Appetiser Recipes

Appetiser - Hors d'oeuvre, or the first course, are food items served before the main courses of a meal. The French (singular and plural) is hors d’œuvre; in English, the œ ligature is usually replaced by the digraph "oe" with the plural often written as hors d'oeuvres. There are several related terms, such as a one-bite appetiser, as an amuse-bouche

Alcachofas con Almejas y Calamares – Artichokes with Clams and Squid

Artichokes are a popular vegetable especially when fresh from the market. In Spain they are often served sautéed with ham or stuffed with white sauce and ham or meat, etc. Sometimes served cold, they combine well with anchovies and piquillo peppers, or with salmon and capers, or tuna fish with a good olive oil.

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Angels on Horseback – Bacon-Wrapped Oysters

According to the classic recipe, shucked oysters are wrapped in bacon. Sometimes scallops are used in place of oysters. This is then baked in the oven, about 3 minutes per side, or prepared with any other source of dry heat, The dish is often served on toast, though if prepared on skewers and broiled, it can be eaten straight from the skewer.

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Artichoke and Asparagus in Green Sauce

Artichoke hearts and asparagus in a seasoning sauce of spices, pistachios, and lemon.

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Asparagus Canapés

A quick and classic spring canapé of tender green asparagus stems wrapped in Parma ham with a light citrus dip

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Avocado and Mushroom Bites

These baguette toasts with avocado and mushroom will satisfy your taste-buds and are a perfect lunchtime bite.

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Baba Ghanoush

A popular preparation method is for the eggplant to be baked or broiled over an open flame before peeling, so that the pulp is soft and has a smoky taste. Often, it is eaten as a dip with khubz or pita bread, and is sometimes added to other dishes. It is usually of an earthy light-brown colour.

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Baby Octopus Spiedini

Barbecued baby octopus on skewers served with a salad of baby beet tops. A tasty easy bbq seafood dish.

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Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites

These quick and easy bacon-wrapped potatoes can be served as an appetizer with the toothpicks still in place, or remove them and serve as a side dish.

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenderloins

Served with roasted potatoes and a side salad these chicken tenderloins make for a great family dinner.

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Baked Brie with Amaretto

Melted brie with an almond touch makes a decadent appetiser with crackers or baguette slices.

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Baked Crab and Avocado Wontons

A delightful blend of creamy avocado and sweet tasting crabmeat wrapped in crispy wonton wrappers. Great with a spicy or sweet and sour dipping sauce.

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Baked Mushrooms with French Onion Topping

These baked mushrooms are a perfect combination of crunchy inside and soft, cheesy outside.

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Berenjena con Vinagret – Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette

Eggplants are a very common vegetable in the Mediterranean, particularly in Spain. This eggplant dish is great to serve as a tapa or a side dish, especially in spring and summer. It is the perfect make-ahead dish that you can take out a few minutes before serving.

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Boerenkool Stamppot – Dutch Kale Hash

Boerenkool met rookworst, (which could be translated literally as farmers cabbage with smoked sausage), is made of mashed potatoes mixed with kale and it is usually eaten with smoked sausage.

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Brie and Asparagus Crisps

Theses delicious asparagus and brie cheese hors d’oeuvres are very easy to make and are a great appetiser or tempter at your next gathering or party

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Capsicum and Sausage Dippers

There is no grilling required to make these dippers, they are simply baked to perfection. Both colourful and flavourful, these snacks are great for any occasion.

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Caribbean Skewered Prawns

Fresh prawns are threaded onto skewers, seasoned with flavours of the Caribbean, and then grilled to perfection. For an extra tropical flavour serve with grilled plantain and pineapple.

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Cheese Saganaki

Saganaki (Greek σαγανάκι) refers to various Greek dishes prepared in a small frying pan, itself called a saganaki, the best-known being an appetiser of fried cheese.

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Chicken Goujons

Chicken Goujons are prepared by coating chicken meat in a crumbing mixture and then deep frying them, in a manner similar to the preparation of Schnitzel.

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Chinese Style Braised Peanuts

This tasty snack takes nothing more than placing all the ingredients into a pot and allowing them simmer for a few hours. The peanuts are braised in soy, star anise, and a few more to create a snack with a lovely addictive flavour.

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