Appetizers

Our appetizers and hors d’oeuvres range from simple to complex, and most are versatile enough to serve either as a first course or in a tapas-style collection of little dishes.

To browse these recipes in a list format, along with all of our recipes by category, see our Full Recipe Listing.

Lobster Ravioli with Vanilla Butter Sauce

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These luscious ravioli combine the delicate flavors of lobster & shiitake mushrooms with the decadence of vanilla & white wine.

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise

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Artichokes are immensely satisfying, partly because enjoyment of the sweet tender flesh from the hearts is the result of a lot of hard work!

Hoi Polloi Salmon

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This gorgeous dish comes to us courtesy of Bun Lai, owner of Miya Sushi in New Haven, CT.

Caramelized Fig Spread

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Fresh figs are sweet and delicious on their own, but sometimes we do love to give them a good roast.

Pan de Higo (Spanish Fig Cake)

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Pan de higo is a traditional way to preserve figs for the cold winter months.

Spicy Artichoke Spinach Dip

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Artichokes and spinach are perfectly paired with pepper jack cheese in this rich and spicy dip — a classic party favorite.

Apple Anise Pizza

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You may know us for our more refined recipes, but we love pizza here as well! There’s a reason it’s the most popular food in America.

Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Vegetables, Halloumi & Pine Nuts

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This simple dish showcases the beauty of bell peppers. Unlike the overly cooked, soggy meat-filled stuffed bell peppers we may have grown up with, these peppers are like little boats of tender crisp summer vegetables, accented with the savory tang of Halloumi cheese.

O-Hitashi: Mini Spinach Towers

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O-Hitashi is a traditional dish served in Japan. The term refers to any fresh vegetable that has been lightly boiled and made into a salad.

Avocado Crème Shrimp

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The creamy texture of a ripe avocado creates the perfect “glaze” for these coconut rum marinated shrimp. This slightly sweet twist on grilled shrimp will add a delicious start to any special meal.

Shrimp & Avocado Canapés

These hors d’oeuvres are simple to make, but offer a lovely presentation for your entertaining. Seafood and avocado complement each other perfectly, and here they are accented with a touch of dill.