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Appetizers

Starters to tide your guests over until the bird arrives at the table.

  • Recipe: Creamy mushroom ragout over sweet potato cakes

    Recipe: Creamy mushroom ragout over sweet potato cakes

      Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 8 to 12 Note: This dish makes a satisfying main course for the vegetarians at your holiday table. For a quicker version, omit the sweet potato cakes altogether and simply spoon the mushroom ragout over roasted and mashed sweet potatoes. This recipe can be prepared...

  • Recipe: Johnny's spinach balls

    Recipe: Johnny's spinach balls

    Johnny's spinach balls Total time: 45 minutes, plus chilling time for the spinach mixture Servings: Makes about 4 dozen spinach balls. Note: From Johnny Thibeault. He sometimes adds bacon to the mixture before forming; if desired, stir in 1/2 cup chopped fried bacon before forming the spinach balls....

  • Recipe: Dungeness crab salad with apples and curried mayonnaise

    Recipe: Dungeness crab salad with apples and curried mayonnaise

      Total time: 25 minutes Servings: 6 Note: You may substitute cooked, shelled shrimp, cut into bite-size pieces, for the crab. 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 1 tablespoon snipped chives 3 tablespoons whipping cream 3 cups torn frisee 1 cup torn watercress 3/4 to 1 pound vacuum-packed...

  • Last-minute Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvres

    Last-minute Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvres

    Your holiday menu is in hand. But what about hors d'oeuvres? Here are 25 last-minute appetizers.

  • The perfect cheese platter for Thanksgiving

    The perfect cheese platter for Thanksgiving

    Give thanks before the big feast with an easy appetizer -- a handpicked selection of American cheeses.

  • Recipe: Pissaladière with spiced ricotta, radicchio and poached apricots

    Recipe: Pissaladière with spiced ricotta, radicchio and poached apricots

      Total time: 2 1/2 hours (includes rising time) Servings: Makes 24 pieces Note: Use dried figs instead of apricots, if you like. The pissaladière can be baked and prepared through step 6 one day in advance (the onions and apricots can be cooked one day in advance of the rest of the recipe) and...

  • Recipe: Shrimp Tostones at Cafe Verde in Pasadena

    Recipe: Shrimp Tostones at Cafe Verde in Pasadena

      Dear SOS: The shrimp tostones appetizer at Cafe Verde in Pasadena is delicious, unique and addictive. I've taken several out-of-town guests to enjoy the dish, and they all rave as well! I would love to have the recipe. Dena Crowder South Pasadena Dear Dena: Cafe Verde's tostones appetizer is...

  • Recipe: Dungeness crab spring rolls with endive and almonds

    Recipe: Dungeness crab spring rolls with endive and almonds

    Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 6 to 8 Note: Rice vermicelli and rice paper wrappers are available in well-stocked Asian sections of most supermarkets. Don't substitute blue crab meat for the Dungeness -- it has a very different flavor and won't work nearly as well. VIDEO: Watch this recipe being...

  • Recipe: Caramelized onions

    Recipe: Caramelized onions

      Recipe: Caramelized onions Total time: 4 hours Servings: Makes about 2 1/2 cups Note: These onions will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for at least a week. 5 pounds brown onions (about 6 large) 1/2 cup oil 1 tablespoon salt 1. Cut off the stem and root ends of the onions, then halve...

  • Recipe: Sun-dried tomato-stuffed eggs

    Recipe: Sun-dried tomato-stuffed eggs

    Servings: 24 eggs Active work time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes 12 eggs 8 sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil) 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped 1 large shallot, finely minced 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 cup mayonnaise 4 tablespoons thinly sliced basil, divided 1....

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