Caramelized onions, tomato, basil and goat cheese make these the perfect appetizer to serve this holiday. I had to resist eating all of them long enough to take the photo!
1 sheet of puff pastry
2 tomatoes diced
1/2 onion diced
1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup of fresh basil diced
Cut out circles of puff pastry using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass cup. Saute the onions until tender. Add the tomatoes and cook for several minutes. Wet the circles of dough with an egg wash, which is 1 egg + 1 tablespoon of water. Then, place 1 tsp of tomato onion filling in center of each circle. Top with some goat cheese and basil. Pinch the sides together, forming a triangle. You might need to wet it with some of the egg wash to get it to stick. I had to sort of fold the edges over slightly, to keep it from opening up. Bake in oven on 375′ for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy.
This recipe was inspired by my moms famous cheese blintzes and her delicious noodle kugel. I took the cheese mixture she uses for the blintzes, and combined it with the noodles and apple sauce that she puts in her kugel and bam, I got cheese blintze noodle kugel latkes! That of course, is way too long of a name for a recipe, so I shortened it to cheese blintze latkes.
1 cup of cottage cheese
1/2 cup of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 bag of medium egg noodles, cooked
Mix the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add the cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and apple sauce and mix well. Add the cinnamon and sugar and mix well. Then add the cooked noodles and combine. Heat up a large skillet with some oil and shape the noodle and cheese mixture into patties and cook until golden brown on each side.
Potato latkes are as exciting as vanilla ice cream. I’m sure there are the purists who believe it’s best to stick with tradition, but I like to mix things up in the kitch. This year, I’m giving the latke a serious makeover, starting with this recipe for broccoli cheddar latkes!
1 lb. of broccoli florets, chopped and steamed
1 russet potato, peeled and grated
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup of panko crumbs
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup canola oil
oil for frying
Steam and chop the broccoli florets. Place in large mixing bowl. Add the grated potato, diced onion, panko crumbs, eggs, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, flour, cheese and oil and mix well. Shape into patties and fry until golden brown.
I hate baking. Just the idea of making dough from scratch exhausts me. I love eating baked goods though, so every now and then I will shuffle my way into the kitchen and bake me up something sweet and sugary. I used ready made puff pastry dough from the freezer which makes for a flaky thinner crust, if you have the time and want something thick and doughy, this would also work with your fav pastry dough recipe.
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
1 package of puff pastry dough, which includes 2 sheets
You can either combine both sheets to form one long sheet or make two danishes one sheet per danish. Roll sheet out, then combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix well. Place in center of sheet leaving room on both sides. (if you are making two danishes, save half of the cheese mixture for the other sheet of dough) You can add toppings of your choice to the cheese, such as fresh fruit like blueberries or chocolate spread. (I made one with cheese and chocolate spread and another with cheese and fresh blueberries) Then cut slits into the dough on either side of the cheese mixture. Starting from one end, crisscross them over the cheese filling creating a braid. Bake on 350′ for 20-25 minutes till slightly golden. Once it has cooled off, drizzle a glaze of confectionery sugar and water over the danish.
If you like pizza, but not the heavy feeling that usually comes with eating carbs, you will LOVE this dish! It’s a quick and delicious way to indulge in everyones favorite meal without the guilt or calories.
1 large zucchini
1 cup of Pizza Sauce (my fav is Don Pepino)
1 cup of shredded cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil or spray olive oil such as PAM