A set table with Feta, Garlic Knots, and Sweet Potato Oranges

Thanksgiving is all about family and food. That's why I wanted to share these recipes that have been a favorite in my family for years. Whether you are cooking the entire big meal as the host, or want something unique to bring to a gathering, these 3 fall-inspired appetizers are sure to be a big hit!

Baked Feta

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Whole Feta Block
  • 2 cups Mixed Olives, any kind from your local grocer's olive bar
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Rosemary
  • Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a bowl add the olives, lemon zest, and herbs. Mix together. Squeeze half the lemon over the olives.
  3. In an 8 x 8 baking dish, place the feta in the center. Pour the olives around the feta.
  4. Place dish in the center of the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Take out of oven and drizzle olive oil over the feta. Serve with crackers and toasted bread.

 


Parmesan Garlic Knot

Ingredients

  • 2 tubes of pre-made pizza crust dough
  • 1 cup soften butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup Parmesan
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic

Directions

  1. Mixed butter, parmesan, and garlic until well combined and let sit for 10 minutes for flavors to combine together.
  2. Take the pre-made pizza crust and spread it out to 13 inches wide and 12 inches long. Spread the butter mixture over the dough with a rubber spatula or a butter knife.
  3. Cut the dough into 1 inch strips.
  4. Pick up the dough and tie a knot. Place knots onto baking sheet. Leave space between each one because they will spread.
  5. For oven temperature and baking time, follow the directions on the container of pizza dough.
  6. Place into a basket and serve warm.

 


Aunt Christine’s Orange Sweet Potato Cups

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Oranges
  • 4 (2.5 lbs) Medium Yams
  • 1 cup Pineapple Chunks, preferably fresh
  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large pot boil yams until fork tender; 25-30 minutes over medium/high heat.
  • Once yams are cooked place in colander until cool enough to touch.
  • Remove skins from the yams and place into a food processor. Add pineapple, orange juice and butter. Blend until yams are smooth. It is okay if there are chunks of pineapple and butter.
  • Mix in the brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Set aside while you prep the oranges.
  • Cut the oranges in half widthwise. Scoop out the center leaving only the orange peel. At this point the oranges should just look like cups. This will yield 8 cups.
  • Fill the oranges with the sweet potato filling until just blow the top of the orange. Leaving room allows to add the toppings at the end.
  • Place oranges into a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  • Turn the oven to 350°. Place the baking dish in the center of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Pull the dish out and add the streusel or mini marshmallows. Return to oven and bake another 10 minutes or until streusel is cooked and mini marshmallows are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to serving tray.

Streusel topping

Ingredients

  • 3 TBS Melted butter
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 Chopped Candy Pecans
  • Pinch of Salt

Directions

Mix together until it forms a slightly wet sand like texture. Place on top sweet potato oranges

 


Pro Tips:

  • For the Baked Feta you can choose any olives you love to eat. I always go to my local grocery store and look through there olive bar and make a mix of green, black, kalamata olives.
  • All of these dishes can be made the night before. Take out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature before baking in the oven.
  • Bring these quick simple dishes to any Thanksgiving dinner or family gathering!