Pancetta, Gruyere & Thyme Mini Muffins

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These super easy muffins are the perfect party appetizer.

Ingredients:
4 oz finely diced pancetta
3 c flour
2 TBSP fresh thyme leaves
1 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
4 TBSP butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
2 c buttermilk
4 oz Gruyère cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 375° and position the rack in the lower third. Coat a mini muffin pan with nonstick baking spray.

In a medium skillet, cook the pancetta over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until browned but not crisp, about 7 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the thyme, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another large bowl, beat the butter with the eggs until well combined. Fold in the dry ingredients and the buttermilk in 2 alternating additions, then fold in the cheese and pancetta.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool slightly before serving.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Poke Salad

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I love it when I find super fresh ahi tuna. This dish comes together super quick and makes a great appetizer.

Ingredients:
3/4 lb sashimi grade tuna steak, diced
1/2 c diced cucumber
1 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
1/4 c chopped green onion
1 TBSP black sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 c Ponzu or soy sauce
Sriracha sauce

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve with wonton chips or tortilla chips.

Serves 2 – 4.