So, here we are going into the final week of regular season NFL play, smack between Christmas and New Year’s. I thought that perhaps a nice Italian drink and appetizers would suffice. Something different and easy. Fix this trio of Bruschetta with Gorgonzola Cheese and Honey, Capreze Salad Bites, and Prosecco Digestif. Sit back, relax, de-stress and get ready for Sunday … and 2009.
I’ll start with the drink, as I usually do when fixing food. It’s good to enjoy one while you’re preparing everything else.
1 bottle of Prosecco (or more, depending on the size of your party or your mood)
Fresh fruit (here we used blackberries, but raspberries or peaches also work well)
Place a few (2-3) pieces of fruit into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and serve. Repeat as often as needed.
Bruschetta with Gorgonzola Cheese and Honey
One loaf of French bagquette bread, sliced approximately 1/2 inch thick.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese
3 tablespoons honey
Place sliced bread on cookie sheet, brush with olive oil, and bake in a 400 degree oven about 10 minutes until golden and crisp.
Arrange the cheese on the toasts and bake until melted, approximately 3 minutes.
Drizzle with honey and serve.
Capreze Salad Bites
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
Use a toothpick to skewer one tomato, one cube of mozzarella cheese and one basil leaf.
Arrange on a plate and serve.
Here’s toasting you all, wishing you a Happy New Year, and hoping your teams win on Sunday – unless you root for the Giants or the Bears, as it would negatively impact my Vikes!