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Appetizers were originally meant as a small bit to whet the appetite for more things to come.  Nowadays they seem to have become the ultimate party food.  Many appetizers, served instead of a meal.  Bits and bits of many things.  However they are served, there are so many delicious recipes to be had.  Some of my favorites will be posted here!

Sweet Salty Flank Steak Rolls
Sweet Salty Flank Steak Rolls

Another type of appetizer that has taken this country by storm is the Spanish "Tapas".  Tapas are small tastes of foods prepared and served with your drink of choice, often wine or sherry.  Originally, the food on a tiny plate, or miniature casserole would be set on top of the wine glass to prevent flies from getting into the glass.  Now, there are special made plates with a rim on the bottom to be able to set them on top of the wine glass - not to keep flies out - but to allow for a free hand at a party.  This allows one to set the plate over the glass and, for example, shake hands with someone, or be able to reach for something else. 

I attended a tapas class one time in Texas, and tapas can be defined as something so simple as a few olives on a plate, to fresh foods, to cooked or baked dishes.  All in tiny portions.  I will be including some here.


Anitas Pesto
     Delicious served on crusty bread, with sprinkle of Parmesan
Bacon Wrapped Dates
    one of my favorite little Tapas bites and so decadent
Bean and Cheese Dip
     this easy bean dip is a hit at every party
Brie and Cherry Cups
a mixture of creamy cheese, crispy pastry & sweet jam

Cheese Ball or Cheese Ball Pops
     make a splash at your next party
Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Bites
     good whole as a great kids' lunch or in bite size
Green Pea, Feta and Mint Spread
     a riff on Michael Symon's recipe; delicious
Gremolata Walnut Pinwheels
     delicate flavors excellent with soup or as appetizer
Pepper Cheese Spirals
     spicy and delicious, easy for any time
Pistachio & Almond Paste Filled Apricots
    Tart dried apricots, a dab of almond paste and a pistachio...
Savory Blue Cheese Coins with Apricot Jam
     Smoked blue cheese crumbles gives these a bacon flavor!
Smokies in Puff Pastry
     excellent appetizer, easy to make and delicious
     little triangles of phyllo filled with feta and chopped spinach
Sweet Salty Flank Steak Rolls
     sweet with the pomegranate molasses, salty with hoisin
Veggie Tray Turkey
     fun with vegetables; this is too cute not to try


Andouille in Puff Pastry with Mango Chutney
     delightful paired with a Syrah wine
Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Pine Nut Tarts
     created to pair with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Fig, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts
     recipe created to pair with a good Pinot Noir
Flank Steak with Gorgonzola Walnut Spread
     created to pair with a hearty Cabernet Sauvignon
Indian Spiced Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Sauce
     a perfect pairing with Chilean Carmenere
Millard's Artichoke Quiches
      tiny one-bite quiches, so easy to make
My Favorite Pesto
     my take on a perfect basil pesto
Pork Tenderloin Slices in Dukkah Seasoning
     this recipe is also found under Entrees, but great as an appetizer
Mushroom Crostini with Sherry and Rosemary
     if you love mushrooms, this is a great application
Southwest Frittata Bites
     made as tiny appetizers, this could also be a casserole

Squash, Apple, Leek and Asiago Triangles
made to pair with Chardonnay, these are great at a Wine Tasting


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