This time I’ll share something a little different; not exactly a cooking recipe but suggestions when you’re planning a good time with friends and want ideas for easy to put together, delicious low carb (not no carb in this case) h’ors d’oeuvres.
We enjoy entertaining and especially sharing a variety of what Rick calls “horse ovaries” to delight our guests. We include fresh hummus and a selection of veggie spears as well as goat and cow milk cheeses. This time we had goat Brie, a white goat Gouda and a cow milk aged Dutch Gouda served with fresh figs and whole grain crackers. Also a variety of olives, pickled peppers and mushrooms and cannoli beans. Plus, one of my favs, smoked oysters. It was fun to put together and a great spread!
The chips are sweet potato tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s- 17 grams of carbs in 9 chips; so that’s ok for Rick for one serving; (he’d then skip carbs if we eat dinner after this). Each person’s carb allotment, of course, depends on the individual medical situation. Ask your doctor about it if you’re concerned.
INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6)
- Fresh hummus (we buy it at a local Greek restaurant
- 1Tbsp Olive oil- to dribble on top of the hummus
- smoked oysters ( I prefer the large ones)
- Cheeses- I suggest three- goat Gouda blanc, goat Brie, and an aged cow milk Gouda (Trader Joe’s is a great source of well-priced excellent cheese- of course, if you have a good local cheese shop go for it!)
- Fresh figs (sliced in rounds as accents to the cheese plate)
- Zucchini’s, carrots, red and yellow peppers, yellow squash; cut in spears to dip in the hummus
- Assorted olives, pickled mushrooms, peppers, Cannoli beans; we buy these at a local market or use any olives and pickled foods you prefer (or not). Caution: they can be high in sodium if high blood pressure is an issue. Rick eats these but in small quantities.
- Whole grain crackers
- Sweet potato tortilla chips ( TJ’s again)
1. Arrange all on your coolest platters and serving dishes
2. Serve with wine or low carb cocktails ( Stay tuned for recipes to come!)
That’s it! So simple and delicious- a feast for the eyes and…!