1/2 c Butter
2 lb Mushrooms, 1-1/2" to 2" in diameter
1 c Minced clams, with liquid
1 Clove garlic, minced
1/2 c Dried bread crumbs
1/3 c Parsley, chopped
3/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Ground black pepper
Preparation : Melt butter in sauce pan. Remove and dice mushrooms stems. Dip mushroom caps in butter and place, rounded side down, on a rack on a cookie sheet. Drain clams and reserve liquid. In melted butter, saute mushrooms stems and garlic. Add clam liquid and simmer until mushroom stems are tender. Remove from heat and stir in the bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps. Broil about 6 " from heat for about 8 minutes, until mushrooms are tender and tops are lightly browned. Sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice on each and serve hot.
Bacon and Smoked Oysters
2 cn Smoked oysters
1/4 c Light vegetable oil
1/2 lb Bacon strips
40 Round wooden toothpicks
3 tb Garlic, minced
Preparation : Cut bacon strips in thirds. Wrap a bacon slice around each oyster and place a toothpick through to hold it in place. In a medium skillet, heat oil, and add garlic. Cook wrapped oysters in oil until bacon is crisp. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel to drain.
Blue Cheese and Walnuts Appetizers
1 c Walnuts
1 c Crumbled blue cheese
1 Egg beaten with 1 tb water
Preparation : Just chop 1 cup of walnuts (depending on the size of brie you need to cover) and stir into 1 cup crumbled blue cheese. Press onto the top of the brie and carefully wrap a sheet of thawed puff pastry dough (Roll out to size needed). Use fingers wet with cold water to seal underside of pastry. Cut off excess to make cut-outs and adhere to top of brie with a little cold water. Brush with egg mixture. Bake on a cookie sheet covered with baking parchment in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes until golden. (Parchment makes it simple to transfer brie to serving dish.) Let Baked Brie stand for 20-30 Min. before cutting to let it firm up a little
6 tb Butter or margarine
1/4 c Hot pepper sauce
Vegetable oil for frying
18 Chicken wings, disjointed, tips discarded
Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce: 1/4 lb Blue cheese, Roquefort or Gorgonzola
1/2 c Mayonnaise
1/2 c Sour cream
1 tb Lemon juice
1 tb Wine vinegar
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add hot sauce and remove from the heat. In a large frying pan or deep-fat fryer, heat 1" of oil to 375. Fry wings in batches without crowding until golden brown, 12 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Brush wings with spicy butter. Serve warm with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.
For Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
In small bowl, mash the blue cheese, leaving some small lumps. Whisk in the mayonnaise until blended. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, wine vinegar, and hot pepper sauce; whisk until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Caviar Heart Kisses
1 sm Cucumber, scrubbed and trimmed
1/3 c Sour Cream
1 ts Dried dill weed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Jar red salmon caviar
Fresh dill sprigs
8 Thin slices whole-wheat bread
Butter or margarine
Slice cucumber into 1/4-inch rounds.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, dried dill and pepper. Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber slice. Garnish each with about 1/2 teaspoon caviar and a dill sprig.
Cut bread slices with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Toast and butter. Place cucumber slices in center of serving plate and surround with toast hearts.
Cheddar and Broccoli Valentine's Day Appetizers
10 oz Frozen chopped broccoli*
8 oz Whole kernal corn; drained
1/4 c Onion; chopped
1/2 c Walnuts; coarsely chopped
1/2 c Milk
1/4 c Butter; melted
1/2 c Bisquick
1/4 ts Garlic salt
1 c Cheddar cheese; shredded
*Thawed and drained. Heat oven to 375. Grease a 9x9x2" pan.
Mix broccoli, corn, onion and walnuts. Place in pan. Beat milk, butter, eggs, bisquick and garlic salt until smooth, 15 seconds. in blender on high, stopping blender frequently to scrape sides if necessary, or 1 minute. with electric mixer on high. Pour evenly into pan. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 23-25 minutes.; sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes longer. cool 30 minutes. Cut into triangles or squares. Makes 30 appetizers.