It's basically a print version of that old show "Blind Date," and because I was single and very much a "what the hell!" kind of girl, I decided to do it and blog about my experience.
The date ended up being pretty terrible. Probably in the top 3 worst dates of my life. The guy they set me up with was cute-ish, but we had nothing in common. He spent the whole date texting under the table, was super vague and evasive about everything, and went to the bathroom at least 3 times (at least once announcing that he had to "go empty out again.")
"What?!?" I kind of shouted internally.
I LOVE appetizers, you guys. Like...possibly even as much as I love dessert. It's part of the whole ritual of going out to dinner. Choosing little things to share and talk about while sipping wine or a cocktail before easing into your meal. I love the variety and the creativity; appetizers are often the most exciting things on the menu.
It's lavish. It's decadent. It's my favorite.
It's what I mean by always order dessert...
Give these a try at your next event, or come over to mine. I promise you can have as many as you'd like!
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Gorgonzola, Spicy Candied Walnut & Apple Crostini
1 long baguette
4oz gorgonzola dolce
2 cups halved walnuts
1 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tart apple, thinly sliced into 1" triangles. (Dip slices in a bit of lemon water to keep them from browning.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the baguette into 1/2" thick slices and spread on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven 5-7 minutes, or until slightly toasted on both sides. Remove and let cool.
Prepare the walnuts: Line a baking sheet with foil or wax paper and set aside. Combine honey, water, and olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until melted and bubbling. Add the walnuts and toss to coat. Add the cayenne, sugar, cinnamon, and salt and continue tossing to coat--about 5 minutes. Spread the nuts out on the lined baking sheet and let cool and harden.
To serve: Spread each bread slice with a generous amount of the cheese. Top with a couple walnuts and one or two thin apple slices. Serve immediately.