Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Fancy Pants App: Cranberry Cups

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And so the week of cranberries begins!  I promise that tomorrow, I am even going to showcase a cranberry dessert!  I know you're excited...

I love making these appetizers - I am all about appetizers being easy to make, and prepare ahead of time.  You want to have a party to SEE and talk to people; when you're in the kitchen and everyone else is out watching the game or mingling amongst themselves you're the one who misses out on the fun!  And, people miss out on you, and as the host(ess) you ARE the fun!  At least, I am! 

Therefore, fillo mini cups make any appetizer a lot easier.  I stick anything in those cups and they always turn out great.  Because I have a date night dinner planned (later in the week), I had all these ingredients on hand, which was perfect.

Cranberry Cups
Serves: 6
24 fillo mini cups
2/3 cup blue cheese
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
1/4 cup craisins (chopped)
8 slices of bacon (cooked until crispy)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Chop the bacon into fine pieces in a food processor.  Mix blue cheese and cranberry sauce together.  Add bacon bits and craisins.  Mix until well combined.  Place two teaspoons into each mini cup until all are filled.  Then, place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until cups are golden-brown.  Serve immediately.

It's really easy to make and freeze these cups.  I flash freeze them:  I make the filling, stuff the cups, place them on a baking sheet like they are going to be baked but instead put them in the freezer for about an hour.  Then, I remove them and place them into small baggies with about 2 dozen cups in each.  It's great for parties, but I would not leave them in there longer than a few weeks.  I like to make them the weekend before the party and then just stick them in the oven (for about an extra 3 minutes), that way if people are still hungry, its easy to pop more in (same if you have unexpected visitors!). 

Until the next time my oven is on...


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