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There’s an app for that: 5 recipes that prove that appetizers can be better than the meal itself | Food & Cooking

And you don’t even have to grill them, though you can if you want. I didn’t. I charred my pepper over the gas flame on my stove, which creates a smoky grilled taste without a grill. And I did the same with my red onion by cutting it into thick slices, like onion rings, and broiling it.

The fourth element is the most important but also the most easily overlooked: the tortilla. When lightly browned and stuffed with melted cheese and savory vegetables, a good tortilla makes the rest of your meal pale in comparison.

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There’s an app for that: 5 recipes that prove that appetizers can be better than the meal itself | Food

It happens all the time: We go to a nice restaurant and begin our meal with an appetizer that is simply amazing. And then the rest of the meal fails to live up to it.

Maybe chefs try harder with appetizers. Maybe appetizers are where restaurants feel free to experiment with new ideas. Maybe restaurants concentrate on appetizers because they bring in more profit, relative to cost, than entrées.

Or maybe appetizers just catch us diners unaware. They are usually the first thing we eat at a restaurant, so we are impressed by how good they are. While the other

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There’s an app for that: 5 recipes that prove that appetizers can be better than the meal itself | Food and cooking






Appetizers

Grits Risotto appetizers, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com




1 cup stone-ground grits, polenta or coarse cornmeal

4 cups plus 2 tablespoons chicken, fish, veal or vegetable stock, divided

3 tablespoons butter, divided (2 tablespoons cut into small cubes)

1 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

2 small shallots or 1 large shallot, peeled and finely diced

12 ounces cooked, high-quality sausage, cut into cubes, see note

6 ounces Parmesan cheese, see note

Note: This recipe makes a restaurant-quality dish, complete with all the calories. To lower the calorie count a

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