It’s Labor Day in the US. That means lots of cookouts, parties, and get-togethers with family & friends. We’ll be celebrating as well, today, with some of our closest friends. Cooking a Low Country Boil for our friends and enjoying the rain that we are finally getting thanks to the tropical storm headed our way. (We’re going to be having an indoor cookout!)
I love to cook – as I think you already know – but I love to bake and prepare main dishes. I’ve never been much of an appetizer person. Not that I don’t like to eat them – I’ve just never cooked many. I’m too busy concocting the main course!
But I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to bring some appetizers to a get-together. This required my digging around in my favorite recipe books for something suitable. It had to be easy, quick, inexpensive (without a lot of complicated ingredients) and something filling. Our get-together was going to be a “light supper” that would be comprised of the “heavy appetizers” everyone was bringing. So, SuperMan and I dug around until I found some likely candidates.
First up was Sesame Chicken Drumettes – a sweet and tasty glazed chicken wing concoction. We figured that would be a good, filling contribution. I found the recipe in my Sandra Lee cookbook, but it is available on the food network website, too. The only things we did differently was that we added the sesame seeds after the marinade.
They were a huge hit and everyone really enjoyed them. Even Big Girl, who was the official taste tester before we left. She decided they were not to leave the house – they had to stay with her.
Second, I made Pepperoni Pinwheels. A mixture of crescent rolls, pepperoni and cheese. I made them pretty much according to the recipe and I think the next time I make them I’ll make some changes. They were good, but I think they could use a little more flavor. I think next time, I will add some ricotta cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning to the filling mixture.
They were popular, too, but not as popular as the chicken wings were.
Of course, now I need some new ideas for some appetizers.
Anyone have any that are tried-and-true hits?