Fresh greens aren’t just for salads. Sorrel, spinach and lettuce are pureed in vegetable stock for a flavorful soup that tastes better than it looks.
This goat cheese in phyllo dish is a lovely variation of a classic French salad. Serve it as an appetizer or late-night nibble.
A fondue without the pot, Fontina cheese is broiled with garlic, olive oil, and thyme until it’s melted and bubbles. Scoop it up with hunks of bread.
Finger food at its best: tender shrimp dipped in garlic butter. Cooking the shrimp in their shells intensifies the flavor and keeps them moist.
Leek and potato soup with bacon is a family favorite. Tender leeks and earthy potatoes make this soup hearty. The bacon adds smokiness. A keeper soup.
Voluptuous Gorgonzola custards, called sformati, share a plate with thin slices of pears and watercress tossed in a vinaigrette. The custards can be baked ahead, so entertaining is easy.
Baked seafood imperial, a riff on crab imperial, is shellfish tossed with cream and seasonings, breaded, and baked. Seafood imperial can be small or big.
As fresh tasting as it is colorful, this Japanese inspired tuna tartare appetizer is best with cucumber, red onions, and chiles from the farmer’s market.
Wanna outclass every other appetizer you know how to make? Try this little number. Deceptively simple, infallibly impressive.
Steamed mussels go from standard to superlative when doused in a delicate curry-white wine broth spiked with shallots, garlic, lime, and cream.
This dish, called Trutas a Moda de Braganca, consists of trout wrapped in a deep red jacket of smoked Portuguese ham and fried in bacon drippings.
Sweet caramelized onions and Greek feta cheese make this tart an ideal companion with a salad. It’s especially easy with store-bought puff pastry.
Broa, or Portuguese cornbread, has a distinctive whitish crust, which cracks to reveal a golden-brown crumb. This is a toothsome, hearty bread.
A Spanish savory pie, Pastela Moruna is related to Moroccan bastila though not as sweet or rich. Rotisserie chicken and puff pastry make this a quick meal.
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