HAPPY HOUR AT HOME

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I love to entertain, but haven’t had the chance to do so since my baby girl was born. Now that we are getting into our daily routine, I thought it would be the perfect chance to invite a few girlfriends over for an easy happy hour at home. I wanted to make things simple, elegant, and fun so we could enjoy each others company and catch up.

For the menu I chose to make bite sized appetizers. All prepping was done ahead of time so I could just heat upย and plate with ease. I whipped up some goat cheese stuffed mushrooms, spanakopita triangles, and smoked salmon cucumber bites. All are pretty simple to make and the recipes can be found below.

Wine is always a fan favorite and my personal drink of choice so for this festive night I chose to serve Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay. It has a crisp, clean taste and their new packaging features a bold, high quality look that matches the bold and high quality flavors of the wine inside.

We had such a fun time drinking, eating, and playing with Elle. See some photos and recipes below.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 1 6-8 ounce log of goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives
  • 1 package of mushrooms with stems removed
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the goat cheese, parmesan cheese, chives, salt and pepper.
  3. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and spoon the mixture into each mushroom cap.
  4. Place on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  6. Serve warm.

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese {softened}
  • 4 ounces of smoked salmon cut into 2 inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped chives
  1. Cut the cucumber into 3/4 of an inch thick slices.
  2. Scoop a 1/2 inch deep depression from one side of each round with a spoon or melon-baller to form little cups.
  3. Spoon a 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese into each cup.
  4. Top each cup with 1 salmon strip and a few sprinkles of chives to garnish.

Easy Spanakopita Triangles

  • 16 sheets of frozen phyllo dough
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 10 oz package of frozen spinach {thawed}
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Saute the onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Then add the spinach and cook for a few minutes until all the water evaporates.
  3. Lightly beat the egg in a medium size mixing bowl. Add the feta cheese, salt, pepper, and spinach mixture. Mix well.
  4. Remove the phyllo sheets from the package and place on a damp cooking towel.
  5. Brush each sheet lightly with butter and cutting four pieces.
  6. Place a big tablespoon of the filling in one corner and fold it diagonally. Keep folding until you reach the end of the strip and then tuck in the end.
  7. Place the triangles on a cookie sheet. Brush the tops each with any remaining butter.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.