Appetizers

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Guacamole

Print Guacamole Course Appetizer Cuisine Mexican Prep Time 20 minutes Resting Time 1 hour Total Time 20 minutes Servings 10 servings Calories 135 kcal Ingredients 4 avocados pitted, scooped and mashed 1 lime juiced 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper coarse-ground 2 tsp fresh jalapeno seeded and finely minced 1/2 cup red onion finely diced 3 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped 1 Roma tomato finely diced Dash Tabasco sauce or other favorite hot sauce optional Instructions In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix in jalapeno, onion, cilantro and tomatoes. Add hot sauce if using. Place in airtight bowl for 1 hour to allow flavors to meld or serve immediately with fresh tortilla chips. About 10 ¼ cup servings. Recipe Notes Recipe by Mary C. Merola - June 2010. Function Junction Culinary Studio

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Jalapeno Poppers

Print Jalapeno Poppers Course Appetizer Cuisine Mexican Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 45 minutes Servings 18 poppers Calories 51 kcal Ingredients 18 Jalapeno peppers large straight 6 oz cream cheese softened at room temp for 30 minutes 2 oz sour cream ¼ cup Colby or cheddar cheese grated ¼ cup white center bread torn into small pieces 1/8 cup red peppers finely diced 1 tbsp sweet onion grated 2 tbsp cilantro finely chopped ¼ tsp oregano dried ¼ tsp black pepper fine 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp chili powder ¼ tsp garlic powder Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees Line a jelly roll or half sheet pan with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper Cut off the stem end of the peppers Using a jalapeno corer, remove all membrane, pith and seeds Mix half of the Colby cheese with remaining ingredients until well blended Stuff each pepper with the above mixture, leaving a bit of space at the top of the pepper Place filled pepper in a chili [...]

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Classic Middle Eastern Hummus

Print Classic Middle Eastern Hummus Course Appetizer Cuisine Mediterranean Servings 8 servings Calories 138 kcal Ingredients 3 cloves garlic 16 oz canned chickpeas drained, liquid reserved 1 tsp sea salt 2 tbsp sesame tahini paste 1 lemon juiced (be sure to remove seeds) 1/4 c olive oil 2 tbsp liquid from the chickpeas 1/4 tsp Tabasco or other favorite hot sauce optional 1/4 c minced flat parsley Instructions Peel and finely mince the garlic. Use a garlic press or the food processor fitted with the steel blade. Blend the tahini to mix the oil and solid paste. Add the garlic, chick peas, salt, tahini and lemon juice to the food processor and process until the hummus is coarsely pureed. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the processor is running. Check texture and add the liquid from the chick peas. Process to form a smooth consistency. Add Tabasco and taste for seasoning. Garnish with parsley. Serve chilled [...]

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Fresh Spring Rolls

Print Fresh Spring Rolls Course Appetizer Servings 8 servings Calories 137 kcal Ingredients 4 ounces uncooked rice vermicelli 8 rice wrappers 8.5 inch diameter 8 large cooked shrimp - peeled deveined and halved, lengthwise 2 cloves garlic - peeled and smashed optional 1 tbsp peanut oil 1 cucumber julienne cut including peel 1 small carrot peeled, julienne cut 4 tsp Thai basil chopped fresh 4 tsp mint leaves chopped fresh 4 tsp cilantro chopped fresh 3 leaves lettuce chiffonade cut Instructions Bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Boil rice vermicelli 3 to 5 minutes (follow directions on the package) and drain. Rinse with cold water and place in bowl. Saute shrimp in peanut oil and garlic (optional). Do not overcook. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip three wrappers, one at a time, into the water for a second to soften. Let each wrapper drip and lay it flat on a cutting board. In [...]

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Hummus with Sun Dried Tomato and Harissa

Print Hummus with Sun Dried Tomato and Harissa Calories 1162 kcal Ingredients 3 cloves garlic 16 oz canned chickpeas drained, liquid reserved 1 tsp sea salt 2 tbsp sesame tahini paste 1 lemon juiced juiced 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomato in oil 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tbsp liquid from the chickpeas 1 tsp Harissa 1/4 cup minced flat parsley Instructions Peel and finely mince the garlic. Use a garlic press or the food processor fitted with the steel blade. Blend the tahini to mix the oil and solid paste. Add the garlic, chick peas, salt, tahini and lemon juice to the food processor and process until hummus is coarsely pureed. Finely chop the sun dried tomato. Add to the mixture in food processor with its oil. Slowly pour in the olive oil while the processor is running. Check texture and add the liquid from the chick peas and process to form [...]

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One Bite Salad Appetizers – Caprese

Print One Bite Salad Appetizers – Caprese Course Appetizer Ingredients Ingredients: Fresh Mozzarella in 1/2 inch cubes, or Fresh Mozzarella pearls Cherry Tomatoes halved if big, whole if small Fresh Basil Leaves Marinade for Fresh Mozzarella Cheese: 3 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Instructions Combine all marinade ingredients. Add the cubed fresh mozzarella, or mozzarella pearls to the marinade and let sit at room temperature for about an hour, or for 2 or more hours in the refrigerator. Thread the toothpick. Start with a basil leaf, a cherry tomato, a piece of the marinated fresh mozzarella, and another cherry tomato. Trim a little flat surface on the last cherry tomato before threading it on the toothpick if you would like your [...]

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One Bite Salad Appetizers – Greek Salad

Print One Bite Salad Appetizers – Greek Salad Image shown with tomatoes Course Appetizer Ingredients Ingredients: Feta Cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes English Cucumber unpeeled, cut in ½ slices, then each slice quartered into triangles Pitted Olives large, green or black, cut in half Mint Leaves Marinade for Feta Cheese: 3 tbsp Orange Juice 2 tsp Orange Zest 2 tsp Fennel Seeds Fresh Ground Pepper to taste Instructions Combine all marinade ingredients. Add the cubed feta cheese to the marinade and let it sit at room temperature for about and hour, or for 2 or more hours in the refrigerator. Thread the toothpick. Start with a mint leaf, a triangle of English cucumber, half an olive, and finally, a marinated feta cube. Do not press too firmly into, or all the way through, the feta cube, as you [...]

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