Another Fun Filled Saturday Night

Sunday, January 8, 2012 |

While it may not really feel like winter here {highs of 63 this weekend} our entertaining has taken on the quiet, laid back, comfort food, feel the season beckons. I really enjoy this after all the fuss of the holidays.

On Saturday evening we had our friends over for one of my favorite meals ... comfort food! The best part was that Kevin did the cooking. He recreated a meal, from a restaurant in our area, he had a couple of years ago. Braised short ribs in birch beer with garlic mashed potatoes were on the menu. Yum!

My only task was to come up with something to nibble on while he was finishing up dinner. I made my stuffed gouda wrapped in puff pastry. This was something I thought up many years ago and it's my go to for something cheesy and savory.

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1/3 cup kalamata olives chopped
2 (or more) cloves garlic chopped
1/4 cup roasted red pepper roughly diced
4 sun dried tomatoes roughly sliced
1 heaping teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

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Slice the gouda round in half and layer the filling. The order isn't important.

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Wrap the gouda round in one sheet of Puff Pastry. Bring the corners together and seal them by pinching together.

Brush with a simple egg wash.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Serve with a fruit selection of your choice or with thinly toasted baguette slices. We were already having a heavy meal so I decided to for go any additional carbs.

Picnik collage

This is basically my husband's way of appeasing {teasing} me for my endless requests {nagging} of taking pictures. He was being quite the ham behind the camera. At one point I was laughing so hard I was actually crying.

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We had a great evening together. The guys talked about boring guy stuff ;) and Courtney and I caught up on really important matters like new phone apps, Pinterest, sales and new nail colors. These are life altering topics of utmost importance! :)

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Suburban Princess said...

Your gouda looks yummy! It's always nice to have that first night after the holidays that doesn't revolve around all things Christmas!

Dee Stephens said...

Lawdy that looks delish! I will have to bookmark this one for the future!
I love laid back entertaining and when the men cook! :)

Kathy said...

Comfort food is sounding awfully good right about now.... :)

When I read your posts I always wish I could jump in and join the party.

Lulu and Co. said...

Oh MY WORD to me this is even better than sweets! Cheese and olives are my absolutely favorite! I am making this Friday night! can't wait!!!!!! thank you, thank you for sharing it! So excited!!!! can you tell!! haaahaaa

eastcoastsurfermom said...

As a frequent guest of Jo's dinners I can tell you she is one of the best cooks I've ever known. All the food she makes is uber delicious. We are so fortunate to enjoy what she makes in her kitchen. Yum.

annechovie said...

Sounds like a delicious meal and I will def have to try your baked gouda as well! xo

Magnolia Blues said...

That looks absolutely delish. The weather has been up and down these past few weeks down here in the South. I truly wish it would stay cold or warm. It would make getting dressed in the mornings much easier on me.

Love your pictures!!! Looks like a really good time.

Kat said...

Oh my gosh, YUMMY! That looks delicious! Your dinner guest are some lucky folks indeed!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Yum! Looks delish. What a sweetheart you have!

Jacqueline said...

Wow, what a guy! Not just dinner but gourmet! And what a beautiful kitchen he has to cook in too. I love men that cook! Glad you had such a fabulous Valentine's Day!

The Entertaining House said...

Wow! I need me a husband like that!!

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