Tag: crostini

Easy Party Foods

We assembled a collection of quick & delicious appetizers for any party - tailgating, dinner party, pot-luck, etc. Our suggestions:  Have a theme, keep it simple, and have some fun.  We've combed the web to find some star-worthy recipes, along with some of our own originals.   Crostini Let's start with one of the easiest - and most versatile - appetizers:  crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).  We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce, along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout & Apple (click HERE). Nachos And the cousin to crostini?  Nachos!  There’s nothing like piled-up chips with your favorite flavors, but you might want to add some twists.  We bought a bunch of flavors from the Better Chip company: Chipotle, Salsa Verde, Beet, and Spinach/Kale.  We dressed up the beet chips with diced veggies, then drizzled with a spicy Caesar dressing (regular Caesar with some hot sauce).  Next, we put some Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce on the salsa [...]

Super Ideas for Your Super Party

Super Bowl parties – or any time you bring a group of friends together – doesn’t need to mean lots of time in the kitchen, or a quick run to the local take-out place. It’s pretty easy to pump up your parties with some simple tricks, using flavorful ingredients. Take popcorn, for instance.  We did an article on why you should make your own, and why everyone will rave about your popcorn (click HERE).  And you can pull the same trick with any nut mixture, Chex, etc.  Just take some unsalted nuts and/or Chex, toss with some healthy oil (we prefer sunflower), then toss with your favorite spice rub or spice blend (we of course prefer the Serious Foodie versions).  Bake at 250 deg for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. How about the world’s easiest fancy finger food –   crostini (or bruschetta; click HERE for an explanation about the differences).   We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce  (click HERE for the article), along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout […]

Crostini with Brie and Fig/Orange Sauce

Crostini are quick and easy appetizers (or antipasti) that can be as simple as baguette slices that have been rubbed with garlic, brushed with oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and baked until golden brown. Sometimes folks call these bread morsels “bruschetta”, so let’s start with a bit of definition. Bruschetta and crostini are both bread preparations used in antipasti.  The difference between bruschettas and crostini is the bread used – and it’s really splitting hairs.  Crostini means “little toasts” in Italian, and are typically small, thin slices of toasted bread, which are usually brushed with olive oil.  Use a finer-textured bread, like a white bread baguette, and you can call it a crostini.  Bruschetta derives from the Italian verb bruscare meaning “to roast over coals.” The traditional version is made by rubbing slices of toasted bread with garlic cloves, then drizzling the bread with extra-virgin olive oil. The bread is salted and peppered, then served warm – but sometimes served at room temperature.  The difference between bruschettas and crostini is the bread used – bruschetta uses slightly larger loaves.  You might be served one or two bruschetta, but four to six crostini as antipasti. There are so many possible […]