Little Plates (Page 9)

Little Plates are appetizer sized dishes ranging from Antipasti, through Hors d’oeuvres and Smorgasbord, all the way to Tapas and Zakuski.

Hoisin Braised Chicken Drumettes

Hoisin Braised Chicken Drumettes

This little appetizer is very easy to put together and is rich with the sweet and salty depth of Hoisin Sauce blended with Soy Sauce, Garlic and Shaoxing Wine. Any cuts of chicken could be used, but the large wing sections known as ‘Drumettes’ are perfect.

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Wensleydale Bites

Wensleydale Bites

Sometimes I like just playing around in the kitchen, and this little appetizer I put together one day turned out very nicely. I chose the name ‘Wensleydale Bites, because the star of the show is the delicious, rather cheddar-like Wensleydale Cheese from Yorkshire, in England. I am not providing you with a recipe, as such, for none id really needed, but if you read on, you can see how I put these together.

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Mint Grilled Lamb Chops

Mint Grilled Lamb Chops

I often buy a Rack of Lamb for roasting, but the individual Rib Chops cut from small rack are wonderful on the grill, especially where the rack has been ‘Frenched’ by having the meat and fat trimmed from the ends of the bone as you see in the picture above. Here, these succulent little chops are given a traditional pairing with Mint, and some other aromatics, both in the marinade, and also while being basted on the grill.

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Asiago Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Asiago Stuffed Chicken Rolls

For a long time, I just made these rolls as the focus of a main meal, along with a starch, usually Saffron rice, and some vegetables of one sort or the other. They do, however, make a very nice starter dish, and may be wrapped in Bacon, Pancetta, or, as in this version, slices of Prosciutto.

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