"Wrapped" appetizer ideas
Going to a party this weekend and the host has requested we bring an appetizer that's "wrapped". I'm thinking a bunch of people will go the "wrap anything you can find in bacon" route, and I'm not particularly fond of the melon/prosciutto combo so I'm looking for other ideas. Any thoughts?
If you want to stick with proscuitto, I love proscuitto wapped around lightly steamed and chilled asparagus spears.
If you decide to go the bacon route, there's nothing better than dates stuffed with parmesan cheese, wrapped in bacon, then baked until the bacon is crispy.
You could make Crab "Nachos" which features crab/guacamole in wonton cups (it's not a totally enclosed "wrap" but pretty close): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
You could do spring rolls: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
Or, even some variation on a sushi roll. Here's a recipe for a California Roll: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
dolmades, with or without lamb
thinly slice cucumbers into horizontal ribbons and *wrap* around crab or salmon salad
very thin (authentic) pita bread, sliced and wrapped around cumin chicken salad
small tortillas around shredded pork or spicy black beans
asian dumplings, steamed or fried
japanese hand rolls or maki rolls
A great involtini (rolled) appetizer is one with beef and watercress.
Essentially, buy rare roast beef in thin slices. Chop just a bit of onion or shallot (optional) very thinly in slices and mix with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss fresh watercress in this "dressing".
Place a bundle of the watercress "salad" in the middle of a roast beef slice and roll up. Delicious!
Another one would be pieces of salami spread with a bit of fresh pesto, wrapped around a piece of mozzerella (fresh would be best)
aspaargus wrapped in phyllo- baked or deep fried
Prawns wrapped in phyllo baked or deep fried
stuffed french loaf - with cheese, onion and sausage, leave wrapped and heated cut into slices at the party
chinese raviolis - on the same line as a potsticker, without the pleats.
Great ideas already out there. I'd just add two :
Moroccan B'stilla Cigars
Thai summer rolls (it's a soft wrapper, not fried)
(Or you could make whatever you want, stick it in a box, and tie it up with a ribbon. Wrapped.)
I like to do a vegetarian nori roll.
Use mixed greens as the base instead of rice, julliene of cucumber, avocado, peppers, green onion & make a sauce with grated carrots, sesame oil, a touch of tahini, soy, garlic & whatever else your litlle heart desires. You could add fish, shrimp or even tofu if you like. Light, refreshing & easy.
Depending on how you define "wrapped" - gougeres (made savory with a bit of sharp-ish cheese blended into the dough before baking) as the "wrap" for crab/chicken/egg salad. Garnish with a ribbon of spring onion or leek (green part blanched and shocked).