December 15, 2011

Blue Cheese Canapes with Pecans and Grapes

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I love the holidays. There are always parties happening, Christmas music everywhere you go and people tend to be a little nicer {hopefully} this time of year.

Well I am throwing a party for 250+ soldiers with lots of holiday music all in one week... and hopefully by the end I will still be nice and cheery. Can I pull it off? We will have to see, but I have amazing friends and family helping me with all they can.
No, I am not a procrastinator that put this off to the last minute. Horrifically, our venue that we had been working with canceled on us 6 days before the party so I have been semi vacant the past couple of days making phone calls, errands, phone calls and lists all to try and put this party back together.

It has not been easy but we are making it work... I hope.
So in the spirit of giving, I wanted to give you all this amazing recipe that I found for the perfect appetizer to your holiday party. I actually made this over the fall when Paul and I went to Vermont on our mini vacation and it was excellent. 

When I made them it was perfect for app's in front of the fire but as we were munching down I thought to myself that these would be perfect for Christmas at holiday parties and get togethers.
So here they are, the most delicious little snacks on crackers that you will serve up. You can even mix the ingredients in a bowl and leave in the fridge until your guests arrive and you are ready to serve.

Happy partying!!
Blue Cheese Canapes with Pecans and Grapes
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño

Recipe adopted by Epicurious

1/4 cup pecan halves (1 ounce)
1 teaspoon unsalted butter1/8 teaspoon salt
3 ounces firm blue cheese, crumbled (3/4 cup)
30 small plain crackers such as Melba toasts
30 small fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
15 small red seedless grapes, halved lengthwise

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Toast pecans in a shallow baking pan until fragrant and a shade darker, about 10 minutes. Toss hot pecans in pan with butter and salt, then cool.

Coarsely chop nuts, then toss together with cheese in a bowl, without mashing.
Top each cracker with a mounded teaspoon of cheese mixture, pressing together slightly, then top with a parsley leaf and a grape half, gently pressing them into cheese.

Ready to serve. 

1 comment:

Ashley@Bakerbynature said...

These look like an amazing little appetizer!!