What would a mocktail soiree be without tasty hors d'oeuvres? As Miriam and I referenced Jane Austen books for snacky ideas, we found "cold meats" mentioned an awful lot. While I had quite the career as a child of consuming bologna (including the plastic strip around the edge), I'm afraid my fascination with cold meats has run its course. However, Miriam, Katie, and I are all huge fans of a good hors d'oeuvre. So while these hors d'oeuvre ideas may not contain ham or haggis or head cheese, we are confident they will still be the perfect addition to your Austen-inspired mocktail soiree . . .
At Katie's mocktail soiree (see Day 18), her friend and chef Shawn Bucher, served his famous Holiday Caprese Salad on individual crostini.
Miriam, Katie, and I have never met a slice of bacon we didn't like. Bump that sentiment up to "love" when it is wrapped around a juicy date and rich goat cheese. If you aren't a fan of chevre, just skip it. These are still just as tasty. If you like a little crunch in your munch, stuff your date with an almond. Oohs and ahhs all around!
Cut this recipe into small squares and you have an instant hand-held hit at your soiree. This is a tried-and-true Pampered Chef recipe that never fails to please a crowd.
It wouldn't be a true Austen soiree without at least one cucumber sandwich on the menu. This sandwich pairs the crisp crunch of cucumber and radish against the mellow smoothness of boursin cheese (a type of herbed cream cheese). Experiment with different breads and shapes for a beautiful and tasty presentation.