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appetizers and small dishes

quick quesadillas

Serves 8 These quesadillas make a nice lunch or snack served with a salad. You can add ground beef or shredded chicken as well, if you like, along with a few slices of pickled jalapenos if you're feeling spicy. 1/2 cup canned refried beans 8 medium flour tortillas 1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1/4 pound Cheddar cheese, grated 2 tablespoons ...

tomato bruschetta

Makes about 12 pieces Bruschetta is Italy’s rustic answer to the canapé. Instead of delicate rounds, bruschetta are thicker slices of toasted bread topped with almost anything you like, and served warm or at room temperature. For best results, use small pieces of hearty bread, and feel free to either leave the crusts on or cut ...

homemade fresh salsa

Serves 4-6 The key to success with this deliciously simple salsa is to use the best tomatoes you can get. Their sweet flavor, combined with the crunchy onions and bright cilantro, makes a perfect match for crisp tortilla chips or as an accent to any Southwestern dish. Try it with Arroz con Pollo. 2 cups chopped tomatoes 1 ...

spicy roasted cocktail nuts

Makes 11 ounces These spicy and sweet treats will be a hit at any party. They also make great holiday gifts or favors, packaged in small boxes or tins. 1 can (11 ounces) salted mixed cocktail nuts 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon bourbon 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (more if you’d like them very spicy) 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, ...

go-to guacamole

Serves 6 This is an instant homemade appetizer for any time. Serve it with a big bowl of good tortilla chips and Homemade Fresh Salsa or your favorite store-bought brand. 3 ripe Hass avocados Juice of 1/2 lemon Juice of 2 limes (1/4 cup) 2 tablespoons chopped green chilis (optional - use them if you like it spicy!) Salt and ...

cucumber canapés

Makes 20 canapés Typically, canapés are small pieces of bread cut into pretty shapes and topped with any number of ingredients to create a perfect one-bite treat. To save time, buy cocktail rounds or cocktail breads in white, rye, or pumpernickel. These tiny loaves are already cut to the ideal canapé proportions. If you don’t have ...

shrimp & crab bisque with parmesan croutons

Makes 10-12 hors d'oeuvre-size servings I serve this creamy soup in lots of different ways. In the Holiday Toast, I used it as an hors d'oeuvre, presenting it in elegant small glasses, but this recipe can serve up to six people as an appetizer course before a meal, or four for a main course (try serving ...

salty-sweet cheesy popcorn

Makes 6 cups This popcorn is great anytime and is so quick to prepare. 1 package microwave popcorn 2 tablespoons brown sugar Salt 1⁄2 stick butter, melted 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Pop the popcorn. Meanwhile, add the brown sugar and salt (to taste) to the melted butter. Drizzle the salty-sweet butter over the popcorn, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

ciliegie mozzarella with basil & cherry tomatoes

Makes 12 hors d'oeuvres Ciliegie means "cherries" in Italian - because the mozzarella is formed into cherry-size balls. I like that it also refers to the cherry tomatoes in the recipe. This bite-sized hors-d'oeuvre is inspired by a wonderful summer salad the Italians call insalata caprese (a salad of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil). 6 cherry ...

coconut shrimp ceviche

Makes 16 bite-sized "spoon" hors d'oeuvres or 4 appetizer portions Traditional ceviche is made from raw seafood that is "cooked" by the citric acid in lime and grapefruit juice. I've suggested cooked shrimp for this recipe in case you're pressed for time, but you can use raw shrimp if you prefer. I suggest canned grapefruit because ...