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Appetizers

Begin the meal with a variety of appetizers (in Australia known as entrées) fused with flavours from around the world.

Balsamic Mushrooms with Taleggio Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta
A tasty recipe for Balsamic Mushrooms with Taleggio Cheese on Toasted Ciabatta

Australian and New Zealand Party Appetizer Gallery
Whether you're catering for two or twenty, these party appetizers are sure to please. Find something for all tastes from devilled eggs to smoked trout endives.

Barbecued Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto
For a simple and elegant appetizer try delicious barbecued asparagus wrapped in prosciutto.

Barbecued Prawns and Asparagus with Lemon Pepper Mayo
Sweet, juicy prawns and asparagus spears are marinated in lemon and olive oil, barbecued to perfect and then served with a tangy lemon pepper mayonnaise

Barbecued Shrimp with Mango Lime Mayonnaise
If you ever need something quick, simple and impressive to feed yourself or a crowd, look no further than this barbecue shrimp with mango lime mayonnaise.

Barbecued Shrimp with Thai Dipping Sauce
For an easy summer starter, try these succulent barbecued shrimp served with a spicy, sweet, salty and sour Thai dipping sauce.

Barbecued Shrimp
Nothing represents summer better than barbecued shrimp. Simply throw them on the grill and then eat them with a delicious garlic basil olive oil.

Beef Satay
Tender and succulent beef satays make a delicious and simple appetizer.

Caprese Salad
In this Caprese salad recipe fresh mozzarella is paired with slices of ripe Roma tomatoes, sweet basil and a drizzle of peppery extra virgin olive oil.

Chilled Cucumber Soup
This refreshing cucumber soup is a terrific dish to serve during the hot summer months. It is infused with garlic, cilantro, mint and a hint of cumin.

Coconut Shrimp with a Chilli Lime Mayo
Entertain with a platter of mouthwatering coconut shrimp with a chilli lime mayonnaise for dipping.

Curried Carrot & Turnip Soup
A rich and creamy curried carrot and turnip soup which is wonderfully satisfying as an appetizer or a main course. Despite its richness, there's actually no milk or cream in this soup -- just a little sour cream stirred through before serving.

Curried Potato Sausage Rolls
Perfect for vegetarians or veggie-lovers, these delicious sausage rolls are filled with curried mashed potato, peas and carrots.

Devilled Eggs
This devilled eggs recipe is a great one for a party, picnic or even just a snack. They're so easy to make and only require five ingredients!

Fried Whitebait with Corinader & Garlic Aioli
In this recipe Australian whitebait (small, young fish) are deep fried and served with a cilantro and garlic aioli. Fried whitebait make for an excellent seafood appetizer to be washed down with a cold glass of beer.

Grilled Asparagus & Macadamia Salad
This Asparagus & Macadamia Nut Salad is an excellent choice for an antipasto dish. The toasted Macadamias add a rich nuttiness to the fresh flavors.

Grilled Chicken Salad
This simple recipe is great one for lunch or dinner. It is easy to prepare and the only cooking required is the grilling of the chicken. The salad consists of crispy romaine lettuce, tomatoes, Spanish onion and feta, all topped with a delicious olive oil and white wine vinegar dressing.

Macadamia Nut Dukkah
Macadamia nut dukkah is a dry blend of macadamias, pine nuts, sesame seeds, cilantro seeds and cumin. The fragrant seasoning is delicious with crusty bread and olive oil or sprinkled on salads or roasted vegetables.

Mixed Mushroom Salad with Arugula and Parmesan
Enjoy mushrooms in this mixed mushroom salad on a bed of arugula and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.

Moroccan Lamb Sausage Rolls
Wow your tastebuds with this exotic Moroccan Sausage Roll recipe.

Pipi Soup
The "pipi" is a small shellfish also known as a "surf clam." This particular recipe is similar to a chowder. The tasty soup is infused with the salty pipi liquor and balanced by its sweet flesh.

Piri Piri Shrimp
Spicy Piri Piri shrimp make a delicious appetizer and are very easy to make. Piri Piri is a Portuguese chili sauce consisting of dried habanero chilis, paprika, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and a little sugar. It's a great marinade for both seafood and chicken.

Pork & Shrimp Pot Stickers
Make your own pot sticker dumplings filled with pork, shrimps and garlic chives.

Pork and Prawn Dumplings
Delight your taste buds with homemade pork and prawn dumplings served with a soy and vinegar dipping sauce. Just the perfect recipe to bring in the Chinese New Year!

Roasted Beet and Mango Salad
Start off the meal with a delicious roasted beet and tropical mango salad.

Salt and Pepper Calamari
Considered by some to be Australia's national food, salt and pepper calamari is a favorite appetizer and for good reason. Tender calamari is coated in a light batter, fried and then tossed in a tasty five spice mix along with garlic and spring onions.

Salt and Pepper Prawns
No need to head out to your local Chinese restaurant anymore, finally you can make your very own salt and pepper prawns. Juicy prawns are coated in a light batter, fried and then tossed in a tasty five spice mix.

Smoked Trout Endives
Need a quick and impressive appetizer recipe? Try out these tempting smoked trout endives. The delicate endives are filled with a mixture of smoked trout, creme fraîche and topped with slivers of green apple. Your guests will be coming back for more!

Sweet corn pikelets
Enjoy these sweet corn pikelets as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Serve as an appetizer with a dollop of creme fraiche and smoked salmon or your favorite tomato salsa.

Sweet Potato and Bocconcini Skewers
Spice up the party with these sweet potato and bocconcini sticks. The sweet potato is roasted, cubed and then rolled in a spice mix of ground cilantro seeds, chili flakes and salt and then skewered with a ball of pesto bocconcini cheese.

Thai Chicken Sausage Roll
Just the perfect thing for party finger food. This sausage roll has been given a Thai twist by adding garlic, chili and some fragrant cilantro.

Tuna and Chickpea Patties
These tuna and chickpea patties make a delicious and nutritious appetizer or meal.

Tuna stuffed avocados
Tuna stuffed avocados make a great lunch box recipe or snack on the go. In this recipe tuna is mixed with whole egg mayonnaise, dried chili flakes, cilantro and lime juice.

Vegetable & Buffalo Mozzarella Stacks
Vegetable stacks are a simple appetizer of grilled zucchini, tomato and buffalo mozzarella topped with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Vietnamese Prawn Rice Paper Rolls
Vietnamese prawn rice paper rolls are delicious and healthy fast food. Filled with succulent prawns, fresh herbs, cucumber and lettuce, the rolls are easy to make and even easier to eat.

Watercress & Avocado Salad
Watercress & Avocado Salad is a great accompaniment to almost any summer meal. The addition of pink grapefruit adds a sweet tartness to the peppery bite of the watercress and the rich, creamy avocado.

Watermelon Feta Salad
Could anything be easier? This delicious and refreshing watermelon feta salad recipe is just seconds away -- a slice of cool, sweet watermelon topped with a creamy, salty piece of feta.

Smoked trout dip
Smoked trout dip makes a simple and delicious appetizer. The sweet, smoky fish is mixed with creme fraiche, dill and lemon juice and served on crispy baguette rounds.

Parmesan crumbed asparagus
A great snack or appetizer, these crunchy golden asparagus spears are paired with a creamy garlic herb mayonnaise for dipping.

Vegetable crudite plate with bean dip
Vegetable crudite plate with bean dip

Oysters Kilpatrick
Enjoy oysters at home with this simple oysters Kilpatrick recipe.

Gluten-Free, 2-Minute Noodles
Gluten-Free, 2-Minute Noodles

Barbecued prawn cocktails
Barbecued prawn cocktails

Gluten-Free, 2-Minute Noodles
Gluten-Free, 2-Minute Noodles

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