Feb 3, 2011

Momma's got the goods...

 Red Onion and Blue Cheese Spread

This is one of my favorite recipes that my mom gave me.  It's super easy and great to bring to parties as an appetizer.  I made it last night for a social event I was attending and it was a hit. 

1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup chopped red onion
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
freshly ground pepper to taste
Baguette slices
Red grapes for garnish

In a dry pan toast the walnuts, set aside. Put olive oil in a pan over medium heat and lightly the saute the red onions and garlic. Add olives and heat through. Stir in the walnuts. Put the blue cheese on a large platter or serving dish, pour the heated olive and onion mixture over the blue cheese. Gently stir to mix.

Pepper to taste and add red grapes to garnish.

*I also made another super easy appetizer which is what the basil in the first photo was for.  I stuck mini mozzarella balls on a toothpick followed by a quarter slice of a cucumber, a basil leaf and a cherry tomato.  I brushed them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and voila!