Bocconcini, Cherry Tomato and Basil Skewers

“A fun twist on tomato and bocconcini salad, these skewers make a simple, but delicious, one bite appetizer.” INGREDIENTS wooden skewers or tootpicks bocconcini minis (about 36 per 200g container) large basil leaves cherry tomatoes olive oil balsamic vinegar salt and pepper DIRECTIONS Skewer one side of large basil leaf onto skewer. Add one mini… Read more »

Spinach and Feta Triangles

“Spinach is one of the easiest greens to grow in the garden. Succession planting means we have spinach to enjoy from early spring to late fall. Spinach and Feta Triangles make a great appetizer or side dish with chicken souvlaki.” INGREDIENTS 1 pound phyllo pastry 16 ounces spinach (about 10-12 cups, packed tightly) 1 clove… Read more »

Savoury Crumb Topping

“A handy savoury mixture for on top of mushrooms or vegetables. ” INGREDIENTS 1 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup chopped parsley 4 cups bread crumbs 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 4 teaspoons oregano DIRECTIONS Put one-half cup olive oil and garlic in food processor. Blend until smooth. Add pepper, parsley,… Read more »

Proscuitto Pillows With Goat Cheese

“Serve these warm on their own as an appetizer or over a salad.” INGREDIENTS 8 slices Proscuitto di Parma 4 ounces goat cheese, cut into 8 slices 2 tablespoons drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon pesto sauce 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 4 cups mixed… Read more »

Leek and Chicken Ring Canapes

“From Great Moments In Cooking. One Christmas we were invited to a get together with a few couples and I was to bring the appetizer. Just to add a little pressure, the host was a professional caterer! These were a great hit, even our host wanted to know how I made them.” INGREDIENTS puff pastry… Read more »

Pesto Sauce

“Pesto sauce has so many uses, beyond just pasta.” INGREDIENTS 2 cups fresh basil leaves 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled 3 tablespoons pine nuts 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese fresh ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Place garlic and salt in food processor and pulse until forms a paste. Add… Read more »

Strawberry Cream Phyllo Cups

“A sweet appetizer of berries and cream great for a get together.” INGREDIENTS FILLING 3 oz softened cream cheese 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup whipping cream one teaspoon vanilla fresh strawberries or other berries DIRECTIONS Make Phyllo Cups and set aside. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, honey, whipping cream and vanilla. Beat until… Read more »

Chicken And Cheese Filling

“This Chicken and Cheese Filling is a versatile filling for bread, puff pastry, phyllo cups and more.” INGREDIENTS FILLING 1 cup finely chopped, cooked chicken 3/4 cup shredded cheddar, swiss or provolone cheese 4 cups spinach, steamed (or 1/2 package frozen) 1/2 cup finely chopped red peppers 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup finely… Read more »

Phyllo Cups

“Mini phyllo cups can be made ahead, frozen and filled with almost any savoury or sweet filling for a great appetizer.” INGREDIENTS 3 sheets phyllo pastry Butter, melted or Pam sugar if making dessert cups DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease 24 mini muffin tins. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on work surface, keeping… Read more »

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Spread

“Wild mushrooms add a more intense flavour to this savoury spread. Serve with wholegrain baguette or crackers. ” INGREDIENTS 1 large sweet onion 2 cups sliced mushrooms (cremini, shitake) 2 tablespoons olive oil salt pepper balsamic vinegar 1 small package goat cheese DIRECTIONS Cut onion in half. Slice onion halves into thin slices. Heat olive… Read more »