"May your home always be too small to hold all your friends"
These are from Amy's Table: Food for Family and Friends. The rye cups are so simple- they're really just a variation on crostini- but they look like they took real effort. You can usea round cutter or cut the bread into squares before pressing it into the muffin cups. The cups can be baked a day ahead; store in an airtight container until ready to assemble. The filling can be made one day ahead; refrigerate until ready to assemble.
For a variation, use soft Italian bread. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper. Use a rolling pin to embed the seasonings then bake as directed for the Rye Cups. Fill with finely shredded Romaine lettuce dressed with Caesar salad dressing. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.
12 slices soft rye bread, crusts removed Olive oil spray 1 cup sauerkraut, well-drained 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed, at room temperature ½ cup Thousand Island Dressing, divided 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli corned beef, chopped Shredded Swiss cheese Finely diced dill pickle
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12 opening muffin tin with cooking spray. Spray both sides of slices of rye bread witholive oil spray; roll and press with a rolling pin to flatten slightly. Fit each bread slice into a muffin tin opening, forming a cup. Bake just until lightly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool.
In a medium bowl whisk together the softened cream cheese and ¼ cup Thousand Island dressing.
To assemble: Place a spoonful the cream cheese mixture in each rye cup. Top with a spoonful of sauerkraut, then corned beef. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the beef; garnish with shredded Swiss Cheese and finely diced dill pickle.
Kiss me I'm Irish Cocktail
Garnish: melted white chocolate tinted with green food coloring
Mix green food coloring into melted white chocolate. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or piping bag. Create a spiral inside a martini glass. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake; strain into prepared martini glass. Serve.