I have been a long time fan of savory appetizers ~ you know, garlic and brie, bruschetta, and holiday poppers to name a few. There is nothing like a deep and satisfying savory taste to prepare your palate for the scrumptious main meal. But, what if we could introduce a bit of sweet along with the savory? I think it might be simply delightful.
Continuing with our very vegetarian Christmas meal ideas, I've got something really special for you today. Let's take a bit of Gorgonzola (savory) and a bit of pear (sweet), and put those on top of a puff pastry square (delicious). And, then what if we topped it all with walnuts that have been glazed in a riesling carmel drizzle (savory and sweet)? Is your mouth watering? Do you think that would go over with your guests?
Not only does it taste light and sweet and savory all at once, the puff pastry is just such an elegant base. When you add the crunch of the glazed walnuts, the pronounced depth of flavor in this appetizer is quite striking. You can get the exact recipe and all the instructions right here.
While this recipe doesn't qualify as vegan, it definitely will please both your vegetarian and omnivore guests alike. You may want to make a double or triple batch of this one, I have a feeling it's going to disappear right before your eyes.
TIP: Some puff pastry has trans fat in it, but the Trader Joe's brand is pure! No need to add the bad stuff in when you've got such a winning mix of other ingredients, right? Hooray for Trader Joe's!