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Baba Ganoush: Eggplant Dip

Beautiful globes of eggplant piled high at farmer’s markets and grocery stores always beckon to me. I remember my mom making it when we were young, loaded with lemon, tahini, and more lemon. And then I remember when she didn’t make it anymore because they started selling pre-made baba ganoush at the store, but it was never as good so we just stopped eating baba ganoush altogether except on the rare occasion an eggplant would find its way home with us and we needed to find something to do with it.

Roast Eggplant Baba Ganoush

I probably went years without having baba ganoush since the Godfather has reservations about eggplant, but I missed it. Sometimes I would buy a small eggplant and make a bitty batch to eat, but this is a food for sharing. It’s for parties, or evenings in with family, or for spreading on a slice of wheat bread, folding in half and eating with your mom in the kitchen on a sunny afternoon.

Roasted Eggplant Recipe Baba Ganoush

I recently heard the siren song of the eggplants again and bought a small one, thinking it would be just for me. Imagine my surprise when my little girl asked for some, and then asked for more. So I bought a larger eggplant, and made more, and while she’s still a little young for sandwiches, I shared it with her, sitting in her high chair, on a sunny afternoon, and the happy memory was complete.

Roasted Eggplant Baba Ganoush Recipe

This particular baba ganoush recipe is very balanced in flavor, so good for potlucks and parties because it pairs well with pita triangles, crackers, or vegetables. It’s also Whole 30 compliant, making it a definitely not-boring healthy potluck or party dip option. I usually make mine a day or so ahead of time to allow the flavors time to meld and, if it’s for a party, make the day-of preparations less hectic. Enjoy my darlings!

Baba Ganoush: Eggplant Dip
 
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This easy and healthy eggplant dip is a delicious make-ahead appetizer option or a delicious vegan sandwich spread.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1¼ lb eggplant
  • 2 T tahini
  • 2 T olive oil plus a little more for roasting the eggplant
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  2. Wash and slice the eggplant in half and trim the leaves from the top, drizzle with olive oil and place cut-side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pierce the skin lightly all around with a fork
  3. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the eggplant is cooked through.
  4. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  5. Cut each half of the eggplant into 4-6 sections to fit into your blender or food processor.
  6. Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Flavors will develop and show at their best in a few hours.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

3 Easy Appetizers in Under 30 Minutes

Wonton Appetizer Header

When I’m planning a party and I need a variety of different appetizers, I want to keep things simple and one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to create a few easy variations based on one common ingredient. Back when we lived in Georgia, I learned one could bake wonton wrappers to make healthier “chips”. They weren’t very satisfying as chips, but I adored how perfect they were to as a base for toppings to make perfect little appetizers. They immediately became one of my secrets for easy entertaining.

Brie bites for baking

I made all three of the appetizers I’m going to share with you today: turkey banh mi cups, baked brie bites, and cream cheese chive wontons, in just under 30 minutes start to finish. Bam! Party entertaining made simple.

wrapping cream cheese chive wontons

If you don’t have 30 minutes or don’t need to make three different options, the Brie Bites are ready in 12 minutes – 2 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake. So easy, but they look so pretty and are the perfect size for munching while mingling.

Banh mi bites recipe

And if you’re really in a bind, or you don’t like Brie, bake the cups just like I do for the banh mi bites and fill with your favorite filling. Some of my favorite alternatives:

  • Hummus with a shred of roasted red pepper or sprinkle of paprika
  • Spinach dip – bake with the cups if you want to serve hot or spoon in later to serve cold
  • Taco bites – layer your favorite taco seasonings in each cup
  • Antipasti
  • Fresh strawberries with a drizzle of chocolate or condensed milk

Find what makes you happy and go with it! I’ve separated the recipes so you can see them more easily. The do chua (pickled vegetables) for the banh mi can be made ahead, and you can wrap the cream cheese chive bites up to a day ahead and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to bake.

Easy brie bites recipe

Cream Cheese Chive  Wontons

Wishing you happy and stress-free holiday entertaining!

Beautiful Appetizer Display

Banh Mi Bites
 
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Easy appetizer based on the popular Vietnamese sandwich, the banh mi, using wonton wrappers as cups
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp fish sauce**
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ⅔ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup quick pickled vegetables/do chua (recipe at Viet World Kitchen)*
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and sliced into 24 pieces
  • ¼ c mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Spray a nonstick mini-muffin tin with nonstick spray. Gently place the wonton wrappers in the wells and spray again. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the cups are golden brown.
  3. While the cups are baking, mix the turkey and soy sauce in a skillet over medium heat and cook thoroughly, stirring to break up the meat well.
  4. When the cups are done baking, remove from the oven and allow to set for two minutes.
  5. To fill the cups, layer with the turkey, vegetables, cilantro, a drizzle of mayo, and top with a sliver of jalapeno.
Notes
*I made the pickled vegetables in advance for use in sandwiches. I decreased the amount of sugar in the Viet World recipe by ¼. You may be able to find some pickled vegetables locally as well. If you don't, you can just replace this with shredded carrots for the appetizers.
**You may replace the fish sauce with an additional tsp of soy sauce.

 
Baked Brie Bites
 
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A classic party favorite in a bite sized form
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ lb brie cheese
  • ¼ cup jam*
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375F
  2. Spray a mini-muffin pan with nonstick spray, place the wonton wrappers in the nonstick pan, and spray again.
  3. Cut the brie into 24 cubes (about ⅓") and place one in each cup.
  4. Bake the cups for 9-10 minutes until the edges are a crisp golden brown.
  5. Place the jam in a piping bag or zip top bag, snip the tip or a corner, pipe the jam into each cup.
  6. Serve warm
Notes
*I used a pepper berry jam to give a slight kick. You may use whatever jam you prefer adding to baked brie, or substitute your favorite baked brie topping.

 
Cream Cheese Chive Wontons
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh chives
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chives with the softened cream cheese.
  3. Take a wonton wrapper, place about 1.5 tsp of the filling in the center. wet the edges and fold two opposing corners together to make a triangle. Leave as is or bring the two corners at the base of the triangle together. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat until you've made all the wontons. Spray the finished wontons with nonstick spray (canola oil) or lightly brush with avocado or vegetable oil.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the wontons are lightly golden and crispy.

 

 

Coconut Rice

This post edited July 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. I re-make and re-shoot older recipes to better showcase how wonderful they are!

A unique and easy side dish, savory coconut rice pairs well with Thai food and tropical dishes. Learn how to make it on GoodieGodmother.com

I have a “thing” with Thai food. Actually, I kind of have a “thing” with a lot of different types of food! Thai has always been one of my favorites though because I adore the layering of flavors in well-prepared dishes, especially when you find a place that really knows how to add heat to make a dish very spicy without sacrificing flavor! Heaven!  (more…)

Manchego, Chorizo and Spinach Quiche

This post updated August 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.

 Easy Spanish Chorizo, Manchego, Spinach Quiche with an olive oil crust. With only minutes of active prep time, you can create an impressive dish perfect for a light meal. Get the recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

This past Saturday was the annual recital for Garcia Dance Studio. The studio has over 200 students and the spring recital is always a sold out event, even with two shows. There’s always a break between afternoon show and the evening show, and most dancers, famished after being at the theater since the morning for run through and the first show go looking for decidedly un-dancer type food. Think Mexican and pizza. (more…)

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