Back in my single days, Friday night meant happy hour with my girlfriends. Countless Fridays were spent eating half priced appetizers, sushi, and having a glass of two of wine, while catching up on our weeks. Then, after marriage, Friday night was still for happy hour, but typically with other couples, or sometimes still with the girlfriends while Scott played tennis or grabbed a beer with a buddy. Then, after Ava was born, we’d bring her with us and she’d sleep through happy hour or lately, try to help herself to our adult beverages.
So, I think we’ve pretty much hit the point where she is harder to bring to restaurants, and so we’ve been doing Friday nights at home. But…we still like to make it Friday night happy hour’esque.
We start with a little vino – a delicious merlot.
Then I pulled these little snacks from Trader Joe’s out of the freezer. I had not tried them before and thought they sounded good. Unfortunately, I forgot to buy cucumber so mine didn’t look like the picture.
The dipping sauce concoction that was suggested on the back of the wonton bag, and cocktail sauce for the shrimpies.
I made a few stuffed mushrooms. The filling was diced up mushrooms, onion, and spinach, seasonings and baked with crumbled goat cheese on top.
A Flatbread pizza: flatbread topped with pizza sauce, tomato, capers, mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella.
Here’s plate numero uno.
I went back for more of everything except the wontons. They were kind of blah. Even with the dipping sauce, it just wasn’t my thing. Maybe if I would have fried them instead of steaming? Either way, I don’t think I’ll be getting them again. Gosh, I think that’s a first that a Trader Joe’s product has failed me. Oh well, everything else was great and that just left me with a little more room for dessert.
What are your go to appetizers? Do you ever make a meal out of appetizers and wine?