FBC Appetizer Contest Closes Soon!

I think we've all been asking ourselves where this summer has gone! We announced our exciting "Appetizer Spotlight Contest" way back in the first week of July and now, we're at the end.

The contest closes this Sunday! If you were hoping to get your favourite recipe in, now is the time. The winner will have their appetizer featured at the Blend & Extend booth during the Friday night reception of the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference in Vancouver. Not only that, but the recipe will be prepared by the praised Executive Chef Ned Bell of the Four Seasons Vancouver.

Let's take a look at the competition, shall we?

Mini Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms by Kravings Blog
Beef and Mushroom Lettuce Wraps by Food Inspires
Beef Mushroom Endive Taco Boats by The Primal Desire
Jamaican Patty Pops by The Yum Yum Factor
Bacon Double Cheeseburger Tart by Friday is Cake Night
Thai Beef in Toast Cups with Mango Salsa by Bakersbeans

We can tell it's going to be difficult to decide on just one! Each of these recipes use the Blend & Extend concept in a new, creative and delicious way. We hope to see your recipe soon. 

Do you have a favourite?

Hungarian Beef & Mushroom Soup by The Messy Baker

Leading in to the last days of summer, the cool weather is setting in. Embrace the coming autumn with a comforting bowl of soup, using our favourite Blend & Extend method! Charmian of The Messy Baker is back with a filling soup recipe that is perfect for lunch.

If you loved her Moroccan Beef and Cremini Tagine, then you'll have to try this Hungarian Beef & Mushroom Soup over on her blog, The Messy Baker.


"This Hungarian Beef & Mushroom Soup is a ramped up variation of the mushroom bisque I inhaled during my university years. It was warming and easy to make, but had little protein to keep me going."

Find the full recipe over at The Messy Baker, and be sure to find Charmian on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Blend & Extend Appetizer Contest: Thai Beef in Toast Cups with Mango Salsa by Bakersbeans

This FBC Appetizer Contest has been making me hungry! Have you tried any of the recipes at home yet?

The mushrooms and beef blend together seamlessly in these flavourful cups. Wanda of Bakersbeans certainly has a hit on her hands with these Thai Beef in Toast Cups!


Thai Beef in Toast Cups with Mango Salsa by Bakersbeans
"I added just over a cup of minced fresh white button mushrooms. I was pleasantly surprised you couldn’t even tell there were mushrooms mixed in with the beef. The kids, not any wiser, enjoyed each recipe for different reasons."

Ingredients 
1½ lbs ground beef
1 cup white button mushrooms, finely diced
1 tsp olive oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soya sauce
½ cup water
1 cup mango, diced small
2 tbsp red onion, small dice
1 jalapeno pepper, remove seeds, small dice
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
salt
½ lime, juiced
6 pieces of normal size bread (like wonderbread) with all 4 sides/crusts removed
Cooking spray
Mini muffin tins

Method 
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
2. Add beef and break it up into smaller crumbles. Cook a few more minutes and add in your mushrooms. Continue to cook until you get a good brown on the beef. Brown = flavour.
3. In a bowl or cup mix together ½ cup water, fish sauce, sugar, sesame oil, soya sauce and stir. Pour into beef mixture, cook until almost all liquid is gone and flavours combined. Set aside to cool a bit.
4. To make the salsa, in a bowl mix together mango, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, pinch of salt and lime juice. Set aside.
5. To make toast cups, preheat your oven to 350F
6. Cut each the crusts of all four sides of each piece of bread. Cut each piece into four equal squares.
7. Spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray or brush with melted butter.
8. Flatten each piece of bread a little with your hand or a rolling pin. Gently press each bread square into a mini muffin cup. Give another quick spray or brush of melted butter. Continue until you have filled all 12 mini muffin cups or if you have two pans, 24. If you do not have two pans, you will need to do this two times.
9. Place in oven and bake for 6-8 minutes or until the bread has turned lightly brown. Remove from pan, place on platter and begin assembling.
10. Scoop a little beef mixture into each toast cup. Top with a small amount of the mango salsa. If you have juice in the salsa sprinkle a little on top. You can either top with a cilantro leaf or serve as is. Serve immediately.

Serves 12


As a young child Wanda could be found helping her mom in the kitchen making perogies, or as she got older watching Julia Child on PBS on Saturday mornings.
In 2006, Wanda started blogging as a way to share adventures with family & friends. This led to a recipe of the week feature, which naturally progressed into a recipe blog, showcasing her love of cooking.

An avid member of The Food Bloggers of Canada, Wanda was inspired to start the Alberta Food Bloggers Group. She is also one of the organizers behind YYC Burger Week & debuting this Fall, YYC Pizza Week.

This work at home mom loves to attend social media, food & blogger events, plan moms wine nights, write editorials and local events listings, recipe test, sneak chocolate, and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Wanda is the author of food and life blog www.bakersbeans.ca.

Follow along with Wanda at Bakersbeans, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  

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Join the competition for your chance to win an “Appetizer Spotlight” at the Blend & Extend table at the FBC conference in October.