Category: Appetizers & Snacks (Page 1 of 5)
Zucchini Rolls with Cream CheeseAugust 11th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
As zucchini season is in full swing I want to share a recipe for this amazing appetizer: zucchini rolls with cream cheese, garlic and fresh herbs stuffing.
I must say it is one of my favorite finger foods. I think I can eat the whole plate of these by myself.
Use mandoline to slice zucchini here, it will make life much easier and will speed process up a lot.
If you want to reduce oil intake – roasting zucchini in the oven in grilling skillet can be an option to.
Salmon and Cream Cheese SpreadJuly 28th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Quick recipe for an appetizer you can put together on a minutes notice (if you have ingredients of course): salmon and cream spread.
Once ready, you can set it up on cucumber slices, or crackers you like. Or in less fancy fashion (and also quicker) spread it on a bread toast.
I used hand blender to here, because I wasn’t sure how my cup blender will react to not-so-liquid mixture. Either one you plan to use, just make sure cream cheese and salmon are well blended into homogeneous mixture.
Cilantro Lime ShrimpsMarch 24th, 2018 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
Discovered this simple way to dress boiled shrimps while trying to recreate a similar one from Costco: marinate boiled shrimps in lime juice, spices and cilantro.
Of course the taste is not exactly the same as of Costco ones, but the list of ingredients is also much shorter.
These shrimps can be served on their own as appetizer or added to salads or tacos.
Using already cooked, peeled and deveined shrimps like I did will save a lot of time, if you want to cook and/or clean shrimps yourself, factor the time in for it.
Jellied Beef TongueDecember 30th, 2017 in Appetizers & Snacks by Julia Volhina
This recipe will probably excite these few who either grow up in USSR or have relatives from that country/time.
I am both, and this dish brings a lot of childhood memories of New Year celebrations and other family gatherings.
For the rest of you jellied beef tongue (zalivnoj jazyk, zalivnoe) may be more of an exotic something you may never try, here are some pictures to a look at in case you don’t feel that adventurous to cook it.
Few notes to the recipe. I’ve ended up using more gelatin than the ingredients picture shows, that is because I’ve decided to do more than one plate. Rule of the thumb 1 pack (1/4oz) for about 1 cup of broth.
Second note is about execution: I’ve realized that it may be easier to arrange the decoration pieces when gelatin starts to settle a bit, and not before pouring the broth in (as I did), because broth moves them around :).
Boiled Beef TongueJune 18th, 2016 in Appetizers & Snacks, Beef, Main Dishes, Tips, Advices & How-to by Julia Volhina
Boiled beef tongue is one of foods I love from the childhood, I love the taste, and it also is nutritious and easily digestible and is a good source of protein.
Boiled beef tongue is a perfect dish on its own, that is you can serve it with a side. But it can be also used for sandwiches, or be sliced into a salad, or be used in further cooking.
Now, cooking time for beef tongue will vary greatly depending on it size and age. It will be anywhere between 2 and 4 hours. So start testing readiness at about 2 hours mark of boiling.
Broth prepared from cooking beef tongue with vegetables tastes great as well, you can use it for a soup or some other cooking, just discard roots and use fresh ones at that point if needed.
Zucchini “Fries” with Parmesan and SpicesNovember 7th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Sides by Julia Volhina
Zucchini “fries” cooked with this recipe are much healthier alternative to potato ones: much less oil and less starchy zucchini instead of potato.
I love zucchini, so these taste great for me. It is easy to improvise with spices and their amounts to create new unique taste every time I want it.
Please note, more mature zucchinis will require more cooking time, so probe with a fork to see readiness.
Zucchini with Parmesan and Spices can be served as snack, or an appetizer or a side dish.
Simple Fried ShrimpsApril 11th, 2015 in Appetizers & Snacks, Fish, Main Dishes by Julia Volhina
Simple recipe to fry shrimps. I cooked shrimps in shell, but cleaned ones will work for this recipe as well.
Make sure you don’t overcook shrimps (turn them over as soon as meat becomes white), or meat will turn hard and shrimps will be hard to clean.
You can also use garlic oil instead of cooking garlic with oil, if you have it on hand.