Appetizers

Appetizers are a great way impress guests at your next gathering. Scroll through my recipes to find the perfect one for your occasion!

Artichoke and Asiago TurnoversArtichoke and Asiago Turnovers

I’m putting a fun (and delicious) spin on Artichoke and Asiago Dip with my recipe for Artichoke and Asiago Turnovers. My delicious, fresh filling is stuffed inside of flaky and buttery puff pastry and is perfect for any party!

Fried Goat Cheese and Honey

These little goat cheese balls get their beautiful golden colour from homemade breadcrumbs. I used a locally made gluten-free white bread from Portofino Bakery to made these amazing breadcrumbs so that everyone can enjoy this gluten-free appetizer!

Toum (Creamy Garlic Sauce)

Even though you may have never heard of Toum, I am certain that you have had it if you have eaten shawarma or falafel. This creamy garlic sauce is perfect for adding to grilled meats, veggies or just as a dipping sauce with pita or naan bread.

Mint Fava Bean Dip

Move over Avocado Toast, there’s a new (even better) green toast in town! Fava beans are in season in during the summer and they taste so much better fresh than they do dried. Whenever I can get my hands on them, I made this refreshing green dip that people just go crazy for. Serve this dip with fresh bread or with crudités for a light summer party appetizer!

Pork and Chive Potstickers

These Pork and Chive Potstickers are the perfect appetizer. These delicious little bundles are stuffed with pork, chive, and cabbage and are fried and steamed to create crisp yet juicy bites.


Stuffed Mushrooms

Whenever I think of winter appetizers, mushrooms always come to mind. My mom has been making this stuffed mushroom recipe for as long as I can remember, and every body loves them. Serve these at your next holiday party and everyone will be raving!

 

Citrus Marinated Olives 

This recipe for Citrus Marinated Olives is the solution if you are looking for a quick and easy holiday appetizer for your celebrations. Simply combine all the ingredients and let the flavours marinade for as long as you like!

Homemade Sausage Rolls

To make meaty (and not oily) sausage rolls, I combine sausage meat with ground chicken to help absorb the excess oil. You can use whatever sausage you like in this recipe, but I like Italian sausage since it has lots of flavour. If you are making this recipe around the holiday season, try to find a nice ground turkey sausage and serve the Sausage Rolls with cranberry sauce!

Holiday Cheese Ball

The holidays can be a busy time so it is nice to have some quick and easy recipes under your belt. This classic Holiday Cheese Ball is great appetizer recipe that can be made in advance or  just a few minutes before any holiday party.

Mushroom Turnovers

This is a savoury take on classic sweet turnovers that everyone loves. Cremini mushrooms are mixed with onions, thyme, and cream cheese and are stuffed in a soft homemade pastry. There are great to make ahead and freeze so that you have them ready to go whenever you are!

Fried Cauliflower with Coconut Curry Sauce

Originally inspired by the fried cauliflower dish at Datsun restaurant in Ottawa, I bring this restaurant favourite into your home with the simple and easy to follow recipe that is sure to impress all of your friends and family!

Red Pepper and Cheddar Pinwheels

This savoury recipe is perfect for entertaining. It is simple, quick and can be adjusted to fit the ingredients and flavours that you like! I use roasted red peppers and smoked cheddar cheese in this recipe, which are perfect flavours for fall! Try pesto and mozzarella for a great spring twist!

French Onion Dip

This recipe for French Onion Dip tastes as good as the soup packet- but is much better for you. I use a mixture of red and yellow onions for my recipe; red onions provide lots of sweetness and the yellow onions provide a solid onion flavour.

Cucumber-Dill Tea Sandwiches

These elegant tea sandwiches are the perfect appetizer for when you want to keep things light. I lay long, thin slices of cool cucumbers over a delicious cream cheese mixture and top it with sprigs of dill. Every bite is refreshing, yet filling from the hearty bread. Make these at your next tea party and watch them fly off the tray!

Grilled Lemongrass Spot Prawns

BC Spot Prawns are a seasonal favourite on the west coast. This recipe combines these tasty prawns with southeast Asian flavours including lemongrass, lime and chilis.

Blue Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Dates

This recipe is a classic play on Devils on Horseback but made vegetarian. While I may have ditched the bacon and prune, I kept the delicious taste! Plump dates are filled with creamy blue cheese and are topped with a roasted walnut. This is a perfect retro dish that is great for any occasion!


Jalapeño Canoes

Jalapeño Canoes are the perfect spicy appetizer for the big game. You can prepare these peppers a day in advance and bake them off at halftime so you won’t miss any of the action. These Jalapeño Canoes will definitely score big points!

Endive Spears with Black Olive Tapenade

My black olive tapenade gets elevated when served in crisp, refreshing endive spears. This elegant, vegetarian appetizer can be served at any holiday or New Years party and will easily please all of your guests!

Baked Spring Rolls with Chili Dipping Sauce

These crispy spring rolls are stuffed full of fresh vegetables and are baked, not fried- so you can feel a bit better about eating them. Paired with homemade Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce and voila– no need to buy pre-made spring rolls ever again!

Stuffed Olives

These olives are stuffed with a simple and straightforward mixture of garlic, parsley, breadcrumbs and olive oil and are served straight out of the fridge or at room temperature. As a bonusthese can be made up to two days in advance so you aren’t scrambling around the day of the party to get these done. Plus, they get better the longer they sit!

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