salt and pepper calamari
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Salt and Pepper Calamari a Spicy Appetizer

Sometimes a sampling of little bites makes for a  more interesting evening than a single main course. The Spanish have this perfected with their culinary tradition of tapas and pintxos. We decided quite a while a go to celebrate the New Year (on Paris time) and to do so by tasting our way around the world, in small bites. This year was no different. The seafood themed plates started with skewered shrimp and ended with Salt and Pepper Calamari.

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L'Oeuf Parfait Mushrooms Parmesan
Cook'n with ClassProvencal RecipesStarter CourseTaste: Food & Drink

Classy Brunch Recipe L’Oeuf Parfait, with Porcini mushrooms and Parmesan cream

Way better than scrambled eggs! L’Oeuf Parfait, sautéed porcini mushrooms and parmesan cream is a serious upgrade to your brunch eggs. This absolutely perfect egg is slow cooked to perfection. You can also enjoy it as an appetizer or with a side salad for a light lunch. I’m sure you’ll think it is eggcellent! 

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Blue Goat Cheese and Pear Timbales @Cocoa&Lavender
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Goat Blue Cheese and Pear Timbales a Light Starter Course

This recipe combines sharp, creamy blue goat cheese and ripe Anjou pears in a lovely savoury flan or timbales. The Anjou pear is also called the Genovian pear (in Italy), and perhaps that is a good example of the transferability of the language of cooking. A timbale in French cuisine is a sweet or savoury, custard-like recipe that is cooked in a cylindrical pan or bottomless dish (flan ring). In Italian, the same dish is called a Timballo.

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Fougasse Tomatoes Olives Peppers @SipTasteShare
BreadsProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & DrinkViktorija Todorovska

Fougasse the Provencal Version of Italy’s Focaccia

This recipe for Fougasse with Tomatoes, Olives, and Peppers is a hearty appetizer that your guests will love. Fougasse is a flat bread that you find in both sweet and savoury versions.

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Truffled Devilled Eggs @ATableenProvence
AppetizerPaula KaneProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Truffled Devilled Eggs Taking your Mother’s Classic Recipe to Another Level

Devilled eggs might be one of the easiest appetizers to make. A bit old fashioned, this classic recipe was all the rage when our mothers were younger. However, the addition of truffle takes the recipe to a heightened level of sophistication. Truffled Devilled Eggs

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Salmon Prawn Filo Parcels Recipe
Fish & SeafoodGary and Jane LangtonProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Market Day Fish Recipe: Salmon and Prawn Filo Parcels

Crispy, flaky Filo pastry parcels hide a delicious seafood secret of buttery salmon and prawns with a tart and creamy lemon butter sauce.

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Potted Salmon Recipe Cocoa and Lavender
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

English Origins for a French Style Potted Salmon Recipe

A dish of potted salmon might sound a little more British than French, but David’s idea was to create a pink-on-pink meal. The potted salmon appetizer led off the evening paired with a rosé from Mirabeau Wine.

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Hot Artichoke Dip @Masdaugustine
AppetizerGary and Jane LangtonProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Apero Hour Recipe: Hot Artichoke Dip

This quick and easy dip is hard to share, but worth it for all to enjoy. Have someone who doesn’t think they like Artichokes try it, they will be pleasantly surprised and… hooked! Serve it warm, as an appetizer with pre-dinner drinks, accompanied by breadsticks, thin slices of French bread, tortillas or crunchy raw vegetables.

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Green Olive Cake Cake aux Olives Vertes @GingerandNutmeg
AppetizerCarolyne Kauser-AbbottProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Understanding Provence’s Olives and Green Olive Cake

A quick and delicious appetizer bread that’s easy to make and even easier to eat! A savoury delight with salted olives, rich smoky duck breast and creamy bites of Gruyère. A must for your next dinner party.

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Shrimp Appetizer zucchini fritters @CocoaandLavender
AppetizerDavid Scott AllenProvencal RecipesTaste: Food & Drink

Easy Shrimp Appetizer for Cocktail Hour

l’apero with this fabulous and easy shrimp cocktail that is bound to delight everyone.

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