01 December 2009

A Bloggy Progressive Dinner~Appetizers

Wow. I am so late in doing this post. Every one has been enjoying appetizers all day and I am just now joining the party. Instead of partying, I have been on a field trip all day with my kiddos. It was a fun way to kick-off the month of December!

But now let's move onto the food... Today Jen at Beauty and Bedlam is hosting Appetizers for the Bloggy Progressive Dinner.
I thought about sharing Bread Pot Fondue with Spicy Saltines, or maybe Marinated Cheese, but I've decided on Rumaki. I love Rumaki~and it's so versatile, you can make it so many ways! Here are two of my favorite ways to make it:

Almond~Date Rumaki
(from my friend Ashley)
1 can water chestnuts
Soy sauce
12 slices bacon
1 (8 oz.) pkg. pitted dates
Drain the can of water chestnuts and pour them into a slightly larger bowl. Soak them well with soy sauce and let them marinate for a little while. After they are well-marinated, drain them. Take the pitted dates and stuff them each with a water chestnut, then wrap each date with a piece of bacon (I usually find that a half or a third piece of bacon is plenty for wrapping these) and secure with a toothpick. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 15-18 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels and serve hot! These are yummy as they are, but you can serve them with more soy sauce for dipping.

Bacon~Apricot Rumaki
(Among Friends)
1 pkg. dried apricots
1 lb. bacon
brown sugar
Wrap each apricot with a half or a third piece of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Then roll the apricot in brown sugar. Place these on a baking sheet, sprinkling a little more brown sugar over them if you think they need it. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels and serve hot! These are great served with soy or duck sauce.

Be sure to click over and check out the other delicious recipes for finger foods and appetizers that are being shared today!

1 comment:

SmallWorld at Home said...

These both sound fantastic! I absolutely love dates and rarely see any recipes containing them.