100 Best Recipes Ever: Starters
In Sweden, making meatballs is a very social family affair. The more kids you can round up for the rolling the better, since a child’s palm makes the perfect-size ball. F&W’s Fredrika Stjärne uses her father’s recipe, with his secret ingredient (celery salt).
Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon, Caviar and Dill Cream
Although Wolfgang Puck is best known for putting smoked salmon, caviar and dill-flecked crème fraîche on his designer pizzas, he also loves this trio of toppings with his exceptionally crispy potato pancakes, a dish he makes frequently when cooking at home. All three garnishes are wonderfully decadent together; still, you can leave out the smoked salmon or the caviar.
Chicken Liver Crostini
Peter Hoffman’s beautifully silky puree is accented with sweet sautéed apples, smoky bacon and a splash of brandy, then served on crunchy toasts.
Smoked Bluefish Pâté
This creamy pâté from chefs Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon has an amazingly rich, smoky flavor.