Category: Appetizers

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers

I received free samples of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers – fig preserves, crispy prosciutto, and mascarpone cheese on sweet potato crackers. An easy and elegant appetizer recipe bursting with sweet, salty, and savory flavors. #AD | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Fig Prosciutto Mascarpone Sweet Potato Crackers are simple to make yet so elegant! The base for this beautiful appetizer is a new artisanal cracker from Breton made with sweet potatoes and ancient grains like quinoa and rye. These light, delicious crackers are spread with a thin layer of mascarpone cheese and dolloped with fig preserves. Crispy prosciutto pieces are then sprinkled on top with a finishing garnish of fresh rosemary leaves. This is an A+ appetizer for any occasion, casual or formal. (more…)


White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto

Cannellini beans are the star is this light and healthy salad that’s packed with protein and fiber.

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.comWhite Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto – a light and healthy salad with Italian flair, packed with protein and fiber. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

White Bean Arugula Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Crispy Prosciutto is a light and healthy salad packed with protein and fiber. One serving of this delicious salad delivers a whopping 34 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber (68% and 72% of the recommended daily allowance). If you’re looking to add more beans to your diet, this is one delicious and nutritious way to do it. Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, claims that adding one cup of beans per day to your diet will extend your life expectancy by 4 years! (more…)


Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust.

Coconut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries - Golden, crispy, and delicious sweet potato fries baked in a coconut crust. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

The U.S. consumption of sweet potatoes has increased drastically over the past two decades as Americans have become more educated about the health benefits of this versatile root vegetable.  Sweet potatoes are chock-full of vitamins, especially vitamin A in the form of beta carotene.  They’re also rich in fiber and potassium and are low on the glycemic index despite their sweetness.  Low glycemic foods help keep our blood sugar levels stable, which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.  As a kid, the only time I remember eating sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving, but now I enjoy them year-round in a variety of delicious ways.   Coconut Crusted Sweet Potatoes Fries is the newest addition to my varied collection of sweet potato recipes. (See all the recipe links at the end of this post.) (more…)


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…)

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