These bites will impress your guests
By Chef Rob
Entertaining is a big part of the holiday season. If you choose or are chosen for this mission, it’s easy to get stressed out about it, but have no fear. I get a lot of “what should I make” phone calls from my friends, so I know exactly what some of you may be going through. The first rule is always prep ahead, you never know what may come your way the day of; and besides, you don’t want to be in the kitchen the whole time your guests are enjoying themselves. Here are a couple of my Go-To recipes… they’ll take a bit of effort, but I’ll show you an easy way to impress your guests.
Parmesan Baskets with Goat Cheese Mousse and Hot Pepper Jelly
8 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shredded
Goat Cheese Mousse
6 oz Goat cheese (softened)
¼ C Whipping cream
¼ C Hot pepper jelly (can be purchased at major grocery stores)
2T Chopped chives
Make Parmesan Baskets: Preheat oven to 325° degrees F.
Place a mounded tablespoon of grated cheese onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper; pat gently into a 2-inch circle, allowing 2 inches between circles. Bake one sheet at a time for 4 to 5 minutes or until bubbly and lightly golden.
Cool about 1 minute. Remove with a spatula and gently drape over inverted small muffin tins or press each one into the hollow of a clean empty egg carton.
Goat Cheese Mousse:
Blend all cream and goat cheese together until smooth.
To serve, carefully spoon the mousse into the parmesan baskets or use a pastry bag to pipe it into the baskets, top with a ½ t of red pepper jelly and top with chives.
Steak & Tomato Bites with Balsamic Glaze
2 Steaks cut into 12 cubes (use Rib eye or Striploin)
12 Cherry tomatoes
1T Olive oil
1T Steak spice
12 2-4” skewers or unwrapped toothpicks
1 bottle Balsamic glaze
Toss beef with ½ T of oil and steak spice. In a separate bowl toss tomatoes with ½ T of oil and a pinch of salt.
Skewer a tomato followed by a beef cube, and stand it up on a sheet pan so the steak is on the bottom and the tomato is on the top. Roast in the oven @ 375 F for 10 min.
While steak and tomatoes are in the oven, mix the guacamole and hot water.
To present, spread guacamole in a straight line, place steak and tomato bite standing up.