You’ve decided to host a post-engagement party and want to show off your kitchen skills in a tasteful way. Here we have some easy to make and low-cost treats to satisfy not only your creative cooking skills, but also your hungry guests. Bon appetite!
Fresh Basil Bruschetta
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6 people
4 Roma tomatoes
4 Fresh Basil leaves
2 Garlic cloves
1 cup of shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 baguette loaf
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Directions: Preheat oven to 350˚F. Slice baguette bread into quarter inch slices, place evenly spaced on cooking sheet, and place shredded cheese on bread. When oven temperature is ready put bread into oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted. While bread is baking, dice the tomatoes, basil, and garlic cloves and place into a mixing boil. Add olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste), and toss ingredients together. Place bruschetta in one of your nicer bowls (or china) with serving spoon and baguette bread on an elegant serving platter. Pre-serve a few pieces for presentation. Enjoy!
Prep time: ~35-40 minutes
Serves: 3-5 people
2 cups of jasmine rice
3 cups water
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 package of dried seaweed wraps
Directions: Clean rice before cooking by putting it a large bowl and rinsing with water until water is clear. You may need to drain water with a colander a few times. It definitely helps if you have a rice cooker, if so place rice in rice cooker with 3 cups of water and set it to cook. If you’re cooking with a stove top, place rice and water in a large pot, bring to a bowl then lower heat, placing lid over pot. Cook for 12-15 minutes and steam for 20-25 minutes.
As rice is steaming, in a separate pot on low heat add salt, rice vinegar, and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let stand and cool. Also chop cucumber and avocados in long cuts. When rice is cooled, carefully empty rice into a separate bowl (glass or wooden) and pour vinegar mixture on the rice and mix. BE CAREFUL not to smash the rice into mush.
Spread rice on one seaweed wrap, leaving one fourth of wrap empty- this will be the last end rolled. Place cucumber and avocado in the middle of spread and roll towards the empty side of the wrap. When you have the entire sushi rolled use a small amount of water to seal the roll. Repeat until ingredients are completely used. Slice into 1 ½ inch pieces. *To spice it up you can sprinkle crushed red peppers over sushi or serve with wasabi and soy sauce.
Three Cheese and Fruit Platter (and Wine!)
Prep time: 7 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people
3 oz of Trugole cheese- semi-soft Italian white-yellow cheese
3 oz Sharp cheddar cheese- moderately hard and slightly yellow
3 oz Brie cheese – soft white cheese
1 bunch of red grapes (and/or green)
Wheat Thins, Triscuits, and Saltines
Directions: Cut fruit and cheeses into bite size pieces. Serve on a nice platter with your favorite selection of wine. It’s best to mix your combinations of fruit and cheese with the crackers and sip the wine to get great tangs. It’ll be a delectable experiment tasting which grouping of fruit and cheese suit you best.