Red Wine Caramel and Chocolate Apples for #SundaySupper

The Halloween season is officially upon us, and that means it is time for a little bit of sinful indulgence. I don’t know about you, but the beloved creepy holiday is a perfect excuse for me to walk a little on the wild side and enjoy some decadent bites like these red wine caramel and chocolate apples. They are just one of the recipes being presented around the table today for a Frightfully Fun Entertaining themed #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards!

Red Wine Caramel Chocolate Apples

One of the food images that always pops into my head with Halloween is a platter filled with caramel apples. They are such a wonderful treat bringing out a bountiful fruit of the fall season. You have the tart, cool crunch of the apple (I prefer Granny Smith for their tart flavor and firm texture, but you can use your favorite apple variety), the rich flavor and chewy texture of the caramel, and just enough chocolate to take this dessert over the top. Creating a slightly sinister plate of these red wine caramel and chocolate apples for my Halloween entertaining seemed like the thing to do. By replacing traditional wooden sticks with some natural branches (sourced from the craft store), these enticing caramel apples beckon to you. Take a bite, won’t you? I promise: you won’t regret it…

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Mashed Potato Monsters for #SundaySupper

Halloween season is approaching, and I can hardly wait!!! From haunted houses to scary movies to creepy costume parties, we are ALL about them in this household. And of course, there is one component of Halloween fun we can’t forget: frightful food. Today, I am sharing a deliciously creepy recipe (and a video too!) for some mashed potato monsters!

mashed potato monsters

Do you host Halloween parties at your home (or attend them)? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, and although we haven’t hosted a party in a few years, it’s on the list for 2014! I love that you can extend your spooky decor all the way through to your food, and the Sunday Supper crew is here today to give you some spooky inspiration using Idaho® potatoes!

mashed potato monsters

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Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus for #SundaySupper

Fall sports have begun and you know what that means: tailgating season! Watching fall sports is not only a fun pastime, but hosting viewing parties is a great reason to celebrate with some food and wine! Especially when the spread includes some basil and sundried tomato hummus.

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

One of my all-time favorite snack foods to nosh on during at home tailgates is hummus. The versatility of this spread alone makes it a perfect choice for parties. You can dip it with pretzels or pita, or opt for a healthier option with carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, and celery. It doesn’t have to serve as only a dip either! Are you planning on preparing a sandwich tray for your at home tailgate? Consider using some hummus as a spread inside in place of mayonnaise. You won’t be sorry.

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Making a batch of homemade hummus is seriously a cinch, and having basil from the garden definitely gives it a fresh flavor you just can’t achieve with store bought varieties. Another plus? Creating this appetizer ahead of time is recommended (a day in advance is best), so you won’t have to worry about prep work on the day of your celebration. All you have to do is scoop it into a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and set out a bowl of pretzels and vegetables for dipping!

Gallo Family Vineyards mini bottles

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Oh, and we can’t forget the wine, can we? For this basil and sundried tomato hummus, I would suggest pairing Pinot Grigio for white wine fans, and Pinot Noir for red wine fans. The Pinot Grigio is light and crisp, and will pair well with the chickpeas and veggies you use to dip. The Pinot Noir’s smooth and light finish won’t be too heavy against the dip and should satisfy the red wine drinker. Fortunately, Gallo Family Vineyards has the most adorable mini bottles of wine that are PERFECT for tailgating on your home turf. The small servings allow your guests to pick from a variety of flavors in the lineup – everyone can have something they like without opening up too many large bottles.

What will you be serving up during your at home tailgates this season?

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus

Basil and Sundried Tomato Hummus
 
Ingredients
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 small cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup fresh packed basil leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. First rinse, drain, and peel the chickpeas. To peel the chickpeas, place them between your thumb and forefinger and pinch. The skin should separate easily from the chickpea. Discard the skins.
  2. Place the peeled chickpeas in a food processor and pulse about 60 times. Clumps should form in the mixture.
  3. Next, add tahini, lime juice, garlic, salt, and basil. Blend until pureed.
  4. Drizzle in the water about 1 tablespoon at a time and continue pulsing until the mixture is light and smooth in texture. At the end, add in the sundried tomatoes and pulse a few additional times to incorporate (this will allow the tomatoes to be chopped, but not completely pureed into the mixture).
  5. Allow hummus to rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Overnight is best. Top with a few chopped sundried tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil before serving. Enjoy!

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Deconstructed Egg Rolls for #SundaySupper

Labor Day is just a little bit over a week away – oh how time flies! Are you currently planning your Labor Day celebrations? Labor Day always seems like one of those holidays that is filled with fun. Since it falls right around the start of the school year, I always thought of it as a bit of a celebration for the end of summer. Of course, now that I live in Florida my summertime weather is not planning on leaving any time soon. However, the beginning of September is when I can typically look forward to a reduction in humidity around these parts! With that comes the Floridians’ time to emerge from our air conditioned homes and head outside to enjoy a bite to eat. So, to celebrate Labor Day, I’m bringing along some deconstructed egg rolls to the fun filled Sunday Supper feast!

deconstructed egg rolls

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