Ross and I are going to my sister’s tonight for dinner and game night. Kara has planned dinner around a Fall theme, so when I asked what I could bring, the answer was an appetizer… a FALL appetizer. So, I began my search for something tasty and Fall-ish, a little bit different but not “weird”. Also, as I’ve mentioned, Kara is a vegetarian, so there couldn’t be any meat in the recipe.
It’s no secret that allrecipes.com is my favorite go-to place for new recipes. There is a little bit of everything on there. I like that it has review and ratings of the recipes, and often times other user’s comments are very helpful, offering suggestions to tweak the recipe to your liking. I love the recipe box feature, which allows you to save any recipes that you’ve tried and liked or ones that you see and want to remember to try another time. When I make my grocery list each week, I usually visit my online recipe box to see if I’ve saved anything that I’m ready to try at that time.
Another perk to this website is that it is constantly updated to include highlighted seasonal recipes. During the holiday season, you can just click on “Thanksgiving appetizers” or “Christmas side dishes” and have a wealth of selections to choose from. There wasn’t anything special on there for Fall today (although the website is decorated cute for Halloween) but I just entered “Fall appetizers” into the search bar and had a ton of choices appear.
My selection was Mini Pumpkin Sage Balls with Balsamic Creme Fraiche. These sound fancy, but are easy to make. I just threw them together, and I am going to bake them when I get to my sister’s tonight. The balls are made up of pumpkin, onion, garlic, sage leaves, an egg, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper. The dipping sauce is simply sour cream, heavy cream, sugar and balsamic vinegar. I had to dip my pinky in there to taste it and it is good. I think I want to use this as a base for trying a creamy balsamic salad dressing in the near future. I can’t wait to taste it with the pumpkin balls dipped in it. The last step is to fry up some fresh sage leaves to crumble and sprinkle on top. The ingredients and presentation are nice for a gathering because they are a little fancier, but the recipe is no harder to make than many other dips or appetizers I’ve made. In fact, I think it’s easier than many.
Tomorrow, I will provide an update on the gathering, including Kara’s Fall vegetable mix, “Fall Apple Thing” (as she explained it to me) and the one I’m most anxious to try… Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Ooh la la.