French Tomato Tart

Who said that tarts are only for dessert? Fill a square of puff pastry with colorful mosaic of tomatoes, cheese, Dijon mustard, herbs de Provence and surprise your friends or family with this savory piece of artwork.

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French Tomato Tart
This mediterranean tart is a must make. You can make it with tomatoes of the same or different size, of different colors and different varieties. The most important thing is that they are ripe and flavorful. Perfect dish for small crowds.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Cut tomatoes into thin (0.5 cm) slices. Put them in a single layer on paper towel. Pat dry with paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. On the floured piece of parchment paper roll out the puff pastry and poke all over with a fork, to release the steam while baking.
  3. Evenly spread with dijon mustard.
  4. Arrange the tomatoes on top. Fold the edges of dough.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cheese and herbs.
  6. Bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 25-30 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked through and the cheese is softening and colouring at the edges.
  7. Cut the tart into quarters, garnish with fresh basil and serve.

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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Ingredients

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 5 minutes

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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.

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

The reason I love making Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimp so much is the simple ingredients and because I almost always have frozen shrimp and puff pastry left in my freezer.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and seasoning.
  3. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 1 cm wide strips.
  4. Starting at the top, wind one pastry strip around one shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry and ending just before the tail. Repeat with each shrimp.
  5. Place shrimp onto the baking sheet. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork, to make egg wash. Brush the shrimp pastry with egg wash.
  6. Bake for about 12 min, or until golden brown. Do not overcook.

Cucumber Bites With Boursin Cheese and Salmon

The freshness of the cucumber and the bite of Boursin cheese in this smoked salmon roll will hit all of your taste buds.

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Cucumber Bites With Boursin Cheese And Salmon
If you are not familiar with Boursin™ cheese or you don't have any, don't worry. A good substitute for Boursin is Philadelphia cream cheese or farmer cheese with some garlic and fresh herbs.
Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the cucumber into slices (1/2 cm). Cut each slice of smoked salmon in half lengthwise (smaller than your cucumber slice).
  2. Spread 1tsp of Boursin™ cheese on each salmon strip and roll it up.
  3. Top each cucumber slice with a salmon roll. Insert a wooden stick down the center to keep everything together. Garnish with finely chopped fresh dill and paprika. Serve at once or keep refrigerated until needed.

Boursin™ Stuffed Mushrooms

Tasty and very easy recipe with only 2 main ingredients that you can find in every store: mushrooms and Boursin.

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Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
The Boursin™ Garlic & Fine Herbs Cheese is aleredy salty enough so don't add more salt. On the other end, if you like spicy food, season with pepper.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Wash and dry mushrooms. Remove stems. (You can use them for another recipe),
  3. Place mushroom caps on a baking sheet. Season with pepper. Fill each mushroom's hole with 1-2 tsps of Boursin™.
  4. Bake about 25 minutes until mushrooms are golden and cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle the baked mushrooms with fresh herbs and they're ready to be served!

Salmon Теrrine

An elegant french recipe made of fresh and smoked salmon, eggs, sour cream, and parsley. This refined and delicious appetizer is perfect for cold buffets. Serve the Salmon Terrine with mayonnaise, vegetables, or a green salad.

 

 

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Salmon Terrine

This Salmon Terrine is served cold and gets even better the next day. Very convenient to prepare in advance.

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

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Ingredients

Course Appetizers

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 390° F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan using cooking oil.

  2. Cut the fresh salmon into pieces and mix with a food processor.

  3. Add the eggs and mix well.

  4. Add the sour cream and parsley.

  5. Add the smoked salmon, salt and pepper. Mix with a spatula.

  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.

  7. Allow the salmon terrine to cool before removing it from the pan. Serve the dish chilled.

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
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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.

Smoked Salmon Puffs

These irresistible little puffs are filled with a delicate cream made of smoked salmon. Excellent as an appetizer with a glass of Champagne!

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Smoked Salmon Puffs
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
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Dough
Salmon filling
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings
small puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Salmon filling
Instructions
Dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  2. Add flour and mix well, until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  3. Add the eggs one by one. Stir well. The dough should become smooth and shiny.
  4. Place saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag.
  6. Pipe puffs (no bigger than a walnut). Space the puffs on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  7. Lightly brush the top of puffs with egg yolk.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let them cool down completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Smoked salmon filling
  1. In a food processor, combine the smoked salmon with the onion, garlic, sour cream and olive oil. Process until smooth.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix once more.
  3. Whip heavy cream, until soft peaks form.
  4. Gently fold in salmon mix into the whipped cream. Add the minced fresh dill.
  5. Cut puffs in half. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag and fill the puffs. Replace the top.
  6. Dust puffs with paprika. Serve right away or keep in the refrigerator.

Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)

Baked Feta (Psiti) is a traditional Greek dish. It is very easy to prepare at home and will become one of your favorite appetizers.

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Baked Feta (Feta Psiti)
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place the feta in an oven-proof dish. Add the oregano and chili pepper flakes followed by the olive oil.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with fresh bread or pita.

Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks

These crispy, flaky, cheesy sticks require just a few ingredients and 15 minutes of your time. Very easy to put together with absolutely no experience needed. They go with dips, salads, soups, beer and yet, kids favorite crunchy snack.

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Easy Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a parchment paper roll out the puff pastry.
  2. Whisk the egg yolk and spread evenly over the puff pastry.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, herbs and pepper on top of the yolk mixture. Slice with a pizza cutter into 1 cm strips.
  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes.
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