1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
12 baguette slices, brushed with olive oil and grilled
1/2 cup strawberries, thinly sliced
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Combine mascarpone, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Spread each baguette toast with some of the mascarpone mixture and arrange a few strawberry slices on top. Sprinkle a few bits of lemon zest over each.
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 large eggplant
2 large peaches or 3 large apricots
8 oz bread cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons roughly chopped almonds
In a bowl, whisk together first 8 ingredients until combined. Stir in cilantro and garlic, set aside.
Trim eggplant and slice lengthwise into 1/2″ thick planks. Halve and pit peaches, slice each half into 3 wedges. Slice cheese into four 1/2″ thick planks.
Brush eggplant, fruit and cheese with dressing.
Grill eggplant and fruit until eggplant is cooked through and fruit has grill marks. Grill cheese 2 minutes per side. Arrange eggplant, fruit and cheese on a platter. Garnish with almonds and cilantro. Cube cheese before serving.
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 cucumber, peeled, cut into matchsticks
1 cup mint leaves
4 tablespoons salad dressing
4 large flour tortillas
1 cup cilantro leaves
4 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
4 large leaves lettuce, tough ribs removed
Place tortillas on a flat work surface. On one side place a lettuce leaf, drizzle with 1 tablespoon dressing. Layer with 1/3 cup cabbage, 2 tablespoons carrot and 12 cucumber sticks. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon vinegar, top with some of the cilantro and mint.
Roll up tightly, wrap in plastic wrap. Twist ends of wrap to secure tightly. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate 2 hours.
To Serve—Unwrap rolls, cut each on the bias into 6 pieces. Serve with additional dressing for dipping.
7 sheets filo (Phyllo) dough, thawed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
7 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup very thinly sliced onion
1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
8 Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices*
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or basil leaves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* Cut tomatoes very thin so juices evaporate while baking or dough will be soggy.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray paper with cooking-oil spray (or brush lightly with vegetable oil).
Lay 1 sheet filo on paper and brush lightly with a little melted butter. Sprinkle all over with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering five (5) more times (with filo, butter, and Parmesan cheese), pressing each sheet firmly so it sticks to sheet below. Lay the last filo sheet on top, brush with remaining melted butter, and sprinkle on remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
Scatter onion slices across filo, top with mozzarella cheese, and arrange tomato slices in a single layer, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with thyme or basil and salt and pepper to taste.
Bake until filo is golden brown, approximately 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes, then serve.
Serves many as an appetizer – Makes about 20 3-inch squares.
8 extra-large 2-3 week old eggs, hard-boiled
1 cup Hellmann’s mayo, *start with 3/4 cup if yolks look smaller than usual
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Dash of white pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon regular mustard, or to taste
Light dusting of paprika
Crisp-cooked bacon crumbles for garnish if desired
Fresh chives for garnish if desired
In large deep saucepan, place 2-3 week old eggs and add cold water to cover plus an inch. (*Eggs shrink inside as they age and older eggs are perfect for hard-boiling to ensure easy peeling.) Heat over medium-high heat, gently stirring constantly, (*to keep yolks in the center), until water comes to a boil. Cover with tight fitting lid and turn off heat. Let sit for 25 minutes. Pour out water and immediately cover with ice and a little cold water. Chill.
When eggs have chilled, tap each end, then gently tap sides all the way around breaking shell. Shell should practically fall off with no trouble at all. Rinse with cold water to remove any tiny bits of shell left behind. Slice in half lengthwise and remove yolks to a medium-sized bowl. Place whites on a serving plate or egg platter. Mash yolks with a fork until fine and powdery.
Stir in mayo, cream cheese, garlic salt, white pepper and mustard until ultra creamy. Pipe filling into egg halves. Garnish with a light dusting of paprika. Garnish with bacon and chives.
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, salt and cayenne to a boil.
Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Stir in Gruyere and mustard.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold.