Fall Appetizers

Susan Ritts is the creator of Puttingontheritts.com which has tons of tasty recipes.  She’s also the author of Cooking and Entertaining With Ease. She stopped by to make jalapeno cheese & bacon app along with some other yummy snacks.

Mushroom/Brie Crostini’s

Crusty French bread crackers
One container each button mushrooms, baby bellas & shitakes, sliced
Olive oil
3 TBS chopped garlic
One large white onion, chopped
Chopped parsley, 2-3 TBS
Large wedge of brie cheese, cut into 1/2 to 3/4 inch slices.

Preheat oven to 400. Place crusty French crackers on a cookie sheet.

In a large, non-stick frying pan, heat 3 TBS olive oil and add chopped onion. Sauté for for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped garlic & sauté another 2 minutes. Add all sliced mushrooms & mix well. Saute until mushrooms are cooked through, about 5-7 minutes, adding additional oil if needed. Add parsley & stir.

Remove from heat. Top crackers with about 1 TBS mushroom mixture. Top mushrooms with a piece of Brie (trimmed to fit on each cracker). Cooke in preheated oven until Brie is melted, about 10 minutes. Remove & serve!!


Broiled Jalapeno, Cheese & Bacon App – Makes 24

12 fresh jalapenos, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds removed
1 brick spicy Monterey Jack cheese (or just Monterey Jack cheese)
24 slices bacon
Garlic salt & pepper

Preheat oven to low broil. Place cut jalapenos on broiler pan. Cut chunks of cheese to fit inside each cut jalapeno. Sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper to taste.

Wrap each jalapeno half with a slice of bacon, covering the entire jalapeno & cheese.

Place broiler pan in oven close to broiler heat. Broil approximately 7-8 minutes, checking often. Bacon should not be crispy, but cooked. If bacon isn’t cooked and cheese bubbling after 8 minutes, turn broiler to high for 1 minute or less – again watching closely. Remove, cool a bit and serve. NOTE: This is really good at room temp as well.


Apple Cider Martini

1 oz Vodka
1 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Lime juice
Dash cinnamon
Apple Slices &/or cinnamon stick ( I always use honey crisp apples…the BEST)

Combine Vodka, cider & lime juice in a martini shaker. Fill 1/2 container with ice. Shake until mixed & cold. Strain into martini glasses & garnish with a few apple slices &/or a cinnamon stick.

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