Greek Potatoes

Okay, one last recipe from our Greek Supper Club last week.  Brittney made these delicious fingerling potatoes in the crockpot, and I had to share it because these could be a side dish with any dinner!

Greek Potatoes

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  • 3 lbs fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 T chopped fresh parsley leaves

Lightly coat the inside of a 6-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray.  Mix the olive oil, butter, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and paprika in a small bowl.  Place the potatoes in the crockpot and pour the mixture on top.

Stir it so the potatoes are covered.  Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours, or high heat for 2-3 hours.

When potatoes are tender, garnish with lemon zest and parsley.  Serve immediately!

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Greek Yogurt Parfait

It’s supper club time again!  This week Brittney, Michelle and I hosted a Greek night for our month’s supper club dinner.  I was in charge of appetizers and dessert, and we found this delicious looking recipe that included Greek yogurt (so that makes it Greek-ish, right?).  The only problem was they used a lot of almonds, so I made the recipe my own!

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 2 C granola
  • 2 T honey
  • ~2 C plain Greek yogurt
  • ~ 2 C vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 1/2 C raspberries
  • Serving size glass containers

Mix the granola and 2 T of honey in a bowl.  Spoon a little bit into each glass container to create the base.

Next, mix the greek yogurts and a little more honey in another bowl and spoon that into the containers, layered on top of the granola.

Finally, sprinkle some raspberries on top and refrigerate until ready to serve!  Eat with a  spoon, and don’t feel bad about having a few because they’re healthy!greek yogurt dessert 03

Edits: I ended up just getting 4 of the greek yogurt containers, and squeezing the honey until it seemed right, so my measurements are a little iffy.

I filled 12 silicon liner filled muffin cups with the parfaits and still had some leftover, so put those in little glass sampler sized containers.  The original recipe wanted you to freeze the cups and I ended up freezing the muffin cups, but refrigerating the glasses.  The group decision was that we liked the non-frozen ones better, so the recipe reflects that and this is more of a parfait versus their frozen yogurt concoction.

We made these as a dessert, but they’d also be great for a breakfast item!

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Brittney’s No-Bake Reese Cheesecakes

I hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend!  One more supper club related post for ya……

Brittney was in charge of the dessert, and she found a great recipe that didn’t involve baking (we’re all working women and sometimes you need delicious and easy).  She came over a little earlier after work to mix everything up and the mini cheesecakes were ready to eat when everyone was ready!

No-Bake Reese Cheesecakes

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  • 1 box Jello instant no-bake cheesecake mix
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • Reese’s peanutbutter cups, 1 per cheesecake
  • ~1 C chocolate chips
  • ~1 C Graham cracker crumbs (there’s some in the Jello no-bake pack)

Pull out your cupcake pan, and put paper liners in each cup.  Unwrap the Reese’s and put them at the bottom of the cupcake liners.

Mix up the cheesecake mix and the milk with an electric mixer for ~3 minutes to get the cheesecake mixed well and thick.  Pour the cheesecake mixture over the Reese cup.  Put your cupcake pan into the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.

When you’re ready to serve, take the cups out and sprinkle them with the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips!

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Grilled Cheese Bar

August was our month to host Supper Club again, and Brittney, Michelle and I decided to do a grilled cheese bar!  What is a grilled cheese bar, you ask?  Basically you have an assortment of breads, cheeses, and toppings, then everyone chooses what they want, and makes their own sandwich.  It’s a perfect option when planning ahead, and only has a little prep time.

So what did our grilled cheese bar include?

Breads

We had 3 different breads for people to use: Sourdough, honey wheat, and multi-grain.  Susu also brought a gluten free option.  The sourdough and 5 grain were the most popular options.

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We offered 5 different types of cheeses: Mozzarella, cheddar, pepper jack, jalapeño pimento, and brie. Honestly, just about every cheese was seriously depleted at the end of the night, so there was something for everyone.

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Toppings

I’m not gonna lie, coming up with the toppings to offer was really fun.  We had an assortment of spreads and toppings to make fancy grilled cheeses with: Mayo, cranberry spread, pesto, sriracha, turkey, bacon, prosciutto, apple slices, avocado slices, tomatoes, spinach, and caramelized onions.

Of course, everything was labeled with my new wine cork place card holders

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After you finally figured out what toppings you wanted, it was time for the grilling.

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Michelle and Brittney grilled everyone’s sandwiches on the stove, with a little butter.

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Finally, we cut them in half and demolished them.  I don’t even have a picture of any of the grilled cheeses when they were all melted and delicious — we ate them that quickly.

Strategy: It was pretty hard to choose what you wanted on your sandwich, so in some cases people make their own and then traded 1/2 with someone else for a different grilled cheese.

My sandwich included cheddar and pimento cheeses, bacon, prosciutto, and apple slices.  Other popular combos were the brie with cranberry spread and apples, pepper jack cheese with tomatoes and avocado, and mozzarella, with spinach and onions.  There were so many possible combinations..

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This was one of the more creative culinary nights, and I personally had a blast with the grilled cheese bar.  The other nice thing was that there was something there for everyone, and it was a great way to handle food allergies and such.

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Now that we’re done hosting, we get a few months before we’re up again — Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Wine Cork Place Card Holders

My das boot had filled up with corks again, so I knew it was time to find a new cork craft to make!  With supper club coming up fast I decided to make place card holders so we could label all of the items for the grilled cheese bar we were putting out.  I found a great tutorial, and was off to the races..

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What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pennies

Luckily I had everything I needed around the house, so I was able to finish the project in less than 45 minutes after I decided to make them.  To start, get your Exacto knife and the corks you want to cut and find a good surface, like a cutting board.

Use your knife and cut a slit into the cork, along the long side.  I started at one end, and worked my way to the other.
cork placecard 02 Some of the corks were easier to cut than others, but overall the Exacto knife was way easier to use than another tool.  Also, some of my cuts ended up more like slits, where others were more wedged, but as long as paper can go in there, it doesn’t matter.

Note: The last time I cut some wine corks for a craft, I boiled the corks beforehand, but decided against it this time around since I didn’t want them to expand any.

Once all your corks have cuts in them, you’ll want to add some stability to the bottom of the corks so they won’t roll over.  The easiest choice: hot gluing a penny to the bottom.  Use a touch of hot glue,  and attach the penny to the bottom of the cork, so the slit is facing up.

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Now all of your place card holders will sit upright, and the place cards will be easy to read!

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Then just write out your cards, and slide them in!  I used these to label the different items at our supper club dinner, but these would be great for place cards at a seated dinner too.  Oh, the options!

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