We replace the tomatoes with fresh watermelon in this delicious salsa recipe, making it perfectly cool and spicy hot at the same time. You can whip this appetizer up in 15 minutes, and have it ready for anything from casual dinner at home, to a spontaneous summer picnic.
· 3 tablespoons chopped watermelon
· 1 teaspoon chopped green bell pepper
· 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
· 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
· 1/8 teaspoon chopped green onions
· 1/8 teaspoon chopped jalapeño pepper
· 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
Just combine all of your ingredients in a bowl, mix well, and you’re good to go!
Make sure that the watermelon is properly cooled before using it. That way, the salsa will taste extra fresh.
Spicy Nut Mixture
A quick and easy appetizer recipe containing all the foods which form a powerhouse of nutrition! Nuts contain high antioxidants and fiber, and help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Munching on this dish will make you feel super responsible and healthy.
1/4 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons walnut halves
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons pecan halves
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons whole almonds
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Beat the egg white and water with a hand mixer until the mixture becomes frothy. Add the nuts and stir everything to coat, then drain it slightly in a colander for 3-4 minutes.
2. Mix the sugar and all the spices in a plastic freezer bag. Add the nut mixture and shake everything to coat.
3. Spread the wet nut mixture in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate; microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly. Stir everything together.
4. Microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes. Remove and stir to separate. Cool before serving.
If easier, you can also make more of this dish in advance (just double the ingredients). Simply store the nuts in a sealed container and eat whenever you wish!
World-Famous Guacamole Sauce
This terrific guac makes for an absolutely ideal, classic gluten-free appetizer. This is another recipe where it works to double the ingredients and make some ahead, either as a quick snack when one of you gets a craving, or for when you’re having friends over. I recommend using high- quality avocadoesavocados – you will be happy you sprang for them once you taste this gorgeous and savory treat!
40 mins (Prep 10 mins)
· 1/4 avocado
· 1/8 small onion, finely chopped
· 1/8 clove garlic, minced
· 1/8 ripe tomato, chopped
· 1/8 lime, juiced
· salt and pepper to taste
Peel and mash the avocado in a medium serving bowl. Stir in the other ingredients. CThen chill for 30 minutes to blend the flavors. Your world-famous guacamole dip is now ready!
Cover the guacamole bowl with aluminum foil to keep it moist and fresh-tasting.
Traditional Tuscan Mushrooms
This classic Italian antipasto (appetizer) is naturally gluten-free. Italians are famous for their creative and innovative appetizer ideas and these mushrooms, stuffed full of veggie goodness, do not disappoint.
30 mins (Prep 10 mins)
· 1/4 cup diced jarred roasted red bell peppers
· 1/4 cup diced pitted green olives
· 1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano
· 1 scallion, diced
· 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
· 1/2 pound white button mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed
· 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Preheat the oven to 400 °degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix together the roasted red bell peppers, olives, cheese, scallion, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, place the mushrooms, cavity side up. Spoon the filling into the cavity of the mushrooms. Bake until the mushrooms are tender, about 20 minutes.
Transfer the mushrooms to a serving platter, sprinkle with chopped basil, and serve.
Make sure you eat the mushrooms hot; they tend to lose the fullness of their flavor if they sit too long. Pair with red wine.
Bacon-Wrapped And Cheese-Stuffed Dates
To end our selection of appetizers, we’ll go with something a bit more dinner party-appropriate. This sinfully sumptuous recipe is definitely on the menu whenever you are in the mood to feel elegant and sophisticated (even if dinner is served on your ratty living room couch).
· 10 toothpicks
· 1/4 cup brown sugar
· 1/16 cup tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
· 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
· 1 ounce goat cheese, at room temperature
· 1/8 cup chopped pecans
· 10 pitted medjool dates
· 5 slices gluten-free bacon, cut in half so you have 10 short strips
Soak the toothpicks in water for about 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 ° Fdegrees. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil.
Place the brown sugar in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix together the tamari and ginger.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the goat cheese with the pecans, mixing well. Stuff the dates with some of the goat cheese mixture, wrap each date with half a piece of bacon, and secure with a toothpick.
Dip the date in the tamari mixture, then into the brown sugar, coating well. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. The dates are now ready to impress your partner!
Leave the dates to cool for about five minutes before serving, and then pair with a glass of Prosecco each.
Breadmaking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour ofmeditation in a music-throbbing chapel that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.? M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating