Blue Cheese Wafers with Blackberry Compote #BluesdayTuesday

Blue Cheese Wafers with Blackberry Compote

Summer is the time when easy recipes are the order of the day.Recipes that require least amount of effort with maximum flavor and phenomenal results.I have one such recipe for you today that involves Blue Cheese!I’m glad to be partnering with Castello for a Summer of Blue, a celebration of sweet, salty and tangy blue cheese recipes that’ll have your mouth watering throughout the summer.From crumbled, soft, and spreadable, to a sliced blue cheese perfect for melting with floral notes, Castello has a wide range of unique blue cheeses.They were kind enough to send me their Noble Blue that we just loved in our burgers, salads, dips and of course this recipe that I have for you today!

Blue Cheese Wafers with Blackberry Compote

My Blue Cheese Wafers with Blackberry Compote are your perfect party hors d’oeuvre and look super cute. They take minutes to prepare and the piquant flavors from the Castello Noble Blue come through in every bite. The savory wafers are delicate, crumbly little rounds and melt in your mouth. Your food processor is all you need to bring the dough together.Once baked,you can store these in an airtight container if making in advance.

Blue Cheese Wafers

My blackberry compote is a thick luscious sweet topping with thyme and lemon and tastes delicious. I found out that Blackberry complements blue cheese like none other with its slight tartness and seems almost natural with it. Every bite of these wafers topped with the compote is a flavor explosion with the savory,sweet,tart all in harmony.Enjoy!

Blackberry Compote

Blue Cheese Wafers with Blackberry Compote #BluesdayTuesday

Ingredients

    For the Wafers
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 ounces blue cheese crumbled
  • For the Blackberry Compote
  • 1 Pint Blackberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • juice of a lemon
  • fresh thyme leaves- 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wafers
  4. In a food processor place the flour,butter and blue cheese and process until the dough comes together and starts to form a ball.
  5. Empty the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times to bring together.
  6. Divide the dough into about 30 balls.
  7. Press each ball slightly with your fingers onto the baking sheet while gently forming a round shape.
  8. Bake for 15 mins until golden.Cool for 5 mins and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Blackberry Compote
  10. Place blackberries,sugar,lemon juice and thyme leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  11. Cook, stirring occasionally until the berries become soft and juicy.
  12. Allow to cool.
  13. To serve
  14. Top the wafers with a little bit of the compote when ready to serve.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the hashtag #BluesdayTuesday every Tuesday through September for even more blue cheese goodness. Also don’t forget to enter to win a summer’s supply of Castello Blue Cheese by clicking the image below!

 

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post in partnership with Castello and all opinions are my own.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Mint

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Mint

We’re all constantly on the look out for easy crowd pleasing recipes.I’ve always believed that appetizers are the star of a party.Don’t we all just love to nibble on them while sipping our favorite drink and enjoying a conversation? I like a good spread of appetizers when I entertain and love experimenting with different flavors for my next party.The recipe I have for you today came about as a result of some mint waiting to be used and I saw the perfect opportunity to use them when I spotted a jar of roasted red peppers sitting forlornly in my pantry.A dip combining the two sounded very appetizing and I was on my task.

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Dips are always popular and can be whipped-up in no time even if you have unexpected guests.They taste delicious and can be quite addictive.You can get creative by adding nuts, cream cheese or mayonnaise, spices etc to flavor your dips and it’s always a hit with kids and adults.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Mint

This dip has a vibrant red color and a slight kick from the cayenne.I’ve used walnuts for some body and texture and of course the mint flavors it to perfection.The result is a smoky,peppery, nutty dip just waiting to be devoured.Serve it with crudités, pita or any chips of your choice.Enjoy!

Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Mint

Ingredients

  • 7 ounce jar of Roasted Red Pepper-Drained and diced
  • 1 Garlic
  • Ground Cumin-1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • Mint-1/4 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil-1 tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. In a pan toast the walnuts on medium heat until slightly golden and aromatic.
  2. In a food processor add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve with your favorite chips.

Indian Spiced Roasted Fennel and Goat Cheese Salad

Indian Spiced Roasted Fennel and Goat Cheese Salad

Hello!!

I’ve been missing in action since I was away on a family Holiday to the UK. It’s our second home since the hubs and I have family there and we’ve lived in various parts of UK including London, Walsall and Edinburgh. We had a great time meeting our families, attending my cousins’ engagement ceremony and also got to meet an old school friend after 20 years!!Our trip also involved going down the memory lane and showing our kids our old place in London and favorite local areas apart from the famous landmarks.The trip was fantastic and the weather gods were very kind since we had some gorgeous days with plenty of sunshine. Here are some pics from our London trip.

London

Just before we left for our holiday, I made this amazing salad that I have to share with you. You know how much I love Fennel. The sweet flavors reminiscent of licorice and anise are very refreshing and my favorite way to use them is by roasting them until they’re slightly golden and the flavors come through. Some other examples of using fennel are over here and here. But this recipe I have for you today has it all.The flavors, the richness, the elegance and the ease of the oven doing the work for you.

Indian Spiced Roasted Fennel Goat Cheese Salad

I like to use Indian spices in my roasted vegetables. Ground Cumin and coriander work perfectly with almost anything. Adding garlic is imperative while roasting veggies. Don’t you agree? My last minute idea of adding some smooth and delicate goat’s cheese is the icing on the cake here that does wonders to this salad. The complex flavors from the spices and the garlic with the sweetness of the fennel combined with the tangy creamy goat’s cheese is all you need in your life. Trust me.

Indian Spiced Roasted Fennel and Goat Cheese Salad

 

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Indian Spiced Roasted Fennel and Goat’s Cheese Salad

Ingredients

  • Fennel-2
  • Ground Cumin-1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garlic powder- 2 tsp
  • Paprika or mild red chili powder-1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil-2 tbsp
  • Fresh Goat cheese-small log about 5 ounces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 400 degrees.
  2. Discard the hard outer shell and slice the fennel into strips.
  3. In a baking sheet add the fennel along with cumin,coriander.paprika,garlic,salt and oil.Mix well
  4. Spread evenly all over the tray and bake for about 12-15 minutes until slightly golden.
  5. Crumble goat cheese all over and bake for another 2-3 minutes until slightly melted.
  6. Enjoy!

Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce #GalloFamily #SundaySupper

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Summer is the time to be outdoors!Glorious days with gleaming sunshine is the perfect excuse to go for a hike, a trip to the beach or a picnic.Add some good food and wine to the mix and its a party!Talking of picnics and July being the ‘National picnic month’ we’re partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards in pairing some delectable picnic recipes with their amazing selection of wines that also come in mini bottles!

Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

I adore picnics. Especially in this day and age when digital screens have sabotaged our lives, it’s a great way to enjoy outdoors and appreciate nature in all its glory. We’re blessed to have some lovely picnic areas in our vicinity. Our favorite though is our community park that has a beautiful picnic area overlooking the lake with ample amount of picnic tables and bbq pits. Kids look forward to playing their favorite games while packing their favorite sports equipment and I’m totally focused on the food to pack. We’re big on flavor and spice over here and I love a nice mix of vegetarian/meat appetizers along with cold salads, sandwiches, fruits, dessert and drinks for our picnic. We typically go as a group with our friends and divide the menu. Nothing like a beautiful day spent in the sun sipping your favorite drink, enjoying the food, fun, games and laughter with friends.

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When it comes to the drink menu wine ranks high on my list!I’ve enjoyed Gallo Family Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio for years but when they sent me these cute little mini bottles of Pink Moscato I was thrilled!How convenient!Its the perfect little size to carry to any outdoor event and I’m sure the wine lovers are with me on this one!I had an option to choose from their selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Pink Moscato, Pinot Noir, Red Moscato or White Zinfandel and I chose the fruity Pink Moscato since it pairs well with Spicy food.

Peanut/Satay Sauce

Thai food is in high demand in my family and it’s served on our table almost every week.Like these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps or my Thai Red Curry Chicken!For our event I decided to make these amazing Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs that my kids love with a luscious Peanut Sauce!The meatballs have the earthy flavors from the lemongrass, galangal and spices like cumin and coriander in the red curry paste.My kids even help me shape the meatballs.So much fun!The meatballs taste delicious and its always a great way to get kids to enjoy different flavors.The smooth peanut sauce rich with peanut butter and coconut milk has a subtle hint of the spices from the red curry paste and just the right amount of sweetness .The meatballs dunked in the sauce is a harmonious blend of flavors in your mouth with the spicy, sweet and sour all coming together.

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Gallo Family Vineyards’ Pink Moscato or the White Zinfandel would complement these meatballs beautifully.The Pink Moscato has lovely aroma of citrus and peach with hints of fresh red berries and orange blossoms on the palate.Its refreshing on these hot summer days and has a remarkable balance overall.Sweet and fruity with a light pink color, it’s the perfect light bodied drink with your lunch and pairs well with spicy foods or even desserts!Enjoy!

Thai Spiced Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce #GalloFamily #SundaySupper

Ingredients

    For the meatballs
  • Ground Chicken-1 lb
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • Cilantro-2-3 tbsp chopped
  • Bread Crumbs-1/2 cup
  • Salt-to taste
  • Oil
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix the meatball ingredients and form into round balls.
  3. Place the meatballs on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until all cooked and slightly golden.
  4. Peanut sauce
  5. In a pot place all the ingredients and bring to a gentle boil whisking continuously.Let it simmer for 3-5 minutes.Allow to cool before emptying in a jar or a box.

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Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells #idahopotato #SundaySupper

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells

If there’s one vegetable that’s used extensively in all cuisines it has to be the humble potato. It is the fourth largest grown crop in the world after rice, wheat and maize.Who doesn’t love potatoes!The smell of a fried or roasted potato alone can trigger hunger pangs in anyone.Its America’s favorite vegetable and an average American eats about 110 pounds of potatoes each year!

Did you also know that Potatoes have a higher Potassium and Vitamin C content than bananas!

Surprised?I was too.

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells

The one name that’s synonymous with potatoes in America is Idaho® potatoes.The reason being they are simply the best and America’s favorite.Idaho’s rich volcanic soil, warm days, cool nights and clean water from the Idaho mountains gives their potatoes a unique texture and taste.Unlike potatoes from other states that are grown seasonally, Idaho® potatoes are available all year round.They come in different varieties like the ever popular Russet,Red,Fingerling and Gold.Idaho® potatoes were kind enough to send me their gorgeous Russet and Fingerling potatoes that were absolutely delicious.The potatoes have a lovely buttery flavor and my family has enjoyed them roasted,mashed,in my curries and stir fry’s!

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells fillingIndian cuisine has had a long love affair with potatoes.Right from mouth watering appetizers like chaat, samosas, tikkis (cakes) to vegetarian/meat curries and rice dishes like Biryani and Pilaf, the list goes on.As a result I’ve grown up enjoying potatoes in their myriad forms and use them obsessively in my cooking like my Potato and Asparagus or Indian Smashed Potatoes. If you’re a potato lover like me, then you’re going to love my recipe today.

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My Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells are the perfect appetizer for your parties.I’ve tried to keep the recipe pretty simple with an Indian twist using ingredients that are easily available at your grocery store.I’ve used the lovely Russet Potatoes and they were perfect for this recipe.The potatoes are flavored with nutty cumin and a mix of earthy spices in the garam masala.I’ve added jalapeños for some heat and roasted peanuts for texture and crunch. The result is a piquant filling that can be quite addictive and you might want to make a big batch of these :).

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As you bite into it, you first taste the flaky pastry before being engulfed with the deliciousness of the potato filling quite similar to a samosa.Its phenomenal.The filling can be made ahead and heated just before serving. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make and looks cute too!Just drop a few spoonfuls into each shell and you’re good to go.Serve these along with some Thai Sweet Chili sauce or tamarind chutney (if you’re lucky to have an Indian grocery near you) and watch these disappear in no time.Enjoy!

Indian Spiced Potato Pastry Shells #idahopotato #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • Frozen Puff Pastry Shells/Cups-1 pack
  • 3 large Idaho® potatoes
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • 1/2 inch Ginger crushed
  • Jalapeño-1 seeded and diced
  • Ground Coriander-1 tsp
  • Garam Masala-1 tsp
  • Roasted peanuts-2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Bake the Puff Pastry Cups according to the instructions.
  2. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the potatoes.Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover the pot,lower the heat and let it cook for about 15-20 mins or until the potatoes are cooked.
  4. Once cooled, peel the potatoes and mash it slightly with a fork or a potato masher.
  5. Heat oil in a pan.
  6. Add the cumin seeds and once they start to splutter lower the heat and add the ginger and jalapeño.
  7. Add the garam masala, ground coriander and the peanuts. Saute for a minute.
  8. Add the mashed potatoes, salt and mix well.Check the seasonings.
  9. When ready to serve add about a 2 tbsp of the filling in each shell and serve with your favorite sweet condiment.

Check out some other great recipe ideas from our Sunday Supper bloggers and get inspired!

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Disclosure-This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.