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.

Bon Temps Crab Cakes with Rémoulade

Who needs boring old tartar sauce when you can “laissez les bon temps rouler” with this classic Louisiana sauce?

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon Bites

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These little hors d’oeuvre bites are exquisite hot or cold, and are an easy dish to make when people come over.

Red & White Salad with Candied Pecans, Figs and Chèvre

This colorful salad offers a series of contrasts, from smooth and crunchy textures to tart and sweet flavors.

Dilled Crab Salad on Artichoke Bottoms

Dill is the perfect herb for any picnic, we believe. The fresh brightness it adds to cold dishes refreshes in the summer months and helps cool the body.

Lobster Arepas

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Arepas are eaten in many South American countries at almost every meal. Made of a flat corn cake and eaten plain or filled with cheese and/or a variety of meats, this handheld pita-like treat is perfect for any occasion.

Lobster, Mango and Jicama Summer Rolls with Nuoc Cham Nem Dipping Sauce

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This adaptation of the classic Vietnamese Summer Roll focuses on the subtle juxtaposition of tender lobster meat with the sweetness of mango and the light crunchy texture of raw jicama.

Morilles à la Crème (Morels in Cream Sauce)

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This dish is a classic French morel preparation found in Périgord and Lyon. Here we’ve turned the dish into an appetizer by placing the morels and cream sauce in puff pastry shells, which though easy to prepare will offer an impressive introduction to your feast.

Roasted Prawns with Morels and Red Curry Butter

The meaty texture of the morels combined with the spicy heat of the Red Curry Butter gives these prawns a delightfully tasty topping!

Minted Pea Purée Canapés in Puff Pastry Vol-au-Vents

When spring arrives, we are compelled to enjoy the pleasures of the first green peas, for there is nothing as naturally sweet as these tender harbingers of the new season.

Thyme Focaccia with Kalamata Mascarpone Spread

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The rich, smooth taste of the mascarpone blends delightfully with the tangy kalamata olives and thyme creating a deliciously creamy combination to savor. This focaccia recipe is highly adaptable, and can be flavored with any herb, fresh or dried. We have included other mascarpone spread variations below.

Avocado & Crab Timbales with Tobiko Roe Vinaigrette

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This is a really easy dish that *looks* complicated when served, and will definitely win you points with your guests without much effort.