These simple appetizer spinach meatballs are the perfect holiday addition—a quick homemade bourbon BBQ sauce mixed with savory meatballs. What’s not to love?
These creamy mashed potatoes are packed with spinach and flavorful Parmesan cheese. To make it even more delicious they’re topped with crispy fried onions.
Dukka is an Egyptian spice blend that is easy to make at home and works well with meat like pork or lamb. A simple toasting of hazelnuts along with coriander, cumin and sesame seeds and you have an easy elegant meal that will impress your family or loved ones.
This updated version of the classic Sicilian fried cheese-stuffed rice balls are coated with Panko bread crumbs, a Japanese style bread crumb that stays crunchy and crisp when fried. If you can’t find them at the grocery store you can always substitute regular bread crumbs in its place.
These mushrooms are ideal as passed one-bite appetizers at a party, speared on a frilly toothpick. For a sit-down dinner, they would be lovely as an amuse bouche. Because of the added cracker crumbs, the sausage meatballs are tender and fluffy, unlike a sausage cooked as-is.
I like to think of risotto as a contemplative dish. You don’t have to think too hard about what you’re doing, none of the steps are difficult or technical, but you have to stay close by, stirring gently. It gives you time to think. And when it’s done, you have a dish that has an air of sophistication. Perfect for a dinner party, but easy enough for a family dinner.
Stuffed artichokes can be quite challenging to make if you keep them whole. But if you cut them in half, they’re much easier to prepare, and they’re not quite the same huge portion, making them more appropriate for a first course. You can use any Italian spice mix you like, or use oregano, basil, or a mix of the two. For the cheese, use what you like. Provolone, Parmesan, Asiago, or an aged mozzarella would be fine. Or a mix.
Smooth cornmeal combines with mild garlic, cheese, and corn kernels to create a light and creamy side dish resembling a soufflé that pairs great with meats, sauces and vegetables. Add it to your next dinner party menu for a savory taste of the south.
Prior to roasting the turkey, brine your turkey for up to 12 hours.
Browned butter gives this hummus a nutty, decadent flavor.
Roasted potatoes make the perfect base for the tuna and tapenade. Toasted crostini may be substituted for the potatoes.
Cumin-kissed meatballs served with a triple-pepper sauce brings the sunny Mediterranean to your party. Sauce and meatballs can be made ahead and refrigerated—just rewarm before serving.