CHARRED BRUSSEL SPROUTS

CHARRED BRUSSEL SPROUTS Fresh steamed brussel sprouts charred in a little extra virgin olive oil. Tossed with garlic, smoked paprika, fresh grind sea salt and black pepper. Served with Ball Park Mustard mixed with a little veggie mayo! Serve as hors d’oeuvre or side dish vegetable. Low fat! Serves 6 Advertisements

TOMATO NUT HUMMUS

TOMATO NUT HUMMUS A wonderful hummus. Yes, a tomato nut hummus. I make the rules in my kitchen. No beans in this dip. This is the most unfamiliar tasting recipe. The only things familiar are the flatbread and the fact that it’s a dip. Flavors, textures all new! Except that you won’t miss the lamb that generally accompanies…

BOILED PISTACHIO NUTS

BOILED PISTACHIO NUTS Ever hear of boiled peanuts? Well, I had only pistachios on hand and I just decided to boil them, and WOWE! Thank you to whomever put that boiled peanut bug in my ear – long ago. If not for that, I never would have known this other pleasure! These are my mussels!…

EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM SPREAD

  EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM  SPREAD Looks rustic, tastes elegant, feels luxurious! Makes 2 cups 4 T. extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 med. eggplant (a little more than 1 lb.), unpeeled, cut into 3/8 inch cubes (no larger) salt and black pepper to taste 4 fresh Italian (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and…

ROASTED RATATOUILLE ANTIPASTO

ROASTED RATATOUILLE ANTIPASTO A really easy, flavorful antipasto that requires little effort or time! Makes about 4 cups

PINEAPPLE BEAN SALSA SOUP – or dip

PINEAPPLE BEAN SALSA SOUP – or dip This is my gazpacho – upticked all the way to the moon and back. The longer it marinates, the more subtle the flavors. Some like the old, some like the new! Serve as a cold appetizer soup or a dip with tortilla chips! Makes 9 cups

TOMATO WALNUT TAPENADE

TOMATO WALNUT TAPENADE Sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts and Kalamata olives are the center of this tomato based tapenade. Rich. Smooth but textured. Potent and subtle at the same time.  A great tapenade for home entertainment or restaurant appetizer! Makes 4-1/2 cups

THE BIG GAME DIP

THE BIG GAME DIP This is a big dip for a big day. It makes a lot so you won’t run out. Bold and subtle flavors – crunchy, meaty and smooth textures – make this a perfect party dip for all tastes! Makes 3-1/2 cups

APPLE TAPENADE

APPLE TAPENADE Hot, spicy, salty, sweet, sour, acrid, tart means powerful. Serve as appetizer with toast points or French baguette, or with your favorite pasta and marinara sauce on the same dish so the juices can mingle. Heaven on a plate! Makes 7 cups

BLACKENED CAULIFLOWER BUDS

BLACKENED CAULIFLOWER BUDS Steamed cauliflower buds coated with a dry batter mix, then pan-fried with garlic till blackened. Served with a sweet onion mustard sauce! Perfect for restaurant or home! Serves 2-4 as a first course (sit down to eat) appetizer

HORS D’OEUVRE PLATTER

HORS D’OEUVRE PLATTER Caponata Babaganoush and hummus spreads served with grilled pita triangles. Kalamata olives, capers and Pickled Roasted Yellow Peppers serve as accompaniments. Garnish it all with chopped fresh parsley, serve and listen to the raves! Serves 6

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH Roasted eggplant combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive! Makes 3-1/2 cups

CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA

CRANBERRY BLACK BEAN SALSA Whole cranberry sauce, black beans and sweet mini peppers combined with chunky salsa, fresh cilantro and lemon. Served with white corn tortilla chips. Wow! My new favorite salsa! Makes 4 cups

MUSHROOM AND BREAD PATE

MUSHROOM AND BREAD PATE A unique way of making, presenting and enjoying mushroom pate! By adding fresh Italian breadcrumbs to the mix, the glutenous nature of the bread, when left to set in the refrigerator overnight creates a pate you can slice with no detraction from the pate or its mushroom flavor! Makes 2 small…

MUSHROOM PATE SANDWICH SPREAD

MUSHROOM PATE SANDWICH SPREAD Homemade mushroom pate with red wine, sweet onion, garlic and cracked pepper mixed with Silken tofu to create a delicious, creamy textured sandwich spread. Can also be served, minus the tofu, as a mushroom pate appetizer! Makes 3 cups

GLUTEN-FREE SAFFRON SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP

GLUTEN-FREE SAFFRON SUN-DRIED TOMATO DIP Sun-dried tomatoes, celery, raw onion and garlic, fresh lime, orange zest and saffron. Mixed with Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. Garnished with celery leaves and paprika. Served with potato chips! Makes 2 cups

COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRE SANDWICHES

 COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRE SANDWICHES A quick, easy, delicious, satisfying hors d’oeuvre sandwich. Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, veggie salami, scallion and garlic. Spread on rye cocktail bread, cut into triangles! Makes  a little more than 1-½ cups spread, enough for 1 sleeve of cocktail bread

GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE ‘SMOKED SALMON’ SPREAD

GLUTEN-FREE VEGGIE ‘SMOKED SALMON’ SPREAD Made with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, Greek olives, sun-dried tomatoes, soy bacon bits, capers, roasted peppers and horseradish. Yes, it takes and textures like smoked salmon! Makes 1-1/4 cups

TAPENADE MOUSSE

TAPENADE MOUSSE Kalamata olives, fresh garlic and onion processed till mealy, then combined with dairy-free cream cheese till smooth and mousse-like. Served with a ‘cutting board’ whole grain bread cut into chunks! Rustic and elegant – a perfect match! Makes 2 cups

BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

BLACK & WHITE BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES Black and white fresh breadcrumbs mixed with cashew crumbles, garlic and lemon. Stuffed in pre-cooked fresh, whole artichokes and baked till steaming hot! Makes 2

SHARON’S ‘PEARL OYSTER’ STUFFED MUSHROOMS

SHARON’S ‘PEARL OYSTER’ STUFFED MUSHROOMS Gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms combined with sauteed onion, celery, garlic and steamed eggplant. Mixed with fresh potato breadcrumbs, fine cashew crumbles, white wine and saffron. Stuffed into crimini and white button mushroom caps, baked till hot, then served with a saffron remoulade sauce! Makes approx. 42 stuffed mushrooms – approx. 6…

MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE

MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE Finely diced mushroom sauteed with roasted eggplant, sweet onion, garlic and Marsala wine. Served cold with French baguette slices, Marsala spicy brown mustard and sliced dill gherkin pickles. Makes 2-1/4 cups

PAN-FRIED VEGGIE SAUSAGE CANAPES

PAN-FRIED SOY SAUSAGE CANAPES Served with spicy barbecue sauce and horseradish maple mustard sauce! Makes 32 or 64 depending on size you prefer

CLEVELAND CAULIFLOWER SHRIMP COCKTAIL

CLEVELAND CAULIFLOWER SHRIMP COCKTAIL Flavors and textures of the sea without the sea. Nothing fishy here. Ever miss shrimp cocktail? This will do ya’ good!! Serves 6-8

TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA Dei Fratelli’s Truly Tomatoes cooked with caramelized onion, garlic and Kalamata olives. Seasoned with fennel, smoke and allspice. Spread on Artisan baguette slices. Broiled, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil! Sauce makes 2 cups

BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA

BOURBON BAKED BEAN SALSA An American slant to Mexican bean salsa. Bourbon Baked Beans mixed with caramelized peppers and onion and pineapple salsa. Seasoned with fresh basil and mint! Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 7 cups

SPICY INDIAN SALSA

SPICY INDIAN SALSA Indian flavors meld with the traditional flavors of Mexican salsa. Chili beans, scallions and Garam Masala spice. Exciting and different!  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips! Makes 4 cups

BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE

BLACK OLIVE MOUSSE Soy cream cheese combined with black olive paste, basil and garlic. Hand-whipped till light and creamy! Served with assorted chopped pickles, mustard, assorted crackers and bread! Makes 1-1/2 cups

ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D’OEUVRES

ROASTED PEPPER CASHEW CHEESE HORS D’OEUVRES A cheesy mousse-like spread made from cashews, sweet red roasted peppers, sweet onion, garlic and nutritional yeast. Spooned onto lightly broiled potato bread rounds. Half topped with strips of roasted pepper and the other half topped with Kalamata olive strips. An elegant, melt in your mouth hors d’oeuvre! Can…

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES Artichokes stuffed till bursting with an aromatic Kalamata olive, garlic, pine nut and lemon bread stuffing, then baked till steaming hot! Makes 2

MUSHROOM AND GARLIC HUMMUS MOUSSE

MUSHROOM AND GARLIC HUMMUS MOUSSE with extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil spread, soy sour cream, basil and tarragon. Superb! Makes 2-1/4 cups

ROASTED PEPPER AND HORSERADISH CANAPES

ROASTED PEPPER AND HORSERADISH CANAPES These delicious little canapés are impressively easy to make, especially when you have unexpected guests or don’t have the time to invest in something more intricate. I love them! Makes as many as you want

AVOCADO DIP FOR POTATO CHIPS

AVOCADO DIP FOR POTATO CHIPS Fresh avocado combined with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, garlic, curry and horseradish, blended till creamy with non-dairy creamer. Served with potato chips! Makes 1 cup

ARTICHOKE ANTIPASTO HORS D’OUEVRE

ARTICHOKE ANTIPASTO HORS D’OEUVRE Eggplant appetizer (caponata) mixed with marinated artichoke hearts and sweet red roasted peppers. Served with slices of fresh French baguette! Makes 1-1/2 cups

CURRY REFRIED BEAN AND ROASTED PEPPER DIP

CURRY REFRIED BEAN AND ROASTED PEPPER DIP Vegetarian refried beans combined with salsa, sweet red roasted peppers and curry. Served with tortilla chips! Makes 3 cups

CREAMY BEAN AND SALSA DIP

CREAMY BEAN AND SALSA DIP Pinto beans, tofu, picante sauce, fresh cilantro, garlic and basil blended till creamy. Garnished with additional fresh cilantro and served with tortilla chips. Low fat! Makes 4 cups

BLACK BEAN SALSA DIP

BLACK BEAN SALSA DIP Black beans, salsa and cilantro. Served with tortilla chips. Can’t get much simpler than that for a special occasion hors d’oeuvre! Makes a little over 2 cups

ANTIPASTO RELISH FOR CRACKERS

ANTIPASTO RELISH FOR CRACKERS Sweet pickled peppers, corn, Kalamata olives and sliced scallion mixed with a garlic and red cayenne pepper vinaigrette. Serve with Ritz crackers. Hot, sweet and spicy! At every cookbook signing I ever went to this was one of the hors d’oeuvres I served and everybody loved it! It’s simple, easy to…

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES WITH COUSCOUS

BAKED STUFFED ARTICHOKES WITH COUSCOUS Fresh cooked artichokes stuffed with a sweet onion and fresh garlic couscous, flavored with extra virgin olive oil and poultry seasoning. Baked till piping hot! Serves 2

WALNUT BAKED STUFFED MUSHROOMS

WALNUT BAKED STUFFED MUSHROOMS Italian-style. Potent, rich and satisfying. Great as an appetizer, hot or cold, or as a main dish with marinara sauce and salad! Makes 19 stuffed mushrooms plus 6 small meatballs

EGGPLANT AND PEPPER ANTIPASTO APPETIZER

EGGPLANT AND PEPPER ANTIPASTO APPETIZER Sweet onion and green peppers sauteed with fresh eggplant, then  simmered with garlic, basil, thyme and diced tomatoes with a dash of red wine vinegar, and a  shadow of sweet and heat. Served with hot pita bread triangles brushed with extra virgin olive oil. An impressive hot appetizer! Makes 9…

HOT PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DIPPING SAUCE

HOT PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DIPPING SAUCE Peanut butter, jelly and mustard, served hot as a dipping sauce, for your favorite toasted bread strips. A casual hors d’oeurve to serve when friends drop by unexpectedly. A delicious combination! Serves 1, or as many as you’d like

VEGGIE SALAMI SLIDERS

VEGGIE SALAMI SLIDERS Sauteed sweet cabbage and onion piled onto miniature potato rolls spread with spicy brown mustard and animal-free mayonnaise, with sweet red roasted peppers and pan-fried Veggie Salami Slices. A simple and delicious hors d’oeuvre sandwich! Makes 12 sliders

HOMEMADE CAPONATA

HOMEMADE CAPONATA Sauteed eggplant, peppers and onion with capers, olives and fresh tomato. Seasoned with garlic, celery seed, a touch of sweet and a touch of heat. Use for bruschetta! Makes 2 cups

CRAZY PIEROGI CRACKER

CRAZY PIEROGI CRACKER A blend of sauerkraut, soy cream cheese, mustard, garlic, paprika. Served cold on crackers with assorted toppers: chopped Kalamata olive, chopped cucumber, chopped tomato and chopped dill pickle! Makes about 3 cups spread

BAKED CREAMY REFRIED BEAN SPREAD

BAKED CREAMY REFRIED BEAN SPREAD with seasoned greens, soy sour cream and pickled Serrano peppers. Topped with chopped tomato, cilantro and soy sour cream. Served with fresh flour tortilla wedges! Makes 3-1/3 cups spread

CREAMY GUACAMOLE

CREAMY GUACAMOLE with tomato, soy sour cream, fresh garlic, cilantro and pickled Serrano peppers! Makes 1-1/3 cups

AVOCADO WITH FENNEL DRESSING

AVOCADO WITH FENNEL DRESSING Sliced avocado halves drizzled with fennel seasoned oil and vinegar! A special treat! Serves 2

AVOCADO WITH GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE

AVOCADO WITH GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE A light, zesty grapefruit vinaigrette with dill that goes especially well drizzled over avocado! Makes enough for 4-5 servings

WALNUT HUMMUS

WALNUT HUMMUS with garlic, rosemary and tarragon! Topped with cracked pepper, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and served with pan-fried flour tortillas! Makes 1-¾ cups

SWEET RED ROASTED PEPPER SPREAD

SWEET RED ROASTED PEPPER SPREAD Sweet red roasted peppers, almond crumbles, avocado, black olive and capers. Flavored with coriander, fresh lemon and garlic. A surprise ingredient: grape jelly! Salty, hot and sweet! Serve topped with additional chopped roasted pepper and capers with pan-fried flour tortilla wedges as dippers, or use as a sandwich spread on…

AMERICAN TERIYAKI CHOP

AMERICAN TERIYAKI CHOP A teriyaki flavored almond, pecan, walnut paste. Served on toasted potato bread mini sandwiches with ketchup or mustard. Great for a party. No one will believe there’s no meat in it! Makes 3 cups for 48 hors d’oeuvre sandwiches

SHARON’S BRUSCHETTA

SHARON’S BRUSCHETTA Your guests will be talking about this one tomorrow! Now that’s Italian! Makes 17 individual bruschetta hors d’oeuvres

SUN-DRIED TOMATO PINE NUT SPREAD

SUN-DRIED TOMATO PINE NUT SPREAD Soy cream cheese combined with pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and cilantro. Spread onto toasted rye bread squares and topped with fresh cilantro! Makes 1-1/2 cups spread

SUN-DRIED TOMATO CANAPES

SUN-DRIED TOMATO CANAPES Succulent home-marinated sun-dried tomatoes served atop tender/crisp rounds of French baguette brushed with olive oil and garlic, then topped with capers, Kalamata olives and cornichon pickles. Sprinkled with freshly chopped Italian/flat leaf parsley! Makes 24

OVEN ROASTED SPICED PEANUTS

OVEN ROASTED SPICED PEANUTS Brown sugar, soy bacon bits, curry and extra virgin olive. A perfect snack or light hors d’oeuvre for any holiday or event. Delicious and easy! Makes about 9 cups after cooked

FRIED PEPPER SOY SOUR CREAM DIP

FRIED PEPPER SOY SOUR CREAM DIP I made this dip to have as we watched the super bowl. A special dip for a special party of two–but any party will do! Makes 2 cups

IT AIN’T CHOPPED LIVER

IT AIN’T CHOPPED LIVER  A soy based pate that tastes like goose liver without the liver aftertaste and without the cruelty. See for yourself. Wow! Makes 2-3/4 cups