Easy Entertaining

2 Feb

One of my favorite things to do is entertain at my apartment.  I am so lucky to have the space and a good roommate situation where I am able to.  It is a much different and relaxed atmosphere than going out to a bar or restaurant.  It is more personal and comfortable and creates an environment that you just can’t get by going out.

I enjoy everything from the planning of the party to the decorating and of course….the cooking!  My favorite things to make are dips with crackers and chips.  They are easy to make, cost effective and there are so many different varieties you can come up with.

Here are a few dishes I’ve made in the past that have gotten good reviews.  Maybe one of them will be your next favorite!

 

A note:  I use the intuitive cooking technique, meaning that exact measurements are not used.  I like to use my instincts to estimate how much of each ingredient is needed.  I can then taste and develop flavors as I go.

 

 

White Bean Spinach Dip

 

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White beans

Spinach

Rosemary

Sage

Sea salt

Garlic

Olive oil

Water

* Try this with crackers or spread on a pita and topped with veggies 

 

  • Combine the white beans, rosemary, sage and sea salt in a food processor.  As it is running, drizzle in water to achieve desired consistency.
  • Add spinach into a pan with garlic and olive oil and cook until just wilted.
  • Mix together the spinach and the white bean mixture and serve

 

Red Wine Rosemary Fig Spread

 

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Figs (I used dried mission figs)

Water

Red wine

Rosemary

Lemon juice

Brown sugar

* Tastes great on baguette or would make a great unique tasting sandwich spread

 

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer until it thickens a little bit, take off the stove and let cool
  • Pour into food processor and puree, serve chilled

 

Flax Seed Crackers

 

Flax seeds

Water

Sea salt (optional)

Onion (optional)

* These are great with guacamole, but are just as delicious by themselves!

 

  • Cover flax seeds with water and soak for a few hours or until they form a gelatinous like coating
  • Mix in any seasonings you like and spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread the mixture as thin as you can
  • Bake at 350 for about 30 min or until crispy

 

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