Best New Chef Michael Gallina of Vicia in St. Louis has a way with vegetables, and this time of year tomatoes are his muse. His Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta is a simple sauté that brings everything to the table: sweet acidity from the tomatoes; a salty, savory chew from the pancetta; and aromatics from the garlic and onion. The pancetta seasons the mixture, which begs to be served over ricotta toast. You can also try the combo tossed with pasta.
Perfect served with cold beers, these stuffed jalapeños are the perfect game-day or movie-night snack. Halved jalapeños are packed with a cheddar and cream cheese filling flavored with garlic, cilantro and scallions. Slideshow: More Jalapeno Recipes
A perfect cocktail party snack, bacon-wrapped dates are chewy, crispy, sweet, savory and smoky all at once. Plump and tender Medjool dates are stuffed with a mixture of blue cheese and cream cheese, and a toasted walnut stands in for the pit. Fresh goat cheese could easily be swapped for the blue cheese, and roasted salted almonds can replace the walnuts. For sweeter stuffed dates, drizzle them with honey before serving. Slideshow: More Date Recipes
More Hors d'oeuvres
“This recipe is perfect for cheese and chocolate lovers.,” says Vosges Chocolate founder Katrina Markoff. “Crumbled Reishi Mushroom & Walnut Super Dark Chocolate Bar atop ricotta cheese...mmm. It takes just minutes to make for a satisfying snack or as an hors d'oeuvre, served with black pepper crackers and fresh or dried fruit.” Slideshow: More Great Ricotta Recipes
Star chef Grant Achatz gives the classic vegetables-and-dip hors d’oeuvre a nicely acidic punch by pickling the vegetables. The dip would also be fantastic as a dressing. Slideshow: More Pickled Recipes