Skip to main content

Tiny Food Party: Fenneled Mini-Meatloaves {Cookbook Review}


A couple of weeks ago I opened up a package from Quirk Books with a few cookbooks to test and review.*

Perfect timing...the holidays seem to be party after party after party. So, I delved first into Tiny Food Party! by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park who are the creative forces behind the blog Spoon Fork Bacon. The book is divided into four delicious sections: Tiny Snack Party - Adorable Appetizers; Tiny Dinner Party - Itty-Bitty Entrees; Tiny Dessert Party - A Little Something Sweet; and Tiny Cocktail Party - Darling Drinks.

While many of the recipes might already be part of your party-food repertoire, Teri and Jenny add their own flair to make the dishes fantastically original. For instance, they kick up caprese skewers a notch by drizzling it with a balsamic glaze; and they give deviled eggs a special twist by adding kimchi. Who would have thought?!?

For me, a winning cookbook is one that has multiple recipes that intrigue me, one whose recipes I actually try, and one that inspires me to adapt and keep cooking from the book. Tiny Food Party! is successful on all three counts. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I love this book. Thanks, Quirk.

The recipe I'll share with you is one that I took to a cookie-decorating party before Christmas. I don't think these survived five minutes. I put them out, turned my back, and they were gone. Yes, they were that good...at least that's what I heard. So, naturally, I had to make them again. The second time I made them, I added my own twist, making...

Fenneled Mini Meatloves 
inspired by Tiny Food Party!

Loaves
2 lbs ground turkey
1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and diced
1/2 C ground cashews
1/4 C chia seeds
1 t fennel pollen
1 t ground paprika
freshly ground sea salt
freshly ground pepper
handful of chopped fresh parsley
handful of chopped fresh basil

Glaze
3/4 C ketchup (I used our homemade ketchup)
3 T organic coconut sugar
1 t ginger syrup
2 t ground ginger

Blend all of the ingredients together in mixing bowl until well-combined. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Form the meat into mini loaves. Or, if you have a Twinkie pan like I do (don't ask!), use that, pressing the meat mixture into the lightly greased hollows.

In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the glaze. Divide the mixture in half. Brush the tops of the loaves with the glaze and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, drain the liquid, flip the loaves, and brush the other side with glaze. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove the loaves from the pan and let them cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Serve skewered with toothpicks.

*Full disclosure: I did receive a complimentary copy of Tiny Food Party! from the publishers. 
However, all opinions are 100% accurate and 100% my own

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Jamaican Stew Peas #EattheWorld

  Here we are at November #EattheWorld event. What a year this has been! This challenge has been one that gave us some excuse for virtual travel as we've been sheltered-in-place with the coronavirus epidemic for most of 2020. So, we've been able to read about different parts of the world and create a dinner, or at least a dish, with that cuisine. This Eat the World project is spearheaded by Evelyne of  CulturEatz . Read more about  her challenge . This month, Evelyne had us heading to somewhere tropical: Jamaica. I have actually been to Jamaica, but it was almost thirty years ago...and it was just a jumping off point for the rest of our Caribbean exploration. I don't remember eating anything at all! Pandemonium Noshery: Pumpkin Rice   Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Jamaican Stew Peas  Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Jamaican Chicken & Pumpkin Soup   Palatable Pastime: Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burger   Sneha’s Recipe: Jamaican Saucy Jerk Chicken Wings With Homemade Jerk Seas

Lamskoteletten op zijn oud-Hollands for #TheBookClubCookbookCC

Here we are at April's #thebookclubcookbookCC event. It's hard to believe that we only have three more months in this year-long journey to explore - and cook from -  The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors  by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp.* Judy, Vicki, and their publisher,  Tarcher-Penguin ,  have provided the hosting bloggers with copies of the book plus copies to giveaway each month of the project. Woohoo. Incredibly generous. This month Sarah at  Things I Make (for Dinner)  has selected  Girl With a Pearl Earring  by Tracy Chevalier.** Click to read  Sarah's invitation . She shared the recipe for Griet's Vegetable Soup, but invited us to find inspiration in any of the pages. On the Page... While the boys were playing around the lake during our week in Tahoe earlier in the month, I stayed by the fire and finished this book in one sitting. Loved it. photo by R

Pistachio Dukkah for #HandCraftedEdibles

In an effort to make all of my holiday gifts this year, we are sharing recipes for hand-crafted edibles. Over the course of twelve weeks, we'll be sharing recipes that you can make at home to give to friends and loved ones, or things to serve at holiday parties. We hope you'll follow along for inspiration. You can find out more information, including the schedule:  here . This week, we are "going nuts" and sharing all sorts of recipes with nuts. Think spiced nuts or nutty fruit cake or whatever floats your nutty boat! Here's what we're posting this week... Amy's Cooking Adventures  shared her Salted Chocolate Cashew Butter Cookaholic Wife  cooked up Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds Making Miracles  made Honey Roasted Almonds Christmas Tree Lane  posted Crockpot Spiced Nuts A Day in the Life on the Farm  wrote about the Easiest Nut Brittle in the World Sew You Think You Can Cook  prepared Orange Rosemary Roasted Almonds Culinary Adventur