is amazing

Fig & Blue Cheese Tarts
(From Paula Deen's Christmas Magazine) 

  • 2 (1.9 oz) packages frozen mini phyllo shells
  • 1/2 cup fig/walnut preserves ( you can use fig preserves and add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)
  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 oz blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • Preheat oven 400 degrees. Place phyloo shells in cups of miniature muffin pans
  • In a small bowl, combine fig/walnut preserves, cream cheese, and blue cheese, stirring to combine. Spoon mixture into phyllo shells.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to boil over medium-heat high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until vinegar is reduced by 1/3 cup. Cool for 10 minutes.  Spoon vinegar reduction over tarts. Serve immediately.

These are AMAZING.   We actually served them at a Breaking Dawn party, then I made them for a wine party.  They are perfect with hearty reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Buy quality blue cheese and crumble it yourself.  It really makes a different.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

I found these on Pinterest
(my new favorite site)

They were "pinned" from food.com

  • 1 6oz package dried cranberries
  • 1 container of cream cheese spread
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 large spinach flour tortillas

  • Combine all ingredients except tortillas, mix well
  • Divide and spread mixture evenly amough 4 tortillas
  • Roll up tightly, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least one hour
  • Cut into slices
These are amazing.  They are so easy to make.  Perfect for Christmas entertaining. So very festive.

Bacon JalapeƱo Popper Quiche

This recipe was adapted from Pioneer Woman's Cowboy Quiche.