Two Quick & Easy Appetizers: Cream Cheese Penguins and Blue Cheese with Endive Scoops {Meatless Monday}

I am back in Ohio again…to work a few days. Unfortunately. Home was so much fun. Think workouts and friends and family and shopping! But the highlight of my trip back home was, without a doubt, the dinner party I threw for some of my nearest and dearest friends and family on Wednesday night.

Thanks to Melt, I won $500 to throw a dinner party. And throw a dinner party did I. What was made and consumed on Wednesday cannot fit into one post…or even two (maybe 3). There was appetizers and salad and seafood and risotto, and of course…dessert. And wine. I can’t forget about the wine.

But let’s start with some of the appetizers. Two SUPER easy appetizers that any cooking inept individual could manage. Heck, these apps don’t even require cooking…just assembly, really. And then you can sit back and revel in the oooo’s and ahhh’s from your guests.

I mean, look at them! Those cute little penguins! Besides being my favorite animal (other than a special bulldog I know), these penguins are the perfect conversation piece to your next winter get-together.

The next appetizer is even simpler than the penguins. It requires about 30 seconds of time and produces one swanky appetizer that’s classy enough for any event.

 While endive isn’t a vegetable I am real familiar with, it is readily available in most stores. Thanks to the Foodbuzz Taste Paviliion at this years’ Foodbuzz Festival, I recreated an idea to use endive as a scoop for crumbled goat cheese. Unlike lettuce, endive is sturdy and makes for the perfect transport of blue cheese into the mouth. And it’s really fun to look at!

So, there. Just a taste of what went on last week at home. But I assure you, there’s more to come…stay tuned!

No real menu plan this week, but tonight I am making Turkey Jambalaya with turkey we froze from Thanksgiving. I may cook tomorrow night (no idea what…) but I’m thinking I might compromise by making baked potatoes and throwing some leftover chili over’em and calling it a day ;)

Rounds this week at the clinic, lots of baking to do, tons of gift-wrapping to finish, and I hear a treadmill screaming my name. It’ll be a short, quick, busy week!

Be well,

Comments

  1. Seriously – those penguins are so darn cute! How creative! These are great quick and easy appetizers – nicely done.

  2. That’s it. Those pengiuns = the cutest food ever!

  3. I have to re-post these penguins on my wall…they are just too cute!!!

  4. I saw those penguins on Pinterest….they are so adorable!

  5. Those little penguins are the cutest little things! I don’t even like olives and want to make it! That says something. lol. Your party sounds like it was a blast. I can’t wait to see more!

  6. My friend made these penguins a few years back and I had forgotten all about them. Thank you for reminding me that I need to make these!!!

  7. My Mom showed me those little penguins over Thanksgiving… so stinking cute! Yours turned out perfectly :)

  8. Those penguins are too cute!

  9. Those penguins are fantastic. I dont even like olives and I would make them just because they’re so freaking cute. :)

  10. Ohh my goodness!!!! Those penguins are the cutest thing ever!!!!

  11. So cute!! One of these days I’ll get to a dinner party you throw in OP! :D Glad you had such a nice visit home. :D

  12. Those penguins are the CUTEST! I just pinned them :)

  13. Um, I’m pretty sure those penguins are the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

  14. Awww, those penguins are just adorable!

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