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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

I recently offered my grandfather a slice of tomato pie, and he said, “HUH? Tomatoes in a pie?” Turns out, tomato pie is a super Southern thing, and if you were previously unaware, now’s the perfect time to learn all about it. Today’s post is a quick one with a few summer favorites to share with you today, and then we will get to this yummy savory pie!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

A New Activity to Consider:

I’m thinking of composting. Do you guys do this already? Now seems like the perfect time to get started, and while researching, I loved this article from GOOP! Send your favorite resources my way if you’re already doing this at home, and check out the article here!

Recipes I’m Dying to Make:

I love a classic PB&J, and this salted PB&J Ice Cream Pie from Bon Appetit looks incredible. A Ritz Cracker crust? Yes, please. I’m also intrigued by this list from FOOD 52 of 11 easy recipes for new home bakers! Tell me all about what you guys are baking at home!

Products I’m Loving:

I love everything from Supergoop, but this sunless tanner with SPF is perfect for these summer days. I usually apply a coat before I head outside and wind up with a nice little glow even after just a few minutes in the sun! I’m also loving my new Chacos. Since I barely get dressed to go anywhere at this point, I basically live in my new sandals, but I’m also super intrigued by their new customizable slides! Check them out here!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com


Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

Tomato Pie

Here’s what you need to know about tomato pie: It’s cheesy. It’s savory. It’s filling yet refreshing, herbaceous yet creamy, and the whole thing is packed into a delightful buttery crust. I love to serve tomato pie as a lunch or supper option- anywhere you might ordinarily offer a savory tart or quiche. I opted to use a blend of mozzarella (for meltability) and cheddar cheese (for flavor), but a small addition of feta, parmesan, or even asiago would be yummy here too! If you need a shortcut, you can consider doing a refrigerated or frozen store-bought pie crust, but I really love my basic pie dough too much to encourage that. You decide! Give this summer tomato pie a try and let me know what you think! I’ll have another simple recipe for you in less than a week, so stay tuned! Happy Monday, y’all!

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this tomato pie you should try:

Tomato Galette
Sausage Kale Pinwheels
Tomato Olive Rolls
Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche

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Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie by Wood and Spoon. This is a simple summer pie of fresh farm tomatoes, cheddar cheese, Italian herbs, and a buttery flaky crust! Learn how simple it is to make this savory pie that makes for a terrific lunch or dinner option! Serve this pie for summer gatherings! Learn more on thewoodandspoon.com

This tomato pie is a butter crust filled with farm-fresh tomatoes, a creamy cheese topping, and loads of flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) ice water
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water

For the filling:

  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/8-1/4” thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine (Note: you can also do this by hand with a pastry cutter!) Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes, or longer if your dough has gotten soft. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 15 minutes. After this initial bake, remove the pie weights, brush the entire crust with a thin layer of egg wash (the egg whisked with water), and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until set. In the meantime, prepare your filling.

    To prepare the filling:

  4. First, prepare the tomatoes. To remove excess liquid, sprinkle the sliced tomatoes with 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and layer them in a colander with sheets of paper towel. You can gently press down on the towels every so often to squeeze out excess juices. Do this for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and hot sauce. Stir and set aside.
  6. Once your pie crust is par-baked, sprinkle the onions on the bottom of the crust, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Begin to add the drained tomatoes in layers covering the bottom of the crust, sprinkling in salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning as you go. I used about 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon pepper total. Your tomatoes should fill up to about 1” below the lip of the pie crust. Spread the cheese mixture on top and place in the preheated oven to continue baking until the crust is golden and the insides are bubbling throughout about 30 minutes. Remove the pan and allow it to cool completely prior to cutting and serving warmed.

Sausage Kale Pinwheels

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Friday!! Friend, can I just tell you how awesome you are? I don’t have to know your story to know you are a prize. Life is WEIRD right now, yet here you are still perusing the internet for food inspiration. You’re still at it. Sometimes we don’t need to wait for a big milestone or breakthrough in order to acknowledge ourselves and the significance of our stories- sometimes we need to celebrate the fact that we’re still standing. WE’RE STILL STANDING, Y’ALL! So let’s celebrate with some happy things. Today I’m going to share these sausage kale pinwheels as well as a few things on the internet that have been making me smile.

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

What I’m Reading:

My dear friend left a pile of books in my mailbox, and it has brought me endless amounts of joy. My guilty pleasure of the moment is “Meg and Jo,” a modernized, medium-trashy version of the classic “Little Women” that tells the tale of 4 sisters growing in life and love together. If you love the original and are a fan of pointless fiction, there’s a good chance this is the mindless read you need right now. For a shorter read, check out this comical article from Bon Appetit about food etiquette in the times of social distancing. The author answers questions about eating during ZOOM meetings, hiding food from your quarantine roommates, and more.

What I’m Eating:

Besides endless pans of no-churn ice cream, I have been eating the crap out of these Mediterranean turkey burgers from The Modern Proper. Like, we make them weekly. Also, my girlfriend recently sent me this recipe for simple summer corn chowder which sounds all kinds of comforting and delicious. Don’t we need more food like that? Normally in April I’m thinking about bathing suit season and getting right for the summer, but honestly, let’s just get cozy. I want food that feels like a hug.

What I’m Watching:

We have yet to really binge on any kind of TV, but I have been filling my brain with all sorts of funny Youtube videos. John Krasinski (Yes, that’s Jim from “The Office”) has started a little video series called “Some Good News,” and on a recent episode, the cast of “Hamilton” sang the intro song to their show via a ZOOM call. I cried actual tears. It was beautiful. You should watch the episode, but especially that song… so amazing. Also this video of 5 unexpected moments in Carpool Karaoke is hilarious. Happy viewing!

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Sausage Kale Pinwheels:

Chalk these guys up as your new favorite savory snack. These little scone-like pastries are filled with spicy Italian sausage, sautéed kale, and Swiss cheese. You can easily adapt them to meet your preferences and they are great for a number of meals- breakfast, afternoon snack, dinner appetizers, etc. This dough is incredibly versatile and can be used for a number of fillings, so feel free to go wild! Sausage kale pinwheels are kind of a derivation from our normal train of thought here, but we need some salty to balance out all that sweet, right? This is just the ticket. Give these a spin sometime in the coming weeks and let me know what you think! Hugs to you guys from me to you and happy baking!

If you like these sausage kale pinwheels you should try:

Tomato Olive Rolls
Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche
Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche
Tomato Galette

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Sausage Kale Pinwheels

Sausage Kale Pinwheels by Wood and Spoon. These are simple pastry roll up filled with spicy italian sausage, kale, cheese, and herbs. These make great breakfast bites or afternoon snacks / appetizers. The dough is simple and requires no rising time. Think of it as a no-rise yeast dough! Learn how to make these yummy make ahead feed a crowd savory treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage kale pinwheels are filled with spicy sausage and Swiss cheese. The pastry is flaky and tender and serves as a great breakfast or appetizer option!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 12/3 cups (235 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1 large egg, cold

For the filling:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ pound Italian sausage (I used mild)
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Baking spray or canola oil spray

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps are present throughout and the butter is well integrated. In a separate bowl, whisk the whipping cream and egg. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until a shaggy dough forms. Dump the mixture out onto the counter and knead together just until a dry dough forms- do not overwork the dough. You can add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream if your dough won’t come together at all. Place the dough in the fridge while you prep your filling.
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  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and onions and brown to perfection, breaking up the sausage as you go. Once browned, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring regularly. Add the kale, red pepper, salt, pepper, thyme, and water and cook until kale has wilted. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool.
  4.  
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge. Once ready to roll, lightly dust a workspace with flour and use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to a 8″x18″ rectangle, about 1/8” thick. Toss the swiss and parmesan cheese with the sausage mixture and sprinkle it all over the dough, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of the dough.
  6. Starting with the widest end closest to you, begin to roll the dough somewhat tightly away from you until you reach the end. When finished rolling, pinch to seal the dough seam at the end. Slice the log into ¾” rounds and arrange them on the sheet pan. Bake in the oven until the crust is golden brown, usually about 20 minutes depending on the size of your rolls. Allow to cool slightly before consuming. Rolls are best eaten the day they’re prepared but can be reheated the following day.

Notes

  • Feel free to sub in another cheese! A different variety of sausage! Another green!

Gouda Cheese Puffs and Holiday Snack Boards

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

The countdown is on. It’s two days until we all stuff our faces full of dressing, pie, and turkey (jk, we’re all just here for the sides), and I am so ready. I guess there’s people in America who don’t get into the communal tradition of a shared table and breaking bread, but, if you didn’t already guess, I am so here for any reason to pile my plate full of carbs and stare across the spread at a bunch of faces I love. For a family-focused baking blogger, Thanksgiving is my dream day, and I can’t wait to dive in. So if you haven’t already nailed down exactly what you plan to contribute at the holiday feast you’re attending, let me lovingly nudge you in the direction of these gouda cheese puffs and a simple holiday snack board. It’s a cute and yummy way to make a fancy looking spread, and I’m eager to get a few of y’all in the kitchen to make it.

So why a holiday snack board? Why these gouda cheese puffs? Thanksgiving may be all about the main event of a turkey plus some fixin’s (that’s Southern talk for side dishes, by the way), but every gathering needs a few appetizers. You can consider these gouda cheese puffs the pre-game to any Thanksgiving supper, and loading them onto a snack board with a spread of other semi-homemade treats is a surefire way to make your guests extra thankful. Let’s start by chatting the ins and outs of the puffs.

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These gouda cheese puffs utilize the star shortcut of store-bought puff pastry. The frozen dough is really simple to work with and adds a terrific amount of texture and flavor to whatever baked appetizer you’re making. Here, the dough is loaded up with a buttery onion and thyme saute and then baked under a blanket of Kerrygold Blarney Castle cheese. Yes, it’s as delicious and indulgent as it sounds, and they’re fun to make! Here’s how to do it.

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

First, follow the instructions on your puff pastry to gently and briefly thaw it out. Unfold the sheet and use a 2″ round cookie cutter to trim out rounds of dough. Place them on a prepared baking sheet and then use a second smaller cookie cutter or a pairing knife to score a 1/4″ border around the dough. We do this so that the piled toppings can rest in the middle while the outer 1/4″ can puff and flake in the oven. YUM. Put the prepared dough in the freezer to keep cold while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Thinly sliced onions cook down with butter and thyme until translucent and barely browned, and Worcestershire sauce and ground mustard are added to the mix for extra flavor. Set the onions aside to cool while you grate the Kerrygold gouda, and then pile it all into the unbaked puff pastry.

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Once baked, the outer edge of the pastries are puffed and flaked while the interior is rich and ultra-savory. These are best served right after baking and topped with bacon or tomato jam. YUM. In the meantime, you can begin prepping your holiday snack board. Here’s a few details on how to throw one together in a cinch!

The Board:

Feel free to assemble your snack board on any type of serving tray or platter that you have. I like to make sure mine if brimming with lots of goodies, so consider what you plan to put on it while picking a platter. Here I’ve used a slate cheese board, but a fine wood cutting board, ceramic dish, or even a pizza board works splendidly! I’ll link a few favorites here and here and here.

The Snacks:

I like to anchor my snack boards with a few larger staples. Here, the gouda cheese puffs were the main event, and I supplemented entirely with store-bought appetizers. Pre-made hummus was gussied up in a pretty dish with an extra drizzle of olive oil and spice. A whipped goat cheese dip that I found at my grocery store also got the royal treatment in a fresh bowl with herbs. Finally, a single block of cheese (I’m looking at you, Kerrygold!) and some peppered salami bulked up the offerings and and added some substance to an otherwise carb-fest. Other great options to consider include veggie dip, pimento cheese spread, a baked wheel of brie, or another kind of salsa or dip.

Once you’ve got some heavy hitters on your board, fill in the gaps with things to eat with them. Assorted crackers, cheese straws, sliced baguette, or pita chips are a few of my favorites. Choose varieties that taste good and will add texture to your board. With any remaining space I like to add pickled veggies, olives, bite-sized fruits, or any variety of crudités. Jams, relishes, or a small jar of honey often work well too depending on the elements of your board.

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

Assembly:

Start your board assembly with the larger items or anything that requires a bowl. It’s easier to fill in with the snack crackers and relishes than it is to try to find a home for a giant cheese log. Start big and work your way smaller. You can garnish your store-bought dips and spreads with fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil to make it feel homemade. No one has to know you just threw a bunch of pre-made goods on a tray! If toothpicks, relish forks, or spreading knives are needed for any of your board items, be sure to bring those with you so that your host isn’t left rummaging for them at the last minute. This is supposed to make things easy, remember?

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post! I love to include their cheeses on my board, and it was a happy find that their gouda tasted so great on the gouda cheese puffs. If you’re in need of a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving menus, I hope you’ll include these! I’m incredibly thankful for all your who join in on my baking fun and will certainly be counting you on my gratitude list this year. Happy baking and Happy Thanksgiving!

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these gouda cheese puffs you should try:

Cheesy Dinner Rolls

Tomato Olive Rolls 

Tomato Galette With Basil Pesto

Butternut Squash Soup

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Gouda Cheese Puffs and Holiday Snack Boards

Gouda Cheese Puffs by Wood and Spoon. These are mini round puff pastry appetizers made with caramelized onions, mustard, herbs and shredded gouda cheese. The tarts bake up and are served with a spicy tomato bacon jam. Make these for holiday parties or add to cheese charcuterie and snack boards. Read more about the recipe and get ideas for holiday treats on thewoodandspoon.com

These gouda cheese puffs are made from flaky puff pastry, sautéed onions, and shredded cheese. Little appetizers with yummy flavor!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
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Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, sliced thinly (1/8”)
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, if desired
  • 1 cup shredded gouda cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup bacon jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unfold the puff pastry sheet on the piece of parchment or on a lightly floured counter. Use a 2” round cutter to trim out 12 circles of dough. You may have extra dough- feel free to freeze and save or make a double batch of puffs. Use a smaller round cutter or a paring knife to score a ¼” border around the edge of each pastry circle and prick the inner circle with a fork a few times. Place in the fridge to keep cool while you prep your filling.
  2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil together. Add the thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring regularly, until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the thyme, salt, and pepper, and continue to cook until the edges of the onions start to get dark. Add the mustard and Worcestershire and stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  3. If desired, add a teaspoon of water to the lightly beaten egg and use a pastry brush to paint a thin layer of the wash on top of each tart. Divide the sautéed onions among the rounds of , piling a few onions only into the inner circle of each round. Depending on the size of your onion you may have a little leftover. Divide the cheese among the tarts, sprinkling it and the parmesan directly on top of the onions. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the puffs have risen and the edges are golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly. Add a teaspoon of the bacon jam to the top of each tart and serve!

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re so close. The fall season and all that comes with it- the changing leaves, the scent of cinnamon, and the onset of denim and cozy sweaters- is so close it’s almost tangible. Although my thermometer is protesting, I’m ready to dive head first into autumnal everything, and today we’re going to start with this sweet tea old fashioned.

It’s no secret that I love bourbon. Very few things expose my Kentucky roots like my adoration for the sweet and subtle burn of that perfect amber liquid. Today we’re going to transform my favorite bourbon cocktail, a classic old fashioned, by adding Red Diamond Sweet Tea. The combination of those two quintessential Southern things makes for a winning, drinkable combo that is just perfect this time of year.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea old fashioned requires very few ingredients, but because of this, we want to opt for the highest quality possible. We first start with a peel of orange and a few dashes of bitters. Muddle the two together in an old fashioned glass until the oils in fruit are released. Next we add 2 ounces of high-quality Kentucky bourbon and a hefty pour of chilled Red Diamond Sweet Tea. Finish it off with an extra-large ice cube and enjoy. Seriously, it’s that simple.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. The combination of bourbon and sweet tea makes for an old fashioned that is slightly sweeter and more drinkable than the classic cocktail. Because there are so few ingredients and very uncomplicated preparation involved, this is a great cocktail to batch for a group of friends.

Sweet Tea Old Fashioned by Wood and Spoon. This is the classic Kentucky bourbon cocktail made with orange bitters, whiskey, and just a smidge of ready to drink sweet tea. Make this in a batch for friends as a party beverage or drink as a great end of day cocktail. This is a southern spin on the original drink! Read more on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give this sweet tea old fashioned a try sometime this fall! Be sure to pick up a gallon of Red Diamond Sweet Tea and give a toast on my behalf. Have a great weekend and happy fall y’all!

If you like this sweet tea old fashioned you should try:

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Pinot Margaritas

 

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Sweet Tea Old Fashioned

This sweet tea old fashioned is a Southern spin on the classic bourbon cocktail!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
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Ingredients

  • Orange peel
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 6 ounces chilled sweet tea

Instructions

  1. Muddle the strip of orange peel and bitters together in an old fashioned glass until the orange peel has released some oils. You’ll notice a strong orange scent in the glass. Add the bourbon and sweet tea. Add a large ice cube and enjoy!

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve followed along on this blog for any length of time you know I’ve just had a baby. It’s weird- pregnancy is so all-consuming that it’s easy to forget what life was before. There’s just so many physical (okay, emotional and mental too) limitations for those 9 months. But now that we’ve welcome baby Charlie into the world and I’m beginning to get back to my (new) normal, I’ve enjoyed the slow tiptoe back into a non-pregnant lifestyle and the things I missed out on for a few months. Perfect example: bourbon. I love bourbon. I missed bourbon. Now, post-pregnancy and able to enjoy an adult beverage from time to time, I’m really digging grown-up drinks, and this bourbon ginger sweet tea is so up my alley.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a seriously simple cocktail to throw together. Kentucky bourbon, lime juice, and ginger beer are combined with sweet tea and poured over a tall glass of ice to make a cocktail that is kind of a mash-up of a bourbon mule and sweet tea. Because no shaking or blending is needed, this also happens to be a great cocktail to batch for a crowd and share on the last of this season.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To make a really good bourbon ginger sweet tea we need really good ingredients. Sweet tea is a staple here in the South, and it’s no secret that my go-to fave is from a locally founded company, Red Diamond. Made simply with tea leaves, water, and sugar, Red Diamond Sweet Tea is free of preservatives and concentrates and has that perfect classic flavor that every glass of good Southern sweet tea should. To the tea we add fresh lime juice, quality Kentucky bourbon, and just a smidge of ginger beer. The lime juice and ginger beer balance out the boozy sweetness of the bourbon and sweet tea, and all together these ingredients make up a cocktail that is seriously easy to drink. Pace yourselves, people.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’d like to batch this bourbon ginger sweet tea for a crowd, pull out your calculators and get computing! I recommend stirring the ingredients together just before serving and allowing guests to pour their own over glasses of ice. If you want to make these ahead, just leave out the ice and the ginger beer until just before serving to keep the cocktail slightly fizzy and to prevent it from getting watered down. Serve each tea in a tall glass and garnish with a lime wedge if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you, like me, are doing all you can to soak in these last few days of summer, give this bourbon ginger sweet tea a try. It’s seriously refreshing and makes for a great treat to sip on day or night. Many thanks to Red Diamond for sponsoring this post and to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. If you give the recipe a try, let me know what you think in the comments section below! Happy Monday!

If you like this bourbon ginger sweet tea you should check out:

Warm Apple Tea

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Pinot Margaritas

Grapefruit Moscow Mules

 

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Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea

Bourbon Ginger Sweet Tea made with ginger beer, bourbon whiskey, lime, and Red Diamond ready-to-drink sweet tea. This is a great summertime cocktail that can be batched for a crowd. Refreshing from the ginger and sweetened by Read Diamond's tea, this bourbon cocktail is a Southern delight! Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon ginger sweet tea is a refreshing summertime and Southern take on a bourbon mule!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 3
  • Total Time: 3
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
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Ingredients

  • 11/2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 5 ounces ready to drink sweet tea
  • 2 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass filled with ice. Add an additional ounce of ginger beer if desired. Enjoy!

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

I think it’s a cruel joke that drinking alcohol is not allowed when you’re pregnant. Imagine being 25 pounds heavier than normal in the dead of summer. Imagine there’s two other kids at home who dominate you day and night because they know your 9 month pregnant self is too tired to chase after them. At that moment, don’t you really deserve a cocktail? Wouldn’t you really want something that would cool down and refresh that tired, center-heavy body of yours? The answer is an obvious and resounding YES, so in my late pregnancy, in the heat of my cocktail craving days, I started working on the recipes for the 3 varieties of champagne cocktail popsicles that you’ll read about today. It’s a summertime treat that everyone, Mamas especially, are deserving of, and I think you’re really going to like them.

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

First up is a mimosa popsicle. Made with fresh orange juice, sparkling wine, and just a smidge of simple syrup, this is the push-pop your brunches have been waiting for. I love a classic mimosa as much as anyone, but a mimosa popsicle? That’s something to write home about. The second option is a bellini pop! Fresh peach wedges are pureed and stirred with champagne and a teeny bit of syrup to create a seriously fruity popsicle that is altogether summery. I found I enjoyed this one the most, particularly since peach season is showing out in all it’s glory right now. You can use frozen peaches here, but this is also a great way to use up peaches on the verge of going bad. Finally, we have a strawberry lime champagne popsicle. Pureed berries, simple syrup, a squeeze of lime juice, and bubbles round out the list of ingredients for these pops. They’re a crowd pleaser, and you can easily include a little bit of lime zest for extra citrus flavor.

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

While traditional popsicle molds work fine here, I really encourage you to consider grabbing some of these disposable plastic push-pop bags. They’re super inexpensive (I found mine on Amazon!) and make the perfect portion size for these champagne cocktail popsicles. Keep in mind that alcohol does not freeze, so these will melt faster than your average pop! If you opt to not use the little plastic sleeves, consider serving small popsicles in a glass with a tiny pour of champagne at the bottom. I saw something similar here and think it would make for a cute beach or brunch cocktail to serve.

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

These champagne cocktail popsicles are indeed boozy, so feel free to add a bit more fruit if you prefer a more subtle wine flavor. No need to splurge on any expensive booze here- just something inexpensive that you wouldn’t mind drinking a small bit of. Either way, be sure to stay cool with these grown-up popsicle cocktails (poptails?) and let me know what you think! Happy Monday and Happy Drinking!

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

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Champagne Cocktail Popsicles

Champagne Cocktail Popsicles by Wood and Spoon. Learn to make homemade mimosa push pops, Bellini popsicles, and strawberry lime champagne frozen treats! These are made in plastic sleeves with fresh real strawberries, peaches, and orange juice and sparkling wine. Find the recipe and learn how to make these boozy summertime frozen desserts on thewoodandspoon.com

These champagne cocktail popsicles come in three push-pop flavors: Bellini, mimosa, and strawberry lime!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert/ Cocktail
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Ingredients

For Mimosa:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce simple syrup, optional

For Bellini:

  • 11/3 cups chopped peaches
  • ½ cup sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces simple syrup

For Strawberry Lime:

  • 11/3 cups chopped strawberries
  • ½ cup sparkling wine
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 ounces simple syrup

Instructions

For the Mimosa:

  1. Combine the orange juice and sparkling water in a large measuring cup. Taste the mixture and add simple syrup if you desire the pops to be sweeter. Divide the mixture via funnel into 4 disposable plastic push-pop tubes. Freeze until solid!

For the Bellini:

  1. Combine the chopped peaches, sparkling wine, and syrup in a blender and process just until the peaches have been pureed and the mixture is smooth. The mixture will bubble slightly. Allow some of the bubbles to subside, re-stir the mixture, and then divide is among 4 disposable plastic push-pop tubes. Seal and freeze until solid.

For the Strawberry Lime:

  1. Combine the chopped strawberries, sparkling wine, lime juice, and syrup in a blender and process just until the strawberries have been pureed and the mixture is smooth. The mixture will bubble slightly. Allow some of the bubbles to subside, re-stir the mixture, and then divide is among 4 disposable plastic push-pop tubes. Seal and freeze until solid.

Mai Tai Margaritas

Mai Tai Margaritas by Wood and Spoon. The rum based island cocktail meets Mexican margarita flavors with pineapple, lime, orange, almond, and agave to flavor it. This makes a great summer beach cocktail perfect for Lounging poolside with. Make a boozy treat for friends on a summer day or just in time for cinco de mayo! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

I don’t know about you, but I am all for an event that encourages margaritas. That perfect blend of sweet and tart poured into a glass with a salted rim is the primary the reason I so enjoy tacos, burritos, and basically anything Jimmy Buffet. If it’s so wrong to be in it for the booze, I don’t want to be right, okay?

Mai Tai Margaritas

In years past, I’ve participated in the annual #margaritaweek event hosted by my friend Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño. Alongside her and a bunch of other bloggers, I served you guys recipes like sparkling margaritas, honey basil margaritas, pinot ritas, rose margaritas, and more. It’s always a delicious and refreshing time of year, so I was more than thrilled to jump right in again this year for another round of margs. This time, with the help of my friends at behind Agave In The Raw, we’re going big time tropical feels with some mai tai margaritas, and I am really hoping you like them as much as I do.

Mai Tai Margaritas

Have you ever had a mai tai? Brett and I enjoyed our first on a trip to Hawaii while we were dating. We sat beachside at a hotel we couldn’t afford  and sipped absurdly priced mai tais because that was the thing to do. I can remember putting the flower from my drink in my hair and feeling like a straight-up island princess. The drink itself was really just okay, but in the time since that first sip, I’ve had more than a few that have marked my taste buds for the better. With subtle lime and orange flavors throughout, a mash-up of margarita meets mai tai was destined to happen in my book, and I’m so glad it did.

Mai Tai Margaritas

So here’s the lowdown on this mai tai margarita: We’ve preserved the tequila, lime, orange liquor, and agave that we know and love in a margarita. In addition to that deliciousness, we’ve added rum, pineapple juice, and just a hint of almond extract to hit those mai tai flavors out of the park. The result is a drink that is notably booze-forward with a whole lot of balance brought in via fruity flavors and smooth agave nectar. All in all, we’ve got an island tropics meets south of the border drink situation that should really be on your summer beach rotation if you know what’s good for you.

Mai Tai Margaritas

I’m sharing today’s post with my friends at Agave In The Raw who make the agave nectar I used for this recipe.. So what’s agave? Agave is a sweetener pressed from the core of an agave plants, and while it’s the traditional sweetener for classic margs it’s also a great alternative for honey, maple syrup, and more. We use it in our house frequently for salad dressings, cocktail mixing, and sauces. It’s quite a bit sweeter than regular sugar so a little goes a long way, and here in these mai tai margaritas, it’s an absolute must. Agave In The Raw is USDA certified organic, vegan, and kosher, and they’re the perfect partner for this festive beverage.

Mai Tai Margaritas

If you’re in need of a tasty way to ring in this first week of May and the remainder of the summer, give these mai tai margaritas a try. Be sure to pick up a bottle of Agave In The Raw for this recipe, and thank you in advance for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. You can check out the other #margaritaweek participants at the link on Kate’s site here! Happy drinking, happy Friday, and enjoy the weekend friends!

Mai Tai Margaritas

If you like these Mai Tai Margaritas you should check out:

Sparkling Margaritas

Rose Margaritas

Ginger Margaritas

Honey Basil Margaritas

Pinot Margaritas

 

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Mai Tai Margaritas

Mai Tai Margaritas by Wood and Spoon. The rum based island cocktail meets Mexican margarita flavors with pineapple, lime, orange, almond, and agave to flavor it. This makes a great summer beach cocktail perfect for Lounging poolside with. Make a boozy treat for friends on a summer day or just in time for cinco de mayo! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate wood.

These mai tai margaritas are a mashup of the two classic summer cocktails. With tequila, rum, pineapple, and lime, this is the beach drink you’ve been looking for!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 1 ounce silver tequila
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liquor
  • ½ ounce agave nectar (I use Agave In The Raw)
  • 2 drops almond extract (less than 1/8 tsp)
  • 11/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce spiced rum

Instructions

  1. Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange liquor, agave nectar, almond extract, and pineapple juice in a tall shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain contents over a lowball or margarita glass (salted rim optional) filled with new (I use crushed or pellet) ice. Pour the spiced rum on top as a floater and serve with a lime wedge, fresh mint, or pineapple spear as garnish. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

 

Warm Apple Tea

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I think most of us need that morning cup of something. Whether it be coffee, tea, or even a ritual AM smoothie, our mornings taste better with a drink that will start us off on the right foot. Today I’m sharing this simple recipe for warm apple tea, and I have a feeling it’s going to make your mornings a whole lot sweeter.

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’ve been incredibly blessed with two (and a half!) really easy pregnancies. The first trimester usually brings an onslaught of morning sickness and yawning and bloating, but I’m otherwise in the clear. Aside from a few out of the norm food cravings (I’m looking at you, sausage egg and cheese biscuits), the only really strange thing that happens to me early on in every pregnancy is that I suddenly can’t tolerate coffee. Although I’m normally a devout morning coffee drinker, the smell, the taste, and even just looking at my French press doesn’t settle with me at all those first few weeks of pregnancy. Thankfully, now that I’m on my way into the second trimester this aversion is mostly gone, but for a month or two I survived the mornings solely because of tea.

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This warm apple tea is just the type of thing I would have reached for. Lightly caffeinated, quick to make, and completely free of any scent of java, this warm apple tea is the perfect beverage to cozy up to during our chilliest weeks of the year. A comforting drink made up of Red Diamond Ready to Drink Sweet Tea, this beverage is infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, with just a touch of lemon added for balance. While I’ve mainly enjoyed it as a morning sip, this is a perfect little beverage to serve in the afternoon to fireside friends and your other favorite couch loungers.  Let’s chat about how to make it.

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine a few cups of Red Diamond Sweet Tea with one roughly chopped apple, a cinnamon stick, and 1/2 of a vanilla bean. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer over low heat for about 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to rest on the burner so that all of the flavors can mix and mingle with one other. Give the mixture a taste after about 10 minutes and allow it to rest a bit longer if you want that cinnamon flavor a touch stronger. Pour your desired amount of apple tea into a heat-safe glass and finish it off with a bit of lemon juice.

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This drink is perfectly sweetened with flavors jumping out at you from all sides. Although I have preferred to enjoy it warm, you can easily chill the mixture for an iced-down daytime beverage as well! It batches nicely, so be sure to make a few servings at a time to reheat all week long. Just take care to strain the fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla bean pods out of the liquid so that the flavors don’t intensify too much.

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Give this warm apple tea a try and be sure to check out Red Diamond Ready to Drink Sweet Tea! As a Southern transplant, I’ve learned my way around sweet tea, and this is one brand that I can trust to provide quality, real ingredients with consistent flavor. If you’re craving more sweet tea recipes, be sure to check out the sweet tea hot toddy I created a few months ago! It’s another warm drink, just a little boozier. Enjoy, friends!

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

 

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Warm Apple Tea

Warm Apple Tea recipe by wood and spoon blog. This is a sweet tea based winter beverage infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and served with lemon. This drink feels like a caffeinated cider, warm and toasty, the perfect beverage for chilly mornings. This is made with ready to drink Red Diamond sweet tea and can be refrigerated and served cold as well. Make a large batch and reheat all week long! Find this alternative to coffee and hot tea recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This warm apple tea is made from refrigerated sweet tea infused with fresh apple, cinnamon, vanilla, and lemon! Serve it warm or chilled!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 1-2 1x
  • Category: Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (480 gm) ready to drink sweet tea
  • 1 large apple, roughly chopped (I prefer a tart baking apple)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ vanilla bean, cut open, or ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Instructions

  1. Combine the tea, apple, cinnamon, and vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pan on the burner for all the flavors to infuse together. Take a taste test after 10 minutes and pour into a glass if you’re satisfied with the level of spice from the cinnamon. If not, allow to it sit for another 5-10 minutes. Squeeze some lemon juice into your prepared tea and enjoy! This recipe batches nicely, so feel free to double or triple the recipe, strain out the fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla, and reheat as desired. Beverage can also be chilled and served over ice.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Here in the South, we’re serious about a few things. I’ve talked about this a few times, but as I settle into life as a Southerner, I become more and more aware of what we’re all about here.

For starters, kindness and manners matter. If you’re not calling your Mama “Ma’am,” you might as well be sticking your tongue out at her. We hold the door open for others, gentlemen stand when ladies arrive, and we always, always, ALWAYS say the blessing before a meal. End of story.

Second, we love football. SEC is everything and the fall ballgame schedule reigns supreme. If you’re not into football, you’re just not in [Slowly raises hand and backs away].

And finally, we take pride in our food. Almost everyone has a favorite fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, or pecan pie recipe. Each family has a secret marinade or sauce, an heirloom cookie recipe, or method by which they prefer to season their greens. Southern food is rooted in years of tradition, history, and tried and true flavors that have been perfected over time. It’s not something we take lightly.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Take for instance sweet tea. It’s a staple here, and there’s not a soul who hasn’t enjoyed a cold glass on a hot day. When I first moved to the Deep South, I grew to appreciate a perfectly sweetened glass of tea, and now that I’ve experienced great tea, it’s almost painful to drink bad tea.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is a nod to all that is good in the South. Smooth bourbon, local honey, and incredibly delicious sweet tea combine to make a toasty beverage that will make even a Northerner talk with a drawl. This is a beverage you’ll want to cozy up to all winter long.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

One of my favorite things about this sweet tea hot toddy is how simple it is. Instead of brewing my own tea, I lean on an Alabama-born made product, Red Diamond Ready-to-Drink Sweet Tea, for the perfect balance of sweet and tea. Their sweet tea is one that even the most discerning of Southerners would trust, and because it safely heats to warm temperature, it is the perfect add-in for this sweet tea hot toddy. Plus, it’s brewed from actual tea leaves with no shortcuts- just sugar, tea, and water.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To make this sweet tea hot toddy, we start by warming our tea. Allow a lemon slice, honey, and a cinnamon stick to mull in the hot liquid for a minute or two before adding in the bourbon. Give it a taste. If your taste buds are anything like mine, you’ll be ready to guzzle a glass (or four), but feel free to add more tea or lemon depending on your preferences. If you’re interested in serving a crowd, brew up a big batch and allow guests to ladle mugs straight off of the stove. This sweet tea hot toddy is a great fall beverage that will set the mood for your upcoming holiday parties and gatherings.

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Many thanks to Red Diamond Coffee & Tea for sponsoring this post, and thank YOU for supporting brands that make this site possible. I hope you’ll pick up some Red Diamond sweet tea and give this sweet tea hot toddy a shot (or two)! Happy drinking, y’all!

This post is sponsored by Red Diamond. All opinions expressed are my own. 

If you like this sweet tea hot toddy you should check out:

Pinot Ritas

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines 

Derby Pie Cookies

Homemade Chocolates

Sparkling Margaritas

 

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Sweet Tea Hot Toddy

Sweet Tea Hot Toddy recipe by Wood and spoon blog. This is a bourbon, lemon, cinnamon and honey cocktail sweetened with pre made red diamond sweet tea. A southern take on the classic cocktail. Serve it warm for a refreshingly cozy holiday winter beverage. Make for a crowd for parties too! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This sweet tea hot toddy is sweetened with honey and ready made sweet tea. Bourbon is added for a boozy and flavorful finish.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170 gm) Sweet Tea (I use Red Diamond)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 lemon slice (1/4” thick)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • 11/2 ounces bourbon

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan on the stove, heat your sweet tea until hot. Bring barely to a boil and carefully pour into a mug. Add the cinnamon stick, lemon slice, and honey, and allow the mixture to cool for five minutes. Stir in the bourbon and enjoy!

 

Cheesy Dinner Rolls

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started preparing my body for the holidays. Although I exercise and try to eat reasonably healthy about 90% of the year, November and December are the months where I let delicious food (and the company I share it with) shine. There’s almost always fancy appetizers and indulgent desserts, an extra glass of wine, or rich, savory dishes that I really only break out around the holidays. I can already feel my insides getting excited to nibble on all of those seasonal bites that we enjoy this time of year. 

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

In years past, the one thing I’ve not had much trouble saying no to is the bread basket. On the Thanksgiving table, at the church potluck, and even in my own home kitchen, those little brown-and-serve rolls, cold biscuits, and dense muffins just really don’t do anything for me. When there’s cornbread dressing and salty glazed ham on the table, is anyone really even paying attention to the bread basket? Absolutely not. 

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m proposing a comeback of the bread basket. What if we served bread that was worth writing home about? What if the dinner rolls were so impressive that they could be served as a standalone appetizer or side dish that people were excited to eat? What if you are destined to be the delightful human that brings a skillet full of these cheesy dinner rolls to the next dinner party, and they’re so good that everyone begs you to bring the bread every year from here on out? Sounds pretty epic, huh? 

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

These cheesy dinner rolls are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey morsels of mozzarella cheese and seasoned with Italian herbs and garlic. These are like a mozzarella stick meets Parker house roll, and I am not even remotely mad about it. Although they’d be delightful on their own, we up the ante here by serving them alongside a tangy spiced tomato sauce.

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe for cheesy dinner rolls in partnership with Lucini Italia who has long been my go-to for olive oil. Only recently I tried their tomato sauce and I was really pleased to find that it is near perfect straight from the jar. It requires no doctoring with extra pepper for flavor or sugar to cut the super acidic sauce; it’s a delicious, restaurant quality sauce that comes straight from the jar, and it makes the perfect accompaniment to these cheesy dinner rolls. You can spend your time preparing the rolls and let the Lucini sauce take care of the rest. 

To prepare cheesy dinner rolls, we start by making the dough. Yeast dissolves over warm water and milk and is added to some melted butter and olive oil. Next we stir in some sugar, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. The flour comes next, and then we knead the dough until it is smooth and only slightly tacky. Allow the dough to proof in a warm spot in your kitchen for an hour and a half before you shape and form your rolls.

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Cut your dough into about 15 equal-sized portions and flatten each ball out into a round. Place a square of part-skim mozzarella in the center of the dough and pinch the edges into the center to enclose the cheese. Place each roll seam side down in a greased pan and allow them to rise for just a few more minutes. When you’re ready to bake, brush the rolls with water and sprinkle on additional cheese, Italian herbs, salt and pepper.

Allow your cheesy dinner rolls to cool slightly before serving. Warm up a cup or so of Lucini tomato sauce (I prefer the Spicy Tuscan Tomato Sauce here), and serve it to dip your cheese-filled rolls in. The rolls are tender and extremely flavorful, a perfect compliment to the tangy sauce. This dish works great as an appetizer but also makes a strong case for a bread side that people will really be pumped to eat. If you make them in advance you can re-warm prior to serving, just make sure that the cheese melts through on the inside. 

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you’ll give these cheesy dinner rolls a try in the coming months. Happy baking!

This post is sponsored by Lucini Italia. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible!

If you like these cheesy dinner rolls you should check out:

Tomato Olive Rolls

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche 

Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie

 

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Cheesy Dinner Rolls

Cheesy Dinner Rolls with Tomato Dipping Sauce recipe by wood and spoon. These are soft and fluffy yeast rolls filled with gooey mozzarella cheese. Baked in a skillet and topped with italian herbs and cheese, these rolls serve as a great appetizer, side dish, and more! Make your holiday bread bowls extra delicious with these stuffed yeast breads! Check it out on thewoodandspoon.com

These soft and fluffy dinner rolls are herby crusted and stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese! Dipped in a spicy tomato sauce, these cheesy dinner rolls are a tasty appetizer and bread offering!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 15 1x
  • Category: bread
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup (120 gm) lukewarm milk
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup (120 gm) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 23 ounces block mozzarella cheese cut into 3/4” sized chunks
  • Shredded cheese for sprinkling (I used cheddar and mozzarella)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup warmed tomato sauce, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine the water and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over top and allow it to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Be sure the water mixture is warm but not hot! Once the yeast has dissolved, stir the butter, olive oil, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder into the mixture. Add three cups of flour and stir until a shaggy dough forms. Using the dough hook attachment, knead the mixture on medium speed (I use 4!) for 7 minutes. Alternatively, you can knead this by hand on a lightly floured surface. If the dough does not pull away from the sides of the bowl, add an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Once done kneading, lightly grease a bowl and place the dough inside. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place in your kitchen until doubled in size, about 1-1/2- 2 hours. 
  2. Once risen, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into about 14-15 equal-sized balls and gently roll the dough in your hands to form a ball. Flatten each ball into a circle with your fingers and place a chunk of cheese in the middle. Fold the perimeter of the dough over the cheese and pinch the edges together to close the dough around the filling. Place the balls in a lightly greased oven-safe skillet or baking dish about 1/2″ away from each other. Cover the pan and allow to rise a second time for about 25-30 minutes while the oven preheats to 375.
  3. Once rise, lightly brush the dough balls with water and sprinkle on additional shredded cheese, the Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Serve with warmed tomato sauce.