Appetizers

Wolf Gourmet potato soup

Cold Weather Cuisine: Rustic Potato Soup

If you have ever lived along the Great Lakes, you know the weather forecasts often call for over a foot of snow and temperatures hovering near zero for weeks at a time. Warm and comforting meals are always on the menu during these cold months, which seem to last from October to April. There was a popular mom-and-pop restaurant where I lived (it is now, sadly, closed) which served a simple lunch of soup and bread on weekdays and it was packed in the winter. Fresh-from-the oven loaves of Italian bread were there for you to slice, and soups ranged… Read more

Wolf Gourmet pinwheels

Winter-Ready Appetizer: Mushroom Gruyere Pinwheels

Puff pastry is your secret weapon for making all sorts of appetizers with very little effort. The paper-thin layers of dough and butter, when subjected to the oven’s heat, rise becoming crispy and golden in the process. Making puff pastry from scratch requires a significant time commitment. Frozen puff pastry from the store is a simple and convenient substitute. The versions made with butter definitely have the best flavor; it’s worth seeking these out in the freezer section. Once you find your favorite brand, keep a few packages on hand. Once thawed, spread nutty Gruyere and earthy, wine-bathed mushrooms over… Read more

Eggs

Simple Supper: Potato Manchego Omelet

Spain’s most popular cheese is Manchego. Made from sheep’s milk, it melts beautifully, and has a distinctive taste that pairs well with potatoes. Chef Aldaberto Diaz shows you how to make a Spanish omelet to serve as an appetizer, brunch entrée, or a light supper.   Wolf Gourmet cookware blends high performance multi-clad stainless steel with elegant, ergonomically designed handles for an unequaled combination of form and function. All of our cookware is crafted in the USA and designed to last a lifetime. Durable 7-ply construction with an aluminum core offers superior performance and even heat distribution so you can… Read more

Candied Pecans | Wolf Gourmet

A Welcomed Gift – Homemade Candied Pecans

Recreating recipes from fond memories is fun to do in your own kitchen, and these homemade candied pecans pay homage to the ones you may’ve had at the state fair. Do you recall the aroma of freshly roasted cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the air at the fairgrounds? It was so enticing! There was always quite a crowd around the vendor every year. Our mom stood patiently in line to get each of us a bag. We were thrilled to get the little cone-shaped bag of nuts and ate them slowly, savoring each and every sweet and salty bite…. Read more

Broiled feta | Wolf Gourmet

Broiled Feta: The Effortless Appetizer

Guests are coming over earlier than expected, and you need a quick appetizer to hold them over to dinner. When a bag of chips just won’t cut it, this easy-to-make appetizer will give your guests something to snack on until the main course is ready. Open the fridge and take a look. If you have a block of feta, you can create this impressive starter in minutes with a few slow roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs, and pita bread. Crumble the feta into a shallow baking dish, add the toppings (see variations for olives or shrimp listed below) and broil. A… Read more

gougeres | Wolf Gourmet

Cook with Confidence: Gougères

Light and almost ethereal, taking a bite of a still-warm gougère is a magical experience. I served them recently at my book club dinner as an appetizer, and people went absolutely crazy for them. “You made these?” I felt like a celebrity chef for a few minutes as they all clustered around the tray. Someone requested I make them for her company’s upcoming cocktail party. I declined, saying, “You can make them yourself, they don’t take long at all.” A dubious stare ensued. Armed with a wooden spoon, you can make these impressive, savory French cheese puffs. The recipe starts… Read more

Pickled Radishes

Quick pickle

A perennial favorite and the star of the latest craft revolution, pickling is making a comeback. Whether adding crunch and spice to your brown bag sandwich, or standing in front of the fridge (with the door wide open) eating them right out of the jar, there’s nothing better than a good pickle. You can spend an afternoon in the steamy kitchen boiling a brine and dealing with hot, sterilized quart jars or if you are short on time, take the quick pickle route. It’s easy to make your own briny, salty, goodness to top all kinds of things: avocado toast, fish tacos, or… Read more

Wof Gourmet Avocado Toast

Still Trending: Avocado Toast

Yes, it’s still a thing and we are happy to stay on the bandwagon. There’s always a bowl of avocados at various stages of ripeness and some hearty, sliced bread in the freezer to satisfy our cravings. A quick and delicious snack anytime, it’s easy to prepare at home or work and packs a satisfying, nutritious punch. We simply can’t get enough. Crisp, multi-grain toast is a blank slate for many types of toppings. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the myriad of choices, but experimenting with different flavors and textures is the best part. One of our favorites is… Read more

Wolf Gourmet Deviled Eggs

They’ll BEG for This Deviled Egg Recipe

A picnic and party standby for decades, the classic deviled egg is an appetizer asking for experimentation. We’ve taken the traditional Southern recipe and added a double punch of flavor with both horseradish and Dijon mustard. Acidity from fresh lemon juice and crisp, salty bacon rounds out an amazing flavor profile that will have everyone asking for the recipe. Depending on your schedule, the deviled eggs can be made ahead at various points of preparation. Unpeeled hard-cooked eggs may be refrigerated for up to 1 week and can be peeled up to 8 hours before serving. White halves should be… Read more

Fig and Gorgonzola Crostini with Onion Jam

Treat your holiday guests to elegant hors d’oeuvres that are deceptively easy to prepare. Crisp, lightly browned baguette slices topped with caramelized onion jam are the base for this deceptively simple-to-prepare appetizer. The sweetness of the onion jam pairs beautifully with Gorgonzola and fresh figs. Contrasting textures of the toasted baguette and creamy, melted cheese come together in one delicious bite. The onion jam can be prepared ahead of time. It would be wonderful atop a pan-seared pork cutlet or roasted chicken sandwich.

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