There is something about filling my kitchen with beautifully dressed woman, sipping champagne, nibbling on delicious little noshes, and chatting up all things girly. Ah, I love Girl’s Night Out and am saddened that I don’t do them more often. I guess I would, but life seems to get in the way. It’s a great life, so that’s OK with me. Here are the nibbles…
Brie Bites– fill each mini fillo cup with a tiny cube of brie, a spoonful of blueberry fruit spread (I used a baby spoon), and top with a pecan half. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until cheese has softened and pecan is toasted. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Smoked Salmon Toasts– Spread a mixture of cream cheese, horseradish, and honey on little toast crackers (Trader Joe’s). Top with a small piece of smoked salmon and decorate with capers and tiny bits of red onion. Sprinkle with dried dill.
Bruschetta on Baguette Toasts– not in photo, I purchased Trader Joe’s Bruschetta mix (jarred) and dolloped it on toasted baguette slices.
Cambozola and Pita Crackers– both from Trader Joe’s
Cucumber Canapes– Mix 1/2 packet Italian dressing mix, 8 ounces cream cheese, and heaping tablespoon mayonnaise until smooth. Spread over non-toasted baguette slices and top with a cucumber triangle.
Devils on Horseback– Wrap dried apricot halves with cooked bacon slices and secure with a toothpick. This is usually done with prunes but the texture of the apricots in this dish is fantastic. Made by my friend Maggie!
Syllabub– Place berries in a cordial glass and top with syllabub. To make syllabub stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup sweet white wine (I used Riesling), and the juice and zest of 1/2 lemon until the sugar has dissolved. Whip heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form then start slowly pouring wine mixture in cream while you continue whisking until cream is thick and holds a peak. I used my KA mixer to do this. This cream is fantastic, all the flavors come through wonderfully. Don’t forget to serve nice chocolate bars, truffles, or Belgian Chocolates with this dessert. I found this recipe on thekitchn.com.
Beverages– champagne, sparkling water, sparkling apple juice. Girls love sparkle.