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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Fooday: Putting Plans into Action (and making yummy goodness in the process)

Last week I pulled out a bunch of different recipe ideas to make during the Golden Globes. I listened to all of your feedback - and then let my husband decide (since he was, after all going to be the one eating the food!).

So I made him sit down and read my post - and he picked out 3 recipes that turned out amazing when all was said and done. We served them tapas style throughout the whole night, and ended up with 3 courses which we served about an hour apart. It was the perfect way to spend the evening!

Here's what I ended up making...

Dish #1: Caprese Kabobs

By far the easiest of the three recipes, we deiced to start with it. So it was our Red Carpet treat. You can't really go wrong with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and tomatoes! We did decide to spruce it up just a tad bit and get the seasoned mozzarella cheese ("cherry" size!), and I think it added the right kick of flavor. Once the kabobs were assembled, I drizzled a little balsamic vinegar and salt on the top, which proved to be a nice touch.

These would be perfect for your next party!

Dish #2: Ancho Chili Rub Tenderloin Sliders

The phrase "Ancho Chili" doesn't mean much to me... but the taste and tenderness of these sliders definitely made an impact! Whenever I'm putting sliders or mini-sandwiches together, I always opt to use sweet Hawaiian Rolls, which I did again for this recipe. The sweet contrasted with the spicy chili rub and with the tangy Chimichurri sauce to make one of the most delictable flavor combinations I've ever made in my kitchen (and pretty close to anything I've ever ordered at a restaurant).

One note: the meat will be expensive. We bought 1 lb. at $8.00, and it made six perfect little sandwiches. But if you want to make any more, be sure to budget for it! You can't skimp on the meat quality, since it's the focus of the dish.

Dish #3: Caramelized Onion, Bacon & Goat Cheese Pizza 

This won our Favorite Dish Award of the night. This "pizza" actually doesn't use tomato sauce. Instead the Caramelized Onions are so perfectly gooey and tender that they are the sauce. (Oh, and did I mention you actually cook the onions in bacon grease? Because that's the best part!)

Which type of pizza crust you use is up to you. I made a wheat pizza dough, which is my favorite (find the recipe here, where I used it making Calzones), but you can cheat and just buy the pre-packaged stuff. Totally up to you!

{For full recipes, click on the hyperlinks. I didn't want to overload you with text ♥}

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{Have a Great Weekend}


  1. YUMMAY! The kabobs look to be my favorite. The presentation of all the foods looks lovely. Good work!

  2. mmmm I love caprese salad. Those kebabs looks simple and delicious!

  3. All sounds so yummy! The sliders sound so good. May have to try it out!

  4. Mmm, those kabobs looks delicious!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Just when you thought..

  5. Oh my goodness those Caprese Kabobs look delicious!

  6. Ooh, Dish #2 looks delightful!!!

  7. Aren't those caprese kabobs delicious! I made something similar a few months ago and it was such a yummy and fresh appetizer. The sliders also look great!!