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Showing posts with label savory. Show all posts
Irresistible Smoked Salmon Appetizers

Irresistible Smoked Salmon Appetizers



Happy Friday, my friends! This has been a week full of testing out Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes, and I'm so excited to share them all with you! Starting today with these delicious smoked salmon filo cup appetizers, which true to this blog post title, are completely irresistible! I made one batch of these, and they were gone in an instant! So you've been warned!

These hors d'oeurves might look and taste fancy, but they're actually incredibly easy and can be prepared the day ahead.



What I love about these is that they're perfectly bite-sized. As much as I love appetizers like crostini, they can be kind of awkward to eat at a cocktail hour. I much prefer to serve these smoked salmon apps, which can be eaten a little bit more elegantly haha!




Makes 24 appetizers

Ingredients:

2 packages of frozen filo dough cups (12 cups per package)
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
4 oz smoked salmon
2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 teaspoon dijion mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 packages of frozen filo dough cups (12 cups per package)

Directions:

Follow the directions on the filo dough cups, and bake them accordingly - usually about 3 minutes on 375.

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor, and run until combined, about a minute. Add the remaining ingredients, and run until everything is incorporated. Spoon or pipe the salmon filling into the baked filo dough cups, and garnish with fresh dill.

If preparing these the day ahead, make the salmon filling and store in an airtight container. Bake and fill the filo cups the day of your event.


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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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Ham and Cheese Scones

Ham and Cheese Scones


Funnily enough, these savory scones were actually the first recipe I experimented with for my blog. I probably made four different attempts and then put the recipe on the back burner (ha), because it was annoying me so much! I'm glad I finally came back to it, because this scone recipe is sooooo good!

It seems like most scones found in the US are sickly sweet. When I studied abroad in Scotland a few years ago I was introduced to the British style scone, and boy what a difference! Their scones are almost more of what Americans would call a biscuit - yes, even the "sweet" ones! They're buttery, flakey and just utter perfection! That's why this recipe took me so long; I had a very clear idea in my head of what these scones needed to taste like.


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Kirsten Bell
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