Several weeks ago, my friend Kristin flew to Michigan to visit from Newport, Rhode Island. Any friend that travels to Michigan in the middle of January is a friend for life and this was her second year visiting in a row!
Kristin and I met over 10 years ago when we both graduated with Hospitality degrees and started working for Marriott International in Boston. Although we’ve never worked in the same hotel and live many states apart, we remain close friends and chat almost daily.
To celebrate Kristin’s visit, I hosted a little cocktail party so that she could meet a few of my Michigan girlfriends and vice versa. Confession: despite being the “party planning person” in every group of friends I belong to, I had not hosted a party since before I got pregnant over 2 years ago!!! A huge shout out must be given to my friend Sandy whose gorgeous parties and effortless entertaining tips finally gave me the nudge to get back in the party planning saddle.
The event was a huge success and it was so fun to spend the night giggling, eating, dancing and chatting with my girls. Note to Self: If you invite over a friend who happens to be a Personal Trainer and Zumba instructor, don’t be surprised when she has you doing squat thrusts in heels.
Enough about exercise…let’s talk about the food! My friends at Alexia Foods sent me lots of goodies including their addictive mushroom bites which I paired with a creamy yogurt and horseradish sauce. We also had their famous spicy sweet potato fries that I served with a homemade sriracha ketchup.
The star of the evening? Apple, Cheddar and Sweet Potato Bites! As I’ve mentioned before, my mom would often set out apple and cheese slices after school. As an adult, I love bringing back those happy flavor memories in various forms including my Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apples and Farmer’s Cheese and Grilled Cheese with Apples, Dijon and Kohlrabi.
Sweet, tart apples are the perfect match for sharp, creamy cheddar cheese. Throw sweet potato puffs into the mix and your taste buds will be sent to cloud 9! Whenever I set out a platter, they were cleared in minutes. Always a good sign!
Your friends are waiting.
- 2 granny smith apples - thinly sliced
- 12 oz sharp cheddar cheese thinly sliced
- 48 sweet potato puffs
- 48 tooth picks or skewers
- Bake sweet potato puffs according to package instruction.
- Cut apple and cheddar slices into 48 bite-sized pieces.
- To assemble, thread one piece of apple, one sweet potato puff and one piece of cheese. Lay out on platter and serve immediately.
Disclaimer: As an Official Alexia Tastemaker, I am honored to be in a paid partnership with Alexia Foods. As always, all thoughts are my own.