Recently, Applebees (or some such place) had a commercial that answered the question “can appetizers count as dinner?”
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love appetizers… finger foods… anything that I can eat standing up and walking around. There’s something so great about grazing while you cook and chat with friends. Who needs dinner when you have freshly smoked salmon and homemade crackers?
In the interest of full-disclosure I cannot take credit for the salmon. That luscious looking salmon is from our good friend Justin who catches wild salmon in Alaska every summer and then smokes it himself. Let me just tell you that it [my friend's smoked salmon] has converted my fish-averse husband into a smoked salmon devotee. We look forward to our little care package every year and savor every morsel.
I did, however, make the crackers myself (need to earn my keep somehow) and they were super easy. Here’s the link to the basic recipe, I add pepper and black sesame seeds to mine for a hint of color.
Our friends in North Carolina recently introduced me to another fun finger food that is so delightfully simple. They were inspired by this Anthony Bourdain clip and we tried it when we were together this weekend.
Just take some green onions (the bigger the better, check the farmers market for some big ‘uns) and put them on the grill until they get little grill marks on them. Then, when they are quite hot quickly wrap them up, we used parchment but Anthony used newspaper. Let them steam for about half an hour and voila! Sprinkle some salt on them, dip them in tomato sauce, whatever floats your boat!
Have a delicious rest of your summer everyone!