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50 Great Pasta Sauces50 Great Appetizers
by Pamela Sheldon Johns
Andrews McMeel Publishing,
September 2008
Hardcover - 112 pages

In 50 Great Appetizers, acclaimed chef and culinary instructor Pamela Sheldon Johns offers four categories of taste-tingling teasers: topped & dipped, grilled & skewered, stuffed & rolled, and plated & sauced. Not only does she provide simple sophistication for the taste buds, but she offers advice for party planning, including tips on presentation, preparation, decoration, and food safety.

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Also included are 10 themed menus featuring recipes for Middle Eastern mezes, farmers market morsels, Mexican antojitos, vegetarian plates, and more. With 50 Great Appetizers close by, your gathering is sure to be a successful experience of flavor and texture.

Recipes include Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta, Prosciutto and Arugula Mini Pizzas, Tea-Smoked Chicken Wings, Grilled Eggplant Rolls, Italian Ruby Chard Custard, and many more. No matter which recipes you choose to serve at your next party, your guests will be delighted and might even skip the entrée because they can't stop eating the delicious appetizers. 50 Great Appetizers also makes the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer because its recipes are too good not to share.


Bitter Greens and Anchovy SauceMozzarella, Basil, and Cherry Tomato Skewers

This is the perfect summer appetizer, refreshing,colorful, and so easy! Have the kids help assemble the skewers, but just watch out that they don't eat all of the profits!

6 oz. bite-size mozzarella balls, drained well
1 pint cherry tomatoes (yellow and red)
6 leaves basil, julienned
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
16 wooden skewers

Thread the mozzarella balls onto the skewer, alternating with the cherry tomatoes. Place on a platter, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with the basil sprinkled on top.

Serves 8


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