Archives: Appetizer

Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack.

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe • Read More »

Roasted Garlic

July 5, 2011 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Condiment, Recipes.

Boy, did my house smell good when I made some roasted garlic recently! The first thing I did with it when it came out of the oven was slather a few cloves on a piece of rustic ciabatta bread drizzled with a little fruity olive oil and a slight sprinkling of kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper. Yum!  • Read More »

Asian Lettuce Wraps

October 4, 2010 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Asian, Beef, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack, Turkey.

Make your friends happy by bringing these delicious Asian Lettuce Wraps to the next gathering. They’ve got loads of flavor and are super easy to make. I guarantee you won’t have any leftovers, which is kind of a bad thing since they’re so good. I substituted ground turkey (93% lean) for the ground beef, and used Romaine • Read More »

Greek Salad Salsa with Toasted Pita Chips

August 26, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Snack, Summer, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I took this awesome Greek-inspired salsa to a pool party recently. Dang, it’s good! I chose to make it because it’s super easy and I had all the makings for it. It’s a perfect summertime appetizer!!! I followed the recipe for the salsa except that I didn’t have the fresh oregano so I used a little • Read More »

Hoagie Dip

February 6, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This hoagie “dip” is not a dip at all. In fact, I refer to it as a deconstructed hoagie because it’s got all the hoagie makings chopped into small pieces that you spoon on top of bread (like a bruschetta topping). It’s very easy to make and people love it! This recipe is great for improvising (adding • Read More »

Baked Cheddar Olives

November 24, 2009 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Baking, Recipes.

Here’s a great appetizer for holiday entertaining: pimento-stuffed olives wrapped in an easy-to-make cheese pastry then baked until golden brown. They are tasty, bite-sized and sure to be a party pleaser…you may even want to double the recipe! Note: The recipe says to “drop the dough by tablespoons onto wax paper” — just make sure • Read More »

Chilled Sesame Asparagus

July 14, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Chilled Sesame Asparagus | Filed in: Appetizer, Asian, Side Dish, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

  This crisp-tender, Asian-inspired asparagus dish is easy, delicious and a snap to make! I’ve made it many times and people always love it. Always, always, always trim asparagus!!! There’s nothing worse than having to gnaw on the woody, tough end of a piece of asparagus, especially at a party. Those untrimmed ends are impossible to eat. Do • Read More »

Herb-Marinated Olives

February 26, 2009 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Appetizer, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

Not only is this appetizer beautiful but it’s incredibly simple. It takes about 5 minutes to make but needs to marinate for at least 24 hours for best flavor. I didn’t have coriander seeds so I substituted whole peppercorns. Sometimes I add a splash of red wine vinegar to the marinade to add a little • Read More »

French Onion Dip…a revamped classic

December 13, 2008 | By andrea | Comments Off on French Onion Dip…a revamped classic | Filed in: Appetizer, Dip.

I’m sure most people in the free world have eaten onion dip at some point in their life. It’s one of those classic dips that has been around for years, and can usually be found at a party hanging out with the potato chips and other dips. Most people make onion dip using a package of onion • Read More »