Last night my friend, Nancy, hosted dinner for four couples. Three of the couples are our normal group that we regularly dine with. The fourth couple was a friend of Nancy’s since the second grade and her husband. They fit right in, as I knew a friend of Nancy’s would, and we had one of our typical casual, always delicious, comical couples’ nights. Sometimes I walk away from one of these nights feeling as if I’ve been involved in a comedic sitcom, but I always end the night feeling incredibly lucky for having such wonderful friends in my life. I deeply cherish them all.
It was towards the beginning of the week when Nancy and I spoke and she suggested that she host the evening at her house instead of us going to a restaurant. I was thrilled. I love dining out, but always prefer the nights when we’re relaxing in one of our homes. There’s just something that makes me feel spoiled and loved after enjoying a night in someone’s home.
Nancy and her husband OB have a charming, country home which was built by OB many years ago. They’ve uniquely made it their own with their green and blue painted wood floors and kitchen island which is painted to look as if the island counter is sitting on a chicken coup, among many other colorful details throughout their house. The house is pretty and fun and distinctly Nancy and OB. Frank and I both love it.
Last night OB made his signature tenderloin with sautéed mushrooms on the side. I knew this ahead of time as Nancy had sent me a text the day before as OB was starting to marinate the meat. I wasn’t going to be home until close to six that evening and our party was starting at seven. So, on Thursday I decided to prepare my appetizer ahead of time and then would only need to make a simple, yet tasty dessert before heading over. I decided on my Flavorful Lox Spread as a dip to put on rice crackers and then Cheesecake Filled Strawberries as my dessert. Sounds pretty yummy, huh? They were both hits with the crowd.
I’ve posted the Flavorful Lox Spread before. The only thing that I did differently to use it as a dip was to chop up some cucumbers, salt them and set them aside to drain, and then incorporate them into the dip. It worked out very well. Just don’t forget to get the liquid out of the cucumbers first so that the dip doesn’t get soupy.
The dessert, which I found on Pinterest, was so simple and so refreshingly delicious.
Just hollow out about 1/3 of each strawberry.
Then spoon in the pre-made cheesecake filling.
I put the strawberries on a pretty little serving platter and then stuck some fresh mint around to make it even more appealing. The mint also adds a wonderful aroma to the dessert. These were loved by all and Nancy even called me this morning to say that she was eating a couple of them as part of her breakfast this morning. 🙂 I hope you enjoy them too.
Do you have a simple, quick standby appetizer or dessert?
Here’s the printable. Enjoy!
- Serves: 8 to 10 servings
- Serving size: 2 to 3 pieces....or more
- 2 quarts strawberries
- 1 tub of pre-made cheesecake filling
- fresh mint
- Hollow out about ⅓ of each strawberry.
- Fill in with the cheesecake filling.
- Now arrange on a platter or plate with some fresh mint as decoration.