I was trying to think of a fun recipe to share...but since Jan. 1, we've been in the TLF (temporary living facility) on base while we wait for our house to be completed. (We're still waiting, by the way!) There is a full kitchen which is nice, but without a stocked pantry, it is hard to cook much. It's amazing how many recipes call for flour or chicken stock or dried parsley or balsamic vinegar. And there is just not much pantry room.
It was great to discover "The Speedy Gourmet" when we arrived. It's similar to Super Suppers or any of the other chains that feature assemble-your-own meals. Since everything is prepared, I can just thaw and cook. It has been a lifesaver while we're between homes.
Needless to say, I haven't done any fun cooking since Christmas. But I'll share a favorite appetizer that I grew up having on New Year's Eve. (I've recently begun to make it more often!) It's really easy and so yummy. You really have to resist eating it all by yourself. At least, I do.
1 package refrigerated croissant dough (Pillsbury)
1 round Gouda Cheese
1. Separate croissants into triangles. Arrange four triangles to form a four-pointed star, sealing edges together. Repeat with remaining four triangles.
2. Cut gouda in half, so that you have two circles. Place each circle in the center of dough. Fold and stretch dough to cover cheese, sealing all edges tightly.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes, until golden. (Usually this cooking time will leave the croissants a little doughy. Cook for a few more minutes until the crust reaches desired crispness.)