New Years Gala Assorted Toasts

by zesty on January 4, 2010 · 15 comments

Ok, where do I start.  The New Years eve gala was nothing short of amazing.  When you see the food line up I think you will agree.  On top of all the food the night included some adult beverages, some funny board games ( FART and Apple to Apples ) as well as some great music and even some dancing.  I will not delve to far into the dancing aspect of the evening.

For these toasts, I listed the ingredients and method for each of the three flavors.  You will also see in the pictures that there was a 4th toast which was called Fig and Balsamic.  This was a pre-made spread from the superstore so I didn’t include it in the post.  It was quite tasty nonetheless.


Roasted Onions

  • 1 or 2 Onions ( sliced)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1Tbsp. butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Rosemary, thyme, oregano


  1. Slowly brown onions in butter and olive oil.
  2. Season with salt and pepper as well as those herbs desired.
  3. Dried and fresh herbs can be used but the more delicate herbs should be added near the end of the cooking time.
  4. Total time will probably be over 30 minutes as this avoid the onions burning.
  5. Little attention is required during this time.


Sauteed Mushrooms

  • Mix of mushroom types sliced, Portabella and Shitake were used. Quantities depend on how much is desired.
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Brown in heated pan that has butter and oil added to melt.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until mushrooms brown and reduce in size
  • toasts6

Roasted Red Pepper and Cheese

  • 2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 5 Oz soft goat cheese
  • 1 Tsp. minced shallot
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Roast peppers until skin is blackened and place in paper bag to steam. This will make peeling the skin easy.
  2. The peppers can be roasted on grill, over a gas burner or through broiling.
  3. Dice the peppers once cooled and peeled.
  4. Mix with the remaining ingredients and allow flavors to blend.
  5. toasts6


Slice baguette to about 1/2 inch thick. Grill on one side, or drizzle olive oil over parchment paper lined pan and place toasts on the paper. Add toppings and again drizzle with olive oil and bake in 350 F oven.



The bottoms will toast and crust from the olive oil, and the parchment will prevent sticking.

The first of quite a few great dishes to remember 2009. Stay tuned for some more great recipes that you can make for you and your family.

Take care


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