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Oct 11, 2006 05:42 PM

What Appetizer with Creamy Polenta and Mushroom Kale (with Pancetta) main course? Pastry? Fish? Help!

As stated above I'm making creamy polenta toped with Mushroom, Kale, and Pancetta. I need an appetizer to serve before it. I'll only have about an hour to spend on the app. (and maybe another hour of cook time). i was thinking fish might be good. I'd love to do a pastry of some kind. I'm also gonna be serving a cheese plate with crostini and then Magnolia Bakery Recipe Cup Cakes (a birthday request). Probably I'll do a light salad course as well. Any ideas?

Thanks all,


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    1. A great appetizer would be smoked salmon, finely chopped red onion, fresh dill, capers, sour cream - all on dense pumpernickel bread (the kind that comes in the small loaf).

      1. Yukon gold potatoe pancakes topped with smoked trout.
        Grate potatoes and season with garlic, salt, and pepper. Fry 2" dia. cakes in olive oil until golden and crisp. In a bowl combine chopped smoked trout with red onion and fresh chopped herbs of your choice. Place some of the trout mixture on a fresh pancake and serve with a dolop of sour cream.

        1. Take smoked salmon, spread with cream cheese that has been blended with chopped capers, a little lemon juice, S&P (or however you like your cream cheese mix), wrap smoked salmon cream cheese side around top of bread sticks. This must be assembled just before serving to avoid soggy bread sticks, but it's easy and fast and they were a big hit when I served them awhile back. You can serve them upright in glasses and they look pretty.

          1. Hollow out a baguette, fill with salmon mousse, chill till very firm, slice, top with dill creme fraiche, dill sprig and tiny piece of lemon.