13 December 2009

Holiday Party Menu

Colby's watching Dexter right now and I can't bear to watch it. It's way too suspenseful for my taste and it makes me feel jumpy as hell. Instead, I'm in the home office (doors closed, of course) writing out the recipes for my Holiday/House warming party. You should probably come if you're in the Austin area. :) And just for a taste of what's to come, here's my proposed menu

garlic potato bites with prosciutto
hummus w/red+green veggies
sun dried tomato dip adapted from the Gourmet Today cookbook
baked brie wrapped in puff pastry
endives with mascarpone cheese and habanero jelly
gnocchi alla Romana (also from Gourmet Today)

chocolate chip cookies
rice krispie treats (because why not?)
rum balls (from Chris)
sugar cookies (from Baked)
coconut oatmeal cookies
thumbprint cookies (maybe)
gingerbread cookies (perhaps with a decorating station)

mulled apple cider
spiked hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps

06 December 2009

re-dishing thanksgiving

I posted a lot in November. I didn't quite make it the whole way through NaBloPoMo, but whatever, I tried. After like.. 27 posts or something ridiculous, I'm sort of out of things to say. Also, after prepping and cooking Thanksgiving for what seemed to be hours, I'm also a little burned out on the food front, although I did manage to make some tasty Thanksgiving "remixes".

Potato Croquettes (Adapted from Paula Deen)

1 T flour
1 T milk
3ish C mashed potatoes
2 eggs
panko breadcrumbs
3-4 T olive oil

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Mix flour, milk, mashed potatoes, 1 egg, and salt+pepper to taste. beat the other egg in a separate bowl with a little bit of water. form little disks (~2 in diameter) out of the potato mixture, and then dip them briefly in the egg wash, shaking off the excess. Dip into the panko and repeat for all. Working in batches, fry up the croquettes in the hot oil and flip when golden brown. Make sure there's enough space for each of the croquettes (they shouldn't touch). Serve with hot mustard because we all know that these are basically stand ins for knishes.