Girls Night In

As much as I enjoy going out with my best girls, there’s something great about staying in.   We’ve been so busy lately and agreed it was time for a girls night in.  I thought about serving a full dinner, but decided it would be more fun to sit around and nosh on some heavy apps and wine (of course).

It’s always a struggle to host friends while you’re prepping and cooking in the kitchen.  This time I made a few easy and delicious options that I was able to prep in advance and make quickly so I was able to enjoy my company.  Here are some of the snacks I served and hope they provide some inspiration for your next girls night.

Classic Bruschetta 

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Ingredients:

  • Fresh rosemary baguette
  • Package of grape tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Garlic
  • Red onion
  • Meyer lemon olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cream of balsamic (balsamic glaze)

Directions:

  1. Wash and chop the package of grape tomatoes
  2. Chop 3 fresh garlic cloves
  3. Finely chop 1/4 cup of red onions
  4. Combine first three ingredients in a bowl and toss with 3 tbsp of Meyer lemon olive oil.  Regular olive oil works great too, but this adds such a fresh burst of flavor.  Cover and refrigerate for a few hours for flavors to combine.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  6. Cut your baguette into 1/2 inch slices with a bread knife and place on a cookie sheet.  Lightly brush the top off each piece of bread with a light coating of extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Place bread on the top rack of the oven and set the timer to 5-6 minutes until golden brown on the edges.
  8. Remove the tomato mixture from the refrigerator and mix with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Wash and dry fresh basil- about a bunch.  Stack each leaf on each other and roll like a cigar.  Take your knife and chop into confetti like strings to top your bruschetta when your ready to serve.
  10. Place a spoonful of mixture on top of each piece of bread.  Sprinkle with a pinch of shaved Parmesan and a few pieces of fresh basil.  Finally, top with a drizzle of cream of balsamic.
  11. Place on your serving dish and you’re ready to enjoy.

Fig-Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula

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Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of Naan bread
  • Fig spread (I use Dalmatia Dried Fig Spread)
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Shaved Parmesan (optional)
  • 2 slices fresh prosciutto
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread a generous amount of fig spread on the Naan bread
  3. Slice one medium size ball of mozzarella and place pieces on top of the fig spread
  4. Place on parchment paper and bake for 10 min (keep checking depending on your oven)
  5. Note:  The cheese is going to go everywhere- don’t worry, it will crisp up
  6. Once it’s baked to your liking, remove from oven
  7. In a bowl toss the washed arugula, olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste)
  8. Place the arugula mixture on top of the warm pizza
  9. Break up the pieces of prosciutto and lay on top of the arugula with a few sprinkles of shaved Parmesan (optional)
  10. Cut into pieces and serve warm

Chicken Italian Sausage Pizza

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Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of Naan bread
  • Pizza sauce (I used Rao’s)
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 mild Italian sausages (in casing) from meat counter
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil

Directions:

  • Chop 1/2 of a medium red onion into thin slices
  • Heat olive oil in a medium size pan
  • Saute onions over medium heat
  • White the onions saute, remove the casing on the two sausages and discard
  • Break apart the sausage meat into the pan and cook thoroughly with onions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Take 1 piece of Naan bread and add a layer of pizza sauce on top (to your liking)
  • Add the sausage and onion mixture on top
  • Then add shredded mozzarella cheese on top (to your liking)
  • Bake in the oven for about 10 min (keep in longer if you like it crispy)
  • Remove from the oven and add the fresh basil on top just before serving
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