Confession: I only like the Super Bowl for the parties. The food parties. You know what I mean, right?
Nothing says food coma bliss to me more than being surrounded by dozens of rapturous appetizers and heady drinks, all of which I plan to nibble on at least twice during the course of the evening. I am a food whore. Don’t judge.
I especially like food in miniature form. Appetizers. Bites. Amuse Bouches. Tastes. Firsts.
You get the idea.
My rationale for all this is quite simple, actually. I mean, the smaller the size, the more you can eat (because they say food portion is everything these days) and the more you can cram onto your plate. By the time I’m finished taking a sample of everything on the table, my dish resembles a gigantic plethora of offerings fit for a Sun God. Or an Egyptian Sphinx. Perhaps even Mother Hubbard (Though, Lord knows that woman doesn’t need ANY more food in her. Have you seen her backside?!).
But, you know me and my greedy-selfish ways. I hoard it all to myself. Moon Goddess or no.
I find myself a cozy, comfy place to sit for the entire evening. I nibble on this. I nibble on that. I relish in the fact that I enjoy “mindful eating,” that is, chewing slowly, acknowledging each layer of flavor that tickles my palate, from sweet, to sour, to bitter, to umami.
I cheer when the underdog scores, because I’m kind like that. And I laugh when a funny commercial strikes the screen, because, duh, it’s funny!
When it comes to the type of food I enjoy the most, it really depends. Sometimes it’s based on my mood. Other times, it’s based on the alignment of the stars. But overall, I’m not too selective.
But, of course, I do have my favorites.
And because I’m a lady (96% of the time), I tend to hold a special place in my cravings department for the following two appetizers. They’re a little dainty. A little posh. And a lot delicious. They’re also super simple to make and have only the freshest essential ingredients. I know you will love them.
Disclaimer: The preceding appetizers are geared towards women for two reasons. 1. They are small and cute, and 2. They are small and cute.
This does not mean men cannot indulge in said appetizers as well. After all, men require pretty time, too.
Crostini with Boursin Cheese and Tomato-Mango Relish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 French baguette; cut into diagonal slices
Extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove; halved
½ pint grape tomatoes; chopped finely
1 mango; chopped finely
1 garlic clove; minced
Salt to taste
Boursin or goat cheese
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place the slices of French baguette onto a baking sheet, spreading them out. Drizzle each slice with extra virgin olive oil. Use a brush to coat the top of each slice evenly.
Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown and crunchy. Immediately after taking out of the oven, rub each crostini with the cut side of a garlic clove. The heat from the crostini will slowly melt the garlic, infusing it with wonderful garlic flavor. Allow the crostini to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, combine the chopped tomatoes, mango, garlic, a splosh of extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl; Mix. Taste for seasonings.
Spread a generous layer of Boursin or goat cheese on each crostini. Top with a teaspoon of the tomato-mango relish. Drizzle with additional extra virgin olive oil right before serving.
Buffalo Mozzarella Bites with Pesto and Grape Tomatoes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
1 container fresh Buffalo mozzarella; cut into thick, round slices
1 container store-bought pesto
Grape tomatoes; halved
Extra virgin olive oil
Assemble by placing a thick round of Buffalo mozzarella on the bottom, topping with a teaspoon of pesto, and anchoring a halved grape tomato on top. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and then sprinkle with sea salt.
Pick up and eat with your bare hands. Mhm.
Stay tuned next week when I address the issue of meaty-manly mega appetizers perfect for the fellas.