All posts filed under: Appetizers

Cranberry Sparkler and Cranberry Compote

I know I’m a little late with this one because it would have been perfect for Thanksgiving, but it will still make a great choice for any Holiday party. After making the cranberry syrup, you’ll be left with a compote that can be used for all sorts of things! If you are making cocktails you definitely need some appetizers, so the compote will be great for that. I toasted a few baguette slices and topped them with fresh ricotta and the cranberry compote. Feel free to drizzle with honey and add a little orange zest. I used ricotta because that’s what I had on hand at the moment but I imagine Brie or Délice de Bourgogne would be even better.

Crispy Baked Five Spice Wings

It’s wing season and I don’t think I know anyone that doesn’t like wings. The good thing about this recipe is that the wings get nice and crispy without frying them. I can’t take credit for this method, I actually saw this used by Alton Brown. It takes a little more preparation than the traditional fried wing, but the results are well worth it!

Délice de Bourgogne

This is my new favorite cheese. It is so rich and creamy I absolutely love it! A friend brought this cheese over for my birthday party and we ate if so fast we forgot to even look to see what type of cheese it was. I was so happy when my friend sent me a pic of the label. The first Délice de Bourgogne I tried was from Trader Joes and the second slice pictured above is from Whole Foods. Both equally delicious.

Beer Battered Onion Rings with Roasted Garlic Ranch

These onion rings are perfectly crispy and the homemade ranch dip is just perfect. The batter also has the addition of vodka. I have to admit, all I had was cake flavored vodka and it actually was great. It gave the onion rings a slightly sweet taste. For step by step instructions. visit my YouTube page. This batter is also great for chicken, fish or shrimp!

Corn Cakes with Tequila Lime Shrimp and Mango Salsa

I know what your thinking…Finally a food post! As you can tell I enjoy making cocktails, but it was definitely time for some food! Summer is almost over, so I wanted to make something fresh and full of summer flavors. Fresh corn is in abundance which makes this a great summer recipe. Nice and light with not too much prep work. These corn cakes will be perfect for any summer party. Try with a frozen hibiscus margarita or jalapeño guava margarita.

Grilled Meyer Lemon Chicken

Now that the heat wave is over here on the East Coast, it’s possible to go out and grill again. If you are unable to find Meyer lemons, you can substitute with regular lemons. If you are using regular lemons, add an extra tablespoon of honey. I served this chicken kabob style with a quick grilled flat bread that I made using some left over pizza dough. Just lightly brush the dough with olive oil and grill for just a few minutes on each side.

Herbed Ricotta and Pistachio Crostini with Honey

This crostini is great for cocktail parties or a quick snack. It takes just a few minutes to put together so it’s a great option if you have a few people over and only have a little prep time. You can use any fresh herbs you like, whatever you have around will work. I used truffle honey but any honey will do. Use a good quality hand dipped ricotta for this, it will really make a difference. Serve with a nice glass of bubbly and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Tots

This recipe is very similar to the traditional tots I made for a previous post. The texture is a little softer but they still yield a crunchy exterior. Serve these tots with your favorite condiment. If you want to try something a little different, I have included a recipe for maple chipotle dip which works really well with the sweet potato.