Saturday, January 17, 2009

Appetizer and Dessert...Are you Hungry?

Appetizer, anyone? I haven't been stamping because I've been cooking (and getting those sale stamps ready!)

Since we ladies had our cookie exchange, I asked my DH if he'd like to invite a few friends over for a "guy night". Of course, where there are men, there must be food!
I made this Antipasto Salad and dressing, we got some really good shrimp at Sam's Club, I made homemade lasagna (no sauce from a jar allowed) :-)
I couldn't get a photo of the Lasagna because I had to vamoose out of the house before his friends arrived.
Edited: Recipe for Antipasto Salad and Dressing
1/2 med. head iceberg lettuce
1 small head curley endive or green leaf lettuse (I used green leaf)
3-1/2 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni
4 oz. thinly sliced genoa salami
6 oz. proscuitto ham
Optional - 2 oz. can anchovies with capers, drained
1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
1 c. radishes
1 c. mini carrots or carrot sticks
1 c. ripe & green olives (I bought small quantities of flavored olives at my deli)
8 oz. provolone cheese, cubed
Antipasto dressing

Shred lettuce, and spread on a large tray
Make a border of endive or green leaf lettuce. Arranges remaining ingredients on top of lettuce. Serve with dressing. Serves 10-12

Antipasto Dressing - This is very good on a tossed salad as well
3/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. white wine, red wine or balsamic vinegar
2 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried basil
1/4 t. dried thyme
1 t. honey
1/8 t. pepper
2 T. water
1 clove garlic, crushed

Combine all ingredients in a jar, cover tightly, shake well. Let stand several hours at room temp.
I did, however, get a photo of the desssert.....

Praline Taffy Apple pie. I made 3 of these yummy pies. Two for the guys....although they only managed to polish off one with ice cream. I gave one away and we shared the leftover one with friends tonight. I think there might be a couple of pieces left for breakfast! Does anyone else eat apple pie for breakfast? I think it's just about one of my favorites.
If you'd like either of the recipes, let me know and I'll post them. The pie crust is the Perfect Pie Crust I posted awhile ago. It's just about the best crust I've found other than a butter crust which is divine with Raspberry Rhubarb Apple Pie. The nice thing about this one, other than being flaky and delicious every single time, is that you can make and freeze it well in advance. I like to make several batches at the beginning of every season to take advantage of all the different fruits and fillings available.
Thanks for visiting. I'll have the sale stamps and a Valentine project posted soon.
Blessings and Happy Stamping!
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