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This is such a simple recipe to make, and it's highly versatile

  • 1 fresh baguette
  • Good quality olive oil
  • 1 large clove fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 to 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Roma tomatoes (these work best)
  • 8 to 12 fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh Parmesan-Reggiano (not the stuff in the green can, please)
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
4.5/5 (11 Votes)

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Ricotta provides a creamy base for this plum and cherry bruschetta topping

  • 2 red plums or nectarines, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted, halved
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick, toasted
4.5/5 (6 Votes)

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Edamame & Ricotta Toasts will make the most delicious addition to any holiday or party appetizer spread

  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen shelled sweet soybeans (edamame)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/3 cup snipped fresh basil or mint
  • 24 1/4 inches whole grain baguette-style French bread slices, toasted
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4/5 (7 Votes)

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Party-worthy appetizers delight with smoked salmon, creamy goat cheese, zesty lemon peel and tarragon

  • 8 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, finely crushed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 30 thin slices French-bread baguette
  • 12 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • Lemon peel strips (for garnish)
  • Tarragon sprigs (for garnish)
4.4/5 (9 Votes)

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Lightly baked slices of baguette are slathered with ricotta, then topped with 2 pear slices and sprinkled with a li...

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, plus additional leaves for garnish
  • 8 (1/2-inch) slices of baguette, cut on a sharp angle
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/3 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 large, firm, ripe Bartlett pear, cored, and cut into 16 very thin slices
  • coarsely ground black pepper to taste
4.5/5 (4 Votes)

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These yummy Mini Sloppy Joe Phyllo Cups make for a fun snack or appetizer for any occasion or festivity

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (16-ounces) can Hunts® Manwich® Bold Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 4 (15-count each) packages Athens® Mini Fillo Shells
  • 1 (11-ounce) bag coleslaw, prepared
4.3/5 (20 Votes)

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Garlic bread stuffed with spinach artichoke dip -- a perfect appetizer, or side for an Italian meal

  • 1 baguette
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Parmesan cheese, grated, to top
  • Fresh basil leaves or parsley, torn, to top
3.9/5 (45 Votes)

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Fairly simple to make, these Cheese Bacon Wrapped Pastry Twists are perfect for the holidays, but delicious anytime...

  • 1 (17-ounce) package frozen puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded or a mix of your favorite cheeses
  • 26 to 30 pieces bacon, thin cut or 18 pieces of thin cut bacon sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced, or sage or thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
4.4/5 (10 Votes)

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Healthy, hearty and delicious breakfast with smashed and seasoned avocado smeared on toast, topped with sliced toma...

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon mint, chopped
  • Small pinch chili flakes
  • 4 slices bread, for toast
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs, optional
4.3/5 (18 Votes)

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Warm pita bread is topped with some hummus, crumbled goat cheese, roasted zucchini, arugula, chopped almonds and se...

  • 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 round, pocketless whole-grain pita
  • 1/3 cup prepared hummus
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 lemon, quartered, for serving
4.4/5 (7 Votes)

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You can bake and freeze the pastry for these little puffs in advance, but wait to add the cheesy, creamy herb filli...

  • PASTRY:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut up
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • FILLING:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese with chive and onion
  • 3 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, snipped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill or basil, snipped
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4.2/5 (25 Votes)

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These delicious puffed, golden pastries are stuffed with fresh spinach and brie cheese

  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 4 thin slices Brie, or more to taste
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sesame and poppy seeds for decoration
4.3/5 (13 Votes)

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