Meijer: Holiday Appetizers
Try a new twist to start your meal! Your guests will be impressed by this different and delicious spin on bruschetta using sweet potatoes in place of bread. And, for appetizers on the lighter side, try our simple and delicious recipes for goat-cheese stuffed grapes and brie-fig tartlets.
Sweet Potato Bruschetta
2 long, narrow sweet potatoes, unpeeled, scrubbed well, sliced into ½ inch slices
Meijer Olive oil or vegetable oil for spraying
Blue Cheese and Bacon Topping:
1/3 cup Meijer plain Greek yogurt
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. McCormick cayenne pepper
1/4 cup, plus 1 tbsp. blue or gorgonzola cheese
2-3 Tbsp. Meijer Real Bacon pieces
2 tbsp. minced fresh chives
1 tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional)
Goat Cheese and Cranberry Topping:
¼ cup Meijer light cream cheese
4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
2 tsp. honey
2 tbsp. roasted pumpkin seeds or chopped pistachios
2 tbsp. Meijer dried cranberries (fresh pomegranate seeds may be used in place of cranberries)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat both sides of sweet potato slices with olive oil or spray, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread potatoes out on a baking pan.
2. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife-tender. Let cool completely before topping.
3. For the blue cheese and bacon topping: in a small bowl combine yogurt, cayenne and ¼ cup of the blue cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
4. For the goat cheese, cranberry and pumpkin seed topping, in a small bowl combine cream cheese, goat cheese and honey with a fork or whisk until smooth.
5. To assemble: Evenly spoon the blue cheese topping onto the center of half of the sweet potato slices and top with bacon, chives, remaining blue cheese, and (if desired) walnuts. Spoon the goat cheese topping onto center of remaining half of sweet potato slices. Sprinkle goat cheese and top with pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Serve.
*Nutrition Information per serving (2 bruschetta): 80 calories, 2.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 5g protein
* Nutritional analysis reflects sweet potato bruschetta topped with the bacon and blue cheese topping.
Recipe Adapted from: Meijer Healthy Living Naturally November-December 2013, IN Marketing
Goat-Cheese-Stuffed Grape Bites with Pistachios
3 cups (1 pound) Grapes (Green, Red and/or Black)
8 ounces soft goat cheese or herbed Boursin cheese
1 cup pistachios, chopped
1. Cut grapes in half; scoop out part of flesh with a small spoon)
2. Roll goat cheese into small balls and place in cavity of grapes.
3. Sprinkle cheese with chopped pistachios
4. Serve chilled
Recipe Source: Green, Black, Red Recipes for Using California Grapes
Tuesday, January 14 2014, 11:44 AM CST