Throw a Kickin’ Grey Cup Party

Grey Cup is arguably the biggest game of the year.  Football fan or not, it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and celebrate.  Host an entertaining football themed party with these tips and tricks.

Decorations are always fun but a little goes a long way. Jazz up food tables with a simple green table cloth. Take it to the next level by using white duct tape as the yard lines.  Buy brown disposable plastic cups, and draw football stitching down the side of each one.  Is your team playing in the game?  Pick up napkins, straws and paper plates in your team’s colours to show your team spirit.

 

Don’t be left fumbling when guests need a drink.  Setup a beverage station with a bucket filled with soda or beer on ice so everyone can help themselves.

 

What would a Grey Cup party be without the snacks?  Tackle the munchies by offering a variety of treats and appetizers that can be eaten with your hands.  Dips, hors d’oeuvres served on sticks, or wrapped in phyllo or wontons all top my list of go-to’s.  Not everyone is going to risk missing a play to grab some grub, so set out a small selection of crackers and cheese, chips, or nuts on the coffee table near the action for easy access.

No party is complete without Tre Stelle Cheese, especially my favourite, Feta.  Whip up these Chicken, Feta and Red Pepper Wonton Cups.  They’re easy and impressive and are sure to please football fans.   Check out the Shareables section of the website for other great finger food ideas that use other delicious Tre Stelle cheeses.

 

Chicken, Feta and Red Pepper Wonton Cups

Yields 24 wonton cups

 

1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (store bought rotisserie chicken is a huge time saver)

½ cup chopped roasted red pepper (homemade or store bought)

½ cup cream cheese

½ cup crumbled Tre Stelle Feta, plus more for garnish

1 clove garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

24 wonton wrappers

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mold wonton wrappers into the cups of a mini muffin tin.  Bake for 5 minutes, or until the wontons hold a cup shape.  Repeat until you have molded about 24 (I recommend doing a few more, just in case some break).

Remove from the mini muffin tin and set aside to cool.

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix together shredded chicken, roasted red peppers, cream cheese, Tre Stelle feta, salt and pepper.  Mix well to combine.

Spoon the filing into each wonton cup.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with more Tre Stelle Feta.  Best served warm, but they’re still awesome at room temperature.

 

Savoury with Sweet, an unexpected, delicious flavour combination!

Autumn is my favourite time of the year!  Gorgeous colors grace the landscape; from vine ripened red apples to golden wheat crops ready to be harvested.  There is an abundance of garden fresh produce eagerly waiting to be used in your fall and Holiday recipes. The kids are back in school and life goes back to comfort and routine.  I love going for walks in the crisp morning air with the crunch of leaves at my feet. Autumn is also a time I look forward to making my favourite apple recipes.

For my Apple Galette recipe I decided to change things up a bit by using a savoury cheese like Tre Stelle Feta instead of something sweet. Normally, people would use something sweet in an apple dessert but I decided to get creative and went savoury with Feta!

I am fortunate to have the most spectacular apple tree in my yard that gets great sized apples that are similar in taste to a Macintosh.   Perfect for all the tasty apple desserts I love to bake up for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holidays at my house always include fresh homemade apple pies!

Apple desserts are a Fall classic, and this recipe for Apple Feta Galette is exceptional. Have you ever tried using feta cheese in a dessert? You will be pleasantly surprised how awesome recipes can taste when you take cheese and use it in a non-traditional way! Like using Tre Stelle Mascarpone in a main course or Feta in your dessert. Allowing yourself to get creative and experiment in the kitchen is a wonderful way to come up with new, tasty and your own original recipes!

In my recipe Apple Feta Galette; the salty, tangy flavor of feta balanced perfectly with the sweet, tart apple filling. This non-traditional combination will tantalized your taste buds in an unexpectedly delicious way.

 

Apple Feta Galette

1 piecrust (store bought or make your favourite recipe)

5-6 medium sized apples

½ cup granulated sugar (use a bit more if your apples are really tart)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp melted butter

1 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/3 cup crumbled Tre Stelle Feta cheese

1 tbsp. caramel sauce

 

Preheat oven to 350º F

Peel, core and slice apples. Place into large bowl.

In small bowl mix together sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch.

Toss together with apples.

Stir in vanilla and toss to combine.

Place piecrust on parchment line baking sheet.

Pile with apples leaving about 2 inch border.

Fold the border up over the apples.

Brush the crust with melted butter.

Sprinkle crust edges and apples with granulated sugar.

Bake galette for 30 – 40 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Sprinkle with crumbled Tre Stelle Feta cheese.

Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Serves: 4-6

 

Enjoy!