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Thanksgiving Recipes: Cooking with Ruthie’s Easy Appetizers

Posted at 2:38 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 16:38:59-05

Cooking with Ruthie shared the following recipes for easy appetizers that are sure to impress guests! Find out more at

"I know when I`m hosting a sit-down dinner for family and friends somehow the appetizers get bumped to the end of my list of priorities! I really don`t mean for it to be that way since they ARE the very first to make an appearance. I figured that since the holidays are just around the corner, maybe you`d enjoy a simple and delightful appetizer idea, too."

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Total time - 25 mins

Author: Ruthie
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 12
1 square Boursin cheese
1 Neufatchel cream cheese
1 egg
½-3/4 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼-1/2 C Parmesan cheese, shredded
4 large or 10-12 baby portabella mushroom caps
parmesan cheese flakes for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Wash and remove mushroom stems.
In a mixing bowl combine combine Boursin and cream cheese; stir to combine.
Add egg; stir in.
Add ½ C mozzarella and ¼ C parmesan cheese; stir until evenly distributed.
You're looking for a thick paste- add additional cheese if necessary.
Fill mushroom caps with mixture to just below the brim.
Place cap side up on rimmed baking pan, be careful when placing in oven as they can roll.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
If desired, broil for 1 minute to get a darker browning.
Serve warm garnished with additional parmesan cheese flakes.

Pear, Ricotta, and Honey Crostini
Prep time - 15 mins
Cook time - 5 mins
Total time - 20 mins

Author: Ruthie
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 16

1 cup homemade ricotta
3 tablespoons thyme leaves
1 pear, thinly sliced
2-3 tablespoons honey
16 whole wheat baguette slices (1/4 inch on the diagonal)
olive oil for toasting

Heat oven to high broil.
Place baguette slices on baking sheet, drizzle with small amount of olive oil, broil for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
When ready to serve; place 1 pear slice and 1 tablespoon ricotta on each baguette, drizzle with honey and sprinkle with thyme leaves.
Serve and Enjoy!

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Balsamic Drizzle
Prep time - 10 mins
Total time - 10 mins

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Balsamic Drizzle is an elegant and simple to make appetizer!

Author: Ruthie A Knudsen
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 24

1 (4 ounces) package sliced prosciutto
1 (16 ounces) package fresh sweet figs, sliced in half
½ cup balsamic glaze

Cut each slice of prosciutto into 3 sections, lengthwise.
Wrap one slice around each fig half.
Place on serving platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
When ready to serve drizzle each fig with balsamic glaze.
Serve and Enjoy!