04 Feb Throw Together Super Simple Super Bowl Snacks in a Rush
This weekend’s lineup:
A few items from the market
Some coaching from the sidelines
Game plan for success:
TOUCHDOWN TART WITH PEARS, GORGONZOLA AND TOASTED WALNUTS
1 sheet puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package frozen puff pastry), thawed according to instructions on package
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
¼ cup butter, melted
2 Bartlett pears, cored and sliced into thin slices
5 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spread walnuts on baking sheet and toast in preheated oven for eight to 10 minutes, until lightly toasted.
Remove from oven and cool.
Increase oven temperature to 400°.
Roll puff pastry out on lightly floured board to make a 13-by-15-inch rectangle.
Fold ½-inch in on all sides and press to seal, making a border. Transfer prepared crust to baking sheet.
Brush melted butter all over crust, pressing border in to seal. Arrange pear slices in rows across crust.
Top with crumbled Gorgonzola and toasted walnuts.
Bake in 400° oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust is lightly browned and cheese is melted.
Slice into 2-by-3-inch slices and serve. Makes 26 to 28 slices.
FINGERLING POTATO SKINS WITH BRIE AND SHALLOTS
24-ounce bag fingerling potatoes*
¼ olive oil
½ pound wedge of brie cheese, cut in 1-inch cubes
2 tbsp. shallots, finely minced
Preheat oven to 450°. Wash and dry potatoes. Slice in half lengthwise.
Using a melon baller, carefully remove one scoop of potato from the inside of each potato half. (Save potato scoops for making mashed potatoes, soup or other later use, if desired).
Arrange potato skins on baking sheet in single layer, skin side down. Brush potato skins with olive oil and bake on middle rack of preheated oven for seven minutes.
Remove from oven and turn potato skins over, skin side down, and continue baking for an additional seven minutes.
Decrease oven temperature to 350°. Remove pan from oven, turn potato skins scoop side up and fill each with one brie cube and sprinkle with minced shallots.
Return skins to oven to melt cheese and warm briefly before serving. Serves eight.
*Green Giant Klondike Fingerlings can be found in the produce section of Albertsons.
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