Newlywed Entertaining

“Easy Peasy” recipes for first time entertaining

Belgian Endive

Noted caterer Kathy G (Mezrano) has pulled together some easy recipes for the newly married to entertain in-laws or friends at home. They are easy to prepare and sure to impress, Kathy G says.

Pulled Pork on Taco Chip with Mango Coulis

Here is an easy recipe for Mango Coulis Salsa. This salsa can be used as a condiment for chicken or fish….or a “stand alone” with tortilla chips for chips and salads.

Mango Salsa

2 cups  Frozen or fresh mangoes, small diced 1 tbsp  Fresh minced garlic 3 tbsp  Fresh chopped cilantro 3 tbsp or to taste  Lime Juice ½ cup  Red Bell Pepper, small diced ¼ cup Red Onion, small diced 3 tbsp  Olive Oil Salt to taste            Jalapeno, seeded and minced to taste

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.

Yield: 1 QT

Watermelon Cubes with Balsamic Honey Drizzle

Heating balsamic vinegar will bring out the sugar. Add honey to dissolve while warm.Reduced balsamic can be used as sweet topping for ice cream or yogurt)!

Endive with Whipped Blue Cheese and Candied Walnuts

Buy endive spears, trim the base off, separate the leaves or petals and use as a vessel. You can put chicken salad in the base, tabouli, or use as a vegetable with your favorite dip.


5 heads  White Belgium Endive Leaves                                             5 cups  Crumbled BlueCheese                                                            2 cups Cream Cheese                                                                                3 cups  Walnuts                                                                                           One Piping bag and star tip

1. Cut the white Belgium leaves at the base and fan the leaves out on a sheet pan. Place on top lemon-soaked paper towels to retain color.

2. In a kitchen aid mixer, whip the cream cheese until soft. Add the blue cheese. Place cheese in a piping bag.

3. Toast walnuts for 5 minutes at 350 degrees

4. On a platter, spread out the Belgium endives leaves pipe the cheese mixture on the end of the leaf and garnish with a candied walnut. Toss chopped fresh parsley on the platter for garnish.

Goat and Cream Cheese Logs

Goat Cheese Logs

Take a whole goat cheese log , such as Belle Chevre and add topping

1. Pesto with roasted garlic

2. Sundried tomatoes with extra virgin olive oil

3. Or for an easy summertime idea– dice a fresh summer tomato,

place on top of cheese log, then add fresh minced basil, extra virgin olive oil and cracked pepper. Serve with crackers or lavosh

Cake Pops

Cake Pops!!

Use your favorite cake and icing recipe. You may used already baked cake and pre-made frosting as an option.

1 Take baked, cooled cake (homemade or store bought) and crumble into small pieces

2. Use basic butter cream to bind (Note: Moist cakes take less, dry cakes take more)

3. Use your hands to mix the butter cream evenly throughout the crumbled cake mix until the cake mix is well moistened. (Note: Your cake mix should be moist enough to shape into a large mound and keep its shape.)

4. Roll your cake mix into 1-inch balls using the palms of your hands.  (Note: You should be able to make about 40 cake balls from a single batch of cake mix)

5. Stick each pop with a lollipop stick – Making sure that each one is STRAIGHT UP.

6. Freeze pops at least 2 hours

7. Melt chocolate (white, dark, or milk) and stir thoroughly with a spoon until COMPLETELY smooth

8. Take a pop and dip into the melted chocolate about 1-inch.

9. Once you’ve evenly coated the pop, gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl so as to keep excess chocolate from dripping

10. Next, decorate the pops however you wish…. If using shavings (chocolate, coconut, sprinkles, etc.) place on pops while melted chocolate is still wet.  If doing half-dips or stripes, WAIT for first coat to set and THEN finish with second coat.

11. Finally, place your cake pops in Styrofoam (stick down) to harden.

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