Today we wanted to feature the recipes we used for our Dinner Party Blog so you can impress your friends at your (If you aren’t too full from the many feasts and family gatherings at Christmas…)
When we were brainstorming and pinteresting recipes to use for our dinner party, all of us agreed that we love the simplicity and tastiness of appetizers as opposed to a sit-down meal, when it comes to hosting! We’re busy ladies at Mad and we loved how easy these croustinis were to make and enjoy.
1 French baguette
¼ cup olive oil
1 package quality Prosciutto
1 round of Brie cheese
1 jar McEwan’s Cranberry Sauce
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
1 bottle McEwan’s Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
To make balsamic glaze:
Place one cup of McEwan’s Balsamic Vinegar along with brown sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat. Simmer, stirring frequently, until vinegar is thickened or the back of a spoon is coated. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
To assemble crostini:
Cut baguette into one-third inch slices, on a bias. Lightly coat with olive oil and bake for eight minutes at 375 degrees F until lightly toasted. Slice brie into thin strips and place on bread. Top with prosciutto and a generous teaspoon of McEwan’s Cranberry sauce. Sprinkle chopped walnuts, if using, and drizzle balsamic glaze over assembled crostini. Embellish with mint leaves or arugula.
We also put together a cheese board with roasted garlic and Nicola’s home made sun dried tomatoes!
Her recipe is:
Roma tomatoes, cut into fours, take out the seed/liquid. Toss in a howl with minced garlic( lots… just eyeball) and olive oil (eyeball again) . Then toast in the oven at 400 for about 30 minute & voila!
For dessert, a lemon bundt cake (made with love… by Costco, decorated by us though)!