Quick Appetizers with the Serious Foodie Sauces

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Cheese “Lollipops”

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The idea of this dish is simple to scoop up a bit of soft cheese onto the spoon, then use one of the sauces as a condiment.  We suggest brie, Camembert, or Gorgonzola dolce (our favorite).  We add a bit of dressed arugula to the dish, which adds color and taste contrast.  Try either the Blood Orange/Aji Panca vinaigrette, or the Fig/Orange vinaigrette recipes for the dressed greens.

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Prosciutto Fruit Roll Ups

Find a nice, thinly sliced prosciutto, speck (smoked prosciutto) or Serrano ham; the salty ham makes a great contrast against sweet fruit such as pears, peaches, or mangoes.

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Here we rolled the prosciutto onto pears, and finished with a bit of the Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce.  On the other side of the dish is prosciutto rolled onto slices of mango, finished with the Serious Foodie Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce.  Add some dressed greens, and maybe a side of feta or ricotta salata (dried ricotta).

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Salami Crisps and Parmesan Crisps

We like simple – especially simple, tasty, and impressive.  These two recipes work as fun starters at any event, any time of the year.

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Salami Crisps:

  1. Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Arrange salami slices in 1 layer on 2 large baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are crisp and beginning to curl, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer slices to a rack to cool. (They will crisp as they cool.)

Parmesan Crisps:

  1. Grate 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano.  I like to use large holes of a box grater, but this recipe works just as well with finer grated cheese.
  2. Arrange 6 mounds (1 rounded tablespoon each) of cheese 3 inches apart on liner or parchment paper, then flatten each mound lightly with a metal spatula to form a 3-inch round.
  3. Bake until golden, 7 to 10 minutes, then transfer crisps with spatula to a rack to cool completely, about 5 minutes.
  4. If you want some variation, add some fresh herbs to the cheese – such as fresh basil.

We like to use the Fig/Orange sauce with both dishes.  A nice Valpolicella works well with these appetizers.
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