Appetizer Recipes

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Butternut Squash Polenta Appetizers Recipe

If you're putting together a more elegant Thanksgiving meal this year, consider these appetizers. They are a great conversation starter. The appetizers connect familiar holiday ingredients--roasted butternut squash and corn--in a wholly unique way.

The primary ingredient in the appetizer is a mash of butternut squash and fromage blanc. I nested the spread in a roll of grilled zucchini on top of pan-fried polenta medallions. For a nice contrast of texture and color, I garnished the elegant appetizers with honey-roasted nuts and a sprinkling of Italian parsley. 

I'm planning on serving 5 or 6 appetizers on Thanksgiving and will be sharing them as I make them throughout the month.


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Indian-style Spinach Phyllo Cups Recipe

After learning how to make so many Indian dishes from my husband's paternal grandmother, I noticed that most meals were served family-style with chapati bread, naan, or basmati rice. Our guests love Indian cuisine, so I started to include a few of my favorite dishes, made into bit-sized portions.

I love serving finger food. It allows your guests to easily mix and mingle right before the more formal sit-down part of the meal. Palak paneer phyllo cups are one of the many appetizers I've developed over the years. 

These spinach appetizers require 4 steps: forming the phyllo cups, pan-frying the cubes of paneer cheese, making the Indian spinach and cheese filling and assembling at the last minute when the guests are about to arrive. I usually do the prep way in advance so I can have a stress-free party and start the evening in a good and calm spirit.


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Asparagus and Pea Appetizers Recipe

Asparagus and Pea Appetizers

10.17.13 by Jackie

We're having a large dinner party this Saturday, so I tested a new appetizer recipe today. I prepared the filling for the appetizers with green peas and asparagus. To ensure that the filling would spread easily, I also added eggplant pulp and a bit of Pecorino cheese. 

To save time, instead of placing puff pastry dough into molds and following the curve of the molds, I cut pastry rounds. Once baked and flaky, I divided them in half crosswise, then filled them with the green mixture. They resembled savory pâte à choux buns, minus all the labor normally required.


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Quiche Forestiere (Mushroom Quiche Recipe) Recipe

Quiche is a typical savory French pastry. In case you’ve never had one, it's an open-faced egg and cheese filled savory tart. This particular recipe is for a rustic, mushroom-filled quiche called quiche forestière. It can be served warm or cold and it's perfect for a picnic.

After attending my friend Alexia's wedding in the countryside this weekend, we're back in Paris and spent the day at the Jardin des Tuileries with baby Aria. Later, we headed to the Carousel and she adored riding the  merry-go-round horse. We stopped for lunch at a lovely boulangerie in the 4ème arrondissement on 4, rue du temple. We had an amazing croissant aux amandes (almond croissant), pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) and quiche.

Carousel Tuilleries


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Edamame and Artichoke Appetizers Recipe

I've just touched down in France! We landed a few hours ago and I'm ready to go to sleep, but before heading to my old childhood bedroom, I wanted to share with you a savory appetizer recipe that was inspired by a North African dessert called chebakia. I grew up in a suburb of Paris and I often enjoyed North African treats after school. This takes me back!

I used store-bought puff pastry and folded it in the same manner as the Moroccan sesame-spiced cookie (chebakia is folded in the shape of a flower, fried and drizzled with honey), then used an edamame and artichoke filling. It might look all fancy but it's very easy and delicious. 


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