These spicy and crunchy pecan-crusted chicken nuggets are paired with a quick, creamy ranch dip. If you can't find coarse breadcrumbs, substitute Grape-Nuts cereal instead
I'd like to share with you here one of my all-time favorite hors-d'oeuvres recipe, a mainstay at Spago and all the glamorous functions I get to cater: Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame-Miso Cones. And you can make it without too much effort in your own home kitchen
What would winter entertaining be without a good cheese log? This fantastic and easy recipe was passed down to my friend Pat Loud from her mother. She has served it at nearly every party that I've attended, and it's always a big hit
I am always on the lookout for appetizers. Chicken liver pate doesn't enjoy the popularity it had when Julia Child was queen, but this elegant yet economical hors d'oeuvre is due for a comeback
The batter, bite-sized morsels, and dipping sauces for tempura are very easy to prepare in advance. Everybody loves the crispy, flavorful results. Serve a steady flow of tempura, and your guests will feel they've really had a memorable holiday party
I vowed to make some time this month to nourish myself in between all of the holiday cooking madness. This simple yet tasty bruschetta came about from that promise
With grilling season in full swing, I was looking for a cookbook and recipes that could help freshen up our usual party fare
The spice mix in this recipe combines pungent fresh cilantro with slightly bitter cumin and is rounded out with warm, sweet, paprika and peppery cayenne and black pepper notes
These crisp quinoa cakes spiked with smoked salmon and topped with lemony sour cream make for a lovely appetizer
Most of us think of sliders as tiny burgers with grilled onions served on little buns. I thought it would be fun to use meatballs instead of burgers and the result might be an improvement over the traditional burger slider
I think you will appreciate the unexpected topping on this bruschetta recipe. If you can find fresh shrimp, you will be rewarded with a double dose of deliciousness. If not, ask your fishmonger for the best-quality shrimp available
Making a great pumpkin risotto is one trick whose secrets I can reveal. It starts by selecting the right pumpkin
This tasty twist on rumaki wraps apple-cured bacon around a sweet date stuffed with Parmesan cheese. A Spanish-style nibble, this is a terrific pick-up appetizer served with cocktails
This appetizer recipe is a perfect way to kick off a summertime outdoor dinner party: Curried Chicken Satay with Fresh Mint-Soy Dipping Sauce
I like serving gravlax during the warm weather since no cooking is required. The fish is actually cooked, or cured, by the marinade. Easy to put together, thinly sliced gravlax is a crowd-pleasing appetizer
This salad is a great way to put a new spin on asparagus. You'll be surprised by the taste of it raw; it's so fresh and crunchy. A simple vinaigrette is all you need to make the asparagus shine like it should. Try it as an appetizer or side dish
This chicken wings recipe avoids the deep fryer and instead the wings are broiled or grilled, which turns them super crispy. A soy and honey glaze makes them sweet, sticky and salty. These wings are simple to prepare
These meatballs are lighter than the traditional beef variety and burst with a kick of pesto flavor and Parmesan
Holy moley, grilled guacamole? Well, yes! Have you tried it? If not, you should. It's easy, smoky and so, so good. Here's how to make it
Nuoc cham gung would makes a good marinade and glaze for one of my favorite appetizer recipes -- Spicy Sweet Ginger-Garlic Chicken Wings
Socca is a traditional dish from Nice, France, and, as with many traditional dishes, there are a dozen different ways you can make it. I like to roast it under the broiler until the top is charred and crisp
Pea shoots have a sweet flavor suggestive of pea pods yet more delicate. Together with strawberries and ricotta on rounds of toasted baguette, the combination is a joyful bite
These recipes are both atypical renditions of the classic Mexican combo
While dips and chips and vegetable spreads are all fine and good, there's something wonderful about spicy roasted chickpeas
You may roast your own red peppers, as I sometimes do, but for the sake of simplicity, this recipe calls for roasted peppers from a jar
My chefs and I love to try new combinations of ingredients. That creative spirit led to my recipe here for Garlic Lamb and Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce
Deviled eggs, the beloved American classic, never go out of style. They can be far from ordinary when sophisticated ingredients are added. I've noticed that elegant appetizer buffets almost always serve a platter of deviled eggs. And they always seem to be the first to go. I am a big fan of these for their familiar, comforting flavor. Here's my basic recipe with lots of spiced-up variations
Wrap the hot dog in bacon before you cook it. Then, add a customized condiment like my Horseradish Mustard, and you're ready for a feast on a bun
Think outside the pie by using this sweet summer fruit as a spicy dip or meat accompaniment.
Quiches come in all varieties and can be enjoyed at any mealtime of the day. Pair it with a simple salad, and the meal is complete. I also like it with a glass of Chardonnay! For this quiche recipe, I keep the vegetable options simple with just asparagus. And for a bit of meat, I add crisped bacon
I would love to take a moment to review The Sriracha Cookbook. I would also like to take a moment to tell you how much I love the book. But I can't. I won't. Why? Because I'm too busy stuffing my face with this Piquant Pulled Pork recipe
Every dinner party should start with something tasty to awaken the appetite, or to occupy your guests while the meal receives its finishing touches. However, you don't want to overload guests with a too-heavy appetizer -- you're about to feed them dinner, after all. Here is one little bite that is a small yet delicious way to start a meal in spring or early summer
Now that we're really in springtime, can grilling season be far away? The longer days and ever-warmer weather hold the promise of grilling under bright, clear skies. Spareribs are one of my favorite grilled foods. And the good news about cooking them is that you don't even need a grill, or good weather, to enjoy the following Spicy Honey-Glazed Baby-Back Pork Ribs Recipe
With festive, globe-like appearance, these cheese balls could practically be hung like luminous ornaments on a tree. I loved coming up with these recipes. The one ingredient that unites each cheese ball is cream cheese
You can have your dip and eat it too. The brilliant cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen have done it again. They've figured out how to make a delicious, creamy spinach dip with a fraction of the calories and fat
Want a showstopper for a crowd? This has been my signature appetizer at holiday and cocktail parties for as long as I can remember. I have found that kids love it as well as adults. Spicy Chicken Liver Mousse Pate is a classic dish that never goes out of style
This nutrient-rich recipe is filled with everyone's favorite pizza flavors, yet it contains a fraction of the fat and calories found in pizza
Being told to 'eat your greens' suddenly doesn't sound so bad when you mix those greens with feta cheese, top them with a crust of golden pastry, and call it spanakopita
There are probably as many versions of chili as there are chili cooks. For most, however, nothing surpasses a bowl of perfectly seasoned, rich beef chili like the one featured here. Although it has the salient features of quintessential American beef chili, a few variations distinguish this Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili with Lime recipe from more routine renditions
It's a breeze to make a big pot of chili that warms and comforts, but isn't as heavy as a traditional chili. Perfect for family meals or parties, this recipe is filled with lean chicken, fiber, and nutrient-rich vegetables and seasonings
My grown son, a self-confessed football fanatic, adores the Super Bowl, not the least because it's a reason to socialize. He often invites a group over to watch the game, and serves a simple, yet hearty meal at half time. The chili recipe which follows is perfect for such casual gatherings.
Super Bowl Sunday at my house always means a big day of football and hearty bowls of chili. This American classic borrows heavily from the Mexican and Southwest pantries by incorporating spices such as oregano, cumin and cinnamon, and staples such as unsweetened chocolate found in mole sauce. I like this delectable combination of spices
Whether you have home field advantage or you're a visitor for the day, crowd noise won't have any effect on these Super Bowl party foods. When it comes to snacking, choose healthy high-fiber options, like the following healthy Super Bowl snack recipes
There's nothing worse than a boring Super Bowl game -- except a boring Super Bowl party. If you want yours to stand out, sideline your typical dips, wings and chili, and try some of these easy ideas from A.J. Rathbun. Check out these tasty Super Bowl snacks -- substitutions guaranteed to please fans of either team
This dip is spicy and cool, rich and yet surprisingly light -- in short, addictive. I knew before I'd swiped the last scoop from my friend's bowl that I was going to have to re-create the following Roasted Jalapeno and Lime Hummus recipe back home
Buffalo sliders are a slick way to enjoy a burger without the two-fisted guilt. These Buffalo Sliders are higher in iron and lower in fat and cholesterol than their beef counterparts. The flavor profile mimics the bar snack profile, including hot sauce, reduced-fat blue cheese and celery
The recipe I share here showcases how easy it is to make a spectacular summer tomato recipe. A variation on the classic Italian antipasto salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, it showcases red and yellow cherry tomatoes by arranging them on skewers along with chunks of cheese and whole basil leaves. To complement the skewers, I also include an easy vinaigrette
Are you ready to try your hand at making spring rolls? Here's what to do
Simpler menus that feature savory tarts are far less stressful and just as enthusiastically received. Caramelized Shallot, Ham and Gruyere Tarts are a good example of a stellar yet uncomplicated dish. Made with purchased puff pastry, these tarts are a snap to assemble
Gougeres are fantastic on their own as an appetizer. For a light lunch or dinner buffet, also try stuffing gougeres with ham and salad greens to make little sandwich bites. Either way, light and airy gougeres are an immensely satisfying treat to have on any table, especially considering that making them ahead is so easy
Impress your family and friends with Katie's delicious and easy-to-make-at-home recipes.
The Chinese New Year starts soon, with families traditionally gathering on the eve before to feast and celebrate. What better way to welcome the new year than by throwing a dumpling-making party?
Whip up a batch of these easy -- and nutrient-rich -- salmon pinwheels. They feature just the right amount of lemon and dill to complement the reduced-fat cream cheese and omega-3-packed smoked salmon. Green onions and whole-wheat flour tortillas add a pop of antioxidants
The simplest of salsas, called either pico de gallo, salsa crudo or salsa fresca, is composed of tomatoes, onions, hot chilies and cilantro. Salsa can be used as a flavoring agent in many dishes from soups to vegetables. This colorful, spicy vegetable dip recipe below elevates pico de gallo with the colorful addition of carrots, peppers corn and jicama
While butter hasn't exactly been overthrown as the preferred accompaniment to bread, more and more people are moving on to olive oil, either for health reasons or because they prefer the fruity flavor. Even more delicious are the olive oil-based dips that blend different flavors together. Here's two olive oil dip recipes worthy of your pallette
With almost an entire aisle of crackers to choose from in the supermarket, why would you make your own? The answer for a twosome is the appeal of fresh crackers whenever you like. When you do the baking, you can have the snap and crunch of a delicious cracker without having leftovers go stale
How about starting off your party with a bang this year by making your own tempting, freshly fried chips? And not only that, but also serving them with homemade warm cheese sauce?
You might think that the best way to cook shrimp is to throw them on a grill, pop them under the broiler, or saute them in a hot skillet, but there is an alternative. Roast them! As it turns out roasting shrimp is incredibly easy and practically fail proof.
Spicy Grilled Pork Sate
This Spicy Grilled Pork Sate with Orange-Cilantro Cream recipe was inspired by my favorite Thai restaurant, which serves an amazing pork sate with a creamy slightly exotic sauce that accompanies it. Piquant, skewered pork brochettes are accompanied by a spicy-citrus sour cream sauce instead of the usual peanut sauce. If you're not a cilantro lover, use fresh basil instead.
The term 'slider' comes from the famous White Castle burger chain. This simple upscale meatball sliders recipe combines ground meat, grated Parmesan, fresh sage, egg, and panko breadcrumbs. The 2-inch sliders are then grilled over high heat. Try these throughout grilling season instead of the usual burger. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to suit a barbecue of any size.
Savory souffles are often too light for a main course, but the addition of chicken and spinach here bolsters this recipe into a substantial main course. When you break into it with your fork, the seductive aroma of cheese, chicken and spinach pours out. It's elegant, airy and fluffy
Here's a great idea for eggs: make deviled eggs! Keep fat to a minimum by using light mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. In-season fresh chives provide a boost of antioxidants along with garlic. Eggs contain valuable high-quality protein and over a dozen vitamins and minerals.
Appetizers often receive far less attention from cooks than the main course or even dessert. That's unfortunate, for starters are the first thing guests see and sample at a dinner party. The best appetizers are always simple; they tempt but do not sate diners' palates. These Chevre Tartlets with Hazelnuts and Fresh Herbs make perfect hors d'oeuvres for spring entertaining
Entertaining seems to fall into two distinct categories. You can opt for a large, the-more-the-merrier fete or put together a small gathering for a few friends. However you plan to celebrate, the delectable and simple crab and tomato tart recipe that follows makes a stellar offering
With its delicate, coral flesh and mild savoriness, smoked salmon has become the darling of the brunch table. Yet it can do much more than act as a fancy finger food. Whether featured in a pasta dish, incorporated into a salad or filling a fajita, smoked salmon is a versatile, multi-faceted fish as evidenced by the following recipes
When you bite into one of these delectable nuggets, you'll savor an enticing combination of flavors and textures. The grapes are juicy and sweet, the goat cheese salty and smooth, and the pistachios crunchy with a slight roasted accent. These delectable appetizers would make a fine starter for a summer supper, or they could be included in a party menu
Here, the scallops are threaded on skewers, marinated in a zesty, citrus marinade and grilled until they are brown and lightly caramelized. Finally, they are presented with a caper, herb and almond relish.
'How do you make such delicious flatbreads?' That's a question we're asked all the time in my restaurants when we serve those thin, crispy pieces of freshly baked bread. Here's how ...
Beef short ribs are one of the most flavorful cuts of beef. Long, slow cooking produces meltingly tender meat that almost falls off the bone. Enjoy this Island Style Braised Short Ribs with mashed potatoes, couscous or soft polenta
What's more popular as an appetizer than a dip? The dip featured here is uncomplicated and quick to assemble. In fact it calls for only four ingredients: good quality ricotta, grated Parmigiano Reggiano, fresh-chopped thyme, and a touch of salt! The toasted baguette slices that accompany it are just as effortless. They are brushed with olive oil, toasted in the oven, and then rubbed with a cut garlic clove.
Now there's an appealing trend for smaller household: mini burgers. These one-bite morsels are showing up in food magazines, on restaurant menus and even at wedding receptions. And although mini burgers are having their moment of fame for special occasions, you'll find the concept makes sense for everyday dinners, as well.
As a change from popular chicken wings, prepare chicken fingers as an entree.
Every since my first taste in Paris of haricots panaches, the classic French side dish of green beans and flageolets, a pale green dried bean, the mixture has been a favorite of mine. Cooked simply in water, the beans are traditionally heated with butter or goose fat, parsley and sometimes other herbs or garlic. This tasty dish is versatile enough to be served in many other ways ...
If you're looking for something different to offer at your next barbecue, consider grilling kebabs. Every country seems to boast its own kebab recipe. Most kebab recipes are quite simple. So do take a stab at these three recipes: Adana Kebab, Tuna Satay & Chicken Souvlaki
In truth, many curries, among my favorites, are those that are beautifully balanced stews or sautes, combining hot and mild, sweet and pungent seasonings to provide very pleasing, well-rounded experiences. Most, like the recipe I share with you here for Coconut Curry Shrimp, don't even require bravery to eat them
I want to offer another simple recipe you can use to round out your awards night entertaining: succulent oven-baked balls of fresh, homemade sausage, accompanied by a quickly prepared mustard-mayonnaise sauce.
Blend goat cheese with chopped smoked salmon and herbs; stir in yogurt to create a spreading consistency. Prepare this up to a day in advance and refrigerate
Even if eggplant is not your favorite vegetable, you'll find this dip is a winner for dinner parties or backyard barbecues -- and perfect to serve as an appetizer
Why is it that we don't use savory tarts as main courses more often? They often begin a meal or get their due as luncheon fare, but the truth is that they make fabulous entrees for supper, especially in the summer. The secret to a good tart is two-fold: You want a tender, flaky crust paired with a complementary filling. The Zucchini, Goat Cheese and Bacon Tart featured today is a winner on both fronts.
These Gluten-free Barbecue Chicken Wings are great either off the grill or baked in the oven.
One of the first Indian dishes I learned to make is an excellent introduction for anyone to that country's foods and spices: Samosas, small pastry turnovers filled with a mixture of spiced potatoes, garlic, onion, chilies and other vegetables.
Serve a strata (or two or three) with the appetite appeal of ham and eggs and the colorful addition of asparagus, or flavor the strata with foods your guests especially like or you have on hand.
Try this easy and delicious raisin recipe for your next holiday party. California Raisins, port wine and rich pecans make a decadent filling for Brie cheese wrapped in a warm, flaky puff pastry.
Dip made with avocados is an ideal snack. That's right, ditch the salsa and opt for a creamy dip that's easy to whip up, tastes great with chips or veggies and can be made ahead of time.
Filled with fiber, calcium and protein, quesadillas are a snap to make anytime. Leave the skin on the pear for more nutrients and fiber. Any pear variety works great -- Bosc, Bartlett and Anjou. Try different varieties of cheese, too. Just make sure it's reduced fat so saturated fat is kept under control
Sneaking vegetables into your diet is yet another simple way to accomplish that resolution to eat more healthful foods. Instead of serving traditional high-fat spinach and artichoke dip at your next party, make this unique, lower-fat version with collard greens
Belgian Endive Spears
When it comes to holiday appetizers, it's always a challenge to balance deliciousness with healthfulness. When I want to do something a bit more special I serve crisp Belgian endive spears bejeweled with a dollop of herbed cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe
The fall entertaining season is in full gear and the menu cries out for a classic -- Quiche Lorraine. As I discovered on a recent visit to the City of Light, this old standby still reigns at Paris sidewalks cafes and bistros. It also continues to star in many variations. Here's 3 variations of my own including the Classic Quiche Lorraine
Quiches are easier to prepare than omelets or just about any other egg dish that goes beyond boiling, frying, or scrambling -- especially when you skip making pastry for its shell and start instead with the good-quality store-bought pie pastry. Add a simple salad and a glass of good dry white wine and you have a perfect, satisfying meal
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