Make All New Food Things!

Make All New Food Things!

Last week, I was seriously jonesing to make some new recipes. And since my wife and I love to have “small plates” dinners every so often, I took the opportunity to jazz things up and make all new recipes for the meal, complete with a menu I printed up (because I’m a design geek like that). The menu for the evening included:

  • Raspberry Peach Sangria
  • Cheddar Bacon Ranch Spread
  • Garlic Smashed Potatoes with Sautéed Garlic Tomatoes
  • Grown-up Pigs in a Blanket (filled with BBQ pulled pork and cheese)
  • Zucchini Boats
  • Chocolate Tiramisu Truffles

Admittedly, most of these recipes were derived from various sources, so I won’t bother adding in the recipes, but will instead just link to the recipes I used.

Raspberry Peach Sangria

Raspberry Peach Sangria

To kick things off, I made some Raspberry Peach Sangria, which was one of the recipes from Sangria Four Ways page I found on Buzzfeed. I did make a couple minor modifications to the recipe, namely that I used a Riesling in place of the Rosé, and also skipped on the champagne. Even with these changes, the end result was a perfectly refreshing, fruity, and delicious.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Spread

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Spread

The first course included a delicious Cheddar Bacon Ranch Spread recipe I found on the Chef in Training website. Rather than make one large cheese ball, I made smaller individual-sized ones. And since I’m a vegetarian, I decided to make a modification to the recipe and leave the bacon out of the main cheese mixture. Instead, combined the diced bacon with the pecans (non-vegetarian) for the outer coating, and flat out left the bacon out of my own portion. I served some crudités and crackers with the spread, and was blown away by how tasty the end result was. Definitely a recipe I’ll be making again!

Garlic Smashed Potatoes & Sautéed Garlic Tomatoes

Garlic Smashed Potatoes and Sautéed Garlic Tomatoes

Next up was a couple of vegetable dishes. I found the recipe for Garlic Smashed Potatoes from the site Damn Delicious, and knew that I had to try it. I had been waffling on what sort of method I wanted to use for the potatoes, going back and forth between some sort of oven-roasted, mashed, or twice-baked. This recipe satisfied multiple criteria, while also providing me a great new favorite recipe for potatoes.

Along with the potatoes, I did a simple sauté of minced garlic and halved cherry tomatoes in some olive oil, along with some sea salt, black pepper, and thyme. These were ridiculously simple to make, with a total sauté time on medium heat of 2-3 minutes, until the tomatoes were just beginning to soften. Unless you have some sort of weird aversion to garlic and/or tomatoes, I guarantee you’ll love these tomatoes.

Grown-up Pigs in a Blanket & Zucchini Boats

Grown-up Pigs in a Blanket and Zucchini Boats

For the next course, I utilized some leftover slow-cooker BBQ pulled pork that I had made earlier, along with a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls that needed to be used, to create some Grown-up Pigs in a Blanket (which I admittedly didn’t partake of, due to being vegetarian). This was my own concoction, so no source recipe that I used for reference. But it is a super-easy recipe:

  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 c. BBQ pulled pork
  • 1/2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Distribute the pulled pork and cheese evenly on each crescent roll, adding additional BBQ sauce, if desired.
  2. Roll up each crescent roll and bake according to the package directions.

See? Easy peasy.

Along with the pigs in a blanket, I made a recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats that I found on the Real Food by Dad website. The recipe was pretty simple, consisting of a mix of cheeses and diced veggies (and some diced chicken I used for the ones I didn’t eat) spread over hollowed-out zucchini halves. And let me tell you, it was an absolutely delectable addition to the night’s menu. The mix of cheeses was perfect, and added a perfect element of creaminess to the dish. I don’t care what you do/don’t like…you need to make these little guys. Now.

Chocolate Tiramisu Truffles

Chocolate Tiramisu Truffles

For dessert, I made a delicious recipe for Chocolate Tiramisu Truffles that I found on Buzzfeed. While things got a bit sticky/dirty when making the recipe, the end result was definitely worth it. These bite-sized gems were just what the culinary doctor ordered to end our evening of Make All New Food Things small plate recipes!

That’s a Wrap!

Well, that’s all, folks! My night of “Make All New Food Things” was a huge success. It satisfied my desire to spend some quality time in the kitchen, while trying new recipes at the same time. And I was very pleased that everything turned out so well — no recipe duds to be found here!

Bon Appétit!


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