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Appetizers

Artichoke Francaise
  • Complexity: medium

Artichoke Francaise

I am not sure if Artichoke Francaise is an appetizer or main course! I just ate 2 of them as an appetizer while making dinner.. Give this recipe a try and you can substitute flours to make this a paleo recipe or gluten free.

 

Asian Pickle Spring Rolls
  • Complexity: medium

Asian Pickle Spring Rolls

The pickles do add great additional flavor to these Asian Pickle Spring Rolls and they go great with my Lemongrass and Pickle Chicken Stir Fry. I even added minced pickles to the dipping sauce.. Yum

 

Berry Berry Salsa
  • Complexity: medium

Berry Berry Salsa

Cindy’s Berry Berry Salsa not only looks beautiful in a clear bowl but taste amazing! You can add other fresh seasonal berries! You may want to make extras!!

 

Bolognese Stuffed Tomatoes
  • Complexity: medium

Bolognese Stuffed Tomatoes

As you probably know by now I love having a big pot of something going on my stove top! Most of the time it is a sauce and my favorite is a bolognese. How about stuffing bolognese in a tomato! YUM…. This can be served as a buffet food, appetizer or the main course with a side salad. Go ahead – give it a try!

My bolognese stuffed tomatoes are a great paleo recipe, gluten free recipe or just a great meal.

 

Chicken bites in a Tortilla Cup
  • Complexity: medium

Chicken bites in a Tortilla Cup

My chicken bites in a tortilla cup with avocado and mango are the perfect summer time appetizer! Actually anytime! They are always a big hit at our lake house and when invited to an event I am asked to bring these! Give them a try!

If you do not want to use tortilla cup you can serve endive or crackers. You can even combine with pasta and make a meal. Enjoy

 

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Squares
  • Complexity: medium

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Squares

The other night I made plantain chips with a creamy cilantro dip. I thought this chicken sausage and sweet potato squares recipe would also go great with the same dip! This chicken sausage and sweet potato squares is the perfect paleo recipe as an appetizer for your next party!

 

Cindy’s Paleo Sweet and Spicy Wings
  • Complexity: medium

Cindy’s Paleo Sweet and Spicy Wings

I have a couple of wing recipes. I seem to be testing a few of them lately and can’t stop eating them. This is a Paleo Recipe you can enjoy anytime!

 

Cindy’s Salsa
  • Complexity: medium

Cindy’s Salsa

Making salsa is always a yummy way to entertain! You can make this the day before of an hour before your guests arrive! Make an extra batch and add to your omelet or make a pasta dish! It also goes great over grilled steak. Just add few avocados! Make Cindy’s Salsa today!

 

Grilled Calamari with Anchovy and Capers
  • Complexity: medium

Grilled Calamari with Anchovy and Capers

I was inspired to make this grilled calamari with anchovy and capers after my recent trip to Rome.  My husband and I enjoyed anchovy and capers from Tuscany to Rome and since we love fish I decided to create this perfect dish.  We enjoyed with company as a primi and all shared from the plate.  Of course, you can dip fresh bread in the sauce.

I used San Marzano tomatoes from my favorite Italian store Ingredients in Hartford, CT at D&D Market and the calamari came from my favorite fish market in Wethersfield, CT at City Fish, Wethersfield, CT.

 

Hot Chicken Wings
  • Complexity: medium

Hot Chicken Wings

These hot chicken wings are so easy to make and delicious! Make sure you grab a few first before setting them out!

 

Italian Antipasto Platter
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Italian Antipasto Platter

Antipasto (plural antipasti) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats, and vegetables in oil or vinegar. You can really add your favorite ingredients to make it your own and you guests will just love it!

 

Italian Bruschetta
  • Complexity: medium

Italian Bruschetta

This little Italian bruschetta appetizer is always a favorite. Sometimes I like to create a bruschetta bar with selections of Italian meats, olives, cheeses or a traditional tomato and basil. You can be extremely creative and everyone will love to bite into these crispy toasts with yummy toppings!

I love to use plum tomatoes for this bruschetta. First of all they remind me of my grandmother and they are hearty and can sit for a while in olive oil and still stay firm and tasty!

 

Onion and Shallot Dip
  • Complexity: medium

Onion and Shallot Dip

My family loves chip and dip! I decided to make a healthier version and it was certainly a big hit. At first they didn’t like the smell of the coconut oil when I was frying up the chips but they ate them all! I know in Paleo many don’ t like to use dairy but this is a gluten free recipe and I personally like to enjoy a little dairy from time to time! I must admit that topping with the pancetta make this dip “super amazing!” I can’t make anything without a little Italian…

 

Paleo Red and Green Meatballs with Avocado Cream Sauce
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Red and Green Meatballs with Avocado Cream Sauce

My paleo red and green meatballs with avocado cream sauce are great for a meal or entertaining. You can see by the picture how I plated these festive meatballs. For entertaining just make little meatballs and I can promise you they will be gone in a flash!

These are a perfect paleo recipe and gluten free recipe for your family and friends to enjoy! Don’t you just love Meatballs!!

 

Paleo Swedish Meatballs
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Swedish Meatballs

I love meatballs but there is something about serving these little cocktail paleo swedish meatballs at a dinner party! Everyone smiles when they pop one (or several) in their mouth! Love paleo recipes!

 

Roasted Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs
  • Complexity: medium

Roasted Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

This is such a great tailgating or just watching football at home! I like to make extra buffalo chicken and dip with celery and carrots. You can make this a paleo recipe by omitting the blue cheese! Enjoy..

 

Rosemary and Thyme Parmesan Crackers
  • Complexity: medium

Rosemary and Thyme Parmesan Crackers

I just realized I didn’t have any crackers in the house for company we are having tonight. I was about to make another recipe with almond meal and flax meal so I had them handy in the kitchen. Next thing I knew I was shredding fresh parmesan cheese and made cracker! These Rosemary and Thyme Parmesan Crackers are just amazing! They are gluten free.. Enjoy

 

Smoked Salmon Platter
  • Complexity: medium

Smoked Salmon Platter

My easy smoked salmon platter is perfect for entertaining or Sunday brunch! Either way it will be a hit. This also follows the paleo diet!

 

Spiced Nuts
  • Complexity: medium

Spiced Nuts

These spiced nuts are perfect for everyday or entertaining. They follow the paleo diet or gluten free diet. I love them because they are so good! Gather your friends and family to enjoy these spiced nuts!

 

Stuffed Zucchini Rolls
  • Complexity: medium

Stuffed Zucchini Rolls

Are you looking for a fun appetizer which is a delicious Italian Paleo Recipe and perfect for Entertaining!

 

Sweet Potato Puffs
  • Complexity: medium

Sweet Potato Puffs

This is a great recipe to use up some of your Thanksgiving left overs! You can make this recipe by using up all the leftover sweet potatoes and combine it with simple ingredients, which are found in many refrigerators. Enjoy!

Tomato and Mozzarella Bites
  • Complexity: medium

Tomato and Mozzarella Bites

This is a great no-cook summer entertaining recipe.

I love these Tomato and Mozzarella Bites all summer long. They are perfect for guests at our lake house and easy to assembly. Everyone can enjoy their own on their way for a boat ride. And the other hand is free for a glass of wine!

Paleo entertaining at its best…
Enjoy