Appetizers for a Girl’s Night Out

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

Beverages– champagne, sparkling water, sparkling apple juice. Girls love sparkle.

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  1. avatar 12th Man Training Table
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    Boys Night Out sure could learn a lot from Girls Night Out!!

  2. avatar Amy
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Wow – what a beautiful presentation!

  3. avatar Rindy R
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 6:57 AM | Permalink

    Robin – what a lovely evening it was! Thank you for including me in such a "Sparkling" night!

  4. avatar Kelly
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 7:57 AM | Permalink

    What an amazing spread! Looks like a great Girls Night IN, to me. :)

  5. avatar Mary at Deep South Dish
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Very nice and what fun!

  6. avatar Ingrid
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

    One day! :)

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes!

    Btw, How's your mom? Staying on her feet? hee-hee, I kid. Hope she's 100%!

  7. avatar Keeping up with the Freitas'
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    Great ideas… and I have to second the Trader Joe's cambazola – it is sooo fantastic! (You can buy it in other stores but it seems to be half the price at Trader Joes.) Looks like a fun party!

  8. avatar Karen
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 12:00 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like fun and such delectable little bites. I bet everyone had a wonderful time!

  9. avatar Natalie
    Posted 06/08/2010 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    what a GREAT spread of bites! now you have me wanting to host girl's night…must do soon :)

  10. avatar grace
    Posted 06/09/2010 at 5:26 AM | Permalink

    what fun! yes, the rarity of something like this makes it all the more enjoyable when it does get to happen! i love those brie bites most of all. :)

  11. avatar pigpigscorner
    Posted 06/09/2010 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    That's so fun with so much yummy treats!

  12. avatar Mimi
    Posted 06/09/2010 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    Great food, good freinds, fun party.

  13. avatar FOODalogue
    Posted 06/09/2010 at 6:03 PM | Permalink

    Looks delicious…can I come to next 'girls' night'?

  14. avatar gfe--gluten free easily
    Posted 06/17/2010 at 5:58 PM | Permalink

    What an amazing feast! I hosted our last girls' night out and it was a tea … lovely. We usually have scallops wrapped in bacon for our devils on horseback. Neat to see how folks do it differently! :-)


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