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Appetizers and dips

Afghan-style pumpkin turkey meatballs

Aioli with steamed asparagus

Asparagus wonton wraps

Asparagus wonton wraps with hoisin, wasabi or mustard filling

Avocado and edamame (soy bean) spread on toast

Bacon guacamole

Baked polenta with braised wild mushrooms

Basil ricotta bruschetta with pan-burst grapes

Bean dip

Beef, asparagus and scallions negimaki-style

Beef teriyaki skewers

Black bean cakes with guacamole

BLT turkey meatballs

Bolinhos de bacalhau (salt cod balls) with chipotle mayonnaise dip

Broccoli eggrolls


Burst tomatoes with fresh herbs

Caesar dip


Cheese and red pepper empanaditas

Cheese phyllo triangles

Chicken fingers

Chicken satay

Chicken tikka

"Chicks in blankets"

Chile con queso dip

Chipotle ranch dip or dressing

Cod cakes with red pepper, tarragon and yogurt remoulade

Costa Rican black bean dip

Curried chicken wontons

Curry dip

Deviled eggs


Florida crab cakes

Fresh Vietnamese salad rolls

Ginger spice mixed nuts

Goat cheese and basil bruschetta

Goat cheese and olive stuffed peppers

Goat cheese-olive empanadas

Grilled beef teriyaki skewers with ramps (or scallions)

Grilled sesame-lime shrimp and cucumber skewers

Herbed cheese spread

Horseradish dip

Hot or mild Italian turkey sausage meatballs with fennel-mustard dipping sauce

Jamaican meat patties

Lemon caper deviled eggs

Lemon onion hummus

Lentil and goat cheese stuffed baby potato appetizers

Mango-jalapeño turkey meatballs

Marinated bocconcini

Marinated mozzarella with garlic and slow roasted tomatoes

Marinated olives with garlic, pepper, orange and mint

Marinated roasted peppers

Mock guac


Muhammara (another version)

Mushroom pate

Mushrooms and peppers in puff pastry

No-cook summer antipasto

One-bite vegetable quiche

Onion bhaji

Pan-fried tuna croquettes

Peanut dip

Peanut dipping sauce

Pinto bean ravioli

Pomegranate-orange-ginger shrimp

Pumpkin "hummus"

Quick and easy ploughman's crisps

Red curry shrimp dumplings

Red pepper, kale and walnut dip (or spread)

Rhode Island weiner spice meatballs

Rice noodle salad with chicken

Roasted asparagus hummus

Roasted eggplant spread with garlic, pepper and onions

Roasted or grilled shrimp in beer marinade

Roasted red pepper and garlic hummus crostini

Roasted red pepper, basil and parmesan johnnycakes

Roasted shrimp appetizer with spicy peanut sauce

Roasted vegetables with creamy Meyer lemon dipping sauce

Salmon and Asian pesto potstickers

Salmon and quinoa patties with lemon-yogurt sauce

Salmon burgers with green yogurt sauce

Salmon croquettes with sesame lime sauce

Salsa and shrimp stuffed avocado

Salt and pepper prawns

Scallion pancake pizza

Shrimp potstickers

Shrimp teriyaki

Shrimp with Meyer lemon-dill dipping sauce

Shrimp with romesco sauce

Shrimp with tarragon and yogurt sauce

Slow cooker white bean, garlic and olive spread or dip

Slow roasted or sun-dried tomato and basil hummus

Slow-roasted tomato bruschetta

Spicy chicken balls

Spicy peanut sauce

Spicy Asian shrimp cocktail

Spicy eggplant caponata toasts

Spicy tuna and avocado ceviche

Spicy turkey rolls

Spinach and feta phyllo cups

Sriracha avocado deviled eggs

Stuffed pepper tapas

Sushi rice

Sweet potato and apple potstickers

Sweet Rhode Island coffee-dunked turkey appetizer meatballs (slow cooker)


Traditional hummus

Traditional New England crab cakes

Tyropita (cheese-filled phyllo pastries)


Vegetable dumplings

Vegetable medley with five-spice dip

Vegetable nori rolls

Vegetable samosas

Vegetarian Cuban canapes

Very traditional hummus

White bean garlic dip


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