It’s that time a year we serve a lot of appetizer and well the Brie en Croute is one of the most popular in the Holiday season we all have a different version here is one of mine that is super easy yet elegant! I hope you enjoy my version. Happy Holidays ya’ll…
1(7.70z) Rich & Creamy Camembert
1 8 oz tube croissant dough
2 tbs brown sugar
¼ cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans will do)
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tsp Grand Marnier or Bourbon both are good
1 egg beaten
Preheat oven at 400.
Mix in a bowl all ingredients except Camembert and croissant dough and set aside.
On a board roll out dough and pinch together dough and make two rectangles to form a plus sign in the middle place nuts and cranberries mixture place Camembert on top and wrap around dough to cover completely the Camembert press seams together really good. Flip the Brie en Croute so the nuts and cranberries mixture is on top and place in a grease pie plate and brush with egg and bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let it rest for 30 minutes before cutting. Serve with green apples and favorite crackers!
This one screams fresh and in season. We are spoiled here in Florida with our fresh seafood and tropical fruit and citrus locally grown and I fully take advantage of it call me spoiled. This recipe is very special to me as I actually caught the snappers and grew the pineapple so I decided to give a good old ceviche some Florida flair.
2 pounds mangrove snappers filets chopped small(any snappers will do)
1/3 cup chopped red onions
½ cup chopped tomatoes
1 Serrano chili pepper deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch sea salt
4 limes juiced
¼ cup cilantro
½ cup pineapple
¼ cup green bell pepper
In a Pyrex glass dish mix together the first 7 ingredients cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. After an hour mix once to coat all sides of fish cover and leave in refrigerator for 4 hours. Mix in cilantro pineapple and bell pepper before serving. Serves 6 large or 8 small portions.
Tropical Smoked Salmon Crostini
Bring the Tropical Islands to your party with these scrumptious creamy smoked salmon crostini top with fresh mango and lime flavors. These little crostini are perfect party appetizer whether you are having an outdoor party by the pool or an elegant indoor evening party and yet simple to make. Making them the perfect appetizer! These pair up with a simple crisp Pinot Grigio or bubbly Champagne sure to impress everyone!
1 French baguette
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 oz smoked salmon
4 oz Philadelphia cream cheese onion & chives
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
Put oven on broil. Slice baguette in 1/8 thick slices to make 20 crostinis and place on a line cookie sheet drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt toss to coat well and arrange crostini so none over lap. Broil two to three minutes turn and broil another minute or two, make sure you do not burn them.
Peel and chop mango in small cubes and add to a mixing bowl add lemon juice and finely chopped cilantro season with fresh cracked black pepper mix well and set aside.
Chopped salmon in fine pieces and add to separate mixing bowl add cream cheese mix until well blended. Spread a thin layer of creamy salmon mixture over each cooled crostini utilizing entire mixture top each with a half teaspoon chopped mango. Enjoy!
Fire Cracker Shrimp with Spicy Mango Ramoulade
1 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup instant potato flakes
1 cup crushed Ritz Crackers reduced Fat
1/2 cup mayonnaise
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Creole mustard
1 green onion chopped fine
½ mango peeled and chopped small
Pinch Salt & pepper
Preheat oil to 375 degrees F.
In a bowl beat egg, water and cayenne pepper together. Toss shrimp in egg mixture and let sit 15 minutes. In a separate bowl combine potato flakes and Ritz crackers. Next toss shrimp in Ritz cracker crumbs to coat well.
Deep-fry in batches, but do not overload the fryer. Fry for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towel lined baking tray.
In a small mixing bowl add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve shrimp with mango roulade while shrimp are still warm.
The Perfect Holiday Mini Bites
1.9oz Athens mini fillo shells
1 cup prepared stuffing
1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce
3 oz. brie cheese cut in 15 cubes
¼ cup walnut
Turn oven to broil
Place mini fillo shells on a cookie sheet. Fill each shell with ½ teaspoon of stuffing top with ¼ teaspoon cranberry sauce and with 1 piece of cheese. Place on the very top oven rack and broil 2 to 3 minutes just until the cheese has started to melt. Remove from oven and sprinkle each mini bites with walnuts. Serve immediately.