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Kale and Tomato Pizzettes

Kale, Tomato, and Cheese Bite Sized Appetizers

I love finding healthy appetizers to serve at my dinner parties that guests can indulge in completely guilt-free prior to moving on to dinner. So when Nutritonist Arielle Haspel of Be Well with Arielle whipped up her famous Kale Caprese Pizzettes for guests to enjoy at the Summer Cooking 101 Event, I took a mental note for future parties.

Essentially this appetizer is a crunchy brown rice tortilla chip topped with a salad – hello healthy!! Plus I love the added perk that you now have an appetizer which also enables you to skip the salad course! She made her pizzettes with kale, tomatoes, and mozzarella, but you can add or substitute your choice of veggies from peppers to mushrooms and swap cheeses to goat or parmigiana!

Bonus: Serve it two ways! We served the first bath on a cake stand like bit-sized chips but for the second batch we twisted the ‘pita cups’ to fit in martini glasses and served with mini forks!

Thanks Arielle for the delicious appetizer idea!

Ingredients:

  • Kale, diced or ripped up into little pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes (yellow and red), diced
  • Mozzarella, diced
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Brown rice or sprouted grain tortillas

Head over to her site for the directions… BeWellwithArielle.com {link here}.

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Fall Wine Pairing Tips

Santa Margherita Chianti ClassicoSanta Margherita Chianti Classico, Fall Wine PairingsFall Cheddar Cheese Fall Wine PairingSleek glass wine glasses Cheddar Cheese makes a great fall wine pairing with Chianti Classico

While I love a cold glass of white wine pretty much year round, as a hostess it is important to have seasonal beverages available for guests. So come Fall as it cools down and we rotate our menus to include heartier foods like meats and heavy sauces, the appropriate fall wine pairing option should be a room temperature red wine to compliment. Personally I find Merlots to be very heavy, so I like serving Santa Margherita Chianti Classico as a happy middle ground.

If you are hosting guests but not planning to serve a full sit down dinner, a recommended fall wine pairing for this wine is with a sharp cheddar, dark chocolate {the Cherry Roibos Bar by Vosges is a fab choice!}, and a bowl of blackberries. To merchandise, a cool wooden cheese board is the perfect finishing touch! Happy Fall!

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Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer

FASHIONABLE HOSTESS CROSTINI APPETIZER WITH GOAT CHEESE, TOMATO, AND HOT PEPPERS

You all know my obsession with cheese by the endless cheese platters I have put together, so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest for a Goat Cheese Crostini appetizer I had to give it a try. I decided to add a special touch – Marinated Hot Peppers – that I picked up at the Bedford Cheese Shop; trust me that they give just the right kick. Cut it up into servable slices and you have a new spin on cheese that everyone will enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • Crostini Bread or French Baguette
  • Fresh Goat Cheese {I used Mont Chevre Fresh Goat Cheese with Garlic and Herbs}
  • 1 Package Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • 1 Package Hot Peppers halved
  • Garlic Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice your Baguette in half. Pop in the oven at 350 for ten minutes if you want it slightly toasted and crunchy.
  2. Spread Goat Cheese on both sides like your were schmeering a bagel!
  3. Sprinkle Cherry Tomatoes and Hot Peppers.
  4. Add Garlic Salt to taste.
  5. Cut into bite-sized pieces and serve the Goat Cheese Crostini!

Quick meal of a goat cheese crostini with marinate hot peppers, cherry tomatoes and herbed goat cheeseSlice the bread and then add the goat cheese onto the goat cheese crostini with peppers and tomatoesSpread the goat cheese on this easy appetizer recipe that is delicious with peppers and tomatoesAfter spreading the cheese on the goat cheese crostini, you are now ready to add the peppers and the tomatoesCrostini appetizer using goat cheese, cherry tomatoes and marinate hot peppers are a perfect end of summer ideaCrostinis make great quick meals that are crowd pleasingDIY recipe for goat cheese crostini Arrange the hot peppers on the goat cheese crostini. Quality tomatoes are the best for this dish. Sprinkle the goat cheese crostini with garlic salt (delish cherry tomatoes make all the difference!) Easy summer recipe idea is a goat cheese crostini with marinated hot peppers, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese Goat cheese crostini with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and marinated hot peppers

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