Thursday, June 10, 2010

Glee Party Snacks

Tuesday night was the big season finale of Glee. Of course I had to make some themed snacks for the occasion. We actually ate them a little before the show because during the show I couldn't be distracted at all... My Mum and I were in the balcony during the Regionals scenes and when they flashed those nano-second flashes of us we had to be unencumbered as we jumped up and down squeeeeling. It was like spotting fireflies ;)

On to the snacks... if you are a Glee fan you know they sometimes take 2 popular songs and intertwine them to create mash-ups. Here's one of my favorite examples:

So I made a batch of Shelly's Antipasto Skewers which combine tons of different yummy foods on the same skewer. A mash-up.

These skewers are great to take to a potluck or BBQ, I promise you they will be the first thing to go.

Shelly's Antipasto Skewers

You need:
Bamboo skewers or fun picks
Storebought (or Homemade) Pesto Sauce
A variety of Antipasto Items

Bocconcini (small Fresh Mozzarella Balls)
Olives (Green Sicilian & Black Kalamata)
Pepperoni, Salami Slices
Basil Leaves
Cubes of Cold Cuts
Cubes of Cheese
Giant Greek Beans
Artichoke Hearts (water packed)
Fresh Veggies (Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Peppers, all work great)
Marinated Veggies (Gardinara, Mushrooms, Onions)

Thread items onto bamboo skewers. Repeat until you’ve run out of skewers or ingredients. Sometimes I drizzle skewers with pesto sauce (nuke it for a few seconds to thin it out) and sprinkle with Kosher salt and a few twists of black pepper.

For our sweet treat I made a variation on my Almost No-Bake Cheesecake Bites. I think these are even better. These are best made the day before (they get very cold and the flavors blend ) so they are great for parties, less to do the day of.

Shelly's Starry Lemon Cheesecake Bites

3/4 cup Almond Meal/Flour, (health food stores, bulk flour bins, online, or you can grind your own)
1/4 cup Graham Flour (health food stores, bulk flour bins, or online)
1/2 cup Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
2 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)

Line a 24 cup mini muffin tin with mini paper liners. Set aside. Mix all ingredients together. It's a dry mix but it will come together.

I get my hands in there. Form mix into 24 quarter size balls and press firmly and evenly mini muffin papers.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool completely before adding the filling.

Lemon Cheesecake Filling
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
4 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Tablespoon SF Lemon Pudding mix, dry
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used Vanilla)
zest of 1/2 a Lemon

Mix filling ingredients together and spoon onto cooled crusts. Top if desired.

Toppings ideas: Grated Lemon Zest, Toasted Unsweetened Coconut, Half a Strawberry, a Cherry, Mandarin Orange Segments, Blueberries or other berries, Pineapple Chunks, SF Chocolate Shavings.

I sprinkled mine with Lemon Zest and added Gold Stars...

"You might laugh because every time I sign my name I put a gold star next to it, but it's a metaphor, and metaphors are important. My gold stars are a metaphor for me, being a star." ~Rachel Berry in Glee

This totally reminds me of me. Little know fact: I wanted to be a Broadway star when I was a kid/teen. I actually had a sweatshirt made that said "Future Broadway Star" I wore it all the time. I'll try and find some pics to show you guys.


Nicole said...

looks yummy!! I was watching for you!

MacMadame said...

I saw you! Twice because my kids will watch that show over and over. :D

I squeed too.

T2Nashville said...

Shell - I have searched the world over for graham flour because it's in a lot of your recipes, but I can't find it anywhere. Not even our Whole Foods carries it. Can I just use all almond flour for the crust on these cheesecake bites? Thanks!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks guys.


Yep, all almond flour would be fine, that's actually the way I made the original ones. I like the graham flour addition because it tastes more like traditional cheesecake base. On the graham flour 2 companies I see the most that make it are Bob's Red Mill and Hodgson's Mill (bagged in the regular flour section) Either way make them the day before or very early in the day. The flavors get a chance to blend and chilled is best.

battynurse said...

Ok, those look good too. Especially those cheesecake things.

T2Nashville said...

Shelly - I just wanted to report in that I made the lemon cheesecake bites this weekend. They are wonderful! I used all almond flour, and I see what you mean about the addition of graham flour making a better crust. If I don't get graham flour, I'll try coconut flour or Carbquik next time. The filling wasn't quite as lemony as I'd like, so I may also try real lemon juice and Splenda with my next batch. This recipe is so easy and is a keeper!

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notasbigdaddy said...

Mixed up just the cheesecake stuff last night and it's sitting in the fridge, waiting to be dessert tonight. I used SF Raspberry syrup and added a bit of lemon juice and Splenda and got a big thumbs up from my taste buds and my fiancée. Another winner!

notasbigdaddy said...

Made the Lemon Cheesecake desserts again, this time for work. YUMMY!