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Christmas Appetizers

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    Spice-Cured Salmon with Beets & Horseradish Cream

    Cured salmon (gravad lax) is quintessentially Scandinavian. It's served in every season, but this version is perfect for Christmas, thanks to the festive warm spices and orange zest. The tangy…

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    Country Ham Relish

    Served on crackers, endive leaves, or celery ribs, this sweet and salty relish makes an irresistible hors d’oeuvre. It’s also a delicious sandwich spread—try it on buttered whole wheat toast…

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    Parmigiano-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Finely ground Parmigiano-Reggiano adds great texture (and flavor) to the stuffing in these savory, three-bite appetizers.

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    Corn Muffins with Roasted Red Peppers, Scallions & Cheddar

    Like corn bread? Then you’ll love these savory, two-bite muffins, which get subtle sweetness and a hearty texture from polenta, or corn grits, a medium-grind cornmeal. Packed with aged Cheddar,…

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    Quince Paste

    In Spain, slices of this sweet, fragrant paste, called membrillo, are served atop wedges of rich Manchego cheese as an hors d’oeuvre. Try it with goat cheese as well—or just…

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    Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

    These ultimate deviled eggs transform your Easter finds into party-food favorites. To dress them up for a brunch or other gathering, top each egg with a small dollop of salmon…

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    Parsnip, Potato, and Scallion Pancakes

    A variation on the classic German potato pancake, these taste great with applesauce and sour cream. Serve with roast pork or beef.

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    French Onion Soup Dumplings

    My food is meant for sharing. But how do you share French onion soup politely? In my version, you get everything that’s great about the classic—crispy bread, gooey cheese, and…

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    Fingerling Potato Galettes with Chive Crème Fraîche and Smoked Trout

    This elegant starter takes fish and chips to a whole new level.

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    Poached Shrimp with Spicy Mayo and Garlic Breadcrumbs

    A twist on shrimp cocktail that makes the perfect party starter. To eat, guests dip each shrimp in the spicy mayo and then in the breadcrumbs.