Appetizers are great way
to get your guests relaxed and into the party mood. You can use appetizers
as a start to a main meal, or, for a more casual party, you can serve
many different types of filling appetizers as the main meal. Here
are a couple of my favorite appetizers that are easy to make and are
crowd-pleasers as well!
Makes 16 kebabs
This hearty appetizer uses the traditional ingredients
in tandoori chicken, such as yogurt, lemon juice and spices,
to make quick-cooking kebabs. To turn this into a main meal, simply
make six larger kebabs instead of sixteen.
1 pound ground chicken
Vegetable or canola oil, to coat pan
3 tablespoons plain, low fat yogurt
1 slice white bread
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon peeled grated ginger
1 small clove garlic, chopped finely
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt, adjust as desired
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all marinade ingredients. Mix ingredients
with your hands until smooth, making sure the bread is completely
incorporated into mixture (Alternatively, you can use a food processor
to make the marinade).
2. Add ground chicken and mix gently to combine.
Tip: You can make
this dish a day before your guests arrive. Store in an airtight
container in the refrigerator. To reheat, place kebabs on a
baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees until warmed through.
Tip: South Asian
grocers and many large supermarkets stock ready-made South Asian
chutney. Try the chutney out before the party
to make sure you like it.