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.
Canned tuna and green peas are one of my favorite fast dinners!
You know those times when you need to eat something warm, something with the spoon, something healthy and something that you can make within the 30 minutes?
Yes, for those times canned tuna and green peas are the perfect dish.
I like to add a scoop, let’s call it a big scoop of sour cream on top of this yummy dish. The sour cream will balance the sweetness of green peas and the saltiness of tuna. It will give it that perfect creamy texture also.
Plus if you overdo with salt, the sour cream or thick Greek yogurt will southe that and give it that perfect kick of acidity too.
In all Italian families food is super important. Especially dinners.
Even ordinary dinner times are some kind of a small feast. To keep up with the traditional rituals and give them a modern twist, I like to simplify the meals while still creating something different and exciting.
For a long, I was planning to make these spicy tuna potatoes nests. Finally, I have made them on Thursday night (Friday is a pizza night) and they were a real hit.
Delicious spicy tuna potatoes nests
After battling with a piping bag, which is still a challenge for me. circle like I’m squeezing it too hard and potato puree was coming out on both sides. I guess its just something I will need to practice more!
The potatoes nests came out pretty cool looking and even tastier than I have expected. Basically they were melting in the mouth.
To prepare the potatoes I have used the Homemade Duchess potatoesrecipe and then I have prepared the spicy tuna mix on the side.
These potatoes nests can be easily accompanied by a seasonal salad if you are planning it to be your main dish, or you can serve it as a warm appetizer before the fish platter. If you like potatoes as a side dish, this a perfect solution for you.
How to make Spicy tuna potatoes nests
Using the recipes for duchess potatoes I have prepared the potatoes puree and placed it in the piping bag.
In order to know the exact size of each nest I have used the cup and pen to draw the circles on the baking paper. Once turned on the other side, the circles were still very visible and I could trace it with a potato puree.
PRO TIP: Make sure you account for the nest walls and the hole you will leave empty for the stuffing. The nest will lower a bit during the baking time, so take that into account when creating the nest.
Start by making the base of the nest first and then circulate on the edges to make the nests walls. The potatoes nests I have made were 6 cm in diameter, with an opening of 4 cm.
Once all are done place them in preheated oven to 200 C and bake them for 15 min.
How to make spicy tuna stuffing.
My mother in law makes this amazing traditional chopped peperoncino sauce (chilly peppers) in olive oil. We use it often when we want to add a bit of spice to our food. Its chopped in small pieces and loaded with spice and warm flavor.
I know that if you live outside Italy it’s hard to find a typical Italian peperoncino sauce, so I have done a lot of research and have found Tutto Calabria Hot Chili Peppers Crushed. This way you can have a taste of real Italian stuff.
In case you didn’t know Calabria is based in the south Italy, to be precise, the tip of the boot.
Now, since you have already done the biggest part of preparing the potatoes nests, the rest will be a piece of cake.
You will need to mix following ingredients and you will have a delicious stuffing for your potatoes nests.
By now your potatoes nests should be ready to be stuffed with spicy tuna. Remove them from the oven and add the stuffing and place back in the oven for 10 minutes. If you have the grill in your oven use it.
Before serving this delicious spicy tuna potatoes nests drizzle it with the extra virgin olive oil and give it another pinch of chopped fresh parsley.
I hope that you will enjoy these delicious spicy tuna bites and that you will make them in many occasions.
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Serves 12 - 15 spicy tuna potatoes nests
Spicy tuna potatoes nests
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This is my go to appetizer when I'm preparing the fish based dinner. The spicy tuna is a perfect addition for your meal of it can become your main dish with a salad on a side.
Crunchy on outside with creamy spicy stuffing will make your mouth water with every single bite.
How to make rolled zucchini with mozzarella and mortadella?
Have you ever tasted rolled zucchini with mozzarella and mortadella? I have discovered it only 2 weeks ago. 🙂
We love zucchini and eat them at home very often. 2 weeks ago I have bought a new bunch and I wanted to try something different. I thought I would like to stuff them and I came across this super easy recipe.
You will love this recipe too, it’s very simple, although requires time to prepare.
Your ideal brunch – smoked salmon with spring onion
Do you like fish? What about the smoked types? I love smoked salmon. As for me I could eat it few times a week and I never get tired of it. You can combine it with so many ingredients to give it always a new taste and look. Recently, I have discovered this smoked salmon with spring onion recipe and I looove it!
For sure I recommend it for a quick and healthy dinner or lunch. For sure your girlfriends would enjoy it as a Sunday brunch too.
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola will become your signature dish
We all know how often we are in the race with the time, Lunch and dinner times become rushed by so many things and we are always looking for those magic recipes that we prepare fast like a super human. Gnocchi with Gorgonzola will become revelation to you
I have learned how to make this gnocchi with Gorgonzola recipe just few months ago, and since then I have made it many times. Having a bag of gnocchi in the fridge like an emergency dinner, in case of lack of idea or just when I’m running short of time, has been such a relief. I would serve some fresh green salad, grilled veggies or after some cold cuts.
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.