Aubergine, Feta and Sun Dried tomato Rolls
appetizer or primo dish
Avocado Stuffed Mushrooms
Need an easy recipe for stuffed mushrooms? This stuffed mushroom recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Cooked mushroom caps are filled with guacamole to make a perfect starter for any party, event or holiday get-together.
Baked Mozzarella with Olive Toast
Can be served as a stand up or sit down appetizer
Balsamic Cherry Crostinis
British Columbia summer bounty
Barbequed Brie with sun dried tomatoes and garlic
Goes great as a first nibbler for about 4 people. It is savory, not sweet.
Brochettes of Shrimp and scallops with Champagne Butter
Goes well with a frizzante or bubbly wine.
An Italian Flag Crostini, Red tomatoes, Green Pesto and White Bocconcini
Cervelat and Ricotta Crostini
One or two of these will get an Italian meal off to a great start.
Chachouka (bell pepper preserves)
A mild Moroccan appetizer
Cinnamon-Cured Smoked Chicken Breasts
Makes 6 appetizer sized servings.
requires packet of wood chips
Cured Rainbow Trout
This recipe also works well with Steelhead or Arctic Char
Using homemade mayo makes the dish stand apart from versions made with store-bought mayo.
Adding the oil in a steady stream while processing the filling makes for a light, fully emulsified deviled egg filling.
Note: Eggs that are a couple of weeks old will peel more easily than very fresh eggs. You can boil the eggs and make the filling one day ahead of time.
Endive Stuffed with Walnuts and Goat Cheese
We have here, contrasting flavors of bitter endive, creamy goat cheese, crunchy nuts and sweet orange juice
Fried Sage Leaves
Fried sage leaves are probably the easiest appetizer you can serve to open a summer Tuscan meal. They are usually paired with other fried goodness, such as zucchini flowers or leftover slices of stale bread. Look in your pantry: do you have flour? Beer? I guess you have water, salt, and black pepper. Now you just need meaty fresh sage leaves, the biggest you can get. You’re done. Make a batter thick enough to cover the sage leaves and deep-fry every leaf until puffed and golden. Sprinkle with flaky salt and serve piping hot with a chilled wine.
Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp with garlic)
Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo) are a classic Spanish tapas dish. Succulent shrimp in a spicy garlicky sauce that you will need to dip your bread into!
Garden Peas, Prosciutto and Burrata
Peas, prosciutto and burrata are combining forces for the ultimate seasonal appetizer. It’s ready to serve in fifteen minutes and you don’t even have to turn on the oven.
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Three Herb Chimichurri
Makes a great substantial appetizer or feature dish for a multi-course meal.
Grilled Eggplant and Tomato Dip
Delicious. A big hit with the Shaw family.
Grilled Figs With Goat Cheese
Enjoy in fresh fig season.
Grilled Grapes with Burrata and Basil
Burrata is one of life's great pleasures. The outside is firm mozzarella, the inside is an oozy combination of stracciatella and cream. The combination is unsurprisingly good.
Grilled Peaches with Burrata
This dish is simply grilled peaches. It’s topped with a balsamic reduction, a spoonful of burrata and crushed pumpkin seeds. And salt! The sweet and salty is magical.
Ham and Cheese Sliders
Baked ham and Swiss nestled in soft rolls and brushed with a buttery Dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping!
Hot Crab dip
This is the king of the dips.
Hummus - Chickpea Spread
Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms - the Italian version
Lasagnette con pomodori, mozzarella e pesto.
A de-composed Lasagna
These are delicate meat balls with a silky texture and exotic spicy aromas, the crown of Lebanese cuisine.
Marinated Mozzarella and Fig Slices
A mediterranean favourite.
For cool plating, save a dozen of the chickpeas to scatter on the top along with a teaspoon of paprika and a tablespoon of olive oil.
Mushrooms - stuffed with Gorgonzola
The combination of strong cheese and sweet honey makes thisi Italian aperitivo quite appealing.
Mussels Marinara with Linguine
Can be an appetizer or a main course
A French standby.
Olives and Oranges on Toast
This recipe features olives prominently. Pan fried olives are a popular quick meze in many parts of Greece.
Pear and Gorgonzola Crostini
Pears and gorgonzola are a classic combination and you can not go wrong; the cumin seeds are pleasantly aromatic.
Pears with Pecorino and Honey
We had this dish in a little restaurant in Fiesole, a suburb of Florence on our trip to Italy. We have always remembered how great it was, and when I came across a similar recipe by Martha Stewart I knew it had to be immortalized in the cloud.
Pistachio Nut and Olive Tapenade
A variation on the original.
Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon
Irish potato cakes, or farls, make a delicious base for these smoked salmon, cream cheese and caperberry canapés - simply slice into squares and serve
Bake the jacket potatoes up to 2 days ahead and store in the fridge. Once you've baked the potato base, you can leave it in the fridge overnight too. Simply prepare the topping before serving.
The quantities can be fairly easily halved for a smaller batch.
yields 6 appetizer servings
Red wine glazed Chorizo bites
These delicious Red Wine Chorizo Bites are coated in an addictive honey and red wine glaze. They're a super quick and easy appetizer recipe perfect for entertaining.
Rich Fish Stock
Roasted Bell Pepper Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts
Pretty to look at and delicious to eat, this roasted pepper salad is the perfect make-ahead dish for a summer get-together.
This dish is similar to a peperonata but is somewhat lighter.
Rustic bread and tomato - Pa am tomaquett
This is rustic bread, prepared and eaten with Spanish passion. The ingredients dictate the quality: you want: dense, crumbed farmer's bread, mild sweet garlic, cold pressed olive oil, and quality field ripened tomatoes.
If you order this in the right Barcelona restaurants, you will note that all five element will arrive separately, allowing people to make their own combinations. the main decisions involve the amount of garlic and the amount of oil you prefer -- and the amount of tomato and whether to eat the tomato pulp as well! Serve it just as it is, no knives or forks!
This traditional Italian appetizer is the first item we tackled at our San Gimignano cooking school.
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Monet got his salmon from Norway, but we are using West Coast Canadian salmon here.
Sobrasada Tartlets with Honey and Pine Nuts
You pretty much have to go to Minorca to get Sobrassada, so I suggest substituting Spanish Chorizo or any sausage made with paprika.
Greece's most famous culinary export
Note: Spanakopitas freeze very well. To retrieve and eat, put into a 375 degree F. oven for about 15 minutes until golden in colour. The larger ones take about 35 to 40 minutes to cook. When freezing, arrange the spanakopitas on a cookie sheet. When frozen, place into an airtight container and back into the freezer.
Spinach and Feta Tarte Soleil
When you need an impressive appetizer that you can “casually whip up" for friends (or bring to your friend's cousin's parents' house on Thanksgiving), buy a box of frozen puff pastry. Roll the sheets into rounds, create a pocket of spanakopita-inspired filling, then put your arts and crafts skillz to work.
Justly famous from many a New Year's Eve
Tapas-Style Sauteed Mushrooms
A Spanish classic.
These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect hungry-man appetizer recipe. Stacked on a platter and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack, or a meal for 2 with added cut vegetables and charcuterie.
Great for a quick lunch.
Tzatziki (cucumber yogurt dip)
Here are some links to good recipes for Appetizers from other sites
Pancetta wrapped Dates
Pear and Gorgonzola Crostini
butter the crostini bread with a thin layer of apricot jam (optional)