Favourite Entertaining Appy Recipe
Anyone feel like sharing a favourite entertaining recipe? One that is you go-to recipe for company? A show stopper appy you are proud of?
A few of my go-to's are: smoked salmon wrapped roasted asparagus, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, stuffed mushrooms, roasted eggplant dip, dapple-fried (panko too) asparagus w/ aioli, fingerlings w/ aioli. Of course, a cheese plate. I don't know if any of them are show stoppers, but they sure clean up!
I'm not sure if you are referring to a "sit down" first course, or canapes, but one of my favorites for the latter is to make gravlax (I've posted the recipe here if you are interested). I'm not a big fan of serving a cheese plate, because I find people tend to fill up on it, and I like to serve cheese after the meal. I prefer to serve canapes before the meal, because, and this may sound terrible, I have some control over how much gets eaten. Another favorite is sliced baguette brushed with olive oil and baked, topped with avocado slices and boquerones/marinated white anchovies. When I'm feeling ambitious, I've made beggars purses, with a blue cheese/pear filling. For our wedding anniversary, I made scooped out tiny boiled potatoes, brushed with melted butter and filled w/ caviar and topped w/ chopped chives.
I recently made a first course of crepes wrapped around asparagus and prosciutto, served with hollandaise sauce, that was lovely.
Bleu cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.
They are so good and pretty easy. I buy dates and butterfly them. I take a small pinch of bleu cheese and close the date around the cheese. Then take a strip of applewood bacon, cut in half, and wrap it around the date and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 400 until the bacon is cooked.
tyler's florence's recipe for caramelized onion toasts always knocks people out. sort of a quicker version of a pissaladiere.