Yes, that’s right folks. I went on a Pinterest-inspired cookingfest.
Bobby and I offered to host a birthday party for one of our close friends, Melissa, and I wanted to make something really good. I might have also used it as a good excuse to finally try a few of the hundreds of recipes I’ve pinned that I still hadn’t gotten around to trying.
For an appetizer, I picked out the hot bacon Swiss dip, which multiple repins claimed was “to die for.” And I have to say, it definitely went quickly once we put it out. The recipe itself was very easy: a block of cream cheese, a cup of shredded Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup of light mayo and 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion, all mixed together and topped with crumbled Ritz crackers and a package of real Bacon bits. Pop it in the oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese starts bubbling a bit. I served it with Frito scoops and Mission tortilla chips.
As a sort of salad/side, I made cucumber and tomato salad with marinated garbanzo beans, feta and herbs. This recipe calls for the garbanzos to be marinated for about six hours in an olive oil-balsamic vinegar mixture. I only had about three hours, so that’s what I went with. I doubled the recipe that’s linked above, using two cans of garbanzoes, a whole cucumber and two tomatoes, plus a whole container of feta cheese. I also used dried oregano and basil and just sprinkled as much of those and salt that I thought would make it taste good. It turned out well, but I would like to see how it tastes when I actually have time to marinate the beans for the full time. This recipe was probably just as easy as the hot bacon Swiss dip, and it looked very pretty in the serving dish.
For the main side, I cooked Spanish roasted potatoes with tomato sauce. This recipe was the most intensive, but I will also definitely make it again. I roasted a pan of potatoes with olive oil and salt for about 50 minutes. In the meantime, I made a sauce of sauteed onions and garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, white wine, Tabasco sauce, paprika, salt and sugar. I added the sauce to the potatoes and baked for about 10-15 more minutes. It added a nice tomatoey glaze to the potatoes, and they were pretty delicious. I didn’t really think the recipe was super difficult, just a little on the time-consuming side.
The final thing I made was a super-easy punch that was inspired by this. I mixed it up a bit and used ginger ale and some sort of exotic fruit sherbet from Publix. I intended to do the fruit slices in the punch but forgot to pick them up (those are really mostly for decoration). I didn’t get a picture of the punch.
All in all it was a fun party, and I will probably use all four of these recipes again at some point!