Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce & Goat Cheese Crostini Appetizer Recipe

Can I even just tell you guys how much I love appetizers? It’s just my favorite. A cocktail party is my dream. Tapas is so much fun. I just love having lots of little dishes, especially for entertaining. My favorite gatherings I’ve hosted have been ones where we just serve picky food.

So, here’s a new idea for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table – goat cheese crostini topped with apple cider cranberry sauce!

These crostini are toasted in a pan with butter, giving them a gentle crunch with a soft middle. The creaminess of the goat cheese balances the tang in the cranberry sauce. And then, there’s the cranberry sauce. Sweet. Tangy. A little warm, with a hint of cinnamon.

Baked Camembert with Balsamic Vinegar Caramelized Figs

We’re continuing Friendsgiving week with the PERFECT and EASY fall appetizer you have to make this year, holiday or not. This appetizer is warm, and creamy, and a little sweet – but a lot good. I mean. Really good.

I love an easy appetizer that feels special but doesn’t require a crazy amount of effort (honestly, there’s only a few recipes I’m willing to make that do). But the flavors in this are perfectly balanced, with that tangy, creamy, sweetness. And literally you can put this together in 30 minutes with barely any hands on effort.

Cincinnati Chili-Inspired Meatballs

If you guys have been following for a while, you know I love me a meatball! I made a batch of Cincinnati Chili a few weeks ago – had a random craving, thanks #pregnancy, and then thought, hey maybe this would be a good meatball. I was right. And if this is sacrilegious to you, I’m very sorry.

In my defense, I’m not from Ohio, though I went to college there. Skyline Chili isn’t part of my religion, so these meatballs were super exciting for me. If it makes you mad, look away! ha!

These definitely have the essence of Cincy Chili – in fact, they have all the same spices, cinnamon and cocoa powder included. You spice up the meatballs and the sauce and I gotta tell you, they really hit the spot!

Quick and Easy Fall Grazing Board

You know how I love a good grazing board, right?! It’s the perfect easy appetizer to have when guests arrive – they’re so pretty and inviting. It’s perfect when your focus is on a meal and not a full blown dinner menu! Just grab a big platter and start filling it up!

Herlongwayhome Fall Grazing Board

Beyond pumpkins, because really, what’s more fall than plopping a few pumpkins on a plate? But beyond that, think about the colors and flavors of the season. 100% why I always go to Trader Joe’s when I’m putting together a grazing board – they have the best seasonal options!

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Cumin Lime Shrimp on Avocado Toasts

Holy southwestern kick, eh? I’ve really been in a put-cumin-and-lime-on-everything. Sorry….? Not really. This is real life what we’ve been eating around here.

I’ve been cooking so much more than usual, which has been a ton of fun for me. I’ve been overflowing with creativity and recipes are just coming to me, so I can’t really complain. I’m just living for quick and easy recipes that pack a lot of flavor. I keep saying this, but come lunch time, I want something to look forward to, but I also really want it to be quick.

Oven Baked Crispy Southwestern Won Tons with Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dressing

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Have you guys been ordering your groceries since we’ve been quarantined? Or just, in general ordering groceries? Then you know the whole, put this in my cart and pray this is what actually comes, right? So, these southwestern won tons were really supposed to be southwestern egg rolls. I ordered the egg roll wrappers, but the won tons are what came.

So, before we even really get into this recipe – just know, it will work with egg roll wrappers. And clearly it works with wonton wrappers. And it’s really all just a vehicle to get that spicy ranch dressing in your mouth. You’re welcome.

Burrata and Tomato Chutney Appetizer

Now that our front porch is extra liveable space (reveal coming next week!), we’ve really taken to enjoying a cocktail and appetizer outside on Fridays and Saturdays. Trying to embrace the whole date night at home thing, which is so easy in our new outdoor space.

Last week, I made a batch of tomato chutney (which I want to put on everything right now), and toasted up some bread, served it with burrata and a glass of wine on our little porch. It was a nice change of scenery, and a fun appetizer that felt a little more elegant for a Friday night.

Chickpea & Pepper Salad

This one is fondly known around here as the “pizza salad.” All of the spices combine together and kind of, sort of, if you close your eyes, taste a little bit like pizza. Listen, when you’re trying to lighten up a few meals, this one is a good choice – the flavors hit the spot and has enough protein that it’s satisfying.

This is a great recipe for meal prep – the flavors really develop in the fridge, or if you just need to whip up a quick lunch on a weekday between zoom meetings.

15 Minute Personal Pizzas

I think if I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life it would be pizza! The best thing about these pizzas, besides being utterly delicious is that you can have them ready faster than you can order delivery.

There are three keys to making the perfect pizzas at home – a really hot oven, a cast iron skillet and fresh dough.

Caramelized Onion and Scallion Tart with Farmer’s Cheese

Love a long recipe title, no? So I saw a picture of Bon Appetit’s onion tart floating around and eyeballing it, felt inspired to make my own. I didn’t actually read their recipe, so if you’ve made it, tell me if this is similar! I always have onions on hand, but I had some extra farmer’s cheese from making pierogi for Easter and thought, hey, might as well try them in a tart – when in quarantine, you gotta use what you’ve got, amirite?!

I think you have to have caramelized onions on an onion tart – or just like on everything always? Caramelized onions are one of my favorite things to make and to be honest, used as a condiment on our house. Put that shit on everything, ya know?