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Fun Appetizers using leftover CSA bounty

YessicaSF Oct 27, 2011 04:03 PM

I am looking for fun appetizer ideas halloween themed or not using my costco/csa overabundance. I don't mind buying more ingredients, but I don't want to see anything go to waste!

I have:

1 lb spinach
1 bunch chard
1lb asparagus
6 roma tomatoes
1 lb brussel sprout
2 bunches celery
8 radishes
6 apples
4 pears
6 kiwi

Also kicking around:
wedge blue cheese
log goat cheese
2 lb chicken spicy italian sausage

Would love any ideas!

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    YessicaSF RE: YessicaSF Oct 27, 2011 04:05 PM

    Bonus points, I also bought a can of batter blaster pancake mix and like the idea of some sort of pancake based app..

    1. monavano RE: YessicaSF Oct 27, 2011 04:27 PM

      I'd use the vegetables, one cheese and sausage to make a fritatta or mini quiche.
      Endive with pear and gorgonzola.

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        YessicaSF RE: monavano Oct 27, 2011 05:03 PM

        That sounds lovely!

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          monavano RE: YessicaSF Oct 27, 2011 05:08 PM

          You've got some nice ingredients to work with!

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        katecm RE: YessicaSF Oct 28, 2011 10:26 AM

        Do you have any prosciutto? Quickly blanched asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and either grilled or baked is amazing. You can use either of your cheeses in there if you'd like. Similarly, quick glazed sprouts wrapped in bacon and broiled would be awesome. You could make small pancakes, top them with either of your cheeses, and then top with some caramelized tiny diced apples and pears.

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          YessicaSF RE: katecm Oct 28, 2011 12:00 PM

          I LOVE the pancake idea! For the sprouts, what kind of glaze? Would you halve them or leave them whole?

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            katecm RE: YessicaSF Oct 28, 2011 01:12 PM

            Depends on how big they are, but I usually halve. I melt some butter and brown sugar in a pan, then throw in the halved sprouts. Let them brown a bit, toss in a good glug of balsamic, and pop them in the oven for a few minutes. The balsamic cooks down into a rich glaze.

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          juli5122 RE: YessicaSF Oct 28, 2011 10:57 AM

          Spinach, chard, make mini quiches like monovano said.
          Make a lush blue cheese dip for the celery and radishes
          Roast the tomatoes and top with goat cheese in crock and serve with crostini
          Saute the pears in butter and brown sugar and tooth pick them to cooked italian sausage coins.
          Shred the brussel sprouts and a julienne of apple maybe some almonds for a light salad
          I'm out on the kiwi except maybe decoration :) lol

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            YessicaSF RE: juli5122 Oct 28, 2011 12:03 PM

            Tomatoes and goat cheese sounds simple and fantastic! I have been wanting to try a brussel slaw - adding apples is a really good idea.

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              juli5122 RE: YessicaSF Oct 31, 2011 08:26 AM

              Thanks, Terrie H.'s celery salad sounds great. I think I will use that :)

          2. Terrie H. RE: YessicaSF Oct 28, 2011 01:23 PM

            A couple more easy ideas for you:

            How about a hearty soup with the sausage, chard, white beans and/or pasta. Add onions and other veggies to taste.

            A simple salad of thinly sliced celery and shaved Parmesan, dressed with lots of lemon juice and olive oil. You could thinly slice the radishes as an addition.

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              YessicaSF RE: Terrie H. Oct 28, 2011 04:50 PM

              Good ideas, not sure how well they would function as appetizers though.

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                Terrie H. RE: YessicaSF Oct 28, 2011 05:12 PM

                I'm sorry, I managed to hone in on the ingredients and blanked out on the appetizer request. Very sorry.

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