appetizers

Appetizers: A small portion of food (usually served before a meal or as the first course). They may be hot or cold or served as finger food. Appetizers can also be called hors d’oeuvres or starters.

As the enticing beginning to any meal or as snacks on a lazy weekend, appetizers are where you, as a cook, can really show off your imagination and creativity (KitchenAid completely optional!). Browse through TriniGourmet’s complete collection of taste tempting recipes from around the world, suitable for any occasion or skill level, from the familiar to the more exotic. All recipes have been taste-tested, are kosher in content, and are guaranteed to help lead off any dining experience in style!

Jamaican Cornmeal and Cheese Cakes (recipe)

Most of the recipes that I post here have been made on a Friday for Shabbat dinner, however there is a significant amount of recipes that are also made around 7p.m. when I get the ‘munchies’. This recipe for Jamaican cornmeal and cheese cakes is […]

Sarina’s Vegetarian Potstickers (recipe)

Sarina’s Vegetarian Potstickers (recipe)

It’s been several months since I’ve taken part in a “Waiter There’s Something in my…” challenge. So, it was with great excitement that I saw that this month’s theme was dumplings. Who doesn’t love dumplings?!? And I have tons of variations on the theme!… Then […]

Sarina’s Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)

Sarina’s Chocolate Saturns & Ginger Trigs (recipes)

Spaced out by the title of this post? You should be! I’ve been bit by the Sci-Fi bug just in time for this month’s Blog Party 🙂 Inspired by The Happy Sorceress’ theme requirements, and some leftover ginger ‘hard candy’ that I had made on […]

Trini Fish Puff

Trini Fish Puff

Fish puffs are a staple in Trini bakeries. Usually stuffed with creamy fish paste (or chicken) in a piped choux pastry. They are delicious!

Top 3 Appetizers on TriniGourmet.com (June 2007)

1.Trinidad Saltfish Accra – recipe Trinidad accra are puffy fried dough balls, made of a highly seasoned dough into which shredded saltfish has been mixed. I’ve had it at weddings, gatherings, and of course bought it from street vendors. You can view the recipe here. […]

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)

Batter-Fried Zucchini (recipe)

Fried vegetables in a light, almost meringue-like, batter. Delicious! Although this recipe calls for squash or zucchini I used up veggies that I had on hand (cauliflower, potatoes, mushrooms and more!) The results were just as excellent. This is -the- perfect beer food 😆

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)

Blog Party #22: Jalapeno Bites & Smalta (video)

It’s been several months since I’ve last taken part in Happy Sorceress‘ monthly Blog Parties, and I’ve missed them! This month’s theme is the ‘Wild Wild West‘ and it took me a while to figure out how to interpret it. One of my first thoughts […]

Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)

Sarina’s Miniature Hot Pepper Soufflés (recipe)

I have always been intimidated by soufflés. No, that’s not quite true. I had never thought of a soufflé? as something that should intimidate me, until I saw the horrors that Lucy Liu’s character had with them in one of the Charlies’ Angels movies. Ever […]

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Coquito and Black Bean Hummus

Here it is, the last in my Ole Year Offerings series. And it is the ultimate in ‘last-minute’ entertaining. Neither of the dishes requires any cooking! That’s right, just combine and serve! It doesn’t get any easier than this 😀 In keeping with the ‘ […]

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Moroccan Eggplant Salad

Here in Trinidad the eggplant has way more names than I think any one vegetable should have. We call it eggplant, aubergine, melongene and baigan. My mother, being of Jamaican stock also calls it garden egg. Now why should this funny purple thing illicit so […]

Ole Year Offerings (2006): Trinidad Goolab Jamoon and Sarina’s Passionate Mint Tea

So far I have only shared savory dishes for New Year’s so I thought it was time to mix it up with something sweet! Especially since the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday was Sugar Art! Goolab jamoon is a sweet finger food that […]

How To Create The Perfect Cheese Plate

How To Create The Perfect Cheese Plate

Trini blogger (and apparent Carnival addict) Fit4Mas recently posted a guide to creating a Cheese Plate. I love cheese plates and have never known how to go about putting one together! Were there dos? Were there don’ts? Well.. now I know! And now you will […]

Samosas

Samosas

As I had promised earlier, here are the samosas that I made as my Sephardic contribution to my local Hanukkah potluck 🙂

Blog Party #17: Aloo Tiki (with Mango Chutney) & Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy

Blog Party #17: Aloo Tiki (with Mango Chutney) & Sarina’s Sparkling Ginger-Lime Shandy

Today’s Blog Party theme was Hollywood (Lights! Camera! Action!). So, inspired by the movie “A Passage to India” I decided to make a batch of Aloo Tiki. But I didn’t know what alcoholic beverage to serve them with. I had read that beer goes well […]

Thanksgiving Recipes – Island Style

If I was to host a Tropical Thanksgiving, what would I serve? That question has been in my head with all the Thanksgiving promotions on the US television channels. So, for this post I thought that I would troll the ol blogosphere for Thanksgiving recipes […]