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Refreshing Pear and Prosciutto Appetizer

This is a very simple recipe which can be prepared in 15 minutes, perhaps less. The concept of the dish is combining the saltiness of prosciutto with the sweetness of pear, and those 2 flavors are really heavenly together. For the best results, you will want to select perfectly ripe pears, so take your time to choose nice ones. You will not want anything too hard, nor will you want over-ripe pears which are turning squishy.

As for the prosciutto, choose Prosciutto di Parma or another good quality prosciutto, since this recipe has few enough ingredients so the taste each one is going to be very apparent. The prosciutto may be swapped for ham if you wish. Just use something you like the flavor of. Divide this meat between 4 serving glasses and then prepare the dressing. A combination of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard makes a piquant dressing, and the result is sweet and spicy, bridging the different flavors between the pear and prosciutto to perfection and tying each flavor together.

If you are not keen on mustard, feel free to swap it for a minced small garlic clove or even a tablespoon of crumbled blue cheese. You can also use half mayo and half sour cream if you wish. This dressing goes on top of the prosciutto and then it is time to add your pear wedges. Garnish each appetizer with a few leaves of arugula and serve immediately. This is light enough not to spoil anyone’s appetite for the main dish. This recipe is very simple to double or even treble if you are feeding a larger crowd, and you can swap the mayonnaise-based dressing for another kind of dressing, because pretty much anything goes with the tasty pear and prosciutto combination. Continue reading

Creamy Pesto and Tomato Appetizer

This is a very easy recipe and it tastes good because all the ingredients are fresh. There are three layers in this tomato appetizer. First of all, there are fresh tomatoes with basil, then a layer of lemon flavored sour cream and finally some mouthwatering homemade pesto with an arugula garnish. This delicious appetizer is great if you want easy party appetizers for a dinner party or if you are feeding vegetarians.

The homemade pesto is really good. Feel free to add more garlic if you want, because one clove is really minimal. If you happen to have a lot of fresh basil, you can double up on the pesto recipe and freeze it for future recipes. Pesto is great with pasta or you can spread it thinly on toast for an Italian appetizer. Perhaps you have made or tasted a balsamic vinaigrette pesto tomato feta cheese appetizer recipe before or maybe you are new to making appetizers. In either case, you will definitely enjoy the wonderful flavors of this dish.

These easy party appetizers are served chilled and they are great for a spring or summer party, especially if you are dining al fresco. They are colorful and really fragrant because of the fresh basil and other wonderful ingredients. You can also serve these at a buffet if you serve little teaspoons alongside the glasses so people can scoop the delicious mixture out. Continue reading

Tasty Shrimp Shooter Recipe and Salsa Appetizer

Everyone loves a good shrimp appetizer, and nothing adds class to a dinner or evening party like a good shrimp appetizer. What could be better than combining the fresh taste of the sea with lightly cooked tomatoes, onions, and a few chilies for good measure? The shrimp and salsa shooter has been a popular favorite for many years, and you may find that the recipe is actually very easy to prepare in a matter of minutes.

The recipe calls for the shrimp to be lightly fried in garlic and butter, which will infuse the shrimp with flavor. The salsa is a combination of lightly cooked tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. The entire dish is then chilled and served cold for maximum delight. With a few salty crackers on the side, you will find that your shrimp and salsa shooter is the perfect complement to your party.

Be wary when serving seafood, as it can go bad very quickly. As long as you purchase all of your ingredients fresh on the day of the party, you should have no problem. You will find that your shrimp and salsa shooter is the perfect dish to enjoy with your friends, and your party will be so much better as a result. Continue reading

Cold Shrimp Appetizer with Dill

These are make ahead appetizers because you can keep them in the refrigerator for a couple of days or freeze the shrimp mousse for up to a month. Perhaps you are looking for a sour cream sauce for shrimp appetizers, but what about making this delicious and creamy shrimp mousse recipe? This is a classy appetizer and it goes perfectly before any entree. Seafood appetizers, and especially shrimp appetizers, are always appreciated at gatherings and events and if you are looking for easy party appetizers, you will agree that this one is very simple to prepare and the fact that you can make it in advance is useful as well. This is a great appetizer for a spring or summer party because it is light, refreshing and served chilled. It is also good served in the fall or winter, just before a rich meat-based entree, to give a contrast.

This cold shrimp appetizer is perhaps unsuitable for expectant mothers because it contains raw egg, but it is great for anyone else. The truffle oil adds a touch of decadence and the flavor of the shrimp is amazing with the dill. The light, fluffy mousse texture is phenomenal and this is certainly a very impressive appetizer recipe. Hot garlic shrimp appetizers are always popular as holiday appetizer recipes but this cold shrimp recipe will also be impressive and give your guests something to lavish praise on you for.

Serve this delicious shrimp appetizer before a fish, meat or poultry entree. These easy party appetizers are not filling so your guests will still look forward to their entrees. This is a very simple recipe and if you have the ingredients and a food processor there is nothing that can go wrong. You can either spoon the mousse into the serving glasses for a homemade look or use a piping bag to get more professional-looking results. Snip the corner off a plastic bag and use that if you don’t have a piping set. The result is pretty much the same. Continue reading

Easy Guacamole Recipe with Tiger Prawns

If you are a fan of guacamole recipes, what about using guacamole to make shrimp appetizers, rather than serving it as a dip? Guacamole is usually chunky but this guacamole recipe is smooth and more like a puree. The guacamole is topped with cucumber strips and prawns to make one of our most fancy appetizer recipes.

Seafood appetizers and shrimp appetizers are always popular at dinner parties and this is a simple appetizer recipe to make. The creaminess of the guacamole contrasts well with the shrimp flavor and the cucumber adds color and texture. You can make these appetizers up to an hour before serving them but the fresher they are the better they taste so keep the guacamole ingredients in the refrigerator before making it and that means you won’t have to chill the appetizers before serving them. The easiest way to cook the shrimp is to boil them for a couple of minutes. As soon as they turn from gray to pink they are done.

When you serve this prawn and guacamole recipe you might like to serve some warm bread at the same time. Then your guests can use the bread to mop up any remaining traces of the delicious guacamole dip left in their glass. This is a really flavorful prawn appetizer and if you wanted to make it more substantial you could use several prawns instead of just the one for garnish. Avocado and prawns are often served as a delicious appetizer because of the way the flavors combine but usually the avocado is served halved or in sliced with the prawns or shrimp on top, perhaps in a marie rose sauce. Making the guacamole a puree rather than a chunky dip is unusual but it works very nicely here. Continue reading