Oysters Rockefeller*

My mom is one of the best cooks I know and she always reminds me that she is "better than I am" at cooking. I, of course, tell her she's crazy and she has nothing on me! It's a delicious rivalry that is continuous. I will have to say, however, her Oysters Rockefeller are by far the best I've ever had in my life. Growing up in Florida fresh seafood is always easy to get and she would make these as a special treat on a lazy Sunday and they were alw...

Mini Spicy Ricotta Meatballs*

Growing up, one of my favorite things that my mom would make were her meatballs and fresh tomato sauce. It was beyond delicious. This is my appetizer version of that and it is super easy to make. If you want to make them bigger you can and just serve it over pasta for dinner! I like to make them small and let people pick them up with toothpicks. They're a little spicy but the tomato sauce offsets is wonderfully. Pair with a delicious red wine and...

Baked Brie En Croute*

Don't you hate when people invite you over to their house and pull the "can you bring an appetizer" trick? I know I do. So, like everyone else, you bring over a bag of tostidos with a jar of delicious gross queso and call it a day. NO! This is no longer allowed. We're going to bring this delectable and easy appetizer and knock the queso socks off of everyone. All you need to do is get everything rea...

Baked Roasted Red Pepper and Chevre Cheese*

Ready for the easiest appetizer ever? The hardest part about this recipe is roasting the peppers and even that is a cinch. Roasted red pepper and goat cheese are a match made in culinary heaven. Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself! Ok, let's start with roasting the peppers. If you have a gas stove top with open flames all you do is set the pepper on the flame. Yup, just put it on the flame. You don't turn it until you see it charring and bl...

Lemon Ricotta Crostini with Honey*

This is one of my absolutely favorite appetizers because of how easy it is. You can whip this up in less than 5 minutes and people will think you're a cooking goddess. The freshness of the lemon really brightens up the bland ricotta and makes this a dish you won't forget. Preheat your oven to broil. Put your baguette slices on a pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Put in the oven to toast. Make sure you watch it so they don't burn! ...

Spicy Lime Cilantro Shrimp*

In the mood for something delicious that you can make in 5 minutes? Well, here is your recipe! These are the perfect appetizer for game days... or any day really. You can make them in about 6 minutes, which is about the same time as a commercial nowadays. These are jam packed with flavor and pack a little heat which I love washing down with a cold glass of white wine. Or, if you're a manly man an ice cold beer. Either will suffice. First thing yo...

Savory Elephant Ears*

When I use to cater parties this use to be one of my go-to appetizers just because they're so easy and delicious. You can make it well ahead of time and just keep it in the refrigerator or freezer until it's time to slice and bake! They're so full of flavor and they have an amazing texture because of the puff pastry. Perfect finger food! The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 375*F. Lay out your thawed puff pastry flat. Spread you...

Crab Cakes*

Whenever I'm out to a restaurant and there are crab cakes on the menu I always order them. I just love crab cakes so much. What's not to love?! If I ever get my hands on fresh crab I absolutely have to make them. You know what the best part of crab cakes are? They're not hard at all to make! Seriously. Watch my video. Easy. The first thing you want to do is pick through your crab for any pieces of shell or cartilage that might have snuck by. To t...

Stuffed Mushrooms*

The thing that I love about stuffed mushrooms is that: 1) they're delicious and 2) the possibilities are endless with different ingredients! This version is creamy and delicious. Once you have one you won't be able to stop... I promise. Ok, the first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 400*F and put all your mushroom caps in a baking pan. In a pan over medium high heat crisp your thinly sliced bacon until nice and brown. While your bacon...