Cheese and Garlic Stuffed Tomatoes

You can serve this Cheese and garlic stuffed tomatoes as a starter or as a salad.

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Cheese and Garlic Stuffed Tomatoes
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Cut off the top of cherry tomatoes. Keep the tops for presentation.
  2. Using a small spoon, scoop out the insides of the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes upside-down on a paper towel.
  3. Remove juice and seeds from the pulp. Mince the pulp.
  4. Press garlic using a garlic press. Mix the cheese and garlic together.
  5. Add mayonnaise, finely chopped herbs and tomato pulp. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  6. Using a spoon, add cheese filling to the tomatoes and place the tops back on top of your cherry tomatoes.
  7. Refrigerate tomatoes before serving.

Green Mango Salad (Кalawang)

Green and unripe mangoes can be eaten, and are often delicious. For example, this salad with shredded green mangoes is very popular in French Guyana, and if you like spicy food, you will love this salad! Serve cold, as an appetizer or as a side dish with fish, shrimp, or meat. For a pretty presentation, I serve the Kalawang in individual plates with shrimps.

 

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Green Mango Salade (Кalawang)
Fresh chili pepper can be substituted with chili powder.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel the mangoes with a peeling knife. Shred the pulp and discard the pit.
  2. In the salad bowl, toss the mangoes, onion, salt and pepper. Drizzle with lemon juice and oil. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, transfer the salad on to the serving plates, embellish with fresh herbs, and prawns.

Homemade Olive Tapenade

The tapenade is a dip or paste made with olives (black or green), anchovies and capers. This appetizer comes from Provence, France and is great with fresh bread or toast. With the help of a food processor, or blender, this hors d’oeuvre is ready within 5 minutes.

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Homemade Olive Tapenade
The anchovies are very salty. If you find your tapenade too salty, add more olives or olive oil.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in an electric blender. Pulse a few times until finely chopped. The tapenade should have small pieces of olives. Do not over blend!
  2. Serve with crackers or fresh baguette slices.

Chunky Guacamole

The secret to perfect guacamole is ripe avocados. If you prefer a smoother guacamole, use a blender. Personally, I prefer avocados crushed with a fork with finely cut tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

 

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Chunky Guacamole
Guacamole can be served not only with tortilla chips, but also with fresh sliced vegetables, such as radishes, cucumber, or celery.
Instructions
  1. Slice the avocados in half along its length and dispose of the seed and skin. Crush the flesh of the avocado using a fork. Drizzle with the lemon juice.
  2. Chop the onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Crush the garlic.
  3. Mix all the vegetables and avocados together. Salt, pepper, and add the cayenne pepper.
  4. Put the guacamole in a bowl and serve along with tortilla chips or sliced vegetables.

Homemade Hummus

With or without tahini, homemade hummus made from scratch only takes 5 minutes to make. No needs to cook the chickpeas, just open a can and mix with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil! This delicious healthy snack can be serve for any occasion with pita bread or garden vegetables.

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Homemade Hummus
If you don't like spicy food, use paprika instead of chili powder, it makes the dish look pretty, and only slightly alters flavor.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Drain garbanzo beans, keep half of the juice.
  2. In a food processor, place the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, tahini, chili powder and 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Mix until smooth. Add 1 or 2 Tbsp of the juice from the can (or water) to give a desired texture to the hummus.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving bowl, drizzle with the rest of the olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder or paprika.

Avocado Boats With Balsamic Vinegar

You are missing out if you haven’t made this incredible snack from ripe avocados. Anybody can make it, even my 7 year old makes it when she comes home from school. This is her favorite way to eat avocado. Split it in half and fill the center stone hole with some balsamic vinegar. Enjoy this healthy, delicious snack or appetizer.

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Avocado boats with balsamic vinegar
Eat avocado halves with tea spoon.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits but do not peel them. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar in each hole, and serve.

Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese

It’s a super simple and fantastic 10 minutes appetizers, that I could eat a plateful. And when it comes to cheese, you are the boss. You can choose any hard/firm cheese that you like, as long as you’ll be able to grate it.

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Tomato Rounds With Garlic & Cheese
Please don't use store-bought shredded cheese, it will not taste the same trust me, it is not so hard to shred the cheese after all.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Wash and cut the tomatoes into circles and layer them on the plater. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Grate garlic, using microplane, sprinkle it on top of the tomatoes. Using the same microplane shred the cheese. Evenly layer on top of the tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle with some olive oil and garnish with fresh herbs.

Hard-Boiled Eggs Loaded With Tuna

Very simple and quick recipe to make, from the ingredients that you’ll always find in your pantry. Eggs, tuna, pickles and mayonnaise. Perfect appetizer for any event or pre-dinner snack.

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Hard-Boiled Eggs Loaded With Tuna
To make the filling more smooth and fluffy I use not just egg yolks, but I also add one egg white.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Place raw eggs in a saucepan and cover with at least 2-3 inches of cold water. Place the saucepan over high heat until it reaches a boil. Boil for 10 minutes on medium heat. Remove from hot water and transfer them into ice cold water for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Grate 2 pickles, using a microplane cheese grater. Cut one pickle into thin slices.
  3. Carefully peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove yolk from 6 eggs.
  4. Mash 6 egg yolks and one whole egg with fork until crumbly.
  5. Drain and mash the tuna, combine with mashed eggs. Add shredded pickles, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and mix until incorporated.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the egg whites. Garnish with paprika, fresh herbs and sliced pickle.
  7. If there is some extra filling left, serve it on the fresh bread or crackers.

Creamy Mushroom Pate

With a few simple tricks, you really can make this Creamy Mushroom Pate at home. Skip the store bought spreads and pates, making it yourself is so, so easy and will be way tastier than just about anything from the deli department.

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Mushroom Pate
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Slice the mushrooms.
  2. Peel and cut onion into half moons.
  3. Peel and mince garlic.
  4. Place a large frying pan over a high medium heat. Add 5 Tbsp of olive oil and sauté mushrooms for 10 minutes. Constantly stirring. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Meanwhile, place a small frying pan over medium heat, add 2 Tbsp of olive oil and onion, and cook until golden brown.
  6. Add minced garlic and sauté for one minute. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  7. Put half of the mushrooms and onion with garlic into a food processor or blender and pulse several times to combine.
  8. Add the remaining mushrooms and cream cheese and puree.
  9. Add salt and pepper and mix it with wooden spoon.
  10. Serve on crostini, with green onion or any fresh herbs.

Fresh Vegetable Salsa

This traditional Mexican sauce can not only be served with corn chips and tortillas, but also with meat, fish or simply as a summer salad. Fresh Vegetable Salsa is great for a Mexican style party, as well as for spicy dish lovers.

 

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Fresh Vegetable Salsa
If you don't have jalapeños, you can use chili powder. Lime can be replaced with a lemon. The taste will be different, but still delicious.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then serve.
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