Posts Tagged ‘A & O Dinner Party Blueprints’

Meatless Monday: Zucchini and Ricotta Tart

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Flaky buttery puff pastry slathered in a lemony layer of fluffy ricotta cheese topped with sweet zucchini and savory fresh thyme. Sounds good right?

zucchini tart

This simple to make (we promise this time) tart is one of our new favorite recipes. We are recommending it as an elegant appetizer in our Dinner Party Blueprints and it is garnering rave reviews at work as a lunch dish paired with a mixed green salad.

zucchini tart

Zucchini and Ricotta Tart

Serves 2 for lunch or 4-6 as an appetizer

1 sheet all butter frozen puff pastry, thawed per the package instructions

1 1/2 cups good quality ricotta cheese

zest of one small lemon

salt and pepper

1-2 zucchinis, sliced into 1/4inch thick rounds

1/4 cup grated gruyure cheese

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Defrost the puff pastry sheet according to the package instructions which takes at least 45 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lay the rectangle of puff onto a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using a fork, make pinpricks all around the center of the tart dough leaving a 1 inch border on each of the four sides. Mix the ricotta with a pinch of salt and pepper and the lemon zest. Top the pricked section of the dough with the ricotta cheese into a thin but even layer. Slightly layer the sliced zucchini on top of the ricotta. Sprinkle the zucchini with a dusting of salt, shredded gruyere and chopped fresh thyme. Brush the exposed edges of puff dough with egg wash. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes until the dough if puffed and the edges have browned. Try not open the oven door while it bakes, use you oven light if possible. Allow to cool for 10 minutes to room temperature and them slice into wedges or small, bite sized squares.

xo,

LEH

A & O Dinner Party Blueprints

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We hinted at some exciting news yesterday…. we are thrilled to share with you that we are offering a new service, A & O Dinner Party Blueprints. Now you can entertain the Apples & Onions way!

CNY Dessert

photo by Beth Liebetrau

We’ve done weddings, Christmas parties, bridal showers, baby showers, Fourth of July Barbecues and fundraisers for 200+.

But what we love most is a dinner party among friends, the pause in a busy week to share delicious food and even more delicious conversation.  A moment to feel pretty and witty by candlelight. To feed and be fed, love and be loved, even on a week night.

If only you had time to plan the perfect menu, research great recipes, come up with chic decor and the perfect signature cocktail to set the tone of your fabulous dinner party.

Ahem.

We’re available to do all that for you!

Tell us who you’re having and why plus any dietary restrictions or food allergies and then share an inspiration with us–a favorite dish, photo, movie, book, memory—whatever you have in mind for your ideal soiree.

We’ll blueprint the party ASAP and it’ll be yours to throw.

Fabulous guests not included.

The Blueprint kit includes:

1 signature cocktail recipe OR suggested wines for pairing
1 custom 3-course menu (one course will be entirely store bought, a cardinal rule of calm hosts everywhere)
3 recipes to help you execute your menu
3 simple decor ideas to transform your space (may include floral arrangements, centerpiece ideas, music suggestions, party favors, DIY decor project, etc.)
1 timeline–detailing when to shop, when to prep and when to preheat your oven

Cost: $100

To start planning your next party email us at applesandonions@gmail.com!

xo,

SL + LEH