bookmark_borderSANDRA’S SOURDOUGH SMASHED-AVOCADO BRUSCHETTA

A little bit of heaven in every bite,
and these snacks are so easy to prepare 

with ingredients I generally have on hand…

Yield: 8 slices as a side, or 16 as an appetizer

Prep: 10 Mins.
Bake: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
Sourdough:
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sourdough baguette

1 (12″) sourdough baguette

1 fresh garlic clove, halved crosswise (for rubbing on hot toasted bread)
Spread:
1 smashed avocado
Bruschetta:
1 (14.5-oz can) diced Italian seasoned tomatoes*, drained (then squeezed with hands, and chopped finer)
3 large fresh basil leaves, julienned
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Mazola oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Garnish:
Feta cheese crumbles
METHOD
Preheat the oven to 350F.
In a small bowl, add the tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, oil, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.
Smash the avocado in a separate small bowl; set aside.
Cut baguette in half lengthwise, place on a baking sheet, and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, while bread is hot, rub each slice with garlic clove halves. Spread each with smashed avocado, then top with tomato mixture. Garnish with feta crumbles. Slice crosswise into 8 (to serve as a side), or 16 pieces (to serve as an appetizer). ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:

* Feel free to use (as I sometimes do when I have them on hand), fresh roma tomatoes vs canned – it will take about 1-1/2 cups, de-seeded and juiced, then finely chopped.

bookmark_borderSANDRA’S JALAPEÑO-LIME JAM

My vibrant Jalapeño-Lime Jam is flecked with tiny bits of peppers
that adds a jewel-like flair to appetizers.
Spread on a block of warmed cream cheese and serve with crackers,
or as stated below with Smoked Wild Alaska Salmon…

Yield: 7 (8 oz) half pints

Prep: 20 Mins.
Process: 10 Mins.
INGREDIENTS
12 medium jalapeño peppers, with ribs and seeds, roughly chopped
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar, divided
1/2 cup bottled lime juice
6 cups granulated sugar
2 (3-oz pouches) of Liquid Pectin
1 TB cold unsalted butter
10 drops natural green food coloring
7 (8 oz.) sterile glass canning jars with lids and bands
METHOD
Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
Pulse peppers in food processor or blender with 1 cup cider vinegar until small chunks are present. Do not strain purée.
Combine purée with remaining 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/2 cup lime juice and sugar in a large heavy-bottom pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add 1 TB butter and 10 drops natural green food coloring; stir to combine until butter has melted (this rids the jam of foam, so no skimming is required).
Add pectin, immediately squeezing entire contents from pouches. Continue to boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Ladle hot jalapeno jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head-space. Wipe rims with damp paper towel. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is finger-tip tight.
Place jars right side up in canner ensuring water is 1” above them. Bring to boil and begin timing processing for 10 minutes.
Remove jars and place to cool upright on a clean kitchen towel for 15 minutes.  Use a potholder to turn over for 15 minutes (so the speckles evenly distribute and don’t float to the top), then turn upright to cool completely. The jars will ‘ping’ as they seal, but double check lids to ensure they’re sealed after 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed. ~ Enjoy!
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TIPS:
—Great when layering Ritz crackers with whipped cream cheese, pickled salmon, pickled onions, then top with a dollop of this jalapeno-lime jam as an appetizer.


—Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an uncovered 8-oz. block of Cream Cheese on a baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes; top with jalapeno-lime jam. Serve with crackers on the side.