Apps, Snacks, & Bevs


APPETIZERS & SNACKS

Artichoke Squares/Crab Artichoke Squares
And The Courir de Mardi Gras (Cajun Mardi Gras)

Aubergine & Parsley Pesto
from Yotam Ottolenghi 

Baked Feta w/ Homemade Pita Bread
from Tessa Kiros' Food From Many Greek Kitchens, both incredible


Broccoli & Blue Cheese Pie
Fantastic!  From Yotam Ottolenghi

Bruschetta w/ Fontina & Greens
Garlicky, spicy, cheesy

Cheese & Nut Spread, aka Mom's Cheeseball
Sharp cheddar and green onions are a great combo



Corn Maque Chou Dip
A traditional Cajun side turned into a dip


Crab Au Gratin Pizza
If it's good by itself, it's better on bread.

Crab Bruschetta
from Donna Hay


Crab Dip 
Also good for finger sandwiches & pinwheels

Crab Quiche
Sweet crab w/ roasted red peppers, green onion, and sharp cheddar

Crab Rangoon
One of my favorite appetizers


Crawfish Pie
A real treat


Easy, Creamy Shrimp & Roasted Pepper Puffs
What's better than shrimp?  Shrimp in puff pastry.


Fresh Red Chutney w/ Almonds
From Madhur Jaffrey.  Very good w/ beef kebabs.


Fried Mozzarella Sticks
Stay at home--these are better than driv-thru


Giant Pretzels w/ Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

Even without the cheese sauce, these soft buttery pretzels are awesome

Greek Herb Spread

Full of herbs and a couple of surprises

Greek Pizza
One word: yum.


Grilled Eggplant Slices with Yogurt Sauce
From Madhur Jaffrey. A little bit spicy, a little bit funky.


Hot Olive Cheese Puffs
Salty and cheesy.  These little puffs are addictive.


Lazy Salsa
From Rick Bayless. My favorite salsa.

Mardi Gras Croquembouche
A tower of cream puffs, a Mardi Gras Waltz, and the Courir de Mardi Gras.


Meat Pies
With 3 dipping sauces.

Muffuletta Bruschetta
A fun twist for parties.


Muffuletta Pinwheels
Great for Mardi Gras and football.


Mushroom, Jalapeno, & Cilantro Salsa
From the Muy Bueno Cookbook. Even mushroom haters like this.

Okra Fritters w/ Creamy Remoulade Sauce
Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi w/ a Louisiana twist


Peanut Chutney with Sesame Seeds

from Madhur Jaffrey--liked this with carrot sticks.

Pecorino Romano with Apples and Fig Jam
On crostini--a unique appetizer


Potatoes with Mexican Sausage
Try this. Now. Ready? Go!



Puff Pizzas w/ Collard Greens
Grown-up pizza that can serve as an appetizer or main dish.

Queso Fundido con Hongos y Chile Chipotle
from Rick Bayless

Roasted Cheese Filled Banana Peppers
Creamy, herby cheese filling in roasted peppers.


Roasted Chickpeas
Fun to make.  Fun to eat.


Roasted Poblano & Corn Dip
Good for game day


Roasted Red Pepper & Cumin Quesadillas
Grown up quesadillas


Shrimp Creole Calas
Rice fritters with Shrimp Creole flair


Shrimp Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
Ripe summer tomatoes stuffed with shrimp, crab, or crawfish salad


Shrimp in Spicy Garlic Sauce
Garlicky, spicy, and shrimpy. Good eatin'!


Singing Shrimp
From Marcelle Bienvenu and a Mardi Gras Parade

Stuffed Tomatoes
A great use for an abundance of home-grown tomatoes



Sweet Potato Cakes
From Yotam Ottolenghi.  Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside.  With a great dipping sauce.

Thyme Griddled Mushrooms
From Jamie Oliver

Trail Mix Biscotti
Biscotti with my favorite trail mix combo: dried cranberries, pecans, dark chocolate

Unpickled Okra
"Un"pickled because I'm a wimp


Who Dat Hot Wings
Made with a special Who Dat sauce.

Yogurt Dip for Fruit Skewers
Because everybody loves food on a stick!


BEVERAGES

Banana Daiquiri

From Rick Bayless.


Black Beauty Smoothie
My favorite fruits: blueberries & blackberries.

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
Filling and pretty.


Canialle Bleu Cocktail (Sneaky Blue Cocktail)
This one'll get ya.

Cantaloupe, Honey, and Vanilla Smoothie
Breakfast or dessert


One of my favorite drinks.


A simple 3 ingredient drink.

Easy Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea)
from Madhur Jaffrey.


Gerry's Favorite Punch
Sweet and tart, and a family favorite.


Grandma Buhler's Eggnog
A New Year's Eve family tradition

Hot Buttered Spiced Rum
Made with Bayou Spiced Rum

Kentucky Iced Tea
Nothing tea about it


King Cake and Coffee Cocktail
Made with King Cake Vodka--perfect for Mardi Gras

Kir
part of an Eggland's Best Brunch


Lemon Drop Martini
Perfect for summer--like adult lemonade

Milk Punch
Add bourbon or brandy--pick your poison


Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothies
Part breakfast, part dessert.


Praline Pecan Milkshake
Made with Praline Pecan Liqueur

Strawberry Champagne
Jamie Oliver's Strawberry Champagne turned into Cherry Champagne...and a chocolate-cherry wine
 

Spiced Americano w/ Cinnamon Whipped Cream
A decadent coffee from Giada

Snakebite (beer cocktail)
And some blues

Voodoo Bourbon Slush
Great for Mardi Gras, Jazz brunches, tailgating, and Super Bowl XLIV

Watermelon Lemonade

Winter Fruit Salad

With a super easy dressing