Survive the Holidays with a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cocktailby Larry Cox on Oct. 25, 2012, under Uncategorized
Tiny Food Party: Bite-Size Recipes for Miniature Meals by Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park (Quirk Books, $18.95)
This sassy little cookbook is being published just before the holiday season and features recipes that are perfect for entertaining. What sets this collection apart is that many of the dishes are smaller versions of such crowd pleasers as pop tarts, taquitos, and cheesecakes.
Teri Lynn Fisher, a photographer, and Jenny Park, a food stylist and recipe writer, have gathered dozens of recipes grouped into four main chapters: Tiny Snack Party; Tiny Dinner Party; Tiny Dessert Party; and Tiny Cocktail party.
The snacks include such appetizers as Snack-Size Beef Empanadas, One-Bite Onion Rings, and miniature Scones. Dinner selections feature such favorites as Mack ‘n’ Cheese Bites, Mini Corn Dogs, and Super-Small Deep-Dish Pizzas. What would a meal be — even a small one — without at least one dessert? Consider Teensy Funnel Cakes, Tiny Fried Apple Pies, and for the adventurous, Candied Bacon. My advice is to ring in the holidays with a cocktail or two, perhaps am Itty-Bitty Bloody Marys, Mini Lemon-Lime Fizzes or a Cozy Eggnog Shooter.
The main thing about this collection is it is fun and might just be a lifesaver as the November and December crank into high gear. This is a go-to resource for home entertainers, parents and kids, in fact anyone who likes to play with their food.
I tested four recipes from this collection, one from each chapter. From the appetizers, I made an Avocado Cilantro Sauce which I served with chips. The recipe yielded about a cup, perfect for two. My entrée was Bite-Size Shepherd’s Pies, very tasty and easy to make. Since cupcakes in America have become an art form, my third choice was Two-Bite Cinnamon Spiced Cupcakes. The recipe produced 24. A word of warning: The cupcakes are like potato chips, in that you can’t eat just one. Six or seven are more like it. My final recipe was also one of the more unusual in this cookbook, a Dainty Pineapple Upside-Down Cake cocktail.
The recipes are all accessible and did I mention fun?
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKES
A cup sweet bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark
1 ½ cups pineapple juice
¼ c triple sec
2 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish with Sweetened whipped cream
Fill a large shaker with ice. Add bourbon, pineapple juice, triple sec, and vanilla. You have to do this in several batches if you have a small shaker. Shake until cocktail is completely mixed and frosty cold.
Divide among 12 small glasses or shooters, Place whipped cream into a piping bag fitted with a star tip and top off each drink with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy.