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Zucchini Blossom Stuffed with Poppyseeds and Coconut

Delicate zucchini blossoms stuffed with a mix of white poppy seeds and creamy coconut. It’s then dipped in a light batter and fried to crispy. The filling might sound a little unusual unless you grew up eating Bengali food and then you will find the connection. It’s amazing when served with warm steamed white rice. But it can make a lovely appetizer too, served with drinks to wash it down.

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Shrimp Arancini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnforgettableRice​ #CollectiveBias Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, this Shrimp Arancini would make for a great party appetizer or even dinner, when paired with a salad. Arancini are crunchy risotto balls and they could be either stuffed or not. It is a great way to use leftover risotto and it is just as delicious as your creamy risotto.

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Baked Chicken Meatballs – Spiced Sticky

I almost burnt my tongue while making the sauce. The whiff of the chili sauce managed to bypass my stuffy nose and hit the sinus. I just couldn’t resist and instantly dipped a spoon in the simmering sauce to lick it clean. It tasted crazy good and as it reached the back of my tongue, I got a kick of heat. This Spiced Sticky Baked Chicken Meatballs are just what I needed to wake up my dead taste buds!

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Honey Dijon Hummus with Zaatar Pita Chips

Making appetizers for holiday parties is one of my favorite things. I feel it’s easy to grab a bite, walk around, sip some wine and come back for another bite. There are a few favorites and humus is definitely one of them. I usually pair it with a bunch of assorted veggies and crackers to dip in. If you want to uplift your regular hummus, add a little smack with Maille Honey Dijon and pair it with zaatar toasted pita chips. Of course, you could keep adding few other sides like radish, cucumber or whatever you like and turn it…

Spiced Crab Cake with Chimichurri Sauce | Playful Cookinglink to Crab Cakes with Chimichurri Sauce

Crab Cakes with Chimichurri Sauce

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, drizzled with bright green herb sauce, these crab cakes with chimichurri sauce are perfect treats for any celebration. I love this kind of little fritters as a party appetizer. It’s easy to put together, can be prepped in advance and pan-fried just before guests arrive. Serve warm and wash it down with your favorite choice of drinks.

30 Holi Dishes | Playful Cookinglink to 30 Holi Dishes

30 Holi Dishes

Holi is the festival of color, welcoming spring in the most vivid and joyful way. In India, this festival is considered as one of the biggest festivals. Every other street is lit up like a rainbow with people soaked in mass of colors and water. Everyone looks happy! The festival gets its name from the old mythological story of Holika. In India, every other state celebrates the festival in their own way. There are deep customs and rituals being followed, a lot of which will never make much sense to me. However, if there is one common thing that can…

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Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini

Can we ever have enough of appetizers in our party menu? I always lean towards making more appetizers than the main course. You nibble, sip, chat around and then come back for more snacks. It’s a good rhythm. This Fennel Roasted Strawberries with Labneh Crostini is one of those easy appetizers that you could serve at your holiday parties. The Labneh is creamy, mildly sweet from the strawberries. You spread it on tiny crusty bread slices and it’s turns into crostini.

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Vegetable Tartlets with Pesto Sauce

I love puff pastry! Be it sweet or savory, it manages to win my heart each time. The buttery crunchy bite is so amazing that it always makes me ask for more. Swirl them or fold them, make a knot or stuff them, these light flaky warm bites have always been one of my favorites. The smell of a freshly baked pastry is so comforting that it can instantly switch my mood from sad to happy :) Making puff pastry at home was out of the question until I saw the pastry sheets in the frozen section of the grocery store..…