The holiday season is finally here and we’re getting into the festive spirit very quickly. The stores are jingling out the holiday music and stocking the shelves with the latest and greatest trendy gift ideas. Christmas decorations are going up and many have already started the trudge of gift shopping. People are also looking forward to a number of get-togethers they’re organizing. Entertaining is big during the holiday season and this means planning a menu of decadent treats and appetizers. Let’s kick off the festivities with some tasty morsels from 750 Best Appetizers.
750 Best Appetizers
Just like the song says, Let get this party started! With more than 750 recipes to choose from, you can feature a spread of unique and scrumptious options for your guests. There’s something delish for everyone. Whether hot or cold, these appetizers are sure to please the crowd.
750 Best Appetizers has sixteen different chapters and each are bursting with tasty tidbit recipes. The choices are enormous. Several recipes are featured in bold images and I always find these are the ones that inspire me and I end up making them.
The book starts out with Dips and Spreads and there is quite a variety from basic to exotic. From Feta and Roasted Red Pepper Dip to Spinach Tofu Dip to Cauliflower and Lentil Hummus to Fig Yogurt Dip, you’ll find the right recipe for dipping your veggie of choice.
If you love Salsa’s, then the fifty different recipes will have you doing the cha-cha. A few I’ll be trying this holiday season are Roasted Onion Salsa, Avocado Corn Salsa and Tomato & Spinach Salsa. There are several salsas made from fruit as well, like the Pineapple Banana Salsa and Apple & Dried Cranberry Salsa. Each recipe offers which foods it would go best with. They also highlight if the recipe is vegan-friendly.
They even have a chapter on Shooters – they’re powerfully flavored soup-like drinks. How about some Summer Borscht or Tomato Gazpacho. Then I kinda jumped over to Stick and Picks – the title intrigued me. Eating food off sticks takes me back to the old school parties where Horderves and lots of appetizers were usually impaled on a stick. Some choices from this chapter are Chicken Yakitori, Eggplant Parmesan Brochettes and Carmel-Glazed Sweet Potato Skewers.
Vegetarian Vietnamese Fresh Rolls
Vegetarian Vietnamese Fresh Rolls
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp sweet Asian chili sauce
- 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp finely chopped pickled ginger
- 1/4 tsp minced gingerroot
- 2 cups shredded baby bok choy
- 3/4 cup julienned blanched asparagus
- 3/4 cup julienned peeled carrots
- 1/2 cup julienned English cucumber
- 1/4 cup julienned mango
- 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted peanuts
- 8 10- inch rice paper wrappers
- 3 cups hot water
- TipsTo julienne asparagus, cut into thin slices lengthwise and slice those slices into thin strips.
- Dressing: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, chili sauce, oil, vinegar, garlic, pickled ginger and minced ginger.
- In another bowl, combine bok choy, asparagus, carrots, cucumber, mango and peanuts. Add 2 tbsp (30 mL) dressing and toss well. Divide into 8 equal portions.
- Working with one rice paper at a time, submerse in hot water until pliable, about 30 seconds. Place on a work surface. Spread one portion of the vegetable mixture in a strip across the lettuce leaf about one-third away from the edge closest to you, leaving about 1 inch (2.5 cm) on either side. Fold the edge closest to you over the filling and pull gently toward you to encase the filling. Fold the sides toward the middle, then continue to roll up tightly. Place rolls under a damp cloth to stay moist because the wrappers tend to dry out quickly. Serve rolls immediately with dipping sauce, if using, or refrigerate for up to 1 hour. Serve whole or for a small hors-d'oeuvre, cut in half on the diagonal and place on a serving platter.
750 Best Appetizers does have a Cheese, Fish & Seafood and Poultry & Meat for heartier choices. The Mostly Veggies and Bar Noshes chapter has oodles of recipes for vegans. Of course, we can’t overlook the Dessert chapter. With almost 40 different recipes in this section alone, you’ll get plenty of ideas for your get-togethers. Quick Chocolate Mousse, Mini Peach Bread Pudding and Frozen Pecan & Caramel Log caught my attention and I just might make them this holiday season.
Packing with hundreds of mouthwatering recipes including diet restrictions, this book will be your go-to for all occasion get-togethers.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinion are my own, your may differ.