Flatbread Pizza Night!

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As part of my Snack Night Initiative , I bring to you…make-your-own flatbread pizza night simplicity! This has to be one of the easiest, most versatile recipe ideas. All you need is a pack of flatbreads and some toppings! In the colder months I make these on the pizza stone in my oven, but in the summer try throwing them on the grill!

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

  • Tomato, fresh basil, red onion & mozzarella
  • Ricotta, baby spinach leaves, garlic & red pepper flakes
  • BBQ sauce, grilled chicken, Gouda cheese, pineapple, jalapeno, red onion & cilantro
  • Marinara sauce, Italian sausage, sweet peppers, onions & mozzarella
  • Goat cheese, roasted zucchini & squash, garlic, fresh parsley & Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara sauce, roasted eggplant, sweet peppers, mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses
  • Ricotta, bacon, caramelized onions & roasted red peppers

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What can you come up with?

Tapas Night!

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This isn’t so much about a recipe, rather, an idea. Snack night has been a weekly occurrence in our household for just a couple months. I got the idea from Ben’s mother, Haynes, who used to do this for Ben & his sister when they were growing up. One evening over the summer when we were living with them before our trip to Thailand, her and I shared a tapas night very similar to this–with hummus, pita chips, fresh summer tomatoes and cucumbers. This time, I used hummus, carrots, chorizo-stuffed olives, grapes, salami, Vermont sharp cheddar, toasted pita and sourdough crostini. Combine this with a movie or game night and you’ve got a fun and easy evening for two or the whole family!

Cucumber-Lox Tea Sandwiches

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I have recently introduced “Snack Night” into our dinner repertoire, much to the satisfaction of Ben. For me, the joy of snack night is that I can throw together something easy and get away with cooking very little. I normally serve 2-3 different items to make it a filling meal. Consider these Cucumber-Lox Tea Sandwiches, which require no cooking at all!

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Ingredients:
– 1 English cucumber, sliced
-1 block of cream cheese, softened
-2 tbsp mayonnaise
-1 package of Italian dressing mix (like Good Seasons)
-dill
-pumpernickel bread
-Lox

Directions:

  1. Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Italian dressing mix.
  2. Slice pumpernickel into small slices (enough room to fit two pieces of cucumber). Toast in oven or toaster.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture onto each slice of pumpernickel. Top each with two pieces of cucumber. Sprinkle cucumber with dill. Top each piece with lox.