Over the weekend, my friend Cara and I decided we would have a little appetizer/game night. Keep it simple, ya know, two savory and two sweet offerings per person. Sounds easy, right?
We both love hosting and cooking for people so (and I don't know about Cara) but I again poured over recipes to figure out how complex I wanted to be and what would be a crowd pleaser.
My contribution was based heavily around cheese because really, you can't go wrong with cheese...
Beet and arugula salad in parmesan cups. You know how excited I was when the cups came out right? I may have squealed with absolute glee and accomplishment.
I did a simple citrus vinaigrette (citrus juice, lemon zest, olive oil, S&P) and roasted the beets in the oven with a little olive oil and S&P. Super simple but pretty knock-out presentation.
I also made a ricotta-cheese based pimento cheese served with Ritz crackers. Now that I have lived in the south, I finally get what pimento cheese is all about AND how it should taste. It has a nice little kick with some chunky cheese and I also added some garlic seasoning. I would say that I would totally make this again but...it's dangerous. Like, want to eat it on the couch, in my jammies, on a rainy Saturday afternoon, while watching horrible reality TV and getting a stomach ache but not giving a damn; that kind of dangerous.
angel food cake kabobs interlaced with big hunks of strawberries and drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.
The other dessert was an oreo layered dessert. It is really just a bunch of oreos, cream cheese, Cool Whip, and chocolate pudding thrown together in a lovely way that is delicious. I layered the mixture into small cups because I had them around and thought portion control might be nice. It also made it easy to give Cara the leftovers!
Besides the food, the company was equally wonderful! We played two rounds of Settlers of Catan and all felt a little silly when begging for lumber and sheep!