Around my house, Thanksgiving calls for flavorful appetizers, Manhattan cocktails, a huge turkey to feed our giant clan, and several side dishes and desserts that we never do without. One of those flavorful appetizers is bruschetta topped with mushroom and melted brie. Fresh thyme – a lot of it – is a key component in this dish and the flavors of all the different components marry together so brilliantly, you'd swear you could skip the rest of the feast and munch on these all day. This appetizer is elegant and rustic at the same time. It's finger food, but it presents beautifully, making it a wonderful start to a Thanksgiving feast. Keep reading for the recipe!
The lamb chops are coated in a thick paste-like chipotle and roasted garlic marinade. Since the resulting lamb is slightly fiery, I served it with a cooling homemade crema to counteract the heat. If you have access to an outdoor grill, definitely throw these chops on it; the charcoal will impart a delicious smokiness to the meat. Interested in the recipe? Keep reading.
My guests enjoyed them both warm and at room temperature, so don't worry about serving them right away. Short on time? Pick up prepackaged salsa and guacamole; you only have to roast and assemble. With Summer right around the corner, these small spuds are great for a potluck party or barbecue — no one is able to resist them! Get this easy vegetarian appetizer recipe by reading more.
For a little taste of what I've been missing, I created these soy-glazed rice crackers topped with luscious ruby jewels of tuna tartare. Unlike the standard caper-and-lemon tartare mix, this version is Asian-inspired, but lacks the traditional soy sauce that characterizes a Hawaiian poke. That's where the Japanese rice cracker base, which gives the fish a textural contrast, comes in! Want the fast, easy, healthy recipe for your next party? Then read more.
In this version, there are three kinds of peppers: roasted red peppers, which provide sweetness and color, jalapeño peppers, which add fiery spice, and for a rich smokiness, chipotle peppers in adobo. Don't be afraid to use my recipe as a guide and adjust the heat to your liking. Do serve with homemade pita chips! Get the quick and crowd-pleasing recipe here.
What to serve, I pondered, with a hearty pasta and a rich frozen dessert? The answer turned out to be a hot, creamy spinach dip, made healthier with the addition of reduced-fat sour cream and a greater proportion of spinach. Light yet indulgent, it was a nice, green start to what would be a filling meal. I can't wait to serve it again during March Madness playoffs. Want a killer app that's at once both sinful and guiltless? Just keep reading.
This indulgent recipe — with sour cream, parmigiano-reggiano, and bacon — is so delicious, if you don't want to make minis, feel free to use the recipe with regular-size potatoes. These are easy to make ahead and bake for the second time just before serving, perfect for your next dinner party or potluck. Miniaturize twice-baked potatoes and keep reading for the recipe.