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Red-Pepper-and-Nut Dip

INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup walnuts 1/4 cup unsalted roasted pistachios 1/4 cup unsalted roasted cashews 3 medium red bell peppers (1 pound), cut into 2-inch pieces 1/2 medium sweet onion, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup toasted bread crumbs 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley Salt Cayenne pepper In [ ... ]

PECAN MEATBALLS

From The Chew ingredients SPAGHETTI & PECAN MEATBALLS Pecan Meatballs 1 clove garlic (minced) 1 medium yellow onion (minced) 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups pecan meal 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1/2 bunch flat parsley (chopped) 1 cup mozzarella (shredded) 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated) 4 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes salt and pepper (to taste) Tomato Sauce 1 [ ... ]

Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients 8-10 tomatoes, sliced thick, I get 4 slices for each tomato, fill a sheet pan in a single layer. 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange the tomatoes on a [ ... ]

Farcous. Spinach Pancakes

This is very simple to make, a popular treat in southwestern France. They are often served as a meal with salad but can also be a side dish, served for breakfast, or, when made small, served as hors d’oeuvres. Farcous (adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table) 1 [ ... ]

Mom’s Pickled Salmon

This Pickled Salmon recipe is a family favorite served at a well known Montreal steakhouse. As far as appetizer recipes go, this one is a winner because it is prepared days ahead of time and keeps well in the fridge for at least a week. This dish is [ ... ]

Za’atar-Spiced Beet Dip with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts

Roasting the beets warms up your cold kitchen and keeps you cozy as you eat this beet dip. It’s a definite winner,This recipe comes from Food and Wine’s September, 2012 issue. It has the winning combination of beets and goat cheese, and a spicy kick as well. Just [ ... ]

Mushroom Calzone

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the dough 2 shallots, chopped finely 1 clove garlic, minced 2 carrots,grated 16 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly 2 tablespoons white wine 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano Salt and pepper, to taste 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese 3/4 cup ricotta 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Flour, for [ ... ]

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

the scent of roasting garlic, butter, and cheese whats not to love. 7 medium-sized cloves of garlic, chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper, and a pinch of chili peppers for the spicy lovers 1 baguette 4 tablespoons butter 2 cups shredded mozzarella 4 teaspoons dried parsley Preheat [ ... ]
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Roasted Garlic

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 2. Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 off the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. 3. Place the garlic heads in a baking [ ... ]

Red Chili and Cheddar Crackers

These little babies are OMG good. The spicy kick in these little bites is perfectly balanced with a deep rich Cheddar flavor. The key is to use the very best aged Cheddar possible Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed red [ ... ]
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TAPAS` (humble beginnings) Flour Tortillas

I’m posting this one, cause I couldnt find any in Montreal:) 4 cups flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or Manteca) Mix all of the ingredients together with your hands into large ball. Wrap with plastic wrap drop back into the bowl, and [ ... ]

Time for Tapas

portobello bruschetta with rosemary aioli Makes 24. 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 6 4-inch-diameter portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills removed 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 red onions, sliced (about 6 cups) 2 large red bell peppers 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 3 tablespoons [ ... ]

Goat Cheese and Herb Dip

Goat Cheese and Herb Dip There is a cheerful pleasure in scooping up something delicious, a satisfaction in the contrast between the smooth texture and the crunch of raw vegetables, crisp bread or potato chips. Put together a dip or two of your own; a more sophisticated recipe, fresh [ ... ]

Hummous ( chick pea spread)

HUMMOUS (Chick Pea Spread) ¼ cup dried parsley 4 cloves garlic 2 , 19 oz cans chick peas, ( one drained, save liquid of the other) 2/3 cup olive oil 1 cup Tahini (sesame seed paste) 1 cup fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoon salt Fresh ground pepper or ½ teaspoon of chili peppers 1 teaspoon cumin. In your food [ ... ]

ROASTED RED PEPPER, ALMOND, AND GARLIC DIP

The Spanish sauce known as romesco is usually high in fat; this version contains less oil, but just as much flavor. 1/2 cup whole natural almonds (about 3 ounces), toasted 1 cup drained roasted red peppers from jar or grilled and peeled. 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or white. 1 large garlic [ ... ]

CROUSTADES OF RED PEPPERS WITH GOAT CHEESE

I like this little sauté of red peppers piled on crusty bread and broiled with a topping of goat cheese. 4 red peppers 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, sliced 2 to 3 thyme sprigs salt and pepper 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped 2 tablespoons capers, drained 4 thick slices [ ... ]

Bread Dipping Oil

A simple recipe for making an herbed olive oil dip for Italian bread. Serve in a shallow bowl, and let your guests help themselves. Makes 1 Cup : 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (Optional) 1 Tablespoon Each: Chopped Fresh Basil & Parsley 1 Tablespoon Chopped Dried Oregano 1 to [ ... ]

Crab Cakes

¼ cup mayo 1 egg 2 teasp minced fresh parsley ½ teasp old bay seasoning 1 teasp Worcestershire sauce 1 teasp Dijon Mustard 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 lb lump crab meat ½ cup panko crumbs ½ cup veg oil Mustard dipping sauce ¼ cup mayo 2 teasp Dijon mustard 2 teasp milk ½ teasp Worcestershire sauce ¼ teas old bay seasoning Pinch of [ ... ]

SMOKED SALMON CHEESECAKE

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 3 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese 3 Tbsp. seasoned dried breadcrumbs 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1/3 cup finely chopped onion 1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper 1/3 cup finely chopped green bell pepper 1 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 11/2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature 4 large [ ... ]

Red Pepper Cheesecake

1/2 cup ricotta cheese (4 ounces) 1/2 cup cream cheese (4 ounces) 1/4 cup goat cheese (2 ounces) 1 tablespoon sugar 1 egg Pinch kosher salt 1/2 cup thin strips roasted red bell peppers 4 pitas 2 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup apricot jam 1 to 2 teaspoons hot water Special equipment: 1 [ ... ]

MAINE LOBSTER AND COASTAL CRAB CAKES:

MAINE LOBSTER AND COASTAL CRAB CAKES: 1 – 1½ lb. Maine lobster, steamed, shelled, diced 1 lb. Dungeness crabmeat 1 cup Japanese panko bread crumbs 3 eggs, beaten ½ cup heavy cream 3 Tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup chopped parsley 2 Tablespoons minced chives pinch cayenne to taste; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions MAIN LOBSTER AND COASTAL [ ... ]

Brie with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Brie with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce The sauce can be made ahead, covered & refrigerated for up to 3 days. If raspberries aren’t available (or too expensive), substitute with cranberries & cranberry cocktail. 20 minutes 1 small 8 oz brie round Sauce 1 cup frozen raspberries 1/4 cup frozen raspberry concentrate 1/4 cup port wine or red wine 1 tablespoon chopped [ ... ]

SPRING ROLLS W/ CURRIED CHICKEN & PAPAYA RELISH

SPRING ROLLS W/ CURRIED CHICKEN & PAPAYA RELISH 4 appetizer servings 1 TBLS olive oil 3/4 C. chopped onion 1 tsp chopped garlic 8 ounces lean ground chicken 5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, chopped 1/2 C. dry white wine 1/2 C. chicken stock or canned low-salt broth 1/2 C. whipping cream 2 tsp curry powder 2 TBLS chopped [ ... ]

Salsa Verde

MAKES 3 CUPS this emerald-colored condiment is Italy’s quintessential dipping sauce. the rich basil-parsley salsa is enjoyed with everything from bread sticks and grilled vegetables to roasted meat and fish. ingredients 2 cups basil leaves 3 cups flat-leaf parsley leaves 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped cornichons 2 tablespoons drained capers 1 medium shallot, chopped 1 [ ... ]

Herb Cheesecake

Ingredients: 3 lb. Cream cheese 3 eggs 4oz. Sour cream 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup julienne sun-dried tomatoes 1/2 cup cooked artichoke hearts 1/4 cup sliced black olives 1 Tbl. minced garlic 2 tsp. Dried oregano 2 tsp. Dried thyme 1 Tbl. Dried dill weed 1 tsp. Dried sage Salt and pepper 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Method: In a mixer, beat [ ... ]

Sugar- and Nut-glazed Brie

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans or almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons brandy 1 firm-ripe whole brie cheese (8 oz.) Crackers Golden Delicious apple slices 1. Stir together the brown sugar, chopped pecans, and brandy. 2. Place cheese in a baking dish just slightly larger than the width of the cheese. [ ... ]

Tapas`: Ceviche` (say vee che)

Ceviche ( say vee che) *one firm but ripe Haas avocado, cubed *About a cup of juicy and sweet red tomatoes like grape, diced *half a red onion finely diced *half of an English cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise, then thinly sliced. *one jalepeno finely diced ( habanero if you dare)(u can sub green bell [ ... ]

TAPAS`Flour Chips

For: Nachos Ceviche Chips ~N~ salsa Guacamole FlourTostadas Flautas Taco Salad or a dessert called Buenellos ( Boon well ous) —————————————————————————————– Tortillas Oil Salt (Buenellos: Cinnamon & Sugar) Cut several tortillas into triangle size pieces. In a deep skillet filled half full of oil, heat til a drop of a tortillas sizzles. Add a dozen triangles and fry quickly til light golden on each [ ... ]

Pan-Fried Onion Dip

From The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I served this with crackers and pita toasts(home made ones) 12 servings time to make 40 min 10 min prep 2 large yellow onions 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper 4 ounces cream cheese, at [ ... ]

Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

We like spicy and sweet and this hummus is both, easy too. Everything is popped into the food processor and pulsed into deliciousness. Cumin and cayenne add a bit of kick and pair nicely with the sweet, sweet roasted peppers. INGREDIENTS: 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained 1 (4 ounce) jar [ ... ]

Grilled Vegetable Antipasto with Goat Cheese

This dish is particularly delicious in summer, when zucchini, peppers, and summer squash are farm-fresh. You can also pile the grilled vegetables onto crusty French bread that’s been slathered in creamy goat cheese. Or make hors d’oeuvres by topping Crostini with slices of grilled vegetable and some crumbled [ ... ]

Fried Bocconcini

Party appetizers served with warm tomato sauce. Ingredients: About 4 cups vegetable oil 3 large eggs, beaten 1 cup Italian seasoned dry breadcrumbs 1 lb. drained bocconcini balls, patted dry Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups of canned tomato sauce or your favourite homemade, warmed Special equipment: deep fat thermometer Instructions: Heat about 1-1/2″ oil to 360°F [ ... ]