Behind the Booklet: 50 Easy Appetizers

by in Behind the Scenes, Food Network Magazine, November 27th, 2012

50 easy appetizers
Hors d’oeuvres and appetizers are often the best part of a meal to me. Maybe it’s because finger foods are just more fun to eat or because they’re usually paired with a cocktail. When Food Network Kitchens were coming up with ideas for 50 Easy Appetizers (page 166) for the November issue of Food Network Magazine, the possibilities seemed endless.

blistered peppers

We ended up developing more recipes than we could ever possibly fit, but I thought the two below were too good not to share. The Blistered Peppers (pictured above) are popping up on trendy bar menus everywhere and couldn’t be more simple, while the Date Bites (pictured below) are a sophisticated twist on the classic Devils on Horseback (dates wrapped in bacon).

date bites

Blistered Peppers: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add shishito or baby bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until blistered and tender. Sprinkle with lemon juice and sea salt.

Date Pistachio Prosciutto Bites: Stuff pitted dates with 2 pistachios each, then wrap in a thin slice prosciutto. Top with chopped pistachios.

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Comments (3)

  1. Christine says:

    This time of the year I like looking for new recipes for appetizers ,and so yours are going to be the start of my list.
    Thank you for sharing

  2. Ann says:

    Shame on Food Network for your horrid treatment of Paula Deen. Shameful

  3. What a tasty dish. That would be a perfect appetizer for diner tonight.

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