Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Thanksgiving menu is quite traditional, and I add something new each year. This year I have added a very simple appetizer. I have my friend Colleen to thank for the recipe that she shared from Woman's Day November 2008. The recipe is called Pumpkin Patch Bites, but I used a leaf cutter for Thanksgiving. I also added a little dijon mustard which the recipe didn't call for. The possibilities are endless with this recipe, it's great for all holidays, using different cookie cutters.

1 box (15 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts
6 oz. sliced Black Forest or Virginia ham
8 oz. sliced extra-sharp Cheddar, Swiss or Gruyere cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1. Heat oven to 425. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.

2. On work surface, unroll pie crust and cut each of the two crusts into 12 shapes.

3. Put ham and cheese in the center of each of the 12 leaves. With a small brush, brush beaten egg around edges.

4. Top with remaining leaves, carefully pressing on edges to seal. (I just pick
them up and press the edges together).

5. Place on prepared pan, and brush tops with beaten egg. I also made veins
in the leaves. Bake 10-12 minutes until light golden. Let cook on a rack for
a couple of minutes before serving. I think they are best served warm, but you
can make them ahead and just cover with plastic wrap until ready to bake.



  1. you know we love those here too, happy thanksgiving debbie!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie, Joe & the boys! The appetizers look good, I have yet to try those since I didn't have any fall cutters, I see Christmas tree ham & cheese in my future though.

  3. Love that glad you shared it with us..have a ball tomorrow!

  4. Just checking in to see how Black Friday in NYC went! I looked for you on the news, but there was no woman running up and down the streets of NY looking for dishes :) Hope you are having an awesome time. you had great shopping weather, too!

    The appy's look great!

  5. Hi Debbie! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

    Your appetizers came out beautifully! You did a fantastic job (the photo belongs in a magazine or cookbook.)

    I'm going to have to make those soon & I'll remember your tip about the mustard. That's brilliant! Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. I found you through Once in a Blue Moon and Once Upon A Plate....Oh, I am making these! Love your blog.

  7. Thanks everyone, they are fun to make. And Gollum, I will be checking out your blog soon. I've heard from Jain that it's wonderful!

  8. Thank you so much for this recipe! It is absolutely delicious. I have adapted it a bit and added it to my blog @ - torpid trainer (giving you credit of course!)


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