Category: Appetizers

  • Chipotle Shrimp

    4 T butter, divided 6 cloves garlic, minced 2 lbs uncooked shrimp, large unpeeled 2 t minced canned chipotle chiles (adobo) 1/4 dry white wine 1 T minced parsley Melt 3 T of the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute the garlic for 30 seconds, then add the shrimp and chipotles and…

  • Green Onion and Cheese Popovers

    This makes a dozen standard-sized muffins. If you want to use large muffin tins, it will only make six, and you’ll have to bake them for 48 minutes. 3 T plus 1/2 C butter, melted 1/3 C Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1/2 C white Cheddar cheese, grated 8 eggs, room temperature 2-2/3 C 2% or…

  • Spicy Sweet Potato Latkes

    Makes about 48 small latkes. 2-1/4 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and grated 1-1/2 C diced onion 3 ggs 6 T flour 1-1/2 t cumin 1/4 to 1/2 t cayenne 3/4 salt 1/4 t pepper Put grated sweet potato into a kitchen towel and squeeze out excess liquid. Combine with remaining ingredients. Coat the bottom of…

  • Potato-Apple Latkes

    I’m not sure how to categorize these. I grew up thinking of latkes as breakfast food, but they’d be great as appetizers or a vegetarian main dish, too. 2-1/4 pounds russet potatoes 2 small firm, tart apples (like Fuji) 1-1/2 C finely chopped onion 3 eggs 1/2 C flour 1-1/2 t salt 3/4 t pepper…

  • Ouzo-flamed cheese

    These are intended to be an appetizer, but they would also be a great thing to put on a bed of lightly-dressed greens as a meal-sized salad. 1 C flour 1 lb kasseri or romano cheese, cut into eight 1-inch by 3-inch rectangles 6 T olive oil 4 T ouzo 1 lemon Mound flour on…

  • Gingered Borscht Shots

    This was originally published as an easy appetizer for a summer party. You can put a couple of tablespoons into shot glasses and place them in a bowl filled with ice, like vodka shots. Or use disposable Dixie cups and set them on a tray. Makes about 32 shots. Of course, you could also make…

  • Ovos recheados (stuffed eggs)

    Here’s a completely different approach to eggs for an appetizer. Instead of making the usual deviled eggs with mayonnaise, this version uses bread crumbs, cheese, and butter — and they’re served hot. 8 eggs 2 T bread crumbs 1/2 grated Parmesan or other hard cheese 2 T melted butter Salt and pepper Preheat oven to…

  • Blood orange shrimp escabeche

    This multi-purpose dish can be an appetizer, a salad, or even a summer main dish. Serves 6 1 C freshly-squeezed blood orange juice 1/2 C fresh lemon juice 2 garlic cloves, finely minced (divided) Pinch of salt 1/4 t dried crushed red pepper 1 pound cooked, peeled shrimp, cut to 1/2-inch pieces (you can substitute…

  • Asian grilled eggplant

    I don’t know anybody who just “sorta” likes eggplant. Either you love it or you hate it. We love it. Take a big purple eggplant. Wash it and cut off the stem end. Cut it in half lengthwise. Continuing to cut it lengthwise, cut it into quarters and then eighths. You’ll end up with 8…

  • Korean Bean Sprouts

    8 oz bean sprouts 1 t salt 1/4 C sliced scallions 1 T toasted sesame seeds 1 T toasted sesame oil In a saucepan with a lid, bring about a half cup of water to a boil with the salt. Add the sprouts, return to a simmer, and steam for about 5-8 minutes. Drain well…