Tag: crostini

7 Super Apps For A Super Bowl Party

7 Super Apps For A Super Bowl Party

I’ve got nothing against chicken wings, but there’s more to eat on Super Bowl Sunday than just them.

I’m not sure how it happened but the most popular appetizer for Super Bowl Sunday is chicken wings. We have you covered (see number 3 below) in that department with a unique recipe that uses both Asian and Italian spices.

And here are some other things that are just as tasty or maybe even more delicious to go along with the big game. They’re all quick and easy to make, but some are easier than others.

For your convenience I put them in order of how easy I believe they are to make.

1.) EASIEST: 10-Minute Crostini
Crostini

This is by far the easiest and quickest recipe ever. Slice some bread, spread guacamole and salsa on top. That’s it.


 

2.) Pub Kettle Chips
Pub Kettle Chips

Melted cheese and bacon over some well done potato chips. Mmm!


3.) Asian Italian (AI) Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings

The quick marinade for these juicy wings includes soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.


4.) Guacamole 
Guacamole

Homemade guacamole is much better than store bought. The secret is the right balance of spices. You don’t want it to be bland.


5.) Tzatziki 
Tzatziki

I got this recipe from a cookbook I bought in Greece. It’s authentic.


6.) Hummus and Pita Chips
Hummus and pita chips

I started using this recipe a long time before hummus was available in supermarkets. It’s much better than store-bought.


7.) Antipasti Platter
Antipasti platter

This platter isn’t difficult to make but you do have to spend some time looking for the right ingredients.

5 Ideas for Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

5 Ideas for Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

 

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With work, social obligations — and perhaps children, dogs, and aging parents to care for — it’s not easy to cook every night. Ordering takeout is easy but it’s not cheap. Here’s something I hope will help you out:

 

Weeknight Meal Planning Guide

 

Steak pizzaiola in a bowl
This is a bowl of delicious “meat candy.”

1.) Monday: Steak Pizzaiola (in a slow cooker)

If you haven’t tried this yet, what’s stopping you? Do you need a slow cooker or maybe one of those Instant Pots that are all the rage?

Seriously, this is the best slow cooker recipe out there, developed by a professional chef who always cooks authentic Italian. He calls this “meat candy.” Take 10-minutes to prepare the ingredients before throwing them in the pot and then wait a couple of hours and you’ll see why.

 

2.) Tuesday: Quick, Easy Turkish Eggplant Casserole

Eggplant dish in pan
If you use a cast iron skillet to make the sauce you can layer the eggplant in it and then bake it in the oven (using only one pan).

This looks, smells, and tastes delicious. It’s like eggplant parm without all the work and without all of the fat. A pinch of cinnamon adds depth and takes this to another world.

 

3.) Wednesday: Mexicali Chicken

Close up of Mexicali chicken
Gooey, delicious comfort food.

Just four simple steps for gooey pseudo-Mexican comfort food.

 

4.) Thursday: Marco’s Fuscilli

How hard and long does it take to boil water? That’s how hard and long it takes to make this. Nothing could be simpler or tastier.

 

5.) Friday: Breakfast for Dinner, Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes with melted butter
Save the best meal for last.

Yes, you could just scramble up a couple of eggs, but this is much better. It’s the bold flavor or gingerbread in one of the lightest pancakes you’ll ever eat.

 

Bonus: 10-Minute Crostini

Crostini with salsa
These are great for holiday get-togethers.

There’s nothing quicker and easier than this appetizer (of course you could make this a meal if you ate enough of them). Three ingredients: guacamole, salsa, and a good baguette. You know what to do.

 

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Antipasti Platter: Assemble and Serve

Chef Gina Palmacci from Legal Oysteria in Boston created these four antipasti dishes for the Dorm Room Chef video series I shot and produced for the Boston Globe.

I’ve made them at home for special dinner parties. They’d work well for a small cocktail party as well. Think of them as Italian tapas: small plates that are easy to make and very delicious.

You can make one, two, or any combination of these for your platter. I’d suggest using the ingredient list below for your shopping list and then watching the video above to find out what to do. Seeing someone do it is much easier and faster than reading about it.

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Antipasti Platter

October 17, 2018

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Ingredients
  • For the Breadsticks Wrapped in Prosciutto:
  • Breadsticks (sesame or whatever you like)
  • Prosciutto di Parma (this is the imported stuff)
  • For the Stuffed Peppadew Peppers:
  • Peppadew peppers (these are small red peppers that come in a jar and are available at most large supermarkets)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • For the Marinated Olives:
  • Olives (get a variety
  • 3 types will do)
  • Rosemary (crushed)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Toasted almonds
  • Fresh juice from an orange
  • Olive oil (optional, use only if olives are dry)
  • For the Tuna Crostini:
  • French bread, sliced
  • Tuna fish (Italian, from a can)
  • Mayo
  • Capers (chopped)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Parsley (chopped)
  • Lemon juice
  • Red onion (chopped and soaked in red wine vinegar)
Directions
  • Step 1 To make the Breadsticks Wrapped in Prosciutto: Take a breadstick and wrap a slice of prosciutto around it. Put them in a glass to serve.
  • Step 2 To make the Stuffed Peppadew Peppers: Cut small pieces of the cheese and put them in the peppers. Serve on a small tray.
  • Step 3 To make the marinated olives: Mix the olives in a bowl. Add all of the ingredients and toss.
  • Step 4 To make the tuna crostini: Toast the bread slices. Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper on them. Mix all of the other ingredients in a bowl, except for the red onion. Spread this mixture on the toasted bread slices and top with slices of the red onion.

 

10-Minute Crostini

10-Minute Crostini

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Traveling is great for sampling new food and getting new recipes but I didn’t have good food in my mind when I checked into a hotel directly off the highway in New York this past weekend. It just goes to show that you can be inspired in the least likely of places.

And the least likely place I expected to find culinary creativity was at the Renaissance Hotel in White Plains, New York.

Sitting at the bar we were a little hungry so I ordered several appetizers. One of them was a guacamole crostini where the avocado melted in our mouth and fresh salsa refreshed our palates. This one I knew would be a keeper and one that could be easily reproduced. Here’s how I recreated it:

10-Minute Crostini

July 16, 2013
: 10 min
: Super Easy

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Ingredients
  • Guacamole (Buy already made or make it yourself by mashing two avocados with half a small onion, chopped. Add a tablespoon or two of lime juice or lemon juice if you don’t have lime, one mashed garlic clove, a 1/2 tsp. of cumin.)
  • Sliced Italian bread, toasted.
  • Fresh salsa (You could make this too but I used the store-bought fresh salsa found in the produce section of most supermarkets)
  • Olive oil, salt.
Directions
  • Step 1 Drizzle toast with olive oil. Add a sprinkle of salt.
  • Step 2 Spread guacamole on bread and then top with fresh salsa.