Category Archives: ASM Entertains

12/04/17

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

Man, oh man, oh man!  If that title didn’t suck you right in, the taste of these amazing, hand-held, sweet & savory appetizers certainly will!

And with the Holidays rolling around and lots of perfectly goo excuses for getting together, I am sharing one of my all-time favorite appetizer recipes with you… again!

SO incredibly delicious and so stinking easy.

All you need are 3 simple ingredients:

  • Pitted Medjool Dates*
  • Softened Goat Cheese
  • Bacon

*Note on the dates- I do believe that Medjool or Persian dates are larger and chewier than California dates, and I think they have more flavor and produce a tastier appetizer. Also, look for already split and pitted dates for easier assembly.

So, here we go! Just a few minutes and a little bit of prep away from cheesy, sweet, bacon wrapped bliss!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet or flat cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for even-easier clean-up!

Stuff the opening of each pitted date with softened goat cheese, press lightly with your fingers to “close”, and then wrap each date in 1/2 slice of bacon.

You can choose to secure these little bundles with a toothpick, or like I do, just place them seam side down on the baking sheet, and as the bacon bakes and crisps, they will form a seal.

It’s okay if the bacon stretches just a bit and tears, it will all bake deliciously together in the oven!

Place the dates in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crisp. Allow to rest on the baking sheet or baking pan for an additional 10-15 minutes before placing them on a serving plate. They will be very, very hot otherwise and the cheese in the center is gooey and molten.

They are also excellent served at room temperature, but I must admit, I can’t get enough when they are still warm from the oven.

The flavor combination is unlike anything! Salty, sweet, chewy, and of course- the BACON! I promise you will not able to eat just one.

And, the good news is, you can make as many as you need- ideal for small, intimate dinner parties, tailgates, cocktail parties, and even for a fancy family holiday.

For even easier entertaining, just assemble, arrange on the baking sheet, wrap with plastic wrap,  and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days ahead of your party.  Approximately an hour before guests arrive, bake as directed and allow to cool slightly. Then, when guests arrive, they are perfect for serving!

 Delicious!

I know you are going to love this one…

And when you make them, and I am convinced that you should, would you please invite me over?!?

XOXO….

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11/05/17

Crockpot Hot Cranberry “Tea” | Simple Hostessing Tip

Few things satisfy the soul like a mug of steamy hot tea, hot coffee, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider.

So, reason would suggest that an entire crock pot full of simmering fall goodness would be good for many souls. Wouldn’t it?

This special fall & wintertime drink is perfect for all sorts of social gatherings- a warm up after a day full of errands, hopping in and out of your car, at an open house, a house-warming party (it makes your house smell awesome by the way), or just simply an evening sipper when friends or family come over for quality time and conversation.

I absolutely love the idea of being able to offer my house guests something so warm and immediately inviting.

Makes them feel cared for. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all long for?

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And sometimes, the simplest of gestures mean the most.

Hot Cranberry Spiced Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts 100% Cranberry Juice
  • 1 quart pineapple juice
  • 1 quart water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp Allspice

Place all ingredients into large slow cooker or percolator. Heat and serve hot in mugs.

Garnish, if you so desire, with a swirl of orange peel and a cinnamon stick for extra fall-time flair.

Delicious, and so very easy!

My hope is that you enjoy this all fall & winter long!

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