Appetizers

Appetizers

Beets in Romesco Sauce
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Beets in Romesco Sauce

Growing up I only remember eating canned beets, but I liked them from an early age. When I had my first fresh beet, I was in heaven. Cooked beets just heated up with butter, coarse salt and black pepper is on my favorites list. I usually cut off the stems and leaves, wrap them in foil, and roast (steam) them in the oven until tender. Romesco sauce is a Spanish sauce made from tomatoes, chilies and nuts and is amazing with roasted vegetables, fish, chicken…and come to think of it, most everything.

Crab & Shrimp Cakes
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Crab and Shrimp Cakes

The Caribbean dry spice mix in this recipe gives these crab cakes a unique twist. I also serve them with a Caribbean seasoned remoulade and, in the summer months, a nice corn relish. In the late fall and early winter, I switch out the sweet summer corn for roasted beets.

Fried Caciocavallo Cheese
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Fried Caciocavallo Cheese

I look forward to Caciocavallo cheese every time we visit Sicily for one of our Foodie Adventures. Our home base in Sicily is near the southern town of Ragusa, where “Caciocavallo Ragusano” is produced. Halloumi (from Cyprus) or Mexican Frying Cheese (Queso Fresco) are 2 good alternatives that have a higher “melting point” are more readily available. Tomato Jam with it’s sweet, sour and spicy qualities is the perfect accompaniment to the rich-fried cheese.

Sherried Mushrooms
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Sherried Mushrooms with Manchego Cheese

This is one of the recipes from my foodie trip to the Catalonia region of Spain. I like to serve it in a Spanish “cazuela” (as in the photo) which is a shallow unglazed earthenware dish that the Spanish often use in their cuisine, probably most notably recognized in Crema Catalana, or Spanish Flan.

Mushroom Souffle
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Mushroom Soufflé

I love soufflés, sweet and savory. This is one of my favorite combinations. If you can get your hand on some Black Trumpet mushrooms and some good Gruyère cheese, then you are really in for a treat. Any mushroom will work, but a few of my favorites for this dish are Hen of the Woods, Porcini (or Cepes) and Morels with their intense flavors and aromas.

Stilton Cheese and Shrimp Tartlet
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Stilton Cheese and Shrimp Tartlet

Shrimp and Stilton cheese are great together in this delectable appetizer. If you can’t find Stilton, try other rich blue cheeses like Roquefort or Gorgonzola. If Blue Cheese and shrimp is not your thing, try one of these other combinations: feta cheese and pitted Greek olives, cubed fresh mozzarella cheese with roasted pepper strips and shredded Prosciutto, or pulled-roasted chicken with herbed Boursin cheese.

Baked Figs
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Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

The combination of fresh figs, goat cheese, honey, lavender and thyme make for a pretty amazing appetizer. It is stunningly beautiful, the flavors are sweet, tangy and herbal and the textures from the crunch of the fig seeds to the creaminess of the goat cheese will impress all.

Scabechi
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Scabechi (Aruban Pickled Fish)

Scabechi is an Aruban dish of pickled fish. Unlike seviche, which is raw pickled fish, scabechi is made with fish that has been seared and cooked through. Scabechi should be made ahead and refrigerated for at least 24 hours before use to allow the fish […]