Stuffed Dates – Antoni’s ‘Perfect Bite’

Ever since I’ve had Antoni’s cookbook I’ve wanted to make these dates. I never knew the right time. I just moved into my own apartment and I thought, YES, I CAN MAKE THOSE DATES FOR A HOUSE WARMING PARTY. I know, what a necessary thing to think about when you are moving. Though my housewarming party got canceled due to weather, I still made these dates and enjoyed them on the couch. Antoni’s right, it really is the perfect bite. Salty, sweet, savory, and a multitude of textures as well. See if you agree.

Ingredients

  • 24 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/4 lb Thinly Sliced Proscuitto
  • 3 oz Blue Cheese
  • 24 Roasted Salted Almonds, preferably Marcona

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. [ I didn’t have a baking sheet yet so I used a muffin tin & that worked too].

Tear the pieces of Proscuitto lengthwise to get about 24 strips

Cut the dates along the side and stuff with about 1/2 tsp blue cheese and one almond. Gently close the date and wrap with Proscuitto. Place on baking sheet cut side up so the cheese does not melt out.

Bake for about 7-10 minutes until the cheese is bubbling. Let sit for a little before eating, it will be difficult to wait but you don’t want to burn your mouth.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Cranberry Brie Bites

I love finger foods. They always look so appetizing. I know holiday parties are winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring these bites to your next get-together, or make them for yourself and enjoy them on the couch.

Ingredients

  • Store-bought puff pastry
  • 1 14oz can Whole Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Wheel of Brie, cut into cubes
  • Zest of half a orange
  • 1 TSP Cinnamon

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 400F

Pour the cranberry sauce into a bowl and add in orange zest + cinnamon and stir.

Cut the puff pastry into squares, about 4×4 in, and place into muffin tins.

Place one of the brie cubes into the pastry and top with the cranberry sauce.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Dill Pretzel Snack

My mom makes these pretzels once a year at Christmas. They are one of the greatest snacks I have ever eaten, EVER. On Christmas, our dinner consists of these pretzels and puppy chow. Bring out your roasting pan and be prepared to eat a whole bowl of these on your own.

Ingredients

  • 28-32oz of Mini Pretzels
  • 1 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1/2 TSP Dill Weed
  • 1/2 TSP Lemon Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 Package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Powder

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat oven to 200F

Pour the pretzels into a large roasting pan.

In a shaker container combine the oil + dill + lemon pepper + garlic powder + ranch powder and shake well.

Pour the dressing over the pretzels and toss to coat.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Let cool after baking and store in an airtight container.

Made with Love,

Hannah