Thursday, January 31, 2008

stuffed mushrooms

20 medium mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
2 tablespoons finely chopped red peppers
14 RITZ Crackers, finely crushed
2 tablespoons KRAFT 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove stems from mushrooms. Finely chop enough of the stems to measure 1/4 cup; set aside.

Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped mushroom stems, the onions and peppers; cook and stir until vegetables are tender.

Stir in cracker crumbs, cheese and Italian seasoning.

Spoon crumb mixture evenly into mushroom caps. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 15 min. or until heated through.
Yield: 20 servings

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Cucumber Wheels

1 large English or burpless cucumber, chilled
1/3 cup sun-dried tomato spread
3 tablespoons crumbled chèvre (goat) cheese
Fresh basil leaves, if desired

1. Make lines or indentations lengthwise down cucumber at 1/4-inch intervals, using vegetable peeler or tines of fork. Cut cucumber into 32 slices, 1/2 inch each. Place on paper towels to drain.

2. Spread each slice with about 1 teaspoon tomato spread. Sprinkle each with about 1/2 teaspoon cheese.
3. Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 1 hour. Top each slice with basil leaf just before serving.
Maybe for my birthday party...