Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday Appetizer Hacks

Here are two great holiday appetizers that you can make with kitchen staples. These are great for when you forgot you needed something to bring for a potluck. Everyone loves them, and they are so easy!

Bacon Wrapped Dates -
24 pitted dates
12 slices bacon, cut in half lengthwise

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll each date in bacon and place on a parchment covered cookie sheet with the edge down. If it won't stay rolled up, fasten it with a toothpick. Cook until bacon is browned nicely, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, wrap those gifts you forgot. These taste great warm or cold. People are totally impressed.

Deviled Eggs

7 eggs
2 T. yellow mustard
2 T. mayonnaise
paprika and capers for garnish

Use old eggs for this recipe - if you only have fresh eggs in the house, buy some at a party store. (translation: "Party Store" means "Liquor Store" in Michiganese) Eggs at party stores are always old - who buys eggs at a party store? They are guaranteed to be not fresh. While you are there, buy a bottle of sparkling wine to give to your host.

Check out my method for how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs,

Put eggs in a pot of water filled to a depth of 1 inch more than the egg tops. Heat the eggs until the water is boiling, shut off the pot and put a lid on it for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, do your hair and makeup. After 10 minutes, peel the eggs under cold water. Stale eggs peel easily, fresh do not, but you've got one spare egg in case there's a bad peeled eggs. Eat that egg with a little salt on it - it will make sure you don't eat too much at the party you are going to...a little protein will fill you up.

Slice the remaining eggs in half, and then remove the yolks and mash them in a bowl. Add the mustard and mayo - equal proportions are important. That is the key of a successful deviled egg. Stir up the mixture - it should be just moist enough to hold the yolk mash together - if you need more mayo/mustard, add it, but it should be equal proportions.

Spoon the yolk back into the whites. Sprinkle each with paprika and garnish with 3 capers. People love deviled eggs. I have a special Tupperware deviled egg tray I bought at a garage sale and it's the best thing I found to transport them to the party. I put them on a pretty plate when I get there.

Hope this helps!


lookinout said...

A great modification to your bacon-wrapped dates is asiago cheese. cut the cheese into stick about an inch long and the thickness of a lead pencil. If you want it less time in the oven, partially cook the bacon before wrapping. Mom's right; they're a great appetizer.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

C LOVES bacon-wrapped dates. They are a classic!

Anonymous said...

So long as I unwrap and don't eat the bacon, I think it passes the Dead Jewish Grandparents Test. That was good shit.

Shayne said...

I am not a deviled egg fan but the dates sound great. are they really impressive cause I have a party to go to this weekend and it is a potluck. people bring anything from dips to cornflakes wioth milk and sugar to stew. yeah I know how do you add to a potluck like that.

Maggie said...

I like bacon wrapped dates but I really love bacon-wrapped chicken livers (no one else likes them but my husband).

A.B. said...

Capers= Instant Class
Bacon= Motivation to Eat Dates (or any other food I'd normally pass over).

Anonymous said...

Sounds great

Anonymous said...

Sounds great