Kitchen Bootcamp 7: Hors d’oeuvres

For this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp, Jen challenged us to get creative with hors d’oeuvres. It’s a perfect time of the year to experiment with new hors d’oeuvres recipes – there’s always some gathering or other to bring food to!

This month, I have chosen to share the recipe I used for one of my Project Food Blog entries: Pumpkin Cornbread Cubes with Cranberries and Gruyère.  I used a recipe from the Joy of Cooking that I adapted actually so I hope Jen doesn’t mind!

I’ve made these bread cubes before – for Kitchen Bootcamp as well, but loved the way these came out with quick pumpkin cornbread – they’re so festive for the holidays!

I also wanted to share another fabulous hors d’oeuvre I came up with recently – a mini wonton “pizza” with Asian mushrooms but you’ll have to head over to the Mushroom Channel to get that recipe. It’s SO easy and such a nice change from the sometimes heavy flavours of the season.  You can find the recipe here.

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36 thoughts on “Kitchen Bootcamp 7: Hors d’oeuvres”

  1. I love how unique both of your offerings are! The bread cubes are a great idea, and I can already see how versatile they can be…sweet, savoury, you name it! Theresa

  2. Yes, well, the nice thing about little bites is you can eat a ton of them. … um, right? I will head over to the Mushroom Channel, I really like those little pizzas of yours. But then, you seem to have a way with coming up with fun variations on pizza, don’t you!

  3. These are definitely creative hors d’oeuvres! I love that you used pumpkin in savory recipe too – there’s always so many sweet recipes, but it can be wonderful as a savory ingredient. I would definitely eat a lot of these if they were at a holiday party!

  4. Both of the appetizers look great and I am sure would taste great. The problem is that I doubt I have the chops to make them as good as you did. I guess that means I have to invite you to our next cocktail party!


  5. I’m always looking for new hors-d’oeuvres ideas for my job and those are great ideas. If i use them do i have to pay you royalties? 😛 Nicely done, Mardi. And a Merry Christmas to you!

  6. Both fabulous but WOW those cornbread cubes are fabulous and perfect for a holiday party. Or for eating in front of the tv. Anytime. LOVE them! Happy Happy Holidays, dear Mardi! xo

  7. This hors d’oeuvres would be perfect to serve during winter entertaining. The melted cheese reminds me of snow, and the cranberry makes me think of Rudolph the red nosed raindeer’s nose.

    Merry Christmas Mardi! I’m really looking forward to reconnected with you in March.


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