Category: Appetizers

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta

A simple but sophisticated appetizer with a multitude of delicious uses.

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta - A simple but sophisticated appetizer recipe with a multitude of delicious uses. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Light and easy party appetizers are a must this time of year. Once the warm weather arrives, everybody’s mood and habits shift. People no longer want to consume heavy, filling appetizers and hosts, in turn, want to serve quick and simple food so that they have more time to socialize with their guests. If this sounds like your style of entertaining, then Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta will be perfect for your next gathering. (more…)


Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs

A unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor.

Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs are a unique, easy to eat, cocktail party appetizer bursting with savory flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The perfect cocktail party hors d’oeuvre should of course be delicious, but it should also be bite-size and require only one hand to eat. In other words, you should be able to pluck it off the serving tray and pop it into your mouth in one fell swoop. Blue Cheese Wild Rice Mini Meatballs make the perfect cocktail party appetizer for these very reasons. They’re easy to eat and are absolutely bursting with savory flavor. Pretzel sticks are used in lieu of toothpicks as a serving utensil. This makes for a clever presentation and provides a fun (and edible) way for you to grab, dip, and eat. (more…)


Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil

An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes!

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil – An easy and elegant appetizer you can assemble in under 5 minutes! Perfect on top of bread or tomato slices and a great addition to antipasto platters. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Basil is the prettiest and simplest appetizer!  You can assemble this dish in less than five minutes and it makes such a beautiful presentation.  Prosciutto is a dry cured ham with a soft, buttery texture.  Because it’s so salty, it’s often wrapped around sweet foods, such as melon, or figs, but it works equally well as a casing for fresh mozzarella, especially when served with a bit of sweet, tart, balsamic glaze. (more…)


Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing

A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce.

Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing - A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Simple food can be turned into sophisticated food very quickly with the right sauce or dressing. Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing is THAT sauce and it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a salad dressing, or a vegetable dip, but, in my opinion, it’s most impressive as a sauce for grilled meats. It’s cool and creamy with a hint of rosemary and intense blue cheese flavor that is nicely balanced by tangy Greek yogurt. This dressing is so delicious – you’ll be dipping everything into it! (more…)


Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers

A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers.

Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers – A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

“Clean eating” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s kind of a vague term and if you asked ten health-minded people what it means, you’d likely get ten different answers. Everyone would agree, however, that the central tenet revolves around the idea of eating unprocessed, or minimally processed food. The best, and simplest piece of advice regarding clean eating that I’ve heard is this – when shopping for food, check the labels carefully. The ingredient lists should be short and all the foods on them should be recognizable. Of course, we can’t, nor should we, adhere to this guideline strictly. Some foods, by necessity, and for our safety, contain additives and preservatives, and not all of them are harmful. The key is to strike a balance by choosing whole foods as often as possible and avoiding foods that are highly and unnecessarily processed when it’s practical and feasible to do so. A super easy way to eat cleaner is to make your own mayonnaise. Store-bought mayonnaise is almost always made with refined oil (usually soybean oil) and often contains added sugar. Making your own mayonnaise takes just a few minutes and it’s so much healthier than store-bought. After you whip up a batch you can make Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers, which you can enjoy as a snack or light lunch. (more…)


Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts

Classic caprese salad ingredients on super flaky almond flour pastry, drizzled with sweet, tart, balsamic glaze.

Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts - Classic caprese salad ingredients on super flaky almond flour pastry and drizzled with sweet, tart balsamic glaze. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

A good caprese salad is probably my all-time favorite appetizer.  Whenever I’m dining out with my family and caprese salad is on the menu one of my daughters inevitably says “I know what you’re having Mom”.  Traditional caprese salads are made up of mozzarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil, which, some say are meant to symbolize the colors of the Italian flag.  The dressing is typically just some good quality olive oil with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. These beautiful tarts turn this classic salad from the Italian island of Capri into a delicious gluten-free appetizer with an updated dressing of balsamic glaze.  If you’re a fan of caprese salads, you will LOVE Gluten-Free Caprese Tarts!
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Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip

A savory and healthy vegetable dip made with Greek yogurt and infused with fresh basil.

Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip – A savory and healthy vegetable dip made with Greek yogurt and infused with fresh basil. Perfect for entertaining. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

A collection of easy, delicious, and reliable appetizers is a must for anyone who entertains on a regular basis. No fuss appetizers that are versatile and can be made ahead of time will ease the stress that often accompanies feeding guests. Dips are great for all of the aforementioned reasons but can sometimes be too rich if they’re made with a lot of mayonnaise or cream cheese. Health considerations aside, appetizers are supposed to simply whet our appetites, not ruin them. That’s why I love Roasted Eggplant Tahini Dip; it’s a light but satisfying appetizer that can be served with a wide range of foods for dipping and, more importantly, guests love it! (more…)

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes

A sensational salad made from Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, two vegetables once considered boring and unglamorous. 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes - Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts slaw served over crispy cauliflower cakes, dressed in a lemon vinaigrette and topped with bacon and walnuts. A sensational salad made from two vegetables once considered boring and unglamorous! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Brussels sprouts have made an amazing transformation. These little winter cabbages have gone from being one of the most reviled vegetables a decade or so ago to being trendy and gourmet today. Their rise in popularity over the past few years can be partially attributed to restaurant chefs who began roasting, sautéing, and grilling Brussels sprouts in various creative ways. Home cooks followed suit and soon Brussels sprouts were everywhere – on TV, in cooking magazines, and in new, flashier packaging at grocery stores. Brussels sprouts have traditionally been thought of as a cooking vegetable but we’re now seeing them used raw, in salads so I jumped on the bandwagon and created Shaved Brussels Sprouts Over Crispy Cauliflower Cakes. This salad is so delicious!  (more…)


Roasted Baby Potato Stacks

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Potatoes USA and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.

Roasted Baby Potato Stacks are a great way to carbo-load as well as a beautiful and delicious dinner party appetizer. #AD | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re an athlete looking for a different way to fuel your next big workout, then listen up! Roasted Baby Potato Stacks look like elegant appetizers, and they are, but they’re also a great source of energy for active individuals.  Protein shakes, bars, and gels are popular options for pre-workout meals and snacks, but potatoes are a much better choice.  They’re unprocessed, full of nutrient dense complex carbohydrates, and contain more potassium per serving than a banana, so for peak exercise performance potatoes can’t be beat.  Roasted Baby Potato Stacks are deliciously addictive so you won’t have any problem eating a whole bunch of them for maximum athletic endurance. (more…)


Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits

Serve these delicious biscuits in lieu of dinner rolls for a special holiday treat!

Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits – a soft, sweet, and subtly savory biscuit. Ditch the dinner rolls and serve these instead! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Is there anything more comforting that a warm biscuit with melted butter? I think not, and if that biscuit is made with pureed sweet potatoes and infused with savory herbs – well, then you’re in for a real treat! Biscuits are always more special than dinner rolls but Herbed Sweet Potato Biscuits are in a league of their own. They’re soft, sweet, and subtly savory, and, when served warm with pads of butter nestled in their centers, they are heavenly. (more…)


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