Recipes — appetizers

Matt Curmi

Red Oak Roasted Baba Ganoush

Red Oak Roasted Baba Ganoush

This Vegetarian recipe is full of flavor and can be easily prepared in advance. Serves – 4 Total Time – 1 hour Tip – To preserve lemon, simply quarter the fruit, pack into a clean jar, and pack with salt and a little water to cover, wait a month and you’re all set. If that’s too long to wait, just use lemon zest! Ingredients Red Oak Grilling Planks 2 medium Eggplants ⅓ cup Olive Oil, plus extra for brushing Kosher Salt 2 Tbsp Tahini paste 6 Garlic cloves, whole and in the skin Pinch ground Cumin Dash Smoked Paprika 1 Tbsp...

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Matt Curmi

Cedar Planked Portobello Caprese with Zucchini

Cedar Planked Portobello Caprese with Zucchini

Serves – 4                           Total Time - 30 Minutes This recipe could make a great hand-held appetizer, vegetarian entrée or as part of a sandwich. Tip – Removing the black gills out of the mushroom before marinating can really help with the end presentation.  You can use a spoon to scrape them out. Ingredients 2 Cedar Grilling Planks 4 Portobello Mushrooms, stems and gills removed 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar 4 ½ slices fresh Mozzarella 1 large Tomato 1 Zucchini, sliced Basil leaves Coarse Salt and...

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Matt Curmi

Maple Planked Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with Chimichurri Sauce

Maple Planked Stuffed Anaheim Peppers with Chimichurri Sauce

Serves – 4                    Total Time – 45 minutes This recipe is easy to make, delicious and looks fantastic. The chimichurri adds a fresh, bright element that really elevates the dish. Tip – De-seed the jalapeño for a milder sauce, or leave them in if you prefer some heat. Ingredients For the Peppers: Maple Grilling Planks 4 Anaheim Peppers 8 oz. Cotija Cheese, crumbled ¾ cup Panko Breadcrumbs 4 Tbsp. Green Onion, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. Yellow Bell Pepper, finely diced 1 Lime, zested (save the juice for the sauce) 2 Tbsp....

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Annie Kuster

Maple-Plank Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Maple-Plank Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

For this recipe we will be using prosciutto and cheese in poppers instead of the usual bacon. Prosciutto is much thinner and easier to manage than a thick-cut piece of bacon when wrapping around a price of cheese and stuffing it into a non-compliant jalapeno. Plus, you will have leftover prosciutto to use at will! The maple plank adds a sweet, subtle smoke to the poppers and provides a dramatic presentation method. This recipe is very simple. The most time consuming part is seeding the jalapenos. Ingredients: 15 Jalapeno peppers 1 3oz package of Prosciutto (We used La Quercia Prosciutto Americano) 1...

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