All posts tagged: appetizers

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Mini Kabobs

I don’t do a ton of meat, but I have to admit, I have been known to order bacon from time to time when I go out to breakfast. And I feel like it’s not really a party until you wrap something in bacon—or in this case, pair something with bacon. These small bites hold up great when prepped ahead of time for a gathering, and the Brussels sprouts put a fall spin on things. Want a vegetarian option? Just double up on the Brussels sprouts, two per toothpick—they’re a great crunchy, salty snack all on their own. Enjoy! M Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Mini Kabobs Yields: about 50 kabobs | Vegan, Gluten-Free Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 20 to 30 min | Ready in: 50 min Ingredients: 1-1/2 lbs Brussels sprouts (use small ones—less than 1 inch long—or cut large ones in half so they cook at the same rate as the bacon) 1 lb bacon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt (You’ll also need toothpicks.) Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees …

A Because Party: Planning Timeline

Even when you are someone who likes to entertain, and are actually pretty good at it, it still takes some doing. Planning ahead—and having a plan—is key! Below are some tips and a suggested timeline to help things go as smoothly as possible. And, just a note about amounts. For the food recipes, as-is they should make enough for 8 to 10 guests. Any more, and I’d double up on the savory stuff. (You should be okay on sweets.) Good luck, and have fun! M Party Planning Timeline A week or so prior: Consider a few things and do a little inventory: Are you going to use real plates and napkins or paper? Do you have the glassware and serving plates you need? (I had to dig out and dust off my wine glasses. Luckily, I’m stocked up on serving plates.) Where is that one runner you want to use? Placemats?? Are you going to want to do any shifting around of furniture to make room for guests? Do you want to have any food options that …