Appetizers Recipes

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New Year's Eve Appetizer Suggestions Recipe

If you're hosting a New Year's Eve party this year, you might consider serving bite-sized portions to allow your guests to easily mix and mingle. I’ve gathered some of my favorite appetizer recipes that would be perfect passed around or on a buffet table. I also listed appetizers that can be prepared in advance so you're stress free and ready to enter the New Year in a good mood.


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Christmas Pinwheel Appetizer Recipe Recipe

If you're planning to host a Christmas party or if you're joining a pot luck at your office, consider these colorful appetizers. The pinwheels are made with California Lavash, cream cheese, shredded carrots, spinach and cabbage. They're quick and easy.

You can use whichever lavash variety you like, but I think the green, spinach-flavored lavash is most in-keeping with the holiday theme.


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Holiday Canape Appetizers Recipe

Holiday Canape Appetizers

12.14.12 by Jackie

Canapés are small appetizers that are perfect for a holiday cocktail party. These sweet and savory Christmas canapes invoke the colors of the season through the use of candied orange bits. 

The base is a blini made of rice flour for extra crispness. The top is slightly melted sharp cheddar cheese with a garnish of oil-cured black olives and the candied orange rind. You may have heard that citrus and cheese don't play well together, but the tart/sweet rind doesn't have some issues. 

If you have other leftover dried fruit, feel free to use it instead. A spreadable cheese is also a great substitute for the cheddar. The bottom line is that you can assemble these appetizers quickly and make use of whatever ingredients you have on hand.


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Southwest BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe Recipe

Two weeks ago, I helped the California Lavash team shoot photos of their new line of products. We spent two days cooking, chatting, foodstyling, taking photos and of course, eating. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun as well.

Here's one of my favorite dishes from the shoot: Southwestern chicken pizza. It takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare and it is oh, so good. All you need is delicious California Lavash naan, BBQ sauce, roasted chicken, corn salad, onions and a blend of Monterey Jack cheese and cheddar cheese. I replicated the same pizza for the vegetarians in my family by substituting black beans for the chicken. It's that easy!


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Cheesy Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe Recipe

When I think of stuffing (or dressing), the picture that comes to mind is of day-old bread mixed with onion, celery, other vegetables, dried fruit and herbs. It's time for a change, and this year for Thanksgiving, I'm opting for a healthier but just as tasty version using wild rice, pumpkin, dried mango, cranberries, asparagus and walnuts.

For easier serving, I baked it in individual cups and covered them with a blend of Jarlsberg and cheddar cheese. That might make them a little less healthy, but it’s so worth it! 


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