Art in the Kitchen

2 easy-to-make and delicious appetizers

Appetizers are my favorite! I love to make, serve and enjoy them. Sometimes I make an entire meal of appetizers, which is a lot of fun. Perfect for any occasion.

These recipes are easy to make and suitable in any season. Great served with bread or crackers or to accompany meats or seafood.

white-bean-spread

white bean spread

1 15-ounce can cannellini, or great northern beans
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 teaspoon dried thyme (even better if you have fresh thyme)
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Drain and rinse beans. Mash beans (a pastry blender works great!) in a bowl until slightly chunky. Add lemon juice, yogurt, olive oil, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Continue mashing until creamy and well incorporated. Garnish with more thyme if desired.

red-pepper-spread

red pepper walnut spread

1 cup roasted red peppers
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Cayenne pepper, to taste

Place the walnuts, red peppers and lemon in the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse 5 to 6 times until mixed but still a bit chunky. Add salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Garnish with more chopped walnuts if desired.

 


 

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