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Recipes in Category “Appetizer”

Whole Wheat Blinis with American Caviar

appetizer caviar

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons warm water (105°F to 115°F)
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream plus additional for serving
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 2 ounces American caviar

Preparation

Pour 3 tablespoons warm water into bowl. Sprinkle yeast over; stir to blend. Let stand until yeast dissolves, about 10 minutes.

Whisk milk, melted butter, 2 tablespoons sour cream, egg yolk, sugar, and salt into yeast mixture. Add both flours; whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand at room temperature until very small bubbles begin to form on top of batter, 2 1/2 to 3 hours (batter will not rise).

Using electric mixer, beat egg white in another medium bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold beaten egg white and dill into batter. Brush griddle or large nonstick skillet with oil; heat over medium heat. Working in batches, drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto griddle; cook until bubbles form on top and blinis are golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Turn blinis over and cook until golden on bottom, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer blinis to rimmed baking sheet. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Rewarm uncovered in 350°F oven 5 minutes.

Serve blinis with sour cream and caviar.

Bon Appetit, January 2009


Brisket Summer Rolls

appetizer main course side dish beef untested vietnamese

Ingredients

FOR THE BARBECUE MAYONNAISE:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • Sriracha, to taste

FOR THE ROLLS:

  • 1 block (about 7 ounces) rice vermicelli
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 to 12 rice-paper wrappers for summer rolls, about 8 1/2 inches wide
  • 8 sprigs mint, leaves picked off
  • 8 sprigs Thai basil or basil, leaves picked off
  • Pickled carrots and daikon (do chua), homemade or fresh or jarred from Vietnamese markets
  • ¾ to 1 pound barbecued beef brisket, thickly sliced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 16 sprigs cilantro
  • Whole lettuce leaves

Preparation

MAKE THE BARBECUE MAYONNAISE: Combine mayonnaise and barbecue sauce, and stir until smooth. Season to taste with lime juice and sriracha, and set aside. (Can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated.)

MAKE THE ROLLS: Put the rice vermicelli in a large bowl. Cover with boiling water, add the salt and let soak, swishing occasionally, until soft but still resilient, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Let drain for at least 30 minutes, or spread on a plate and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

When ready to serve, set out all the ingredients on a clean surface. Half-fill a bowl wide enough to fit the wrappers with lukewarm water. Place 1 wrapper in the water and pat it, gently bending to test, until pliable but not completely soft. Shake off excess water and lay the wrapper down.

Place a straight line of mint and basil leaves across the circle, about 2 inches up from the bottom edge. Plump up that line with a small clump of vermicelli, a pinch of do chua and 1/8 of the brisket. Drizzle a scant teaspoon of barbecue mayonnaise over the meat. Finish with red cabbage and 2 cilantro sprigs. Bring bottom edge of wrapper tightly up over the filling, then fold the sides in to cover. Continue to roll upward, tightly but gently, and place finished rolls on a plate, seam-side down. Repeat with remaining rolls. Cover rolls with lettuce leaves to keep them fresh. Serve as soon as possible.

Julia Moskin, The New York Times


Mussels with Potato Chips

appetizer mussels spanish

Ingredients

  • 1 bag nicest potato chips you can find
  • 1 can tinned mussels, preferably either ceviched or stewed
  • Pimenton de la vera (smoked Spanish paprika) to taste
  • olive oil

Preparation

Arrange whole, unbroken chips on a serving dish. Top each chip with a mussel and finish with a pinch of pimenton. Finish the plate with a few drops of the sauce from the mussels and a drizzle of olive oil.

Jose Andres Foods


Lamb Meatballs and Collard Dolmades

appetizer main course greek greens lamb untested

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup medium-grind bulgur
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, more as needed
  • 16 to 20 untorn collard leaves
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Preparation

Soak bulgur in hot water to cover until tender, 15 to 30 minutes. Drain bulgur, then squeeze out as much water as possible. Combine bulgur with lamb, onion, garlic, cumin, mint, salt and pepper. Shape into 1-inch meatballs, handling mixture as little as possible.

Put olive oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat; when hot, add meatballs and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning every couple of minutes. Serve immediately or cool and proceed with recipe.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt it. Trim stem ends of collard leaves and discard. Put half the leaves in the boiling water and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they are just pliable. Use a slotted spoon to remove leaves from water and transfer to a colander; run leaves under cool water; drain and gently squeeze to remove most of the excess water, leaving them just damp enough so they will stick together when rolled. Repeat with other leaves.

Cut leaves in half by running a sharp knife along each side of stem, removing stem in process; trim top and bottom, making a large, rectangular-shaped leaf. Lay one leaf down with widest part facing you. Put a meatball in middle of leaf, bring two sides of leaves together and roll like a burrito to seal it. Put each stuffed leaf, seam side down, on a serving plate. Repeat, cooking and stuffing remaining leaves. Serve with lemon wedges.

Serves 4

The New York Times


Fried Chinese Five-Spice Chicken Wings

appetizer main course chicken chinese untested

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken wings (12 to 14)
  • 1 onion
  • a 1 1/2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (preferably Kikkoman)
  • 1 tbsp. medium-dry Sherry
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 6 cups vegetable oil

Preparation

Cut off wing tips, reserving for another use, and halve wings at joint. Coarsely chop onion and finely chop ginger root. In a large sealable plastic bag combine onion, ginger root, soy sauce, Sherry, five-spice powder, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add wings and seal bag, pressing out excess air. Turn bag until wings are completely coated. Marinate chicken wings in bag in a large bowl, chilled, turning bag once, 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Transfer wings and marinade to a roasting pan or large shallow baking pan and bake, covered with foil, in middle of oven 1 hour. Cool wings until they can be handled and drain in a colander, discarding marinade. Wings may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Reduce temperature to 250°F.

In a small serving bowl combine remaining 2 tablespoons salt and pepper. Put cornstarch in a small bowl and dredge each wing, knocking off excess cornstarch and transferring to a shallow pan. In a 5- to 6-quart heavy kettle heat oil until a deep-fat thermometer registers 370°F. Working in batches of 6 or 7, fry wings in oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes, and with a slotted spoon transfer to paper towels to drain. Keep wings warm on a baking sheet in oven. Fry remaining wings in same manner, returning oil to 370°F. between batches.

Serve wings with salt and pepper mixture.

Serves 6 as an appetizer; 4 as a main course.

Gourmet, July 1999


Lobster Empanadas

appetizer main course argentinian crawfish lobster untested

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons very cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Filling

  • 6 ounces fresh lobster or langostino meat, cooked, shelled and roughly chopped (or saltwater or fresh water crayfish)
  • 1/2 cup alioli or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped scallions, including green part
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 to 3 hard-boiled eggs, cut lengthwise into 8 pieces
  • 16 to 20 pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons water

Preparation

Pastry Directions

Using a fork, combine the butter and cream cheese. Sift the flour over the mixture. Add baking powder, cumin, vinegar, and water and combine with a fork. Flour hands generously and work the dough until it becomes a smooth, elastic ball, 3 to 4 minutes. Flour both the work surface and rolling pin. Roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick and cut it into 6-inch circles for main course-sized empanadas. For appetizer-sized empanaditas, cut the dough into 3-inch circles. Cover the pastries with a lightly floured towel until you are ready to fill them.

Filling Directions

Combine the lobster, mayonnaise, tomato purée, cognac, mustard, scallions, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Set the filling aside and keep it cool until you are ready to fill the empanadas.

Assembly Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Oil a large cookie sheet or line it with Silpat. Spoon the filling in the center of the pastry circles — about 2 tablespoons of filling for each main course empanada or 1 heaping teaspoon for empanaditas. Stuff an egg slice and 1 or 2 olives in the filling and fold the dough over the filling forming a half-moon. Beat the egg with the water to make a glaze. Moisten the open edges with the glaze and crimp the edges with a fork or your fingers to seal.

Place the empanadas on the cookie sheet and brush the top of each with the glaze. Bake them for 20 minutes, turn the heat down to 350°F and continue baking for about 5 minutes more or until the empanadas are golden. When the empanadas are done, remove them from the oven and cool them on racks for several minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

To freeze and reheat, place frozen cooked empanadas in a preheated 350°F oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Shirley Lomax Brooks, Epicurious


Green Chile Mole Lettuce Wraps

appetizer main course chicken greenchile mexican untested

Ingredients

  • 2 green chiles, grilled, peeled, and seeded
  • 1 lb peanuts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mustard
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken
  • 10 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt, divided
  • 1 tbsp pepper, divided
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder, divided
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup green onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation

Chop raw chicken into small, ½ inch squares. Season chicken with ½ tbsp salt, ½ tbsp pepper, and ½ tbsp garlic powder. Pan fry in olive oil until fully cooked. In a blender, combine the Hatch chiles, peanuts, honey, mustard, remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the hot water slowly while blending. Once the blended mole mix and chicken are done, toss chicken in the mole mix. Add chopped tomato and green onion to mixture. Chop romaine lettuce into approximately 5 inch long sections. Wrap about 2 tbsp of mix in lettuce and secure with a toothpick. Serve for crispy wrapping. For soft wrapping, bake for 10 minutes.

Central Market


Shrimp Saganaki

appetizer shrimp untested

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 scallions, white part only, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup drained diced canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons ouzo or other unsweetened anise-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon chopped flat-leaf parsley plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • Pinch of dried oregano, preferably Greek
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 medium shrimp (about 1/2 pound), peeled, deveined (head on if desired)
  • 1 4-ounce block feta
  • Slices of country-style white bread, toasted

Preparation

Heat oil in a medium heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add scallions and garlic; cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat; add wine, broth, ouzo, 1 teaspoon parsley, 1 teaspoon dill, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until tomato mixture is reduced by one-third, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium. Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to skillet, arranging around edges. Place block of feta in center of skillet. Cover and simmer until shrimp are cooked through and feta is warm, 4-6 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat. Transfer shrimp and feta to a large shallow bowl, if desired. Garnish with parsley and dill. Serve with toast alongside.

Serves 4 (appetizer)

Bon Appetit, November 2012


Roasted Eggplant, Tomato, Garlic, and White Bean Spread

appetizer bean dip eggplant mediterranean untested

Ingredients

  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled, cut into thick chunks
  • 1 head fresh garlic, peeled
  • 5-6 tomatoes (smaller, vine-ripe), quartered and seeds removed
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2-1 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Penzey’s Tuscan Sunset or other spice blend
  • 1 16-oz. can white beans
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano (pref. Mexican)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375. Place the vegetables in a shallow baking dish. Add the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and spice blend. Toss well to coat. Carefully spread into a single layer and place the pan in the oven. Roast for 45 minutes. Note: Vegetables can also be roasted on a pan in a gas grill. Cool vegetable mixture, or let rest overnight in the fridge.

Rinse and drain the white beans and place in a blender with 2 c. of the vegetable mixture. The vegetables should have exuded quite a bit of liquid so make sure to include some of this in the 2 cups. Blend the beans and vegetables. Add the chili powder and oregano and the lemon juice. Blend well and pour into a bowl. Serve with any firm cracker.

Penzey’s Spices


Dutch Mussels

appetizer main course dutch mussels

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 (2 kg) pounds fresh mussels in the shell
  • 6.7 ounces (200 mL) dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound leeks (white and light green parts) cleaned
  • 4 1/2 ounces lightly smoked streaky bacon, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 ounce unsalted butter
  • Fine sea salt and freshly milled black pepper

Preparation

Clean the mussels and put them in a sauteuse pan with the wine. Bring to a boil, and cook just long enough for all the shells to open. Drain and remove the mussels from the pan.

Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut them in finger-thick slices. Cut bacon slices in very small pieces. Heat the oil in a large skillet, turn down the heat to medium, add bacon, and stir-fry until the bacon begins to render its fat (don’t let it get crisp).

Add leeks and stir-fry until they just begin to soften. Lower the heat, add the butter, and when melted, stir in the mussels carefully. Simmer together just long enough for the mussels to warm up. Add salt to taste and be generous with the pepper. Serve on a heated platter with warm French bread or ciabatta. Any leftover mussels can be used the next day to stuff an omelet.

Serves 4-6.

Florine Boucher, via National Geographic