Sage Cheddar Cranberry Shortbread

This is a fun spin on another classic that is too often forgotten. Shortbread! I love shortbread and I wanted to do a savory opposed to a sweet. Shortbread is sweet no matter what, so with the right ingredients it can be very delicious. I chose fresh sage, smooth sharp cheddar cheese and fresh local cranberries. You don’t need a lot of cranberries, just a handful is enough!

This is a fun buttery treat and a must try, and you don’t have to use cranberries if you don’t like them! Think about it this way, Sage and Butter are made for one another, cranberries and cheddar pair very well, cheddar and sage are a fancy couple… so why not let the three get together for a soiree?

So, what you will need…

  • 1 1/2 C. All-Purpose
  • 1/2 C. Cake flour
  • 1 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1 C. Butter ( Room Temperature)
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Handful of FRESH Cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh chopped Sage

Here is my process…

First Position rack in middle of the oven and set to 300 degrees F.

Next SIFT together, and I can not stress the importance of sifting enough, both flours, and salt onto a plate. In a large bowl combine butter and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and well blended. Then slowly incorporate the dry ingredients until large clumps form.

Toss in a handful of Cranberries, the chopped Sage and the Cheddar and mix until everything is distributed throughout the batter.

Transfer the dough to the center of a baking sheet, or brownie sheet it is a bakers choice! There is no need to grease the pan due to the amount of butter in the shortbread! Spread the dough out evenly.

Bake for 39-42 minutes, mine was good at 40 minutes, but it depends on the oven. Cut immediately, being very careful, and then let cool.

Enjoy this buttery savory  delight!

Happy Baking!

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

I was struggling to find a light, delicious appetizer for my dinner of Vegetable Root Chicken Pot Pie, and again being St. Patty’s, I was playing around in the green family. I had Puff Pastry, Broccoli, and green onions.Then it hit me, Gourmet Broccoli Cheddar Bites?! Yes!

They had everything I was seeking;  light and flaky, flavorful and green! I knew I was onto something so I started working away to create my take on the all American finger food.

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So, what you will need…

  • 1/4 C. broccoli finely chopped
  • 1/8 C. finely chopped green onion
  • 1/8 C. minced shallot
  • 1/8 C. finely chopped sweet onion
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • puff pastry (enough for 12  1 1/4×1 1/4 inch squares)

Here was my process…

First I set the Oven to 350 degrees. Then I greased a muffin pan with olive oil and set aside.

I took my puff pastry, rolled it out so it was about 1/4 inch thick and then cute my 1 1/4x 1 1/4 inch squares and placed each square in a muffin hole in the pan.

I sauteed the broccoli, green onion, shallot, sweet onion and garlic in 1 Tbsp Olive oil until onions were translucent. I added salt and pepper until I was satisfied with the flavor and then poured the mixture into a bowl with the shreded cheese. I mixed all ingredients together.

Next I spooned mixture into center of puff pastry in muffin pans.

I baked at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, or until puff pastry was puffed and golden.

They were delicious and kind of fun to make!

Happy Baking!