Category Archives: appetizer

smoked salmon bites

December 19, 2013

appetizer / holiday / recipes

smoked salmon bites with creme fraiche // almost makes perfect

we made these simple and delicious little hors d’oeuvres for our christmas party last year and while my boyfriend was persistent in using blinis like they usually would be served, i fought for them on my favorite toast crackers. i’m really into crunch. and the crackers give these the best crunch! CRUNCH.

also – i went with the crazy red smoked salmon because christmas. this is such an easy appetizer for your holiday — so hopefully anyone looking for a last minute idea can make these.

smoked salmon bites

petite toasts
smoked salmon
crème fraîche
fresh dill
fresh ground pepper
a lemon

it’s as easy as you think.

top each cracker with a dollop of crème fraîche, add a piece of lox, a couple tiny sprigs of dill, grind some fresh pepper on top.

before serving, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on top.

smoked salmon bites // holiday appetizersmoked salmon bites // almost makes perfect

eating this : the best bruschetta ever

April 16, 2013

appetizer / recipes / vegetable / vegetarian

i’m all for some bruschetta on baguette, but the jumbo version on a big thick piece of bread kills it.

now that pretty heirlooms are showing up at the grocery store, it’s time to take advantage.

on a warm afternoon, i love making this for us to sit outside and nosh on with drinks.

get GOOD THICK BREAD. i got a thick rosemary garlic loaf that was baked that day.

makes four pieces

3 heirloom tomatoes, thickly chopped
one loaf fresh bread (sliced into 3/4″ thick)
a bunch of fresh basil
olive oil
kosher salt
3 cloves garlic
herbs de provence
red chili flakes
cracked pepper

chop the tomatoes and mix together in a large bowl with enough olive oil to thickly coat. add two minced cloves of garlic with all the spices to taste. let it marinate for about an hour, mixing occasionally.

slice up your bread and heat a pan with oil. make sure each side of the bread is covered with oil and fry each side for about 2 minutes or until browned. cut the head off a clove of garlic. as soon as it’s removed from the heat, rub the garlic clove onto the top side of of each piece of bread.

spoon the tomato mixture on top of each slice and add the chopped basil and season more.

have the most delicious heart burn ever.

eating this: avocado toast

July 17, 2012

appetizer / recipes / vegetable

When I read this super easy recipe in Bon Appetit, I immediately dictated it into my phone to try it asap. Well, I went out and bought an avocado and a loaf of bread and it was that easy!

The recipe says to grill the bread. Obviously, that’d be the good way to go, but we haven’t cleaned our grill so I just broiled the bread instead. Laaaaazy.

Avocado Toast (from Bon Appetit) 

one nice loaf of bread
an avocado or two (i only ended up using half of one for 4 pieces of bread)
one garlic clove
olive oil
sea salt
crushed red pepper flakes

Grill (or broil) the bread to a char. Rub one side of the bread with a cut clove of garlic. Layer the bread with sliced avocado. Douse with the oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and crushed red pepper.

Could that be any easier? I’m making these again this weekend for a potluck, but in appetizer form (using a baguette instead!)