Posted in Appetizers

Easter Entertaining Exhaustion


I love entertaining but am always surprised at how tired and drained I am when everyone has left.  My mother cooked dinner today so I offered up the appetizers and desserts.  Friday night I prepared the Three Cheese Spread, last night was the cake disaster and this morning I cooked Caramelized Onion Bruschetta.  This recipe is always a favorite because it offers a savory flavor from the cheese that is offset by the sweetness of the onions. 

Make sure you give yourself enough time to caramelize the onions which take almost an hour to cook.  I wasn’t sure when my sister and her family were arriving and ended up being about ½ hour late with this appetizer.  It was a good thing that the cold cheese spread appetizer was ready and on the table while I was finishing the onions.

Enjoy and happy entertaining!

Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

Serves 12

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: Aprox. 55 minutes

Ingredients:

Olive oil cooking spray

3 onions – sliced very thin

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon fresh basil – finely chopped

¼ cup crumbled goat cheese

½ cup (4 ounces) crumbled farmer’s cheese

1 loaf French bread – cut into 24 slices

Directions:

  1. Spray sauté pan with cooking spray and heat on low heat.  Add sliced onions and cook covered, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.  Uncover pan and cook on medium heat for another 30 minutes, stirring frequently.  Onions should get soft at first and then slowly brown.
  2.  Add sugar and basil and continue to cook, covering the sauté pan for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. Cover a large broil pan with cooking spray.  Spray each slice of bread on both sides with cooking spray.  Place the slices on the broil pan.  Set the oven rack to medium height in oven and set oven to broil setting.  Put the pan of bread in the oven and broil for about 5 minutes or until the bread begins to turn brown.  Turn the sliced bread over and broil for another 3 minutes.  Remove from oven.
  4. Mix the goat and farmers cheese in a small bowl and spread a cheese on each bread slice. 
  5. Top each slice with the onions and place on serving platter. 

Estimated Values per serving:

Calories = 264                                              Fat = 7 grams

Posted in Beef, Misses

One of those Days…


Dinner was a disaster because the beef was not cooked slowly (as planned) but we started it too late so it was really tough.  The roasted potatoes were great except that when I placed the hot Pyrex baking pan in the sink with running water, it exploded into a billion shards of glass.  Lastly, when Dean and I were trying to tint icing for our Easter cakes, we used way too much blue food coloring which turned the cake icing black. 

What can I say?  It is one of those nights where you throw up your hands and say, “I think it’s time to see what’s on T.V.”  On that note, we are all done for the evening and hope for an easier day tomorrow.

Happy Weekend!