Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday Night Bruschetta
To get into the "relaxation mode" for the weekend we sometimes just have appetizer night with a great glass of wine! Who says you have to have a big production of a meal every night? Certainly not me. It's okay to have finger food and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, this would be a great meal or first course. Just add that piece of chocolate, tiramisu, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. You get the idea!
Finger food is easy and fun and I read somewhere that it can be romantic as well! Here's some help in the kitchen.
As most of you know by now I really don't use recipes. I throw ingredients together as I see fit. So, every recipe on this blog has been recreated and measured as I went along for your use. With that disclaimer said, let's start!
First, I made a tomato garnish from tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and pomegranate infused balsamic vinegar. Set aside. Then brush some slices of french bread or baguette place on a cookie sheet with olive oil and broil on low until slightly browned. Watch them closely as they will burn quickly.
In a large skillet saute in olive oil some sliced mushrooms, spinach, a little onion, garlic and at the last minute add cut up precooked (and cleaned) shrimp. The addition of shrimp was my husband's idea. So good! Mix well. Set the bread on a platter and spoon the mushroom mixture onto the bread and then the tomato garnish. You can sprinkle with cheese, Romano is good and of course, serve this by candlelight and with a great glass of vino. Enjoy!
(If you need the measurements, please comment below and I'd be happy to furnish them.)