Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon

Sweet candied brown sugar bacon tops a savory and salty broiled parmesan cheese toast – these are good enough to be called the Best Appetizer Ever!
Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon, aka The Best Appetizer Ever! | ChezCateyLou.com

Parmesan Cheese Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon is quite a long name for a recipe…I should have just called it The Best Appetizer Ever. Because honestly – this really is the BEST appetizer ever. I mean first of all – brown sugar bacon, aka candied bacon, aka sugared bacon – that alone could be considered one of the best appetizers ever. Sweet and salty and crispy – I could eat an entire plate full of just that! But what makes this THE best is the parmesan cheese toast points. The combo of the nutty salty parmesan broiled on the toast and then topped with the bacon is nothing short of life-changing. Seriously.

Growing up, this appetizer was always served at family parties at our country club. Any get together HAD to include this hors d’oeuvres. And they were always the first to go. In fact at our wedding, we ordered double the amount of these because we knew that everyone would go crazy for them. And yet even after having these for years, I had never actually tried to make them myself. Well…now I know how to make them, and, I know how easy it is to make them – this is going to be dangerous. My brother has already requested that I make a giant platter for Christmas Eve!

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Ricotta Tomato Toast

Ricotta Tomato Toast is a simple but delicious appetizer that is absolutely perfect for summer entertaining!
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One of my favorite parts of traveling is the inspiration that it gives me in the kitchen once I’m back home. I love recreating dishes that we tried on our trips, or putting my own unique spin on things. Our recent trip to Italy inspired this delicious Ricotta Tomato Toast. We had an amazing bruschetta in Portofino and I couldn’t wait to make my own version. A tomato toast is the perfect summer party appetizer. I think summer appetizers should be easy to prepare – but still beautiful and delicious. This ricotta tomato toast checks all the boxes. And it pairs perfectly with a wine from The Seeker – because you can’t have summer entertaining without a nice glass of wine!

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Stuffed Mushrooms {Gluten Free} & a GIVEAWAY

Roasted mushrooms are stuffed with a delicious savory filling and baked until golden brown and crunchy. Bonus: these stuffed mushrooms are entirely gluten free!

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Stuffed Mushrooms are such a classic party food. They are the perfect passed appetizer – they look pretty on a platter, can be eaten in one bite, and are absolutely delicious! So I thought why wait for a party to make stuffed mushrooms? Why not just make a platter of them for TheBetterHalf and myself? And that’s exactly what I did tonight!

TGIF! After our delicious birthday dinner last night, TheBetterHalf and I are just chilling at home tonight and giving our stomachs (and our wallet) a break! But I still wanted to whip up something delicious and special for us to enjoy and these stuffed mushrooms were the perfect thing. Bonus – they are SO easy to prepare! Plus, they are gluten free thanks to cracker crumbs made from Breton gluten free crackers!

And I want to give you 12 boxes of Breton Gluten Free Crackers so that you can try this recipe yourself! Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!
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Kale Pesto Ricotta Crostini

Kale pesto, made with fresh mint and toasted walnuts, and ricotta are the perfect topping for crostini – it makes a quick, easy, and delicious appetizer!

Kale Pesto Ricotta Crostini | ChezCateyLou.com

Now that spring is here and there is actually daylight after work, we love spending time on the rooftop of our building. There is something so relaxing about looking out over the hustle and bustle of the city, but being so far above it. And of course a nice glass of wine helps with the relaxation and enjoyment! Nothing beats enjoying a crisp glass of white wine on a warm evening looking out over NYC, especially when that wine is a Spanish one from Ribera y Rueda.

Having a delicious appetizer to enjoy with the wine is a necessity. I love easy appetizer recipes that taste amazing and look pretty – to me that is the best way to entertain! These Crostini topped with Kale Pesto and Ricotta fit the bill – they are delicious and are so simple to prepare.
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Asparagus Alfredo Crostini

This post is sponsored by Bertolli® Sauce

Baguette slices are topped with alfredo sauce, asparagus, and parmesan cheese.  These Asparagus Alfredo Crostini are delicious, beautiful, and so easy to make!

Asparagus Alfredo Crostini | ChezCateyLou.com

Does anyone else have spring fever? I can’t get enough of this gorgeous weather, the beautiful flowering trees, the longer days, and (most importantly) the awesome spring food! I love all of the colorful fruits and veggies that are filling up the farmers market. And nothing says spring to me more than asparagus! These Asparagus Alfredo Crostini are the perfect appetizer to celebrate the season. They are beautiful and delicious, and are so simple to make thanks to a little help from Bertolli® Creamy Alfredo Sauce.

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