Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mason Jar Salads & More:Final Chapter Snacks and Dips

Mason jars are a nifty item to have around the house to store and transport just about anything.They are perfect to store your favorite dips or spreads,making it simple to enjoy a healthy snack on the go.This final chapter is all about making dips and spreads to store in jars and having the ability to adapt anyone of the recipes.To name a few included in this cookbook are mango salsa,guacamole, and spicy salsa.So think about the amazing dips you could enjoy this season along with giving them away as gifts.

So for my enjoyment I made the Italian bruschetta,which is a simple antipasto that is made with fresh tomatoes,garlic,basil,olive oil and seasoning.Bruschetta can be stored in these mason jars refrigerated for about 2 weeks and best served atop toasted baguette or ciabatta slices.The more this spread mingles with the seasonings the better the flavor will be and creates an excellent appetizer at holiday party's.It is extremely quick and easy to create along with having the ability to look fancy while being very budget friendly.It will impress any party guest and you can easily make it ahead of time for the best flavor.

The flavor is of course why bruschetta is such a popular antipasto.The vine tomatoes have such a beautiful vibrant red along with being so juicy and sweet.The tomatoes mingle so well with the fresh minced garlic and shredded basil while the olive oil brings everything together.Then to top it all off we add a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.Then lastly we let the mixture absorb together to create a extremely flavorful antipasto that is excellent even on its own.

So bruschetta is always a great choice for a dip or spread.Its delicious for an on the go snack for work,along with being a excellent choice as a Christmas gift or to enjoy at home.Its a recipe I will definitely give a two thumbs up too and will be an antipasto that will be gone in no time.

So overall, I feel Mason Jar Salads & More is a very unique and focused cookbook.It will teach you all you need to know about how to create healthy salads and meals that you can easily have for work,road trips, picnics , for home and even as a gift.Its also a book that will teach you all the excellent ways you can use a mason jar, along with having recipes that can be easily adaptable for your own creativity.Julia Mirabella has created a beautiful and creative cookbook that I highly recommend.
I loved reviewing Mason Jar Salads & More and given the opportunity to test out as many recipes as I desired.So I will say a big thank you to Julia and Ulysses Press for this great opportunity! Thank you!

Yield 4 servings (half pints)

5 vine-ripened tomatoes,diced
1 garlic clove,finely chopped
7-8 large basil leaves, julienne-cut into strips
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt And Pepper,to taste
Ciabatta or French baguette slices,lightly toasted
4 half pints Mason jars-(optional- 1 half pint and 1 pint jar)
I washed and diced the tomatoes,finely chopped the garlic and cut the basil leaves in strips.Then with a medium bowl,I mixed together the tomatoes,garlic,basil,olive oil and salt and pepper. 

Then I covered the bowl with saran wrap and refrigerated for 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle.

 Then I placed the mixture in  mason jars,sealed and refrigerated.Best served on lightly toasted sliced ciabatta or french baguette.

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