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Elegant Summer Hors d”oeuvres

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elegant summer hors dFor casual summer entertaining at home, you”ll want appetizers that look and taste great, but that are quick and easy to assemble.

According to Denis Keast, owner of the Catalyst restaurant in Missoula, Montana, hors d”oeuvres are all about the vehicle: the crostini, flatbread, tart shells, or phyllo, for instance, which holds the topping or filling.
To Make Crostini:

  • Cut a French baguette loaf into half-inch slices.
  • Heat a quarter cup each of olive oil and butter with two garlic cloves until it starts to bubble.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Dip baguette slices into mixture, then press one side into Parmesan cheese sprinkled on a plate.
  • Broil eight minutes.
  • Use toppings of your choice such as seared tuna and olive tapenade, a tomato/basil and mozzarella combo, or perhaps a slice of pork tenderloin topped with apple chutney.

Another vehicle possibility is tart/pie dough that when rolled out thin and cut into circles, can line mini-muffin tins. You can use any filling you like – the possibilities for fillings are endless. Try an apple/walnut mix, mushrooms and goat cheese, or spinach and feta, to name a few.

Alternatively, buy ready-made products such as flatbread, bruschetta, mini-tarts, then simply add your favorite toppings.