If you have been following my foodie adventures for a while now, you know I absolutely love appetizers. I take pleasure in a one to two bite delight that is packed with flavor and is full of various textures. Even when we are at home regardless of the day of the week, enjoying appetizers makes us feel like we are celebrating.
Hubby and I are hooked on a show that airs on the Hallmark Channel called Cedar Cove. Saturday night was the 2 hour season premier and we could hardly wait to view it. We actually don’t call it Cedar Cove but rather "the feel good show” since overall it is a happy show with some twists and turns along the way. We felt the premier deserved an appetizer dinner along with a great bottle of wine.
For my July Secret Recipe Club match, I was paired with Rhonda who published The Kitchen Witch blog. She goes by the nickname Giggles and is a blogger, culinarian, photographer and avid motorcycle rider. She has a blended family with 6 kids and 3 grandchildren and one on the way. Her eldest daughter had a blog and inspired Rhonda to start one too. From browsing her blog, she has a great palate of various tastes and recipes and great photography skills. In fact a few months ago, she was paired with me and chose this recipe to make.
This month is a bit bitter sweet for me. Almost 4 years to the date, I joined the Secret Recipe Club and it has been a great adventure. This month, I have decided to make it my last month. With my busy career, being a DOLE Ambassador, blog commitments and life, my plate is full and unfortunately something had to give. I thought long and hard about my decision. This group has some absolutely lovely bloggers and I have enjoyed purusing through their blogs over the years and making some absolutely stunning recipes. Thank you to Debbi who has been the Group C leader the entire time I have been involved – you have been simply great!
For my last post, I chose a appetizer recipe that simply had my name written all over it. Rhonda’s Brie, Bacon and Fig in a Fillo Cup simply sang to me. It is simple yet full of flavor and the presentation will impress your guests. Hubby and I enjoyed it for our premier of Cedar Cove and enjoyed a Chiarello Family Vineyards red wine called 2012 Bambino Cabernet Sauvignon. Thank you Rhonda for a great new appetizer recipe!
Brie, Bacon and Fig Jam Tarts
1 Pkg. Pre-backed Mini Fillo Shells (15)
4 oz. of Brie, rind removed and cut into ¾ inch cubes
6 Slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Balsamic Fig Jam (click here for recipe) or use your favorite store bought variety
Micro-Greens (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place shells on a cookie sheet and fill each one with one piece of brie. Place in oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until the brie melts. Remove from oven and add a small dollop of fig jam and sprinkle with bacon on top then garnish with a few micro greens or finely diced chives.
Check out the other recipes for this months blogs by clicking here!