it's hard to come up with new appetizers for your dinner party/cocktail party/any-kind-of-party-involving-food. cheese & crackers? check. veggies and dip? check. maybe even some hummus and pita to mix it up? check.
but it's rare that i come across something that is not only unique, and not only sounds delicious, but seems relatively easy to make.
i was reading Alisa's blog over at HalfFullHalfEmpty.com, and she mentioned making these incredible sounding pear and brie quasadillas (pear + brie = shocking!)
Pear and Brie Quesadillas with Lime-Honey Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup thinly sliced peeled firm ripe pears (about 2 large)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
Chive strips (optional)
To prepare sauce, combine first 3 ingredients, stirring with a whisk; set aside.
To prepare quesadillas, combine pears, 1 tablespoon chives, and sugar, tossing gently to coat.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Arrange one-fourth of cheese and one-fourth of pear mixture over half of each tortilla; fold tortillas in half.
Coat pan with cooking spray.
Place 2 quesadillas in pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until tortillas are lightly browned and crisp.
Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining quesadillas.
Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges; serve with sauce. Garnish with chive strips, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 quesadilla wedges and about 1 teaspoon sauce)
CALORIES 157(23% from fat); FAT 4g (sat 2.5g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 5.3g; CHOLESTEROL 14mg; CALCIUM 30mg; SODIUM 316mg; FIBER 0.7g; IRON 0.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 25.5g Cooking Light, JUNE 2005