Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Years Eve

We had a small get together. Appetizers were served. Baked Brie, chicken wings, spinach dip with pita chips and veggies, and sesame salmon skewers. Friends brought a crab dip with sour dough, a meatball dish and a lasagna. So so so good. The salmon and brie were my favourites and I will make those again.

Sesame Salmon Skewers

salmon fillet cut into finger sized pieces
soy sauce
sesame seeds (black or white)
fresh cracked pepper

Skewer the salmon with wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for an hour. Using a pastry brush, brush the soy sauce on all sides of the salmon. Crack fresh pepper on the salmon. Put the seeds on a small plate and gently roll the salmon skewers in the seeds until all sides are coated.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and put it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. They should take about 5 minutes, depending on how big your fingers are.

I served a chili dipping sauce made up of mayo and a Thai chili garlic sauce I had in the fridge. I just "eye balled" it until it was a good consistency and spiciness. I had originally thought about serving it with teriyaki sauce but forgot to put it on the list.

Baked Brie

1 small round of brie
1 onion, julienned
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Put the onion in a hot pan with the butter. When the onions soften add the garlic and thyme and seasoning.
Cook the onion until it is caramelized and nice and brown. Scrape the top of the rind off of the brie and put the brie in an oven safe baking dish ( a pie plate is a good choice )
Pile the onion mixture on top of the cheese and pop it in the oven (preheated to 350) until it is soft and gooey. It took about 15 minutes for the size that I used.

Serve it with crackers or baguette.

I should have taken pictures.

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