Appetizers

These are some really delicious appetizers :)! Some of them also make great sides!

The Best Eggplant Caponata Ever

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Appetizers, featured-slider-post, Food Journal | 0 comments

The Best Eggplant Caponata Ever

Print PDF Eggplant Caponata – (recipe and instructions with video tutorial follow) – Eggplant caponata is one of my favorite summertime dishes. It is perfect for picnics, potlucks, and really any get together because it can be made ahead of time and is served at room temperature. Here are a few helpful hints for your eggplant caponata success. First of all, eggplant is in season during the months of July – October (in most areas). That means that this is when they taste the best. Choose an eggplant that is firm to the touch, and has a smooth, shiny skin. Avoid buying...

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Tostones con Salsa de Mojo – Fried Plantains with a Garlic Oil – sort of

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal, Sides | 0 comments

Tostones con Salsa de Mojo – Fried Plantains with a Garlic Oil – sort of

Print PDF Tostones – Tostones or  fried plantains are to Puerto Rican food what french fries are to American food. Wait, wait, wait, I don’t want to offend anyone. I’m not saying that they are the same food, or that they taste the same, just that they are generally served with the same kinds of foods. They are also a tasty replacement for fries in a lot of cases. At home, we eat them with hamburgers, our Cuban sandwiches, pernil, Puerto Rican Rice and Beans, fried eggs, and other stuff too (but do you really want to read a list right now), you get the idea. Here in the...

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal | 0 comments

Caramelized Onion Dip

Print PDF Caramelized Onion Dip- I think that just about every get together/party or whatever that I have ever been to had some kind of chip dip. Usually in the form of some type of dried soup mix or dressing powder dumped into a tub of sour cream. Admittedly, it’s not too bad. However, I think we can do better. So I came up with a pretty simple recipe. It takes a little time because of caramelizing the onions, but it’s still an easy recipe. Plus, it’s delicious. My husband is so funny, because when I asked him what he thought, he said “It tastes like a chef made...

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Stuffed Mushrooms – (whole wheat)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal | 0 comments

Stuffed Mushrooms – (whole wheat)

Print PDF Stuffed Mushrooms – If you ever need a really easy appetizer that everyone will love, this is it! I learned how to make a version of these in Culinary School. This really came in handy, because the owner of the wine bar where I got my first Chef position wanted them on the menu. It was one of the foods on our menu that we almost always sold out of towards the end of the night. From the first time I made stuffed mushrooms, they became one of my “go-to” recipes. Just the other day we went over to a friend’s house for dinner. They never ask us to bring...

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Rellenos de Papa – Puerto Rican Goodness! – Recipe

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Appetizers | 0 comments

Rellenos de Papa – Puerto Rican Goodness! – Recipe

Print PDF Rellenos de Papa is a delicious Puerto Rican dish. It translates to stuffed potatoes. This is one of those things that shows up at most family gatherings as an appetizer. It is not really formally served, it’s more like as soon as they come out of the pan, there is someone there waiting with a plate or napkin to take them. Little birds is what I call these people because of my baby girl. She always comes up to me while I’m cooking and opens her mouth and grunts until I give her a bite of something – but in a cute way :). When all of the filling is gone and there...

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Hummus with Warm Pita Chips – Recipe

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012 in Appetizers, Food Journal | 0 comments

Hummus with Warm Pita Chips – Recipe

Print PDF Hummus with Warm Pita Chips (hummus recipe and video tutorial follow) – Hummus is one of the absolute easiest things in the world to make – if you have a food processor :)! This makes a really great appetizer for a party or for your family. It is also a nice healthy snack. It goes well served with pita chips, or some nice crudite-pronounced crew-di-tay (raw veggies). You can make it a day or two in advance and it will keep in the fridge for about four days after the day you make it. I like to put it on the dining table while I cook dinner for the kids to munch on...

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