My Favorite Hors D’oeuvres
Tonight I am being a bad blogger. The Syracuse game is on!! I don’t know if many of your readers are into March Madness, but my blood has officially turned Orange. Z and I are off to see Cuse take on Butler, so I thought I would leave you with one of my favorite recipes for entertaining. With Easter coming up and families coming together, what better than to have a recipe to serve a crowd?
I love having people over. Whether it is a planned dinner party or they happen to be in the neighborhood, having guests is one of the great pleasures in my life. When my family moved to the States from England, we left behind our entire family. No more large Sunday roasts or holiday gatherings. So we made our friends our family. We have spent Christmas with our neighbors for 10 years, share Thanksgiving with my high school friend’s parents, and on the 4th of July it is us Brits who throw the big barbecue bash.
No matter how hectic life is, my Mom will never say no to having people over. And while magic is being created in pots and pans, we need something to satisfy the munchies that arise due to the amazing aromas wafting through the house. I believe my Aunt was the first person I helped make these little treats, and ever since they have become my go-to appetizer: bellinis.
No, not the champagne cocktail (though yes, we make those too!). These bellinis are tiny little pancakes, whipped up using 3 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. Just pop them in a pan, put them on a plate and, whats more, they are versatile: top them with anything you want. Our go-to for a dinner party is smoked salmon with creme fresh, topped with lemon juice and maybe come capers. But in a rush, the refrigerator is your oyster! How about a topping of creme cheese and cucumber slices? Grated cheddar and tomatoes? Some left over caponata or an olive and mushroom tapanade? The list is endless, which is why this recipe is essential for everyone to know. Because you never know when someone will show up at your door!
Two weekends ago, during the rained out St Patrick’s Day fiasco, a co-worker of mine came by for our TV marathon. I can’t have a guest go without some food! In 10 minutes I had the bellinis finished, topped with mayo, shredded corned beef, and sauerkraut. Perfect for the holiday.
4 oz flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Mix)
5 fl oz milk
Salt and pepper
Combine the flour, egg, and milk in a bowl, and whisk until there are no lumps. Stir in the salt and pepper.
Heat up your frying pan, and spoon the batter to make pancakes that are about 1.5 inches in diameter. (I fit 5 at a time in my frying pan). Flip them when they begin to bubble on top. Once they are brown on the other size, transfer to a wire rack. Repeat until all batter is used.
Spread the bellinis on a tray, and top with the topping of your choice!
Here are some of my Irish Bellinis:
These little pancakes disappeared in .5 seconds. There is nothing like eating an amuse bouche that is so small, yet so complete. You get a taste of everything with every bite! Their only fault is that, while you are finishing the decorating, I promise you will eat at least 3 of them, if not 5 or 7, before they actually reach your guests. Just give it a try, and don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂
What is your favorite appetizer to make?