Monday, February 6, 2012

Hors d'Oeuvres, S'il Vous Plaît

A couple of girlfriends and I decided to have a little appetizer potluck the other night and I, of course, was thrilled to have an excuse to try a few munchies that I'd been craving. I decided to make something old and something new - my mom's cheese puffs and Greek turkey meatballs with tzatziki, respectively. These are both incredibly simple recipes that work hot or cold and are easy to serve. Enjoy!

Mama Barb's Cheese Puffs

(Makes 16-20 puffs)

1 cup water
1 cup flour
6 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheet.
In a small pot, bring the water and butter to a boil. Remove from heat.
Add the flour and beat until fully mixed.
Drop in eggs one at a time and beat. When blended and fluffy, stir in your cheese.
Drop dough onto cookie sheet (1/2 cup size approximately). Bake for about 20 minutes, check, then bake for 10 additional minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.

Greek Turkey Meatballs with Tzatziki

Recipe, adapted from Skinnytaste:
(Makes 24 meatballs)

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 zucchini, grated, with excess liquid squeezed out
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 egg
1/3 cup Feta cheese
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Black ground pepper to taste
* I made these gluten-free by omitting the breadcrumbs in the original recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease a large cookie sheet. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands if you want! Roll balls into approximately 1/8 cup size. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until browned and bubbling.

For tzatziki:
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix all ingredients together!

And for Superbowl Sunday, we dug into onion dip (made with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream!), spicy chicken bites, crudites, and quesadillas. Go Giants!



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