Being January, football playoffs are in full swing. Our local team has played well, so we have been anticipating this season. Playoff games mean inviting friends to our home and making lots of tasty snacks.
Last night was our first playoff game. To celebrate this exciting event we invited our dearest friends and planned the menu. We were looking for more than the typical football food of wings and chips. We also had a lot of different tastes in mind, so we didn’t stick to a theme.
To plan our meal we decided that we needed different categories of dishes: meat, cheese, veggie, wrap. Knowing we would eat while watching the game, they also needed to be finger foods. For meat, we decided to make meatballs in a sweet and sour sauce. We had two veggie options: veggies and dip (to be healthy) and vegetable tempura. We made an assortment of wraps with turkey and ham and different cheeses and spreads. Finally, we made brie wrapped in puff pastry.
The assortment of dishes were a hit with our crowd. Everyone, including our finicky almost 10 year old daughter, found different foods to sample. It was a great way to spend a chilly winter evening: delicious food, wonderful company, a win for our team. I can’t wait for next weekend and a new menu of snack foods.
- 1 sheet puff pastry7 oz. brie
- 1/2 cup apricot preserves1/4 cup slivered almonds, optional
- Remove puff pastry from package and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. At end of 30 minutes preheat oven to 425.
- Unfold pastry and roll to make dough slightly thinner.
- Place apricot preserves (or other flavor, if desired) in center of pastry.
- Sprinkle almonds on preserves. Place brie, wrapped in rind, on almonds.
- Fold corners of pastry on top of cheese to seal.
- Trim additional pastry so that there is not too much overlapping dough.
- Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve warm with crackers.