Fresh Stuffed Mozzarella Cheese is one of the preferred appetizers in my household.
Chopped tomatoes and fresh basil leaves give the mozzarella cheese delicious aroma. A pinch of salt and touch of extra virgin olive oil brings together all the flavors.
I have become the master of quick appetizers, as often I want to add something to the meal and I think about it the last minute. 🙂 After only one trial this stuffed mozzarella cheese became a go-to summer appetizer.
To make there stuffed mozzarella’s I literally need less than 10 min. So while you are preparing the main dish you can whip this delicious stuffed mozzarella cheese appetizers.
To prepare it I don’t use particular measures, but simple counts. I prepare 1 mozzarella per person.
A savory puff pastry pinwheel recipe.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says Puff Pastry Rolls aka Pinwheels? 🙂
Mine first thought is salty, flaky, rich almost addictive party size appetizers.
Today I will share these delicious puff pastry pinwheels which I have filled with bacon, cream cheese, and flavorful gorgonzola (blue cheese). Yum!
Puff pastry pinwheel filling ideas
I love the fact that this simple puff pastry appetizer can be filled with so many different fillings. Each filling will completely change the flavor and style.
Puff pastry pinwheels with cream cheese and bacon is a fast appetizer that you can prepare while chatting to your guests. It’s one of those appetizers that call for spontaneity and can be made as creative as you wish.
I believe that in every culture there is a go-to fast snack that dates decades ago. Its the same for the classic tomatoes bruschetta recipe. What I love about bruschetta are the simple ingredients, endless combinations, literally a snack that you can make in 5 min which keeps you full and good to go.
What is bruschetta and how can you make it at home?
Bruschetta is a very gratifying dish you can prepare with many variations. The base for bruschetta is the bread.
In the past, people have used the homemade bread cut in nice thick slices, grilled them (the slice needs to get nice crunchy crust but needs to remain soft inside) and depending on season or region in Italy they would add toppings.
Most likely they would rub it with a clove of garlic, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. In some regions, they would add sardines, sausages or simple fresh tomatoes.
Fresh melon and prosciutto appetizers
Summer in coming to its end and I feel like I need it to last just a tiny bit longer. What better way to do it, than with food? One of my go-to instant summer foods is melon and prosciutto. Juicy and delicious with every single bite, just how I like it.
Here and there I like to add some fresh basil to give it that fresh herby nutty taste. Is herby even a word, or did I just made that up? 🙂
Smoked salmon appetizers you can make in 10 minutes
Appetizers are definitely my favorite part of a meal. So many times I have found my self full, just from eating appetizers. Smoked salmon appetizers are super versatile and you can combine them with bread, crackers, rolled with cheese or placed on vegetables.
I love to combine it with fresh cheese, but also with fresh herbs. Delicate taste and texture of smoked salmon always makes me think of simple dishes, light and without too many ingredients.
Rolled frittata is healthy and easy to prepare dish.
I’m always looking for an simple and fast recipes, something I can pull out when in rush or when I get unannounced visitors. Something I can whip in no time and feed the hungry troupers. In Italy frittata is go to protein source for then you are short of time or the ideas. 🙂
Rolled frittata is one of those recipes. You can eat it warm or cold, as a main meal served with salad or as a appetizer. You can fill the rolled frittata with many kind of ingredients, but in this basic kind I have used only ham and cheese as a classic filling.
My November discovery – Rustic pumpkin soup with chickpeas and rosemary
During the cold season I love warm meals with spoon and this rustic pumpkin soup with chickpeas and rosemary is a real discovery. What I love about is the final touch of roasted rosemary leaves in olive oil. The rich rosemary flavor just fills every mouthful longing for more.
I also like the combination of delicate pumpkin and crunchy chickpeas. I would call this a perfect soup. 🙂
Creamy pumpkin soup with grilled hot dogs
If you are looking for a heartwarming fall meal, then creamy pumpkin soup is at the top of fall treats. Creamy soup and crunchy hot dogs make a perfect combination and with each spoonful, there is a little feast in your mouth.
I love the simplicity of the ingredients of this soup and how fast you can make it.
Baked Mushrooms with Creamy Gorgonzola (Blue Cheese)
One of my all year round, go to appetizers, are for sure baked mushrooms. I fill them with various ingredients depending on the season or the menu of the day. They are juicy and tender, filled with creamy soft cheese that fills your mouth with every bite.
Asparagus cake with Bacon and Parmesan cheese
In Italy we eat a lot of salty cakes and combinations are limitless. Asparagus cake is one of my favorite. It’s combination of crunchy bacon and salty Parmesan cheese make it a perfect pair.
As cooking in Italy is very seasonal (we can’t buy strawberries in winter) we have adapted the recipes and we eat whats fresh and in season. I have made this delicious cake in June and ate it with some fresh green salad on a side.