Vegetarian Appetizers

As promised, here are the appetizers I made for my New Years Eve party. I’m pretty sure my guests liked them, seeing how they ate up every bit of these three dishes.

Here they are in the order they were eaten the fastest.

Vegetarian Pear and Brie Flatbread Appetizer

Pear and Brie Flatbread

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 package of pre-made whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s)
2 large shallots, minced
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces Brie
1/2 Bosc pear, sliced thinly

Oil a pizza stone or large baking sheet with the first two teaspoons of olive oil. Put dough in the middle of the pan or stone and use fingers to press out the edge or rim.

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook dough for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the other teaspoon of olive oil in a small skillet or pan. Add shallots and cook until shallots begin to brown.

Sliced Brie thinly (I leave the rind) and distribute evenly all over the dough. Top evenly with pear slices and shallots.

Turn on broiler and increase heat to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Broil flatbread 2-3 minutes or until cheese is completely belted.

Cut into 3 inch squares or triangles and serve.

My Grandmother's Cheese Ball hor d'oeuvres

My Grandmother’s Cheese Ball
I might have mentioned this before, but this recipe is money. I can’t tell you how many people asked me what was in it as they scarfed it down. You can always buy a pre-made cheese ball at the grocery store. But it won’t have nothin’ on this!

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese
2 ounces Roquefort cheese
1 small white or yellow onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecans, chopped

Slice or shred cheddar cheese and melt in a microwave or small pot on the stove. Stir in cream cheese and crumble Roquefort cheese into the cheese mixture, stirring well. Add onions, salt, and about 1 1/4 cup of the pecan.

Spoon cheese mixture into a cereal bowl, rounding the top with your spoon. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Remove plastic wrap and turn bowl upside down on a plate or serving platter. Take the remainder of the chopped pecans and press along the outside of the cheese ball, distributing evenly all over the ball.

Serve with a variety of crackers.

Vegetarian Pesto Ricotta Flatbread Appetizer

Pesto Ricotta Flatbread

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 package pre-made whole wheat pizza dough
1 package pre-made pesto (~6 oz.)
1 container fat free ricotta (8 oz.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh arugula

Oil a pizza stone or large baking sheet with the first two teaspoons of olive oil. Put dough in the middle of the pan or stone and use fingers to press out the edge or rim.

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and cook dough for 15 minutes.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine pesto, ricotta, and salt. Add sundried tomatoes and stir.

Put flatbread back into the hot oven and cook for 3-5 minutes or turn oven off and allow flatbread to warm until your guests arrive.

Remove flatbread from oven, slice into 3 inch long squares or traingles and sprinkle with arugula.

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Here are some time saving tips you can use for these recipes to make the day of the party go more smoothly.

Up to a week prior:

  • Buy prepackaged pizza dough and pesto

The night/morning before:

  • Slice pears, onion, cheese, shallots, and sun-dried tomatoes the night before. Add a bit of lemon juice to the pears to keep them from browning.
  • Saute the shallots and put in a sealed container to quickly add to the flat bread, just before cooking.

An hour before cooking:

  • Set out the pizza dough and allow to cook to room temperature. This makes it easier to press out onto your pan or stone.

If you’re looking for more meatless or just plain yummy ideas for a party, check out my post on vegan hors d’oeuvres.

10 Responses to Vegetarian Appetizers

  1. Cheeseball will always have a special place in my heart.

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  3. That cheeseball was like crack! So good :)

  4. Both flatbreads look fab! So does the cheeseball but I don’t do much cheese for digestive reasons ;P Great way of breaking tasks up from a week out!

  5. Wow, these all sound amazing. Love the pear and Brie combo. Also, I have a huge love affair with Pesto. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. This looks amazing! I am always looking for something new and fresh to bring to the table. I host a lot of parties and it seems woman and men are getting more and more into healthy foods. And I love PESTO!! I will let you know how it turns out tomorrow night. Thanks for the great recipe! http://www.mytupperware.com/taraann

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