Wednesday, May 7, 2008

5-ingredient Appetizer

This is seriously so good and so easy. Tim and I love appetizers - we always order one when we are eating out and love to make them at home with some wine or just as a snack. I would so much rather have an appetizer than a dessert. Don't ask me why I don't have more appetizer recipes - probably because we eat them too fast to get a good shot.

Anyway - here it is - the 5-ingredient appetizer!

Mushroom or Tomato Cheesy Triangles (photos of tomato version)

Pita bread (4 rounds)
Shredded Parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
Baby bella mushrooms or grape tomatoes
Kosher salt/fresh pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Decide if you are going to use mushrooms or tomatoes :) If you are using mushrooms, put a bit of olive oil in a pan on medium heat and saute those babies up! Takes a few minutes, swirl them around once in a while. I like the mushrooms to get brown, so make sure you don't add any more liquid to the pan! If you are using grape tomatoes, you can halve them or put them in the pan whole and do the same thing. They take a few more minutes if you use them whole because you want them to pop and get a little broken up. Salt/pepper to taste when they are almost done.

3. While the vegetables are cooking, cut each pita into 4 wedges and put on a parchment-lined or foil-lined baking sheet. Put a drop of olive oil on each one and put into the oven for a few minutes - let them get a little toasty, but not brown. Take them out of the oven and let them sit until the vegetables are ready.

4. When the vegetables are done cooking, spoon a bit onto each wedge. Don't be shy - load them up! After you use up all the vegetables, add the cheese on top - I like to use a mozzarella and Parmesan combo. Pop them back into the oven until the cheese is melted. Remove and EAT!

[Sorry that my photos were taken before the cheese was melted, but if not, I probably would have nothing to post!]

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