Appetizers

Apéritif or apéro as we love to say is one of French’s favorite moment of the day !

Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Rolls

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Those small bite-sized aperitifs are very fun to do with the puff pastry rolled and cut into slices, and have a good taste of smoked salmon.
Chorizo flan small bites of the shape of French cannelé for appetizer

Chorizo Flan Small Bites

A flan is like a quiche without pastry in the buttom. Thus eggs and cream. Here, with chorizo cubes. To grab with a drink at apéro appetizer beloved moment.
Rillettes de maqueeau

Mackerel and Cream Cheese Spread

Tasty spread, full of omega-3, easy to prepare, to serve on bread toasts or as a dip with raw vegetables. Add your own twist with the spices of your choice.
Fougasse Bread, Blue Cheese and Onion Filling

Fougasse Bread, Blue Cheese and Onion Filling

A bread filled with caramelized onions, walnuts and blue cheese. Served warm, cheese is soft and melting. You should try for an appetizer or as a starter.
caviar d'aubergine maison

Aubergine Caviar Easy Eggplant Dip

For eggplant lovers or appetizer dip addicts, here is my aubergine caviar recipe, prepared with just roasted aubergines, some olives. and olive oil of course.
Tarte de soleil aux épinards et à la ricotta

Tarte Soleil Sun Tart with Spinach and Ricotta

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Ideal to be grabbed as an aperitif or even served as started, this gorgeous sun tart is generously garnished with spinach and ricotta cheese.

Panisse galette de farine de pois chiches

Panisse South-France Chickpea Flour Savory Pancakes

Those savory pancakes made with chickpea flour (thus gluten free & Vegan) come from Marseille, South-France Provence. Few ingredients and many different dishes possibles

guacamole French styme with cilantro and piment d'espelette

Guacamole, French Style

This is my own interpretation of the delicious Mexican guacamole, with a French twist. Avocadoes are mixed with tomatoes, schalots or spring onions, lime, fresh cilantro and for the spice: the French piment d'Espelette / Espelette chilli pepper. But you can make this recipe with chili or Cayenne pepper.

Tarte de soleil au pistou rouge et à la tapenade

Pesto Rosso and Tapenade Tarte Soleil (Puff Pastry Sun Tart)

This tart is an impressive treat for simple moments or great occasions. A complex appearance and very nice presentation but actually it’s very easy to make. The kids just love tarte soleil. Adults too. It’s one of those gorgeous dishes that make a “wow” impression!

Rouleaux de courgette au Neufchâtel, mendiant de fruits secs

Zucchini and Cheese Rolls with Dried Fruits and Nuts

Cheese balls, coated with dried fruits and walnuts, nicely wrapped in zucchini. Wouldn’t those bites be tempting as a tapas to grab with a drink before dinner? 

Vermines de courgette au cumin crème de parmesan

Zucchini and Cumin with Parmesan Cream Verrines

A combination of zucchinis almost overcooked with cumin powder, and a smooth parmesan cream. Indeed very tasty. I always have a great success with this recipe.

Galette des rois frangipane au chocolat

Chickpeas and Sun Dried Tomatoes Provençal Dip

South France Provence cuisine use chickpeas in many preparations. And olive oil almost everywhere. As hummus is a typical Mediterranean preparation, the French version of hummus have only olive oil, thus without tahini.

Sauce apéritif dip aux poivrons

Red Bell Pepper Dip

A quick and easy recipe, great with a drink as an appetizer spread on bread toasts or as a dip with raw vegetables strips.

gougeèes au fromage

Foie Gras with Pear Verrines

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For a festive appertizer, what about pieces of foie gras on cooked seasonned pears, almost like a compote, sprinkled with spice gingerbread ?

Samousa de concombre

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Samosas

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Cubed cucumber fried in olive oiled seasoned with flavorful pepper, and fresh goat cheese wrapped in filo pastry. Those delicious one bite appetizers are both crispy, crunchy and sweet at the same time.

tartinade de couteaux

Razor Clam Rillettes

Do you know how to catch razor clams, and how to cook them? Try these razor shell rillettes. It’s kind of a dip, or a pate - pâté - as we would say in French.

Filet mignon séché charcuterie maison

Homemade Dried Pork Tenderloin

Have you ever tried to make deli meat at home? It's possible and easy with this dried pork tenderlion recipe explained step by step in photos.

Tapenade aux olives noires, recette de Provence

Olive Tapenade

This typical dish from the South of France evokes early-evening apéritifs in the height of summer. Simply crush some olives? There is more to it than that...
gougeèes au fromage

Gougere Cheese Puffs

Serve these small cheese puffs, or Gougères, as appetizers.
Each time I prepare gougères, the whole dish disappears in a few seconds, the children suddenly become very interested in what the adults are eating and grab them one after the other, even if they are not supposed to.

Smoked Salmon Puff Pastry Rolls

, ,
Those small bite-sized aperitifs are very fun to do with the puff pastry rolled and cut into slices, and have a good taste of smoked salmon.
Chorizo flan small bites of the shape of French cannelé for appetizer

Chorizo Flan Small Bites

A flan is like a quiche without pastry in the buttom. Thus eggs and cream. Here, with chorizo cubes. To grab with a drink at apéro appetizer beloved moment.
Rillettes de maqueeau

Mackerel and Cream Cheese Spread

Tasty spread, full of omega-3, easy to prepare, to serve on bread toasts or as a dip with raw vegetables. Add your own twist with the spices of your choice.
Fougasse Bread, Blue Cheese and Onion Filling

Fougasse Bread, Blue Cheese and Onion Filling

A bread filled with caramelized onions, walnuts and blue cheese. Served warm, cheese is soft and melting. You should try for an appetizer or as a starter.
caviar d'aubergine maison

Aubergine Caviar Easy Eggplant Dip

For eggplant lovers or appetizer dip addicts, here is my aubergine caviar recipe, prepared with just roasted aubergines, some olives. and olive oil of course.
Tarte de soleil aux épinards et à la ricotta

Tarte Soleil Sun Tart with Spinach and Ricotta

,

Ideal to be grabbed as an aperitif or even served as started, this gorgeous sun tart is generously garnished with spinach and ricotta cheese.

Panisse galette de farine de pois chiches

Panisse South-France Chickpea Flour Savory Pancakes

Those savory pancakes made with chickpea flour (thus gluten free & Vegan) come from Marseille, South-France Provence. Few ingredients and many different dishes possibles

guacamole French styme with cilantro and piment d'espelette

Guacamole, French Style

This is my own interpretation of the delicious Mexican guacamole, with a French twist. Avocadoes are mixed with tomatoes, schalots or spring onions, lime, fresh cilantro and for the spice: the French piment d'Espelette / Espelette chilli pepper. But you can make this recipe with chili or Cayenne pepper.

Tarte de soleil au pistou rouge et à la tapenade

Pesto Rosso and Tapenade Tarte Soleil (Puff Pastry Sun Tart)

This tart is an impressive treat for simple moments or great occasions. A complex appearance and very nice presentation but actually it’s very easy to make. The kids just love tarte soleil. Adults too. It’s one of those gorgeous dishes that make a “wow” impression!

Rouleaux de courgette au Neufchâtel, mendiant de fruits secs

Zucchini and Cheese Rolls with Dried Fruits and Nuts

Cheese balls, coated with dried fruits and walnuts, nicely wrapped in zucchini. Wouldn’t those bites be tempting as a tapas to grab with a drink before dinner? 

Vermines de courgette au cumin crème de parmesan

Zucchini and Cumin with Parmesan Cream Verrines

A combination of zucchinis almost overcooked with cumin powder, and a smooth parmesan cream. Indeed very tasty. I always have a great success with this recipe.

Galette des rois frangipane au chocolat

Chickpeas and Sun Dried Tomatoes Provençal Dip

South France Provence cuisine use chickpeas in many preparations. And olive oil almost everywhere. As hummus is a typical Mediterranean preparation, the French version of hummus have only olive oil, thus without tahini.

Sauce apéritif dip aux poivrons

Red Bell Pepper Dip

A quick and easy recipe, great with a drink as an appetizer spread on bread toasts or as a dip with raw vegetables strips.

gougeèes au fromage

Foie Gras with Pear Verrines

,

For a festive appertizer, what about pieces of foie gras on cooked seasonned pears, almost like a compote, sprinkled with spice gingerbread ?

Samousa de concombre

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Samosas

,

Cubed cucumber fried in olive oiled seasoned with flavorful pepper, and fresh goat cheese wrapped in filo pastry. Those delicious one bite appetizers are both crispy, crunchy and sweet at the same time.

tartinade de couteaux

Razor Clam Rillettes

Do you know how to catch razor clams, and how to cook them? Try these razor shell rillettes. It’s kind of a dip, or a pate - pâté - as we would say in French.

Filet mignon séché charcuterie maison

Homemade Dried Pork Tenderloin

Have you ever tried to make deli meat at home? It's possible and easy with this dried pork tenderlion recipe explained step by step in photos.

Tapenade aux olives noires, recette de Provence

Olive Tapenade

This typical dish from the South of France evokes early-evening apéritifs in the height of summer. Simply crush some olives? There is more to it than that...
gougeèes au fromage

Gougere Cheese Puffs

Serve these small cheese puffs, or Gougères, as appetizers.
Each time I prepare gougères, the whole dish disappears in a few seconds, the children suddenly become very interested in what the adults are eating and grab them one after the other, even if they are not supposed to.