Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Whipped Feta Bruschetta

Holiday parties are in full effect. I wanted to make a "walking appetizer" for my most recent party, since most people are known to stand and eat. I came up with a Mediterranean spin on bruschetta.

Whipped Feta Bruschetta

Ingredients (makes about 30 pieces):
1 Baguette, sliced into 1/2 thick pieces
4 Medium tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Fresh basil (I cut thin strips of 1 package, so about 1/2 cup)
3oz Whipped cream cheese
8oz Feta cheese
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil (I used extra light but you can use EVOO)

Whipped Feta Directions:
Crumble the feta by hand and add to a food processor with the cream cheese. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Bruschetta Directions:
Preheat oven to broil. Spread a bit of whipped feta onto each piece of bread so it forms a thin layer (you don't want to see the bread through, but you don't want to go overboard). Add 1/2 of a tomato piece to each. Put under the broiler until the bread starts to get golden and the cheese spread starts to turn brown and bubble, about 5 minutes. As soon as you take the bruschetta out of the oven, drizzle each piece with oil and vinegar. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, and basil (make sure each piece has a few strips of basil).

Enjoy!  :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Southwest Turkey Meatloaf

Meatloaf has a bad reputation. Most likely because it's literally a bread-shaped meat monstrosity that became popular in the US during World War II. I'm sorry meatloaf, but I must make you delicious, creative, and proud. I basically used my recipe for southwest turkey burgers with a little twist.

Southwest Turkey Meatloaf
Sorry about this. I got hungry so I cut the loaf in half to take a picture.

Ingredients (Serves 6):
1 lb ground turkey (I used 93% lean since it tastes better than the 99%)
1/2 of a red onion, diced
3 Tbl diced pickled jalapenos
8 cherry tomatoes, diced (or 1 small tomato)
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used GF panko since I had it on hand)
2 tsp yellow mustard
2 tsp hot sauce (I used original Cholula)
1 Tbl cumin
1 Tbl paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat oven to 350ยบ. Mix everything except for 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese into a large mixing bowl. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. Form meat mixture into a large log shape on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. When you have 10 minutes remaining, take the loaf out and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. 

Enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts (per 1/6 of a loaf):
Calories: 285
Fat: 16.6g
Cholesterol: 101.7mg
Sodium: 295.2mg
Carbohydrates: 13.5g
Protein: 18.6g