Appetizer Recipes

Peach and Spinach Summer Salad Wrap Recipe Recipe

Peach and Spinach Summer Salad Wrap Recipe

07.21.14 by Jackie

Temperatures are set to hit high numbers these days so to keep the house cool I've tried not to spend too much time behind the stove or use the oven too much. My go-to meal in this situation is fast, casual eating that requires minimal preparation and almost no cooking. My solution this weekend is to make summer salad wraps

I used ripe peaches, baby spinach, goat cheese, cranberries and balsamic vinegar. The wraps are tied together with lavash flatbread. The contrast of colors is strikingly beautiful. And can you guess when this healthy and tasty recipe was born? Last year, while working with the creative California Lavash team. You can find this exact same photo on one of their new, colorful packages.

 


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Stuffed Dates with Duck Prosciutto Recipe

Stuffed Dates with Duck Prosciutto

07.02.14 by Jackie

Mascarpone stuffed dates couldn't be a simpler appetizer to assemble. I used Deglet Noor dates, which are firm and not overly-sweet. FIrst, I pitted them and stuffed them with a coffee and rosemary-flavored mascarpone cream. This could surprise, but coffee pairs incredibly well with meat and with the addition of earthy rosemary, the duck prosciutto didn't feel lonely. These appetizers made a great snack; baby Aria and I enjoyed them a lot!

Please save the date for my upcoming book signing appearances. The next ones are taking place at Barnes and Noble. If you're in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by Barnes and Noble Blossom Hill, 5353 Almaden Expressway, Building B in San Jose, California. I'll be doing a cooking demo, followed by a book signing, on July 5th at noon.

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Turkey Meatball Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Turkey Meatball Appetizer Recipe

05.28.14 by Jackie

My childhood friend Alexia and her husband Olivier are visiting this week. I've been cooking with whatever is available in our vegetable garden. Olivier harvested lots of ripe radishes and we gathered the "fanes de radish" (the leaves) and made an almond pesto.

I served turkey meatball appetizers sandwiched between the pesto (that acted like a glue) and slices of radish. I garnished the appetizers with sliced almonds as a reminder of the flavor of the pesto.

My French guests are loving California cuisine!


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Summery Bulgur Napoleon Recipe Recipe

Summery Bulgur Napoleon Recipe

05.13.14 by Jackie

With the beautiful summery weather we're having, a refreshing savory mille-feuille that consists of bulgur is ideal to cool off. A mille-feuille in French literally translates to "thousand leaves" but in fact it's just a fancy name for layered puff pastry (the famous Napoléon). 

I flavored the bulgur with marinated artichokes, red, green and yellow roasted bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms and a lot of mint. The pastry layers were simply brushed with an egg wash, sprinkled with herbes de Provence and a little cheddar cheese and baked until completely puffed. I tried to create a visually appealing dish bursting with colors and invigorating flavors, and i have to say, mission accomplished. Remember, we eat with our eyes first!


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Muhammara and Cucumber Bites (Healthy Appetizer Recipe) Recipe

Muhammara and Cucumber Bites (Healthy Appetizer Recipe)

04.28.14 by Jackie

I created these irresistible appetizers for the California Lavash team a while back. It was their idea to combine muhammara (walnuts, charred red bell pepper, fresh pomegranate seeds and mint flavored spread), cucumber, dill, mint and cilantro in their fabulous, healthful lavash flatbread. 

Being the ultimate hostess, in my opinion, requires the art of not only making delicious food but also creating enticing and delectable bites to make sure you please all your guests. I formed twirling portions, which is ideal if you're serving a small number of people. If you're hosting a large party, I would suggest rolling regular pinwheels to save time.

I think this type of food is especially appealing to female guests. The colors are striking, almost bewitching. The appetizers have a lot of flavor, yet are super healthy. If you're looking for store-bought muhammara, I highly recommend Haig's. But if you don't want to be too adventurous, you can replace the pomegranate spread with others such as crumbled feta and chopped olives mixed with Greek yogurt and lemon juice and substitute a touch of oregano for the mint.


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