I believe there is a big sporting event coming up fairly soon? Admittedly, it’s not really my thing. But I do like the food. I’ll take any excuse I can get to make adorable party foods! So with the Super Bowl fast approaching, I created the ultimate party food: Cheesy Butternut Squash Bites.
I love everything about these. The earthy roasted butternut squash. The soft and salty ricotta. The slightly sweetened shallots. The tangy blue cheese. And the hint of freshness from a few strands of basil. All surrounded by a light and buttery puff pastry shell. Who wouldn’t love that? Perfect for game day. And I suspect even the meat lovers in your crowd will get on board with these hearty vegetarian bites (ahem, see last paragraph).
As fantastic as these are for a party treat, they also make for a fun way to change up your normal dinner routine. Two or three of these Cheesy Butternut Squash Bites along side a green salad makes for a satisfying meal. And I bet your kids would gobble these up too!
You could easily prepare all the pieces to this dish (roast the butternut, make the ricotta mixture and sauté the shallots) in advance. Then all you have to do is assemble the little cups on the day of.
I can think of only one thing that would make these Cheesy Butternut Squash Bites even better: bacon of course! So if you aren’t concerned about keeping these vegetarian, might I suggest some cooked, crispy bacon piled on top.
My first blog post – yipee! This has been long time overdue. I’m so glad I finally got up to speed and joined 2013!
I have hundreds of recipes and ideas that I have been creating and collecting over the years, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. But I wanted my first post to be extra special. It didn’t take me long to decide that Paklava deserved the honor of being my inaugural entry on Floating Kitchen.
Yes, I wrote Paklava with a “P”. It is not a typo. I did not mean to write Baklava. Paklava is the spelling/pronunciation used by many Armenian families, including my own. And today I want to bring you the traditional Armenian Paklava that I grew up making and eating. For Armenians, Paklava is a staple that adorns almost every family gathering and holiday. It looks intimidating and complicated – all those flaky, buttery, nutty, sweet layers. But it’s really quite simple once you get the technique down. And it actually requires very few ingredients. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
My Great Uncle Vosken always said that my mom made the best Paklava in the whole family. This is the recipe that I learned from her many years ago (thanks Mom!).