Happy San’geebing!

If you’re Hispanic, or know someone who is, you’re familiar with the patron saint of Thanksgiving, San Geebing.  This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving with some of my family, and it was my job to bring salad (easy enough) and appetizers for 20 people.  I got the recipe ideas from this food blog, and then kind of made it work with what I had.

First, I made a leek and gruyere quiche, which I like to think of as Don Quichote, because there is so much cream in the recipe it will turn you into Sancho Panza if you eat half of the thing in one sitting (trust me).  You can get the recipe here.  I substituted smashed salad croutons for the breadcrumbs and substituted plain old from-the-lunchmeat-section bacon for the peppercorn bacon.  Also, I didn’t make the crust from scratch, I used pre-made pastry crust.  The only thing I would have done differently would have been to make tiny mini quiches instead of big ol’ pie-sized ones, so I don’t eat half of it in one sitting since their purpose was to be an appetizer.

I also made rosemary dates wrapped in bacon.  I got the recipe from here.  I substituted a pinch of dried rosemary for the fresh stuff (should have used two pinches).  I’m not such a fan of dates but the recipe came out okay.  If I could have done something different it would have been to use the bacon to wrap mini hot dogs (pigs in a leather jacket?).  I’m not such a fan of dates, but my mom loves them.  When I tried to figure out the nutritional value for these San’geebing snacks I found out that prunes only have .6 grams of fiber, where dates have 1.6 grams of fiber.  So, there you go! (Literally)

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