Tomorrow night is the Oscars and a great time to reveal a few celebratory appetizers and cocktails that you may like to try at your Oscar party. The appetizer recipes follow in today’s following posts, the cocktails in Sunday’s posts.
Byerly’s, an upscale grocer in Minneapolis, is renown for great recipes. Back in 1992, the store copyrighted this twist on the traditional artichoke dip recipe and advertised it to customers on give away recipe cards. It can be made ahead for parties, but, you are pressed for time, Byerly’s offers a great spinach artichoke dip in it’s delicatessen. (Or…if you prefer spinach to jalapeño, just substitute!) Serve with crispy crostini or sliced, toated French bread.
Byerly’s Cheesy Jalapeño Artichoke Spread
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts
1 (4 oz.) pkg. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 tbsp. hot red jalapeño peppers, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic, minced
A pretty simple, always delicious recipe for a cold Saturday night. The trick is in the beauty of the creamy sweet Wisconsin Russet Potato. This russet produces lovely, crispy fries that are soft inside and taste even better when watching high school hockey state tournaments!
Crispy Cottage Fries
6-7 Wisconsin White Russet Potatoes
1/2 – 1 stick salted butter, or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Scrub the potatoes clean with steel wool. Cut in wedges about 1/4 inch thick and place into mixing bowl. Melt butter and pour to taste over cut potatoes, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and onion powder to taste and toss well.
Spread sparingly on large ungreased sheet pans (may use parchment paper) and place in hot oven. Let potatoes roast for 30-45 min., or until the bottom of the potatoes brown. Turn potatoes and contue roasting until crisp on the outside, and soft inside. Serve.
This appetizer comes from Fast Appetizers by Hugh Carpenter and Teri Sandison, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1999.
Endive Cups Filled With Cheese, Mango And Toasted Pecans
1/2 c. pecans
1 sm. ripe mango or 1/2 c. mango chutney
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely minced
2 tsp. Asian chile sauce, or hot sauce
An appetizer from The Book of Finger Foods by Hilaire Walden and published by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1999.
Note: Serve in rolls, or, you could also deconstruct these rolls for a different, new appearance, just spread the cream cheese mixture on a thin slice of cucumber, or rye toast (or both!) and top with smoked salmon and decorate with fresh dill.
Smoked Salmon Rolls
9 oz. smoked salmon, thinly sliced
1 c. cream cheese
2½ – 3 tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
This Jack Daniel’s and gingersnap infused truffle recipe literally came in the mail in the 1990’s. It came with a subscription card to Bon Appetit Magazine, saying, “Our Christmas Gift for You; Makes an extra-sweet holiday gift from your Kitchen.”
Bon Appetit advertised, “Gingersnap cookies add an unusual and delicious twist to these chocolate treats. So elegant. So easy! For gift giving, place truffles in small paper candy cups, then arrange in decorattive boxes.”
Chocolate Whiskey “Truffles”
Makes about 2 dozen
8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 c. finely crushed gingersnap cookies
3 tbsp. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
This was a typical recipe until Sriracha helped to adjust the recipe, add a bit of heat, and crisp up the wings!
Teriyaki Sriracha Chicken Wings
2 lbs. chicken wings
¼ c. sesame seed oil
2-4 tsp. Sriracha, (add more or less, to taste)
1 c. soy sauce
¼-½ c. honey
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
Combine marinade ingredients and pour over wings. Marinade in refrigerator 2-3 hours. Bake at 350° F. 45 min., then pace under broiler to crisp and slightly char. Serves 4-6.
Palomino Restaurant was a popular locale in Minneapolis in the early 1990s. While the restaurant can still be found in other cities, it closed in Minneapolis. But, before it left, I was sure to secure it’s wing recipe.
Palomino Spicy Garlic Pepper Wings
Garlic Cilantro Marinade:
1 lg. head garlic, separated, peeled, minced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
1/3 c. soy sauce
½ c. vegetable oil
2 lbs. chicken drummettes
Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce:
Mom swears, “These are the best wings!”
Keep in mind, this appetizer was popular in the ’60’s, ’70’s, and early ’80s, decades before the Buffalo wing craze. This wing is not crispy. It’s cooked in the marinade and chicken juices so that the flavor permeates the wing meat.
*Insist on a crispy wing? Just tweak the recipe for today’s expectations, please see note following the recipe.
Carol Mack’s Soy Sauce Chicken Wings
1 c. soy sauce
Here is an elegant, but quick 30-min. prep. appetizer guaranteed to please. The recipe is Joni Hilton’s, of Sacremento, Calif., who earned first runner in a Dairy Association competition. Note: This recipe can be adapted by adding a small amount of crab, prosciutto or other smoky meat and by changing the flavor of the dip.
Cheesy Wontons with Sweet & Sour Dip
12 oz. (3-4 c.) Jalapeño Jack cheese, cut into 1/4 ” cubes
24 square wonton wrappers
3-4 c. vegetable oil
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/3 c. bottled sweet & sour sauce Continue reading
A delish 15-min. prep time for this appetizer from Dairy Association winner Vicki Burgess of Houston, Texas.
Spinach-Cheese Bagel Bites
4 day-old bagels
4 oz. (4 c.) fresh spinach, stems removed
1 c. provolone, shredded
1/3 c. onion, minced
I’ve treasured this appetizer for 15 years, ever since my husband’s high school buddy and trained chef David prepared these extra-ordinary quesadillas for us at his house party. The flavors are out of this world, but that means this appetizer disappears fast!
Begging for the recipe, he directed me to the recipe invented by James H. Turner IV, of Saco, Maine, and published in 1995 by Bon Appetit magazine. Now it can be found at Epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Smoked-Gouda-and-Caramelized-Onion-Quesadillas-699. The recipe repeats below:
Smoked Gouda and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas
2 tbsp. (1/4 stick) butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
If using a glass bowl or footed trifle bowl, this 1990s appetizer can be made more attractive by mounding the top with black olives, cilantro leaves and cubes of avocado. Traditionally served with tortilla chips.
Super Layered Taco Bean Dip with Guacamole
2 c. refried beans (canned, or recipe follows)
1 c. guacamole (recipe follows)
1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix Continue reading
Another great 1990 appetizer that we love. Make all four flavors, or just one! Or, mix and match, it’s up to you.
Beef, Ham, Turkey and/or Crab Hye Roller Roll Ups
2-4 (8 oz.) pkg. chive&onion cream cheese, and/or garlic&herb cream cheese, room temperature
2 tbsp. prepared white horseradish
4 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
4 (16″) round sheet of Hye Roller soft bread/cracker sheet, room temperature
About ½-1 lb. Italian roast beef, thinly sliced
About ½-1 lb. honey ham, thinly sliced
About ½-1 lb. deli turkey or chicken, thinly sliced
About ½-1 lb. imitation crab, thinly shredded