Small Plates: Appetizers as Meals
Marguerite Marceau Henderson
Gibbs Smith, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
've always enjoyed snacking more than dining - evening
in an outdoor cafe in Spain, Sunday
in any big city Chinatown, or - as has become our family tradition - a New Year's Eve buffet. Now, in
, Marguerite Marceau Henderson offers us a wide selection of recipes for this '
relaxed style of entertaining and dining.
' She urges readers to '
retrieve those precious small dishes from dusty closets, fill them with morsels of shrimp, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, or salad. Then invite fortunate friends to experience the joy of your small plates ... A complete dining experience is in the making.
ecipes are classified under
Meats and Poultry
Pasta and Grains
Sauces and Salsa
Soups and Stews
(all that's missing is desserts). I love cheese straws and the
Cheese and Herb Batons
here look even tastier. The
Cranberry-Ginger Stuffed Brie
looks much too rich for all but holiday fare. There are all sorts of scrumptious
Wild Mushrooms and Fontina
, yumm!), and the pictures of
Pear and Gorgonzola Crostada
Tomato and Olive Tart
have me salivating.
Coffee and Spice Lamb Kebobs
will impress guests, or how about
Maple Pecan Pork Tenderloin
Frittata de Pasta
looks fun to make and I have to try the
Roasted Autumn Squash Risotto
righten up the table with
Spicy Ginger-Peanut Sauce
(with chicken skewers). Add the
Cajun Shrimp and Andouille Salad
and definitely the
Roasted Beet, Spinach and Orange Salad
. On the side, toss in some
Feta and Herb Stuffed Shrimp
Zucchini and Two-Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon
. A leek soup is always a winner, and the
Roasted Pepper, Potato, and Leek Soup
here looks especially good. And definitely the
Oven-Roasted Cauliflower and Tomatoes with Blue Cheese Crumbs
. Spread the buffet with these choice small plates, lay down a selection of matching wines, and impress your guests with a relaxed and savory dining experience!
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