Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cheddar Sage Thumbprints with Pepper Jelly, AND a Giveaway!

Today’s post honors The Lives and Loves of Grumpy’s HoneyBunch by Shelby, who is celebrating her four year blog anniversary. Shelby is a very sweet and generous person that I have known since before she started blogging, and I am so honored to be included in her celebration. Shelby’s blog reflects her love of family, food, and life. At the heart of her adventures is her husband, “Grumpy”, whose name hides a warm soul and a love and pride for his wife that shines through the grumpiness. My favorite posts are those that describe how Shelby has won Grumpy over with a recipe that he didn’t think he would like!

Shelby has inspired me many times - to keep blogging when I thought I wanted to quit, to focus on what I love instead of what I think others might love, to have fun, and to let kindness guide my thoughts when blogging. She is giving away a $50 Gift card to celebrate her four years in the blogging world! Here are the details on how to enter the giveaway, which is open to US & Canadian residents only:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post about the person who is your inspiration in life and what special part that person plays in your life.
2. Visit the additional blog links and leave a comment on their post. Each comment will count as one entry.
3. Giveaway will end on January 7th at 5 PM EST.
4. Winner will be announced on January 8th via blog post on The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch.
5. Winner will be chosen via random drawing - drawing to be done by none other than Grumpy himself.
6. Value of giftcard will be $50 and can be ONE of the choices listed below:
* Sears
* Kohls
* Amazon
* Target
* Wal-mart
* Chili's
* Uno's
* Marshalls/TJMax
* Bed, Bath & Beyond
* Macaroni Grill
* Olive Garden
* Starbucks
* Barnes & Noble

Shelby’s recipe archives are full of dishes that reflect her affinity for healthful and delicious food. She is very creative and recently became enamored with small bites, small plates, and appetizers, and her post today is for Brie Popover Bites. My offering for Shelby's cyber-party, flaky thumbprint "cookies" complemented by sweet, hot pepper jelly, may not be the healthiest snack around, but they are delicious. They are also very good "plain", pressed into disks, and sprinkled with a few grains of kosher salt, which is how my hubby loves them.

Cheddar Sage Thumbprints with Pepper Jelly
adapted from Thanksgiving 101

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
6 tbs salted butter, softened
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon ground sage
1/3 cup pepper jelly

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

Thoroughly mix cheese, butter, flour, and sage to form cohesive dough. Pinching off dough, form into one inch balls and place on prepared pan, 2 inches apart. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and press indentation into dough, using end of wooden spoon. Fill with 1/4 teaspoon jelly and return to oven; bake additional 10 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. May be stored in airtight containers up to 2 days.

I got about 30 "cookies" out of this recipe.

Click on the links below to see what others made for Shelby's party!


Kim McCallie said...

I love the idea of a savory thumbprint. These look delicious!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Linda,
Your savory thumbprints look wonderful. I do plan to try them. I am sharing an old family recipe for KrumKake. I had posted it a while ago, but we do make them every year. I hope that is OK.

I would love to be entered into the generous giveaway...I am looking forward to visiting her blog. Thank you for sharing the link.

Have a terrific Tuesday. ~Natalie

Soma Sengupta said...

This looks great. Thanks!

Amy said...

I love your thubmprints with pepper jelly!

My Grandmother inspires me the most, both in the kitchen and in life. I learn to be strong and courageous like her and not afraid to try new things in the kitchen.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Coleen said...

How elegant!!

Pegasuslegend said...

What a genius idea, heard of the cookies but I will take these any day of the week!

My Inner Chick said...

OOO, how I wish i could have one!! :)) X

Megan's Cookin' said...

I made these once and LOVED them! I didnt add the sage but what a great idea. Great idea for New Years Eve. Might have to make some of these. :)

MindyW said...

These are such a fun idea! Want to try these someday.

My inspiration is my Dad. He is so kind, smart, hard-working, and just a cool guy. I hope to become more like him day by day.

Katrina said...

Savory thumbprints sound really good. I think I'm feeling a little sweeted out!
One of my biggest inspirations is definitely my mom. Love her SO much!

Boi Polloi said...

My boyfriend inspires me most. He's such a good cook and is always encouraging me to try out new things (since I'm still just learning).

Katy ~ said...

Just pass me a plate of these delicious beauties and I'll go away quietly and eat them ALL!!

Wishing you the best in the coming year, always, all ways.

Andrew's Mom said...

My inspirational person is my friend Dawn who is one of the kindest people I know. She has two boys with autism and when I feel overwhelmed with my one boy with autism - I look to her example! Now I have to spend a few hours reading your blog because the first two posts here look amazing - thanks Shelby for leading me here!

annielizabeth said...

Hi Linda, hope you and your family have a healthy and happy new year. I'm gonna have to check out your etsy shop!

Dianne said...

I think I put on 50 pounds just looking at your gorgeous banner. Getting a new stove Sunday, and your pepper jelly thumbprints will be one of the first things I bake!

Nessa Robins said...

I love the look of these savoury scones and the pepper jelly sounds delicious with them.

Linda said...

Thank all of your for your comments! I wish each of you could have won a gift card. :)