Have you heard of "Knowledge Knights?" The idea of Knowledge Knights is to get a group of friends together to learn and teach something new. We've been to a few, and hosted our first last week! The only rule is that everyone must come with one thing to talk about for roughly five minutes (whatever they want). If you have ever gotten into a deep web of Wikipedia searches, reading about this and that and becoming totally lost in the world of random facts, this is for you. So here is what you do!
First, invite your favorite people over. Give them the basic jist of what will happen.
Pick and research your topic (and ask all of your guests do the same). The sky is the limit! You can pick something that you already know like the front and back of your hand of you can use this as an excuse to learn something new. No ideas? Try answering a question you've always asked yourself, like "What causes volcanoes to erupt?" or "How did Mayans discover cocoa beans and how did they make Xocoatl? " (I tend to go for the foodie questions, go figure).
Plan your menu--really this can be whatever you want, but most recently I made a couple of appetizers, like these Apricot, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Bites and it worked out great!
On the night of your party, crack open a bottle of wine and roll a dice to see who will go first! We don't like to keep people to their fixed five minutes--you are welcome to, but it's also fun to see what other questions people have and, of course, to joke around a bit. 😉
Yields: 16 | Total Time:
- 16 dried apricots
- 1 four-ounce package prosciutto
- 2 ounces soft goat cheese
- 16 whole pecans
- 1 cup baby arugula
- 2 tablespoons balsamic gel (honey would also be good if you don't have this!)
- Toast the pecans in a oven at 350°F for about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Spread a small amount of goat cheese on the top of each dried apricot, and top with toasted pecans.
- Place a few pieces of arugula under each apricot.
- Remove top slice of prosciutto from package, and cut into 3 pieces, the long way, so that you have three strips. Carefully remove any plastic dividers from the prosciutto. Using one long prosciutto strip, wrap an apricot and arugula together. Place on serving tray. Do the same thing with the other two strips you cut (wrapping an apricot with arugula and placing on serving tray).
- Repeat step 3 until all prosciutto is used and apricots are wrapped. Keep serving tray wrapped in plastic in fridge until you are ready to serve. Before serving, drizzle with balsamic gel.