This vibrant roasted red pepper & walnut dip, known as muhammara, makes for the most delicious Christmas appetizer. It has just enough spice and tons of rich flavor. Full of sweet roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts & grainy bread, bright lemon, tangy pomegranate molasses, and bold spices. It gets pulsed up until creamy and topped with pomegranate seeds and chives. Serve it with toasted pita bread for a festive, flavorful start to your meal. Continue reading “Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip (Muhammara)”
A Thanksgiving appetizer that’s as impressive as it is simple to make: apple butter and melted brie tart. You can use your favorite store-bought apple butter or if you’ve got the time, make my homemade (and extremely delicious) recipe. It’s slathered over puff pastry and then topped with slices of brie, fresh apple, bacon, and thyme. The tart gets baked until golden, cut into pieces, and served! Continue reading “Apple Butter and Melted Brie Tart”
Welcoming in the spring months with a fresh new toast recipe that’s bright & herby, but still comforting for the crisp March weather: lemony mushroom mascarpone toast with beans & herbs. Toasted bread, creamy mascarpone cheese, caramelized mushrooms and shallots, butter beans, and lots of flavor from lemon, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper, and herbs. Continue reading “Lemony Mushroom Mascarpone Toast with Beans & Herbs”
A Christmas appetizer worth swooning over – pear & prosciutto ricotta tart with a rosemary honey butter sauce and pecans. The Prosciutto di Parma is the absolute star, pairing so well with the buttery pastry and sweet pears. I can’t think of a better combination of flavors and textures to start off a holiday meal on the very tastiest note! Continue reading “Pear & Prosciutto Ricotta Tart”
Sharing a quick, easy appetizer to start your Thanksgiving meal on the tastiest note: caramelized butternut squash toast with ricotta & balsamic. Crusty Italian bread toasted until golden, topped with a creamy swoosh of whipped ricotta, butternut squash flavored with balsamic and maple syrup, and a few leaves of fried sage. The prettiest, most festive toast recipe that comes together effortlessly! Continue reading “Caramelized Butternut Squash Toast with Ricotta & Balsamic”
A fun, simple appetizer to start off your Thanksgiving feast! Creamy whipped goat cheese topped with a caramelized mixture of dates, shallots, vinegar and honey, with bacon and fried rosemary crumbled over top. You can serve this just like a dip, with either toasted bread or crackers for dipping. Kind of a spin on the classic “bacon wrapped dates” that everyone loves to bring to a party. It’s bold, flavorful, and such a beautiful dip to serve for any fall or winter holiday. Continue reading “Whipped Goat Cheese with Bacon & Dates”
The dreamiest summer appetizer: marinated peppers & prosciutto with whipped ricotta. Sweet peppers charred until smoky and tender, thinly sliced and tossed with lots of vinegar, olive oil, and herbs. The ricotta is whipped until smooth and creamy. It all comes together with thinly sliced prosciutto and grilled bread. Let everyone pick and choose what they like…slathering the bread with the ricotta and mounding everything else on top for the perfect bite. You cannot go wrong with this combo!
The last-minute Thanksgiving appetizer you absolutely need on your holiday table: maple squash tart with brown butter walnuts. It’s simple to make, yet so decadent. Everyone will love this.
Rounding out my Easter menu this year with these chive gougères, because every holiday menu needs something fun to snack on all dinner long. These gougères are addicting little bites full of chives and gruyere cheese, and they’re topped with a slightly sweet, silky smooth strawberry honey butter!
A great summer dip is always a smart thing to have in your back pocket…it makes entertaining on the fly so much easier. This feta dip with pecan dill gremolata is something exciting that will be such a crowd-pleaser.