Soft braised leeks are accented with basil and rounded out with ricotta cheese for these simple, summery crostini.
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Deviled eggs spiked with briny and crisp fried capers, parsley leaves, lemon juice, and extra-virgin olive oil.
Crisp and tender poached shrimp salad seasoned with a touch of mayonnaise, jalapeño, and radish go perfectly with lemon-spiked deviled eggs.
Inspired by everything bagels, these deviled eggs have onion, sesame seed, and caraway seed, along with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Thick, robust potato chips that evoke the flavors of Thanksgiving stuffing.
For my rendition of a traditional Maryland crab dip, I was actually inspired by the fiery Southeast Asian dish of Chili Crab, wherein fresh whole crabs are bathed and cooked in a spicy sauce of chiles and aromatics. The final dip is a Baltimore by way of Singapore concoction that is spicy and creamy with that "of the sea" flavor provided by the crab meat—a combination of flavors that will surely benefit any carrot stick, cracker, or chip.
Juicy beer-brined shrimp in a crisp cheese and beer batter.
A toss in melted butter and a mix of brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and a touch of cayenne would seem to be all these pecans need. But to echo their boozy inspiration, the nuts are then doused with bourbon and dotted with old-fashioned accoutrements of orange zest and cherries (dried cherries made plump by a soak in more bourbon). The result is a spicy-sweet snack of glazed pecans worthy of a perfectly made Old Fashioned cocktail, or any cool beverage you happen to be nursing.
A cold pint of stout and a plate of freshly shucked oysters may seem like an odd coupling at first. But the dry bitterness and roasty malt flavors of a stout play very well against the sweet and briny flavors of a fresh oyster--even more so when the stout is frozen and flaked into an icy granita that can be spooned over the fresh oyster just before slurpage.
A classic West Coast dressing and dip, it was one of the most popular dressing in the country up until Ranch took over in the late 80's. Flavored with plenty of herbs and anchovies, and highly seasoned, it lies somewhere between a classic Caesar and Ranch, with the best elements of both.
A simple Greek sauce of roasted hot peppers, feta, yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice provides amazing layers of flavors in each bite.
[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera] Artichoke dip is popular for good reason: it's a bubbly, cheesy crowd-pleaser. Note: Leftovers are tasty tucked into skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts. Just slice chicken horizontally down the center until you can open it like a book....
A tart topped with sweet caramelized onions and creamy goat cheese is cut into cocktail-friendly pieces.
A creamy dip with an intensely onion flavored base. A splash of lemon juice adds some brightness while a bit of Worcestershire sauce gives it a meaty, umami-ful backbone. Looking to up the umami factor even more, I decided to...