In the Beginning-First Bite

Anything on a Raft: The Bruschetta

Anything on a Raft: The Bruschetta

Anything on a raft? Ok guys, a raft supports your lovely bod on the water…right?   Of course we won’t be floating appetizers on water, but we will be using crostini, sliced baked potatoes, and chips to support delicious toppings. This is a great appetizer because it comes with so much variety. Set each bit out already made, or allow your guests to create their own. This is simple and creative so jump in and have fun! Lets toast it, bake it and chip it. You may just like it too much! Serves 8-10 * [ingredients title=”Equipment”] 1 sheet pan...

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Balsamic Glazed Crostini

Balsamic Glazed Crostini

The perfect balance of acidity, salt, and bread                         Serves 6-12   Ingredients: Eggplant Preparation: 1 lg                       Eggplant, peeled, sliced ½ inch slices 1 t                         Kosher salt 4                           Xtra large eggs, beaten well 1/2 Bu                  Italian Parsley, minced 1/2 t                      Salt 1/4 t                      Crushed Red Pepper 1 C                       AP Flour *Olive Oil for Frying   Balsamic Glaze: 1 C                         Balsamic Vinegar 2-3                         Garlic cloves, smashed 1 t                           Brown sugar 1/4  Cup                 Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1-2 Sprigs              Rosemary, Fresh (needles only) *Sauce pot for Glaze   Crostini Preparation: 1/2...

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Magically Delicious Pub Mix

Magically Delicious Pub Mix

Magically Delicious Pub Mix is a “Wee Bit Irish” for Sonder Brewery’s “Lore, Pale Ale” Leap’in Leprechaun!!!                   Lore, Pale Ale brings bright notes of grapefruit, citrus, and melon. A thirst quenching tale with a hoppy ending. Sweet, salty, spicy, and crunchy…with a tad of heat, is this pub mix! The texture and aroma will drive your taste buds and mouth feel over the rainbow to that “Pot of Gold” 4 components you must have to keep the Leprechauns leaping for more! Brown Sugar Pretzel Nibs dusted with Green Sanding Sugar Spicy Pale Ale Beer Nuts...

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Succulent Shrimp and Spicy Cocktail Sauce

Succulent Shrimp and Spicy Cocktail Sauce

There are boiled shrimp…and then there are really good boiled shrimp. The trick is to flavor up the water and taste it before you drop the critters into the hot tub.   The other make or break factor is the texture. Be sure not to over cook them – no one wants to bite into a rubber shrimp! This is a simple recipe for a timeless appetizer, but if you want to achieve that “wowie” factor, buy jumbo shrimp (21-25 count to the lb.). For a nice impact, buy large shrimp (31-35 count to the lb.) or if quantity is...

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