Mamas, it’s time to carve those pumpkins! Why not make it a bit more festive and add a fun fall themed cocktail and some yummy meatball paninis?
DRINK: Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails
SNACK: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
EAT: Homemade Meatball Paninis
DO: Carve those pumpkins!
Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktails
2 parts fresh Apple Cider
2 parts Ginger Ale
1 part Bourbon
*Stir all ingredients together on the rocks.
*Garnish with a slice of apple
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
1.) Save the seeds you dig out of your carving pumpkins.
2.) Rinse seeds well with water. Then lay seeds out to dry on a paper towel.
3.) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, and spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet (or 2!)
4.) Drizzle olive oil over top of seeds. Sprinkle with sea salt (or garlic salt, or any other flavored spice!)
5.) Bake seeds for 30-45 minutes, until slightly golden in color and crunchy to the bite.
Meatball Paninis – makes 6 paninis
sliced provolone cheese
red pepper flakes
1 lb ground pork
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp dried basil
3 tbsp garlic powder
garlic salt – a few shakes
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
salt and pepper
1.) Mix all ingredients together with your hands in a mixing bowl
2.) Roll mixture into balls roughly 2 inches in diameter.
3.) Place meatballs on greased cookie sheet. Gently press into each, flatting them slightly This makes it easier to fit in the sandwich.
3.) Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, turning meatballs once.
***Either make your own tomato sauce or use a store bought version.
1.) Using a good crunchy Italian bread or ciabatta, cut into panini size.
2.) Spread tomato sauce generously on both sides of sandwich.
3.) Slice a meatballs in half and layer on one side.
4.) Add sliced red onion, prosciutto, provolone cheese, arugula, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes on other side of bread. Put panini together.
5.) Using panini press, heat sandwich until warmed through.
6.) Serve immediately with fresh green salad.