Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Savory Filled Appetizers and an Update

On a personal note, thank you for the well wishes. The CT scan and X-ray of my neck both came back normal. The doctor said I just need to rest, so I am being a very good patient because I really want this to get better quickly.  Nausea is one of the most common concussion symptoms and can be perceived as a lack of appetite so I am forcing myself to eat and drink. Other concussion symptoms that can contribute to lack of appetite are headache and increased fatigue, and I have both.

In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my very favorite recipes. This is a repost. They would be lovely for a Mother's Day celebration.

This very simple appetizer has been on my holiday and party menu for five years. I originally posted this in November 2008. My dear friend Colleen shared the recipe with me, and she found it in Woman's Day (November 2008 issue). The original recipe is called Pumpkin Patch Bites. I used leaf cutters for Thanksgiving. I also added a little dijon mustard which the recipe didn't call for. The possibilities are endless with this recipe, and 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.
To see them done in Christmas shapes, click here. Savory Filled Hand Pies or Appetizers

Love to you all!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, I am so sorry to hear that you have a concussion! I had one once, also from a fall, so I know how much you are suffering. You will get better--that's the only comfort I can give you. Your appetizers look so appealing too. I think maybe flower shapes for Mother's Day would be nice! Feel better soon!!! Linda

  2. So sorry to hear this! Rest and feel better soon!

  3. Hi dear Debbie, I'm so glad to hear that you're doing better and resting like a good patient. Your filled appetizers look so pretty and sound wonderul. I'm glad you shared this recipe again. xo

  4. Debbie, so sorry to hear it was a concussion. Get plenty of rest, as the doctor ordered, keep hydrated. These little hand pies sound so good and look awesome. Will be saving this idea. xo

  5. I'm so glad to hear the scan and X-ray came back negative for anything seriously amiss. Whew! That was a close one! What a scare that must have been for you overall!!!! I'm glad you're making yourself do regular food and liquid intake. You're being a very good patient! :-)

    Rest up and get your little self back to 100%!!!!!!!

  6. Glad to hear you are on the mend. The recipe looks scrumptious!!

  7. Glad you're feeling better, how scary! Those little pie bites are adorable and the possibilities are endless with shapes & fillings :)

  8. Praying for you now!! Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during the last few months that I have been taking care of Dad. I know he is in Heaven and watching me to make sure I do all the crafty things we talked about as we were sitting around looking at magazines. He was my biggest supported of whatever I wanted or thought I could do. Going to miss that. Thank you for being such a great Blogger friend, Kathy

  9. That's good news, Debbie! I remember these little savory treats and have also made them since you first shared them. They are cute and delicious!

  10. Glad the scans were good news. I know it's frustrating because the headaches are painful. Take care and get better soon.
    ~ Sarah

  11. Good News! Yes, follow doctor's orders. Thanks for the recipe, they sound wonderful. I missed it the first time so I am glad you reposted. Rest and take care. Dianne

  12. Thank heavens your scans were good! YAY! What an answer to prayer. This appetizer recipes sounds great, and I'm always looking for great ideas. I bookmarked it!


  13. Oh Debbie, I'm so happy for the good news! I hope you are back to 100% right away.

    I thank you for sharing this the first time around ~ it's a favorite at my house, and each time I make them, they are gobbled up in no time. So delicious, and they always make me think of you. xoxo

  14. Debbie, these are so pretty and sound delicious. I had missed your post about your fall. I'm so glad your scan was ok. Hope you are getting a lot better. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Can't wait to impress guests with it! laurie

  15. these look absolutely sublime..wishes for your health!


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