USE: 1 large package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature | 1 cup Spanish salad olives, drained (chopped green olives with pimento) | Salt, to taste | ¾ cup walnuts, chopped | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1. In a food processor, work the cream cheese until it is soft and light. Add the olives and work in on-off motions until the olives are blended with the cream cheese.
2. Break off a large sheet of plastic wrap. Transfer the mixture to the middle of the plastic wrap and use the paper to shape the mixture into a log that is 9 inches long and 2 inches wide. Secure the ends. Refrigerate for at least 1 day or for as long as 3 days.
3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, toast the nuts, shaking the pan constantly, for 4 minutes or until browned; cool.
4. Unwrap the log and roll it in the chopped nuts. Carefully transfer to a plate and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crackers.
Looks like eyeballs tastes like fish, need we say more? Though might sound like a DIY bush tucker trial, this canapé is deceptively delicious and will kick the sophistication of your no doubt zombie-themed soiree up a notch or two.
500g sea scallops / 2 large egg whites / 85 g double cream / 1 tsp salt / 1 tsp white pepper / 250 g pitted green olives or pimento- stuffed olives / 1 garlic clove, crushed / 100 g mayonnaise / 1/2 tsp smoked paprika / 1 tsp fresh lemon juice / 80 ml extra-virgin olive oil / 10 slices white bread / 4 tbsp unsalted butter / 2 tbsp black olives, diced
In a food processor, combine the scallops, egg whites, salt and white pepper and blend until smooth.
With the machine on, add the cream in a thin stream.
Scrape the puree into a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Tear four 12-inch sheets of cling film.
Spoon 1/4 of the puree onto each sheet in a 6-inch square.
Slide the green olives lengthwise onto four 6-inch wooden skewers.
Lay one skewer down in the center of each square.
Roll the puree around the olives skewers and tightly roll up the cling film to form cylinders; twist the ends and secure with twist ties.
Wrap each cylinder in another sheet of cling film and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
Bring a large, deep frying pan of water to a simmer.
Add the cylinders, cover with an inverted heatproof plate to keep them submerged and poach over moderately low heat until firm, 15 to 20 minutes.
Let cool, then refrigerate until completely chilled.
Crush the garlic with a pinch of salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Whisk in the mayonnaise, paprika and lemon juice, then whisk in the olive oil in a thin stream.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark four).
Brush the bread on both sides with the melted butter.
Using a 2-inch round cutter, stamp out as many rounds as possible from the bread.
Transfer the rounds to a baking sheet and toast until golden, about 15 minutes.
Unwrap the cylinders and remove the skewers.
Using a sharp knife, cut the cylinders into slices about inch thick.
Place a piece of black olive in the center of each green olive.
If desired, use a slightly smaller round cutter to stamp the mousse slices into perfect rounds.
Spoon the sauce onto the toasts, top with the mousse rounds and serve.
Put the cheese, butter, flour, mustard and salt in a food processor and process until the mixture comes together to form a dough. Remove from the processor, wrap in cling film and set aside for 30 minutes. Break off pieces of pastry and mould around an olive. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Repeat with remaining dough and olives. Bake at 180°C for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool. Delicious served as a cocktail snack.
CITRUS MARINATED OLIVES
250ml olive oil | 300g green olives in brine | 300g black olives in brine | 4 bay leaves | 4 sprigs of rosemary | 1-2 red chilies, seeded and sliced | a few strips of lemon rind | a few strips of orange rind | 60ml red wine vinegar
Pour oil into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until just warm. Divide olives, bay leaves, rosemary, chili, rind and vinegar between sterilised glass jars. Pour over warm olive oil. Seal.
Turn jars upside down and stand for five minutes. Turn upright.
Are you looking for a proven crowd pleaser appetizer recipe? Look no further. These little bites of divine goodness are your ticket to elevating your entertaining status to a high level. They are simple, tasty and addictive. They combine the “carb” component we all crave, along with the saltiness of the olive which makes for an unbelievable combination. Trust me, the only problem you will have is that you and your guests will devour them and will want you to make more.
We are having a bit of a heat wave in the Bay Area this week. It is actually sort of refreshing after a winter of chill yet little rain. The sprinkling of heat signals that summer is around the corner and our Friday Night Bites can now move from indoors to outdoors. Got to get hubby to refresh the fountains and get them running again. I love sitting outside with the sound of trickling water along with a light breeze and a glass of wine in hand with some scrumptious appetizers an arms length away. Continue reading →
Don’t weekends go way too fast? After a long week at work, I completely look forward to Friday night. It is the beginning of the weekend. In addition we have our Friday night tradition of wine and appetizers. Our Friday night this week was filled with friends and great cheeses. Our dear friend brought a very special bottle of wine to celebrate Friday night. It was a bottle I have never had before and now has become a new favorite. Seven Stones Winery sits east of St. Helena. Ronald and Anita Wornick didn’t take long after they purchased 45 acres for their family estate, to take on the exceptional task of creating some of the best wine. They only produce 400 cases, and dedicate to a single varietal –Cabernet Sauvignon.
As quoted on their website – “Seven Stones is comprised of just under three acres of vines and a winery on the Wornick family estate in St. Helena. From small, meticulously cultivated vineyard parcels, we produce a limited amount of some of Napa Valley’s most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon.”Continue reading →