Shake up a batch of summer-fresh beverages and set out some easy-to-make appetizers like our Bocconcini Bites, Gravlax Roll-Ups, Pita Chips and Chickpea Pomegranate Dip for nighttime entertaining.
The complex, sour-sweet flavours of pomegranate molasses (available in Middle Eastern and fine food stores) give this dip a tangy edge. If you can't find it, use 3 tbsp (50 mL) lemon juice and 2 tbsp (25 mL) liquid honey instead. Serve with pita chips.
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Gravlax, or cured salmon, is simple and economical but requires a bit of planning. This elegant Scandinavian specialty is a fine appetizer with crisp breads and honey mustard. Or use it in a summer party hors d'oeuvre as in Gravlax Roll-Ups.
Cool cucumber and frisee or watercress perfectly balance the saltiness of gravlax. This recipe uses about half of the Gin-Cured Gravlax.
Using scissors, cut pita pockets around edge into 8 rounds; cut each into 8 triangles. In large bowl, toss together pita triangles, vegetable oil and ...
Aromatic five-spice powder adds intrigue to sticky chicken wings.
A squeeze of fresh lime juice just before serving brightens the flavour of this spicy chicken. Mango chutney is a fitting accompaniment.
Thai red curry paste adds Southeast Asian heat and zest to ground pork. Asian Home Gourmet paste is milder than other brands. Or you can adjust the amount to suit your spice tolerance. No lemongrass? Check the produce section for Gourmet Garden Squeezable Fresh Lemongrass or substitute 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated lime rind.
Delightful cocktail sticks look pretty standing in martini glasses or vases. For fun, make all four varieties and station them around the room.
Get the party started with a refreshing summer drink to enjoy with either vodka or sparkling soda, as in the variations.
Choose a gin with a light citrus accent, such as Hendrick or Plymouth, for this cocktail.
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