The Refreshment Review
We’ve been eating leftovers from the party and it’s time to review the menu and decide what to keep and what to never make again!
Stuffed mushrooms – Denis makes these every year and, once again, this year they didn’t disappoint.
Bruschetta – we made three kinds this year. Pesto, goat cheese and artichoke. Sadly, the tray of the pesto and goat cheese versions was lost in the Great Bruschetta Dump of 2012 (read: Denis dropped them on the floor as he was putting them away). But the artichoke version was very tasty. The artichoke recipe we found on Pinterest.
Curried shrimp tarts – these were a huge hit last year, and were a hit again this year. I definitely added more curry this year because they have a nice zing to them this time around.
Bacon-wrapped pineapple – I had tested this at book club earlier this year with great success. Last night they ended up being slightly overdone, but disappears in seconds so I guess they were still good. *lol*
Mini yorkshire puddings – every year I try, and every year I fail to get the yorkshire puddings done right. However, this year I refused to give up when my puddings failed, and opted to continue on, doing a YP Redux. Instead of the bread pudding I wrapped the filet, sour cream and horseradish in a sheet of phyllo dough. I got good feedback on this one. For the GF people I used rice paper cups that we had created earlier in the afternoon.
Maple salmon bites – yummy, yummy, yummy.
Meatball popovers – Denis made meatballs and then wrapped them in crescent roll dough. I got good comments back on this one. In fact, I baked 12 of these just prior to the WE game started, but didn’t have time to serve them, so I just put them on the stove and chalked them up as a loss. However, when the WE game ended and I came in the kitchen, the tray had been emptied – people had helped themselves! =)
Crab cakes – Denis made these with gluten free corn bread and we got a couple requests for seconds on these.
Honey BBQ chicken on romaine hearts – I only made 20 of these, and they were gone in an instant.
Mini french onion grilled cheese sandwiches – using GF bread, we didn’t get to serve many of these because they came out when people started getting full, but those that did have them seemed to like them.
Mini stacked BLT bites – this was the first hors d’oeurves that we served and people really liked them. Pretty easy to make, we’ll probably do these again. Another Pinterest recommendation.
Sausage bites – fill a phyllo cup with sausage, two kinds of cheese and red peppers. Can’t go wrong.
Mini quesadillas – using GF tortillas, we made three varieties (cheese, beef, chicken) and served them with sour cream as a dip. People really liked these.
BBQ chicken bites – alas, we didn’t serve these at all. There’s always a dish we forget, and this was it. We still have all 25 in a tupperware container in the fridge. But they looked good when I made them. *lol*
All in all, I think it was a successful menu, especially since it was the first time we concentrated on going gluten-free as much as possible. I’m certainly enjoying the leftovers!