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shellybe Jan 14, 2009 05:30 AM

I'm giving an inaugural celebration party with lots of election themed foods and too many people for anything requiring plates and utensils. For fun with President elect Obama's "price of arugula" comments, I would like to make some sort of finger food/dip or spread sort of thing made with arugula. Any ideas?

  1. lupaglupa Jan 14, 2009 05:34 AM

    I make a garlic spinach spread that would work with arugula - you just puree fresh spinach (arugula) with garlic and olive oil in the food processor until almost smooth. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. I would be careful the arugula wasn't bitter first though.

    1. HaagenDazs Jan 14, 2009 05:49 AM

      You can make an arugula pesto. Just substitute some or all of the stereotypical basil in the recipe with arugula.

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        cheesecake17 Jan 14, 2009 06:00 AM

        I make arugula pesto often. I use walnuts instead of pine nuts. Just make sure to use baby arugula (it's less bitter and more tender) and have it washed and dried really well. You can spread it on top of crostini and top each with a shaving of cheese.

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          HaagenDazs Jan 14, 2009 06:08 AM

          Yeah - it's good! Pesto refers to the way it's made similar to a mortar and PESTLE - same word origin. You can use any tender green leaf, any nut, and any cheese you want. You can even eliminate some of those items, it doens't have to have nuts in it for instance.

          In any situation, if you first blanch the leaves in boiling water and then shock them in cold water, you get a much nicer colored pesto that won't turn brownish-gray if it sits out for a little while. Of course, as cheesecake mentioned, make sure they are dried out pretty well before continuing.

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            pinstripeprincess Jan 14, 2009 09:11 AM

            i'm a fan of almonds with arugula for a pesto type sauce and don't add the cheese.

            it is really nice with a pork tenderloin and could be a play for another infamous comment of his. if you need a "lipstick" you could coat it in a nice chipotle based rub.

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              shellybe Jan 14, 2009 11:57 AM

              actually, the centerpiece is a stuffed pig with lipstick!

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                alkapal Jan 18, 2009 02:09 AM

                hope it doesn't say "bite me!" at the table.

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          jaykayen Jan 14, 2009 07:06 AM

          I like the New Year's Eve Gougeres from Zuni. Basic gougere/choux dough with pickled onions, arugula, and bacon.

          1. JungMann Jan 14, 2009 10:31 AM

            I don't know about a proper dip with arugula, but perhaps you could service arugula in bacon vinaigrette in some parmesan cups. That would obviously take a bit of work, but the presentation would be lovely.

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              jmullen1251 Jan 14, 2009 11:30 AM

              i did something similar recently for a party with 20-25 ppl. def a little prep is required but parm cups can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for a few hours.

              i just used a simple arugula salad with toasted pine nuts, shaved parmesan, sliced artichokes and a vinaigrette - it was def a hit. this actually makes me laugh because of a recent chowhound post re: mark bittman's pantry throwaways. i was embarrassed and would never admit it openly but i used the horrible already grated parm from kraft - ugh the horror! but noone was the wiser and it made an otherwise hectic kitchen prep day a breeze...good luck!

            2. sophie. Jan 18, 2009 01:31 AM

              I was really excited to make something arugula-y for our party as well.

              Arugula pesto seems like the most appealing option here. Thinking about making challah to go with---> symbolize the immediate focus on Israel starting next week.

              1. mbfant Jan 18, 2009 05:02 AM

                Process the leaves with robiola or Greek yogurt or sour cream or cream cheese -- you get the idea -- for a nice spread. You can surround the dish with some reserved leaves so people will know what's in it. The arugula is sufficient, but you could include green onions as well.

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