Tonight in cooking class we made three easy appetizers, and I also made an appetizer/supper the other night that I want to share with you.
I had a square of puff pastry in the freezer, so I decided to make something for supper with it. After a quick look through my fridge, I found frozen shrimp and scallops, bacon, sundried tomatoes in oil, and mozzarella cheese. Voila! A fancy appetizer-supper that is super easy to make!
CHEESY SEAFOOD & BACON PASTRY PUFF
1 square puff pastry, thawed and rolled into a rectangle
3 or 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. frozen shrimp and scallops, sautéed in butter
2 tbsp. sundried tomatoes packed in oil, diced
1 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
Lay a row of bacon, seafood, and sundried tomatoes on the puff pastry. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold in the top and bottom of the pastry and seal it along the middle with water. Slice across the top 4 or 5 times to make small openings. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.
The appetizers we made in cooking class were simple but delicious:
Make a slit along the side of each jalapeno and scoop out the insides. Spoon in some Boursin cheese, and wrap the jalapeno with a slice of bacon. Lay on a baking sheet and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.
Mix together 1 pkg. cream cheese, 1 can crab meat (drained), some salt & pepper, and 2 green onions (diced). Lay out wonton papers and put 1 tsp. of crab mixture in the middle of each one. Brush sides with water and pinch together. Lay on greased baking sheet, brush/spray with oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before baking at 375 F for 10 minutes (until golden).
Cut some hothouse tomatoes into thick slices. Dip each slice into flour, then egg, then panko breadcrumbs. Fry in oil and butter over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side. Serve with sour cream and a sprinkling of crumbled cooked prusciutto and green onions.
So there you go, a whole selection of appetizers to make for your next party!!