Sunday, February 1, 2009

Quick Appetizers for the Hungry & the Frazzled


When hunger collides with Superbowl Sunday, it's time to hit the kitchen.

Pesto Pinwheels are savory and satisfying...

and easy.

Pesto Pinwheels
puff pastry sheets
pesto
chill, slice, and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until brown.

My old standby, Pickapeppa Sauce, transforms cream cheese



Pickapeppa Sauce
chopped onions
chopped green onions and basil
sliced Roma tomatoes

Next, I made a pesto tart

While it baked, the house smelled green and aromatic.




Pesto Squares
puff pastry sheets
pesto
mozzarella
basil leaves
Roma tomatoes
Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes or until puffed and brown

Garnishing only takes a moment



Pinwheel sandwiches--made in seconds

Ham, turkey, provolone--spread with chutney and layered with basil leaves, then rolled and chilled...

and sliced.


So, for this Superbowl Sunday, we enjoyed a basil overload.Now, it's time to sit back and watch the game.


Then it's back to writing.....

45 comments:

  1. Good golly! You are a superstar at superbowl pizzaz!
    I had big plans for tonight but woke up this morning with a vestibular migraine and have been out of it all day. Finally picked myself up to read the Blogs.
    Harvey made chili, it was warm and tastsy.But all the little extras that I had planned are still sitting on the counter...
    Good luck with the book.
    I must try those recipes, we love anything with basil and tomato!Hope your team wins!!

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  2. Oh my goodness, that all looks so wonderful & tasty!! I love pesto & Pickapeppa Sauce, yummy...

    Nicole~

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  3. Hi Gollum! Your Super Bowl treats look yummy! I hope you are enjoying a little break from all the hard work! Enjoy the game!...hugs...Debbie

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  4. Ooh, it all looks wonderful, M! But you've got to give me some photo taking tips. Do you put your plates near a window or something? The lighting is just gorgeous. What setting is your camera on?

    Justine :o )

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  5. I'm frazzled anyway, now I'm hungry!! Everything looks yummy. Sally

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  6. That looks so yummy and once again pretty. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  7. Wow, so much better than my cold cut platter and battered cheese sticks. Everything looks yummy. Enjoy the game. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Now that's the way to superbowl snack! Everything looks superb! ~ Robyn

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  9. What a beautiful presentation of some delicious looking goodies. Thanks for sharing the recipes and taking the time away from your book. Have a good evening.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  10. *** Favorite writer o' mine, GG: ANYTHING w/ BASIL n' a bit o' tomAto (or do YOU say tomahhto?) whets MY appetite, but add some BREAD and yessirreebob, NOW THAT'S H-E-A-V-E-N!!! (Oh, that looks SOOO good, ESPECIALLY compared to the "nuts n' raisins" in front of me!... "Trade?")~~~ Welcome back, we've MISSED you but know yer busy, so THANKS for the yummies n' letting us know Zeuss is not sitting on top of you, holding you down!!!)~~~ XO

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  11. YUM! Now that's Superbowl food. It all looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipes!

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  12. Looks great - like a cookbook page.

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  13. DishDiva, I hope your headache goes away soon. Linda, did you ever try the olive penguins from Once Upon A Plate? Justine, I have a point and shoot camera (Pentax) and know very little about settings. Google "food photography tips," and you'll find a world of info.

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  14. Hey there Gollum, what a wonderful spread, that pesto (love Pesto) tart looks divine, I can almost smell the aroma, will try that for sure, hope the finishing touches to your book are going well, hugs, Kathy.

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  15. Hey, Gollum! Been worried about you. Didn't know if you'd lost power in the ice/snow storms or just been busy.

    Your Superbowl appetizers look yummy. I'll definitely try some of them out.

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  16. Gollum, Everything looks wonderful. I am going to share these recipes with my sisters. They will love them.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  17. I'm a basil freak, too. I have tons of plants during the summer months. these recipes are quick and easy - always a good thing.
    Hope you had a few relaxing minutes away from the book. I miss seeing you more. :-( Hugs, Barb

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  18. Yum! My favorite food group---basil! Add garlic and a chocolate anything and life is perfect!

    See, you did come up for a little bit of air!

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  19. Gollum,
    These are wonderful recipes (& photos) and your directions are simple & straight forward. Love that.

    Now this is a healthy way to snack and I bet you'll see a little number change on that scale tomorrow!

    Thanks for sharing!! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  20. Oh my I just found this blog and the first thing I see is all this yummy food. I am following now because I HAVE to try these recipes!!

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  21. le YUM! You're making wish for summer when the garden is fat with basil and tomatoes! Puffed pastry has taken on new meaning! You're making my mouth water, Ms. Gollum :)
    xo Isa

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  22. YUMMY Gollum...how do you find the time to do everything you do?? and dear friend how are you feeling ...hope that next best seller is coming along great for you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  23. It all looks delicious and very pretty too!

    The book arrived! I love it!

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  24. It may be early in the day out here, but my mouth is watering as I look, and look a second time, at your yummy photos. I LOVE pesto and enjoy making it, I could live on tomatoes ... this is making the very tasty guacamole I made yesterday for our SB party pale in comparison. Now ... get back to the writing!

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  25. Thank you for the recipe, it looks wonderful!

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  26. Your spread is incredible. We have Super Bowl food rules and must make food that is representative of the team homes. So Polish Sausage Bites in a Beer Sauce, Southwest Cheese Roll-Ups and I always get to make Clam Dip no matter who wins.
    Roberta Anne

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  27. Yum! It all looks so good - my kind of food.
    Glenda

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  28. How wonderful! I love to have a pinwheel! Everything is just yummy!!!!
    I have a baby goat, born Jan. 30. It's a buck. I had to milk the goat, to get the baby up and going, I had a hard time getting it warmed up and then got hubby to come and hold it up to Moma Goat. He is doing great!

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  29. *(GG~ Making the "Penguins" when my BFF & her DH arrive on 13 Feb~~~ hope you're right that I CAN'T "goof" it all up!!! Ordered FAB CHOCOLATE PENGUINS from our "Gucci Gourmet", too!!! Thanks for asking! XO, L)

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  30. Great and simple recipes. My kind of cooking. Thanks...I could eat one of those pinwheels right now!

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  31. Hi G, I am right now reading Mermaids in the Basemnt and LOOOVING it!!!!!!!!!! Now, sure wish we had had YOUR yummy treats for the game...and WHAT a game, huh?! So glad you got a break but then again, can't wait for the new book!!!!! Happy Monday.....I missed this yesterday. Hugs, Pinky

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  32. G, can you post the address for Once Upon A Plate's blog? I can't seem to find it! Thanks, Pinky

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  33. Was on vacation (in Mexico) and playing catch-up browsing all your recent postS.
    You have been a busy gal writing etc....speaking of which JUST picked up a copy of your Mermaids in the BASEMENT (ordered before Xmas) and can hardly wait to get into it.

    Doubting I will be disappointed...
    Hugs -Brenda-

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  34. YUMM! Beautiful pictures.

    ~Liz

    P.S. I'm having a giveaway at my blog. If you have a chance stop by. :)

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  35. You crack me up with the diet update. I think I'm on the same diet! : (

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  36. You can find Mari's penuins at
    http://onceuponaplate.blogspot.com/

    Just look on the right hand side, just beneath the flags/translation bar. And you'll see her penguin, and more!

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  37. Now we are talking!with food like this I might have even watched the super bowl,delicious.Kathysue

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  38. The pizza looks amazing! I can't wait to make one.

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  39. These look SOOOO Good Gollum! Especially those pesto pinwheels! YUMMM-O! :) Hope you're having a good time with your book! :) Happy Tuesday!

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  40. Hi, Gollum, I love anything pesto, so all of that looks delish!

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  41. DARLING, you did such a super job! every pic is masterful, you have become such a natch at this stuff! artful, exquisite, tasteful, girl your fast and frazzled is a humdinger of day!

    congrats on more ts success too~ hope things are improving for you, incl the hex on the kitchen appliances~ thanks for another darling weekend!

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  42. Oh, my...this is all so good looking and so special and chic...our party had hot wings,(is that RED NECK food?), beer, homemade salsa and chips, ham and cheese rolls, veggie munchies...not a thing fancy like yours. Maybe next year!! *sigh
    Your sweet name is mentioned in my posting tomorrow so if you can, please stop by....;O)
    xo bj

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  43. Just beautiful! This is food any hostess would be thrilled to serve...and any guest would love to eat.:)

    xo Lidy

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  44. These are the most gorgeous Superbowl treats I have ever seen!

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There you are! I'm so glad you're here. Love, MLee xxoo

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