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Appetizer recipes range from a simple dip served with vegetables or crackers made at home with a packaged dip mix to an elaborate first course, such as a the stuffed artichoke served at Olive Garden. A home cook who has a kitchen stocked with spices, flour, frozen spinach, artichoke hearts, bread crumbs, garlic, sour cream, cream cheese, grated cheese, and eggs will be ready to prepare many popular restaurant appetizer recipes.
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|Appetizer||Food served in advance of a main meal|
|Also known as||Hors d'oeuvres, starters|
|Restaurant appetizer portions||Usually large enough for 2; may feed 1 as light meal|
|Types||Dips, spreads, stuffed vegetables, and more|
|Cocktail party appetizers||May be finger foods|
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Quick Appetizer Recipes
Some appetizers can be put together quickly by a home cook. Olive Garden's Spinach and Artichoke Dip mixes up quickly, then bakes in 25 minutes. Texas Roadhouse Cheese Fries use frozen steak fries as a base. The bacon needed for the recipe can be cooked ahead of time, making this a very quick and and easy recipe to assemble. Olive Garden's Portobello Mushrooms with Mozzarella do need to marinate for an hour, but can then be assembled in minutes.
Healthy Appetizer Recipes
Many appetizers served in restaurants are laden with calories, fat, and sodium. Home cooks can be selective about what they choose to serve, and can also modify restaurants to meet their own nutritional needs.
- Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is rich in vegetables, and low in fat. The sodium content can be controlled by using homemade broth, or by selecting a low-sodium variety of canned broth.
- P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps are also low in fat and calories. The calorie and fat count can be reduced further by using white meat chicken instead of dark meat.
- Use low-sodium broth when preparing T.G.I Friday's French Onion Soup, omit the provolone cheese, and reduce the butter used for sauteing the onions by half, to improve the nutritional profile of the recipe.
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