appetizer recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13136/all en-US 6 Simple Seafood Appetizers to Impress Your Guests http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/seafood_appetizers.jpg" alt="Seafood appetizer" title="Seafood appetizer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Seafood isn&rsquo;t as expensive as you think it is (especially if you wait until it&rsquo;s on sale at the supermarket), and it makes an elegant addition to any party when served as an appetizer.</p> <p>To make your (Academy Awards?) soiree a little swankier &mdash; without spending too much more &mdash; here are six from-the-sea-inspired starters to give your guests something (else) to cheer about. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-oscar-party-ideas">Frugal Oscar Party Ideas</a>)</p> <h3>Beer-Battered Shrimp with Strawberry Sauce</h3> <p>A few years ago, while in Puerto Rico, I stumbled upon a small cafe in downtown San Juan that had a more adventurous menu than many of the other restaurants serving up plain ol&rsquo; arroz con pollo. The dish was tempura shrimp with strawberry sauce, and as soon as I returned home I tried to duplicate the recipe. It worked like a charm, with <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/the-lady-and-sons-beer-battered-fried-shrimp-recipe/index.html">a little help from Paula Deen</a>.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need one to two pounds of large tail-on shrimp, depending on how many you&rsquo;re feeding, peeled and deveined. To make the batter, pour one cup of flour into a medium bowl, and season with a half-teaspoon of salt and a quarter-teaspoon each of garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Add a cup of beer (Budweiser is best for full flavor, but I&rsquo;ve also used Corona for a citrusy kick) and mix until just blended. Dip and fry the shrimp in a pot of oil heated to 350 degrees. When the shrimp are golden brown, drain them on a paper towel and lightly salt while they&rsquo;re still hot.</p> <p>Meanwhile, add one cup of good strawberry jam or preserves and two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Combine the ingredients and cook until the preserves have melted and reduced slightly. Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce on the side.</p> <h3>Hot Crab Dip</h3> <p>A craving for crab is necessary if you grew up in Baltimore like I did.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a summer ritual that includes a bushel of fresh crabs steamed in beer and Old Bay and dumped in a heaping pile on a newspaper-lined patio table. I was considered an outcast when it came to this rite of passage, however, because I think it&rsquo;s absurd to sit there for hours and eat half an ounce of meat from each crustacean carcass; you&rsquo;ll get tired of picking before you&rsquo;ve had your fill.</p> <p>Instead, I prefer my crab alternative ways, like in this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Hot-Crab-Dip/Detail.aspx">hot crab dip recipe</a>. I&rsquo;ve made my own adjustments to it &mdash; no matter how it&rsquo;s prepared, Baltimore tradition requires crabs to be served without bells and whistles &mdash; so I leave out the capers and artichoke hearts. My philosophy: if it&rsquo;s not broke, don&rsquo;t make it taste like pond scum.</p> <h3>Steamed Mussels</h3> <p>Mussels may be considered bottom of the barrel when it comes to shellfish, but if you&rsquo;re a seafood lover, these bivalves offer the best bang for your buck.</p> <p>In North America, late fall through spring is the best time to serve them, as they&rsquo;re at peak flavor about six months after their spawning season, which is typically early summer 'round these parts.</p> <p>Before you start preparing your fishy feast, inspect your stash. Mussels must be cooked alive, and you&rsquo;ll know if each is alive if it&rsquo;s closed or closes when you touch it. If it&rsquo;s open and stays open after handling, throw it out. You don&rsquo;t want to mess with paralytic shellfish poisoning.</p> <p>From start to finish, this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/mussels-in-white-wine-and-garlic?backto=true&amp;backtourl=/menu/mussels-in-white-wine-and-garlic-with-oven-frites">mussels in white wine recipe</a> should take 15 minutes tops.</p> <h3>Oysters Rockefeller</h3> <p>Oysters are considered by some to be an aphrodisiac (so perhaps you&rsquo;ll want to keep this recipe between you and your sweetie), but I had no idea that among ethicists they&rsquo;re considered appropriate food for vegans and vegetarians. It seems that these mollusks are more closely related to plants than animals. They don&rsquo;t feel pain due to a nonexistent central nervous system, and 95% of oysters are sustainably farmed and harvested. In fact, the Seafood Watch list considers oysters a &ldquo;Best Choice.&quot;</p> <p>I think you&rsquo;ll feel the same about <a href="http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/rockin-oysters-rockefeller/Detail.aspx">Oysters Rockefeller</a>.</p> <h3>Salmon Canapes</h3> <p>You won&rsquo;t even need an oven for this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Salmon-Canapes-2">salmon canapes recipe</a> that has just five ingredients.</p> <p>Personally, I would opt for regular cream cheese instead of reduced fat (the former has more flavor), and I&rsquo;d use plain bagel chips instead of fresh rye to avoid soggy bread. But I&rsquo;m not eating at your house, so no need to fatten up your guests on my behalf.</p> <h3>Maple-Broiled Scallops</h3> <p>Once upon a time I was a shrimp-and-crab-only man. I didn&rsquo;t trust other shellfish &mdash; and I still don&rsquo;t when it&rsquo;s served raw &mdash; but I took a chance on scallops one night at a restaurant with my parents.</p> <p>To my surprise, I rather enjoyed the mollusks that I feared would taste <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-fresh-fish">too fishy</a> and cause me to return them to the kitchen and reorder. Now I make them at home for my party guests, which is always a big hit.</p> <p>This four-ingredient, sweet-and-spicy <a href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/311/Maple_Broiled_Scallops44544.shtml">maple-broiled scallops recipe</a> is their favorite &mdash; and it&rsquo;ll be yours, too.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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