One of our favorite things about dinner parties is the hors d’oeuvres; we love tasting different flavors, and hors d’oeuvres are the perfect chance to taste without getting too full for the courses to come.
When it comes to planning your next hors d'oeuvre menu, don’t get stuck in the cracker and cheese or bread and dip trap that happens when you can’t think of what to make. We’ve gathered some easy and flavorful seafood starters for a dinner party, to make the mouths of your guests sing your praises!
Black Cod (Sablefish)
Black cod is both healthy—delivering heart-healthy omega-3s—and delectable, with a rich flavor and luxurious texture. This Portuguese Bread Soup combines cubes of black cod with chorizo, leeks, field tomatoes, and toasted spices for a hearty, rustic appetizer that’s sure to please.
Alaskan King Crab Legs
Nothing impresses and pleases guests more than Colossal Alaskan Red King Crab legs on their plates. King Crab Legs with Champagne Beurre Blanc takes the matchless buttery and rich meat of king crab and dips it into an opulent beurre blanc made with champagne, shallots, cracked pink peppercorns, and butter. Nothing could be more luxurious!
Forget the shrimp dip this year; these tasty Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites are where it’s at. They couldn’t be easier to make. Peel and devein your shrimp and sear with Cajun spice and then make an avocado spread with fresh avocados and lime juice. Use cucumber slices as a base for a healthy and light seafood hors d’oeuvre that’s keto-friendly and gluten-free. Try Auntie Nono's Firecracker Sea Salt for a real flavor boost!
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Alaskan Dungeness Crab
We’ve always been partial to the marriage of Dungeness crab and mushrooms! Add both cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, panko breadcrumbs, Old Bay, and fresh garlic and onions, and your hors d’oeuvre platter will be cleaned off before you can say “Do you like it?” These Spicy Alaska Dungeness Crab Stuffed Mushrooms are to die for. Better have the recipe already printed out because you’ll be asked for it!
Norway Lobster (Langoustines)
Often described as a cross between lobster and shrimp, langoustines have a complex, delicate flavor, perfect in this Fava Bean and Langoustine Crostini recipe. This seafood hors d’oeuvre is easy to prepare, yet so elegant when plated. Fava beans are sauteed with olive oil and fresh thyme, and the langoustines are seared with salt. The fava bean mixture is placed on a bed of rustic country bread smeared with sheep’s milk ricotta before being topped with a langoustine and a splash of lemon juice. Simply delectable.
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