(Closed) Appetizers

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Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Marinated mozzarella balls. Cheese+herbs=yum

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here is my favourite, hands down. I haven’t met a person who does not love this recipe:

Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Bruschetta (From Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings & David Steele, go buy it, it’s amazing!)

8 Plum tomatoes cut in half lengthwise

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 shallots, minced

3 tbsp Port

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1-1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Baguette, sliced

4 oz goat cheese, softened/room temperature (spreadable)

– Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

– Toss your tomatoes in the olive oil and garlic. Lay on a foil covered cookie sheet, cut side up. Trust me on the foil.

– Mix the remaining ingredients (except the baguette and goat cheese) together in a small bowl. Spoon over the tomatoes.

– Roast for 30-35 minutes or until tomatoes are browned and tender.

– Toast your baguette slices and spread the goat cheese on top. Don’t be cheap ๐Ÿ˜‰

– Top with the tomatoes when the come out of the oven and enjoy!!!

 

My Mother-In-Law makes the tomatoes earlier in the day and then warms them back up again when guests arrive to make it a bit easier. They are ridiculously addictive and delicious. Count on each person having at least 2 pieces.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My absolute favorite in a time crunch is apricot goat cheese with baguette.  You take a small bowl and smash part of a log of chevre into the bottom (until the bowl is a little more than 1/3 full), then add a layer of apricot jam (better if you have the kind with some texture and fruit in it), then top off the bowl with more cheese.  You can use a damp paper towel or your damp fingers to smooth the top of the cheese for a pretty presentation.  Add a spring of lavendar or an herb (rosemary or thyme are pretty) on top to be fancy.  Serve with thinly sliced baguette.  Simple, cheap, and a total crowd pleaser.

If you have a bit more time, combine steamed, tailed, and chopped shrimp with diced tomatoes, fresh lime juice, chopped green onion, fresh cilantro, a little bit garlic, a pinch of red pepper, cumin, and salt and pepper.  Let sit for about an hour, and serve with those little Tostitos “bowl” chips.

One more option – boil red potatoes in salted water, let cool, and then cut in half.  Trim a tiny bit off the bottom of each half so they sit up on a plate (cut side up), then use a small spoon or sharp knife to carve a little bowl into the top of the potato.  Add a dallop of sour cream, a small spoon of caviar, and sprinkle with chopped chives.  Delicious!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am not a fancy smansy kind of person so here is my go to list:

  • Little Smokies with pinapple and BBQ sauce
  • Meatballs with BBQ and grape jelly
  • Spinach Dip (store bought) in a bread round
  • Meatballs cut it half and wrapped in a small square of a crescent roll
  • Cheese platter/veggie platter/fruit platter

Best wishes!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love appetisers!! Lots of small tapas like dishes are my favorite. The best easy recipes I have are:

– Salmon roll
You’ll need tortillas, smoked salmon, philadelphia cheese and rocket. Just layer all the ingredients on the tortilla, roll it, slice it and serve.

– Tuna dip
This works best with Ritz crackers. You’ll need tuna, mayo, lemon juice, ketchup and a little relish. Drain the tuna and mix with mayo and tuna (you can choose the proportions, I always prefer more mayo and less tuna), add some lemon juice and the relish to taste. Serve with Ritz.

– Mini pizzas
Well not really pizzas, but this one is easy and fast. You’ll need a semi cooked baguette (the ones that need to go in the oven), garlic powder, olive oil, tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella.
Slice the baguette, tip the top part in olive oil, sprinkle the garlic powder and put in the oven for 10 min max. When the bread is crispy, take out and add some tomato sauce and the shredded mozzarella. Put back in the oven until the mozzarella is melted.

I know lots of more appetiser recipes, but these are definitely the most simple! You can also have lots of variations (e.g. add ham or mushrooms to the pizzas)

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Honey bee

@septcabride: I love that! other alternatives are pepper jelly (don’t knock it till you try it) and whole cranberry sauce (or jellied)

Honestly, I love a really food cheese platter:  

One hard and one soft like an aged chedder or smoked gouda and a brie or triple cream. Maybe a bleu or gorgonzola.  Add some slices of seeded baguette, some water crackers, a few small dishes of dried figs and/or apricots, thin sliced apples, salted almonds, olives. Super easy and really enjoyable.

Another easy one is the bake cubes of chicken and serve with different sauces that you make or buy.  A honey mustard, thai peanut sauce, BBQ, teriyaki.  Its also good for those watching what they eat.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

5 Layer Mexican Dip

From the bottom layer to the top:

Refried black beans

Guacamole

Reduced fat Sour Cream

Salsa

Fresh shredded cheese of your choice (cheddar, pepper jack, monterrey jack, etc.)

Super easy, wholesome, healthy, and yummy!

You can also throw chopped tomatoes and olives on top if your guests like that.

Serve with tortilla chips

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