Appetizers

ALL-AMERICAN BBQ SAUCE

What makes this thick, sweet sauce really special is the combination of flavors that go into the pot. Slather it on chicken or a burger, use it on a grilled pizza (Next Week’s Chef Talk Recipe!), glaze ribs or a grilled steak, or use it to dip French fries or onion rings. Luscious!
ANDALUSIAN GARLIC-ALMOND SOUP: AJO BLANCO

ANDALUSIAN GARLIC-ALMOND SOUP: AJO BLANCO

Excerpted from “Soup for Two” by Joanna Pruess www.joannapruess.com
This classic cold white Spanish soup of puréed garlic and almonds with a dash of sherry vinegar is a perfect antidote to hot days. My kids and I were introduced to it during a cooking class in Seville with Amelia Gomez and her husband chef Jorge Rideo. Grapes are the traditional garnish to balance the garlic, but small cubes of watermelon or apple are also used today. Ajo blanco is said to have originated in the Roman colony of Hispalis (today’s Seville), where almond milk was consumed in large amounts.
  • Time: 1 1/2 HOURS
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Sides

ARANCINI STUFFED WITH BURRATA CHEESE

ASPARAGUS WITH WASABI-MAYONNAISE DIP
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Sides

ASPARAGUS WITH WASABI-MAYONNAISE DIP

AUTHENTIC CHINESE BBQ SPARERIBS
  • Time: 1 1/2 HOURS
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Appetizers

AUTHENTIC CHINESE BBQ SPARERIBS

This Asian technique is based on a Joyce Chen recipe from 1962. We like to use leaner, Chinese-style spareribs, also called St. Louis-style ribs, where the breast bones and flaps of meat have been removed. Gung Hay Fat Choy…Happy Chinese New Year!
BAKED BRIE in PUFF PASTRY with CRANBERRY CHUTNEY

BAKED BRIE in PUFF PASTRY with CRANBERRY CHUTNEY

This elegant recipe always gets rave reviews! The flavors combine deliciously and the impressive presentation always wows guests.
BARBECUED BABA GANOUSH

BARBECUED BABA GANOUSH

When buying eggplant, select those with shiny and unbruised skins and an even shape, for even cooking. Pita bread, tomato wedges and cucumber slices make delicious accompaniments for dipping.
BASIC TURKEY BRINE

BASIC TURKEY BRINE

If brining a Turkey Breast, allow the breast to soak in the brine for up to 12 hours. For Cornish game hens, brine for up to 6 hours.
BBQ JALAPENO POPPERS

BBQ JALAPENO POPPERS

Spicy, cheesy and smoky, these poppers are the perfect appetizer to pair with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a spirited cocktail.

BBQ SAUCE FOR CHICKEN OR RIBS

This simple and smokey barbecue sauce is delicious on chicken ribs or pork chops. Try marinating the meats in the sauce at least one day before grilling or baking for a wonderful, intense flavor!
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