Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Appetizers - Goat Cheese, Edamole, Feta Salsa

I'm always looking for a killer app to bring to an event. In my opinion, appetizers are pretty much the best thing ever and I love New Year's Eve and Super Bowl simply for the fact that you can always eat appetizers at those events.

My current top 3 appetizers are: lemon/herb goat cheese spread, edamole, and feta salsa. But if you have to choose just one - I promise the goat cheese spread will make everyone swoon - it works on everyone, even those who think they don't like goat cheese.

Lemon/Herb Goat Cheese Spread
1 pkg goat cheese - room temperature
chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and whatever else you like)
juice of 1 lemon

Mix together and enjoy with crackers and veggies

Edamole (adapted from Cooking Light)
1 1/2 bags frozen edamame beans - thawed
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp hot sauce
2 cloves garlic
olive oil

Blend first 5 ingredients in food processor, stream in oil until you get desired consistency.
Serve with veggies or rice crackers.

Feta Salsa (adapted from a Whole Foods recipe)
1/4 lb good feta cheese
1/4 lb pitted kalamata olives
some sundried tomatoes in oil
chopped parsley
1 clove minced garlic
2 scallions

Chop all together, serve with Stacy's Naked Pita Chips or (even better!) your own homemade pita chips!

Also, I've been eating this on a bed of field greens with halved cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. I think it would also be awesome on a panini with sliced tomato and arugula.

PS - Bill's Imported Foods of Minneapolis has the best feta, olives, and pitas ever!

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