For My Love's birthday yesterday, we had a fancy adults-only lunch of appetizers while the Little Monkeys were at school.
It's always fun to make fancy food. I don't give myself enough reasons to, and I always forget how much I love making, photographing, looking at, and EATING pretty food.
Behold: Grape truffles with goat cheese and pistachios! I won't say this is a hard recipe, but I also won't say it's easy. Because it was a tad labor-intensive.
All you need to do is smash some soft goat cheese around the grapes and roll them in the toasted, chopped pistachios! The taste and texture is so fantastic! Nutty-earthy-sweet... crunchy-soft-juicy!
The labor-intensive part is sitting down for twenty minutes on your couch with a bag of pistachios so you can release a bowl of the pretty green nuts from their shells. Then you toast them in the oven at 350 degrees until they are fragrant and oh so crunchy!
I did that step the night before, which was a very good call on my part because I grossly under-estimated how long it takes to shell a bowlful of those bad boys. It's worth it in the end though!
They were so tasty that we destroyed the whole batch in one sitting! Not the smartest move ever, but HEY it was his birthday! It's about celebrating, not eating appropriate portion sizes, right? RIGHT?
This treat was so simple and yet so fancy-fun! I'm toying with other possibilities for next time... the idea of a soft blue cheese with candied pecans is especially appealing.
I encourage you to find an excuse to make something pretty to eat this week! Surprise the ones you love with some delightful treat for the eyes and tummies! Try something new like these grape truffles and invite some friends over for some appetizers and wine.
Three cheers for pretty food, from my kitchen to yours!