This ingenious, briny sauce couldn’t be simpler: Chef René Redzepi purees raw oysters with a little of their liquor, plus rice vinegar and oil. He adds diced blanched vegetables for texture, then serves the dip with potato chips.
To make her fonduta, the Italian version of fondue, Linda Meyers uses pungent Fontina instead of the Gruyère often found in Swiss recipes. For a splurge, she recommends shaving on white truffles just before serving.
These spicy, tangy little hors d’oeuvres are chef Dean Fearing’s take on the classic combination of smoked salmon, red onion and capers—he throws in roasted garlic, lime juice and jalapeño and replaces the standard cream cheese with sour cream. To make the dish especially Southwestern, he serves the tartare on tortilla chips. “Everything is good on a chip,” he says.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli rabe is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B and C. Chef Gabe Thompson turns it into a healthy, peppery pesto that's delicious on toasted bread.
Pecan halves sautéed with butter, sugar, and ground ginger are positively addictive. Make-ahead tip: If you prepare the pecans more than two days ahead, add another half teaspoon of ginger, since the flavor dissipates over time.
We like the variety here—the same toast spread with two different toppings. The green-olive tapenade, which uses pre-pitted olives, can be made in minutes with a blender or food processor. The sautéed mushroom topping is equally savory hot or at room temperature.