December 30, 2011

New Year's apps and Chocolate party hats

What's the point of a main course anyway? I could skip it. Appetizers then dessert... aah yes, the perfect meal. That's what your New Year's menu should consist of, so here are a few simple and fun ideas...

Brie & Pear Crostini

1 baguette, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1/2 wheel of brie cheese, sliced
1 onion, sliced thin
1 pear, sliced thin
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
Olive oil 

-Set the oven to 400F
-On a baking sheet, brush the baguette slices with olive oil on one side

-Toast the slices in the oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown
In the meantime...
-In a small frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the onions

-Add the honey and vinegar (my mom had some fig vinegar from Greece... mmmmm! Any kind will do!) 
-Sautee until golden brown and very soft/wilted
-Stack it up!

Chocolate Party Hats

2 pounds of milk chocolate (you'll have plenty left over but need this amount)
12 sugar cones
Colored sprinkles and sugar

-Place a tupperware top in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it and make room on a shelf for the sugar cones to stand
-Melt the chocolate in the microwave 30 seconds at a time so it does not burn

-Pour the chocolate into a cup
-Dip the cones into the cup, let drip, and decorate one at a time


-As each cone is decorated, place it on the chilled tupperware top and let stand in the freezer for about 2 minutes (this will keep the chocolate from continuing to drip off the cone)

-Cut ribbon into 6 inch pieces and knot at one end
-Chop off the ends of the cone and the thread ribbon through (using a skewer or something of the sort will help)

-Curl the ribbon with scissors

You still have time... You still have time to make these and be really adorable.

With all that extra chocolate, make nonpareils by spooning dabs of chocolate on a chilled tupperware top, topping with leftover sprinkles, and sticking it in the freezer for a few minutes to harden...

Happy New Year!!!!!!

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