Category: Appetizers

Taco Salad with Edible Cheddar Bowls

Taco salad made from seared steak, avocado, tomato, shredded lettuce, and creamy chipotle dressing is delicious without any embellishment. But if you happen to have cheddar cheese in the refrigerator and a few extra minutes to grate it and bake it, then why not make an edible cheddar bowl?

Cheddar bowls are crispy and salty and fun to eat. They can be big or small, for main course salads or appetizers. Best of all, these bowls are made from just one ingredient: cheese. If you tolerate dairy, then cheese bowls (or chips) are a tasty occasional snack.

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Grilled Chicken Livers with Herb Butter

Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. A little bit is all you need to get a healthy dose of the vitamin A, copper, folate and zinc that liver offers. So, serving liver as an appetizer, instead of a main course, makes plenty of sense.

If you never eat liver because you’re not entirely confident about how to cook it, try this: skewer it and grill it. It really is that easy. Use chicken livers, which are naturally small and easy to skewer. Grill for about 6 minutes, then pour on the butter and fresh herbs. It’s hard to find an appetizer that is both easier to make and healthier than this one.

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Mini Smoked Salmon Hand Rolls

Sushi hand rolls might sound like an extravagant treat, but this recipe turns hand rolls into a super-easy snack. Kids love these salmon hand rolls after school (maybe omit the hot chiles?) and adults love them pretty much any time of day or night.

The switch is subbing out raw sashimi grade tuna and using smoked salmon instead. This avoids the issue of mercury from tuna, and makes it easier to pack hand rolls for an afternoon snack at school or work without worrying about spoilage. Plus, the omega-3s from fatty salmon and the monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids from Primal Kitchen Mayo® mean these hand rolls are both a nutritious and delicious snack.

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Grilled Beef Satay

Satay is often served as an appetizer, but it makes a fantastic main course when served with a rich, creamy satay sauce and crisp raw veggies on the side.

In this Primal version of beef satay, sugar is skipped entirely in both the marinade and the satay sauce. It isn’t missed, with coconut milk and macadamia nuts adding plenty of natural sweetness. The meat gets its intense flavor from soaking just 1 hour in a richly seasoned marinade that is sweet, salty and deliciously pungent. The mellow macadamia satay sauce served on the side balances the bold flavors of the meat, although giving the sauce a good, spicy kick is essential—without it, the sauce isn’t nearly as good.

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Tamari and Kombu Soft-Boiled Eggs

Hardboiled eggs are a perfect snack, but even a perfect snack can get boring sometimes. This recipe offers a slight variation—and, oh, what a difference! A mild-flavored hard-boiled egg turns into an umami flavor bomb. This egg practically melts in your mouth, thanks to a yolk that is creamy and runny instead of dry and chalky. The soft, rich middle is a delicious contrast to the salty flavor and firm texture of the outer egg white.

Try a soft-boiled egg once, and you might never go back to hard-boiled. The change is easy to make—simply boil the eggs a few minutes less. Eggs are the ultimate Primal food source, full of protein, healthy fats, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. The more ways you can enjoy them, the better. A carton of soft-boiled tamari and kombu eggs is a healthy and easy go-to snack to keep in the fridge.

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Bacon Guacamole with Cheddar Chips

Guacamole is an easy sell. Put a bowl out at a party, and immediately the entire group is hovering over the bowl ready to dip in. So, imagine what might happen when a bowl of bacon guacamole is served. Stand back—this is a flavorful, high-fat snack that people are going to run towards.

Basic guacamole doesn’t really need a recipe. In essence, it’s just avocados, lime and salt. However, if your usual go-to has tasted a little ho-hum lately, this recipe will guide you back to an amazing bowl of guacamole. Ripe avocados are mashed with shallot, garlic, cilantro, lots of lime, and yes, bacon. Bacon is the perfect salty, crunchy topper for guacamole.

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