Whenever I’m cooking for a crowd, and especially during the colder months when we can’t be outside, I always wish I had more space in my kitchen. Not just space to move around and prep, but more space to cook. Like it would be great if I could have a second stove magically appear for the few hours I need to get ready for the party. But of course, that’s not realistic and we’ve got to make do with what we have.
Since New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, I’m guessing some of you might be hosting a shindig at your home. If that’s the case and you’re planning to serve one of the classics like a roast or ham, then you already might be stressing about how you’re going to maneuver the cooking, and in particular the oven situation.
Well, guess what? I’ve got a trick that will not only save you time, but also space and hopefully some of the stress that comes along with entertaining. Want to double your oven space without getting a second oven? It’s time to use your KitchenAid® 12″ Convection Digital Countertop Oven!
Ever since the KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven came into my life, entertaining has become so much easier. This little oven has the power and strength of a regular sized oven, but fits on your countertop! And since it’s also a convection oven, it cooks things quickly and evenly. And I’ve discovered this countertop oven is the perfect appliance for making party snacks.
What I really love about this oven is that it heats up in minutes – much faster than my regular oven. And you can fit a surprising amount of food inside too! I’ve realized these ovens are no longer just for toast or tuna melts; there is no end to the things you can make with this appliance.
Today I’m going to show you five simple appetizer recipes that you can make in your countertop oven and that are perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.
These are elegant, delicious and super easy to make! To make these crostini in your Countertop Oven, toast the bread on 350ºF and then turn the oven up to 400ºF and roast the beets and carrots on the round baking sheet that comes with the oven.
Who doesn’t love a piping hot, melty cheese dip? This fundido will be gobbled up in no time! To make this in your Countertop Oven, follow the recipe as written at the link above, just bake one baking dish at a time. (This is where convection can really help speed things up!)
For some guests who might be a little more health conscious, these parmesan chips are perfect. They’re simple to prepare and taste absolutely amazing. To make them in your Countertop Oven, bake the chips on the round baking sheet and complete the recipe in a few batches.
Snack mix is a must-have in my opinion. This recipe uses some fun ingredients to make it both sweet and a little spicy at the same time. The recipe already shows you how to make it in the Countertop Oven, so just follow it as written in the link above for the perfect party appetizer!
Pesto + Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
All you need are four ingredients to make these little bundles of joy. Each bite just oozes with pesto flavor and since they don’t take much time to prepare, you can crank out multiple batches in no time!
Preheat the KitchenAid® Convection Bake Countertop Oven to 350ºF. While the oven is preheating, remove the stems from each mushroom and scoop out the center to make the wells of each cap as large as possible. In a small bowl, mix together the pesto, quinoa and cheese. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of the pesto mixture into each mushroom cap and place the mushrooms on the round baking sheet that comes with the oven.
Set the timer for 25 minutes and bake the mushrooms until tender. Then remove the mushrooms and transfer them to a plate. Sprinkle with a bit more cheese and serve immediately.
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Pesto & Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms
Makes 30 mushrooms
30 button mushrooms
2/3 cup pesto
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup parmesan/romano cheese
Preheat the KitchenAid® 12″ Convection Digital Countertop Oven to 350ºF.
Remove the stems from each mushroom and scoop out any of the center part to make the wells of each cap as large as possible.
In a small bowl, mix together the pesto, quinoa and cheese. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of the pesto mixture into each mushroom cap and place the mushrooms on the round baking sheet that comes with the oven.
Set the timer for 25 minutes and bake the mushrooms until tender.
Remove the mushrooms and transfer them to a plate. Sprinkle with a bit more cheese and serve immediately.
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