Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holidays. Show all posts
The Most Delicious Holiday Appetizer: Mini Savory Apple Pies

The Most Delicious Holiday Appetizer: Mini Savory Apple Pies


What's the only thing better than a delicious sweet apple pie? A savory one! After our apple picking adventure this fall, I was on a mission to think of all the best apple recipes, and I think this one might be my favorite. These mini apple pies are full of sizzling bacon, crisp apples and aromatic herbs, enclosed in a delicious buttery crust. Perfect for a fall brunch or holiday appetizer! 


These mini savory apple pies are really easy to make, and can be made ahead of time and warmed up when you're ready to enjoy them! I'm serving these as an appetizer for thanksgiving, and I love that they can be done before so I can spend more time with my family.





Crust Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter, cut into 1 Tbs pieces
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup ice water

Filling Ingredients:

Six strips of bacon
One apple (I prefer tart granny smiths)
One small onion, diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

To make the crust, add the flour, salt and butter to your food processor, and pulse until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Add the ice water little by little, just until the dough forms a mass on the food processor blade. I usually only use about 1/8 cup. Divide the two into two pieces, form each piece into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and let cool in the fridge for 1-2 hours. It can stay in the fridge longer, just take it out about 15 minutes before rolling if it's been in there a while.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees f. Lightly dust a clean, dry work surface with flour, and turn your chilled dough onto it. Sprinkle a little flour onto the dough and your rolling pin, and roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. (This rolling pin is amazing, because you don't have to guess at the thickness! It rolls your dough evenly to the specified measurement every time!). Using a biscuit cutter or small bowl, cut 4 inch circles out the dough. Lightly press each circle into the well of a standard muffin tin. Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Let cool, and reduce the temperature to 350.

To make the crust, start by frying the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon to a plate, and add the remaining ingredients, apple through black pepper. Cook in the bacon grease over medium-low heat, for about 5-10 minutes or when the onion starts to become soft and translucent. Then it's time to stuff our crusts! Press the apple filling into each crust, making sure to get them as full as you can. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350. You'll know they're done when the crust is lightly golden brown.

If you're making these ahead of time, they're easy to reheat! Put in the oven at 250 for 20 minutes, and they'll be heated through!



For more autumn inspiration, check out my fall fashion posts here, here and here, and my pumpkin spice latte cupcake recipe here!


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Kirsten Bell
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A Casual Easter Brunch at Home

A Casual Easter Brunch at Home


easter brunch table

Easter is on the early side this year (April 1), and it's totally throwing me off. I feel like it was just Valentine's Day!

I love setting a nice table, whether it's for a special holiday or to celebrate the rare occasion that I make my family dinner without the crock pot (anyone else? anyone??). We're heading to my parents' for Easter dinner, so this year I decided to do a casual Easter brunch at our house.

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Kirsten Bell
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First Snow & Mulled Wine

First Snow & Mulled Wine



This past week it snowed for the first time this winter. I have to admit that I wasn't super stoked about it, because it makes driving so much more stressful. What totally made up for that though was the fact that it was Charlotte's first time seeing snow!

Obviously this will be much more exciting in future years when she can actually play in it. I'm already taking notes of the best sledding hills in the area!

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Kirsten Bell
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Christmas Lights and Cocoa

Christmas Lights and Cocoa



Christmas is such a magical season. I remember that as a kid the entire month of December was full of excitement, festivity and happiness. Everywhere you turned there was Christmas music playing, the smell of freshly baked cookies filling the house, and all the streets and houses were decorated with bright, happy lights. 

One of the most exciting things for me as a new parent is introducing Charlotte to the wonder of Christmas. 

Since I love Christmas lights, we decided to visit a nearby park that has an annual display.

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Kirsten Bell
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