Appetizers: Simple Is, As Simple Gets

Here’s a real quick, yet tasty appetizer when you’re short on time. Start with Gilbert’s Caprese Chicken Sausage with mozzarella, basil and sun-dried tomatoes, available at Costco or online. They honestly burst with the fresh flavors of an Italian summer! They are all-natural, gluten-free sausages made from chickens that were not raised with antibiotics. Each link is individually wrapped so you can use as few, or as many, as you need.

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Even though they are pre-cooked, I did brown the diagonally sliced pieces for a few minutes on each side to enhance the flavors. Then simply build a small stack with the meat at the bottom, followed by a thin slice of Manchego cheese, a small grape tomato and then topped with a pitted kalamata olive half and speared with a decorative toothpick.

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Each sausage will cut down into five or six pieces. When I made these it was for only four people, so using three links I ended up with 15 small appetizers. Your welcome!

Manchego Cheese Canapés with Olives and Piquillo Peppers

Or as the Spanish say “QUESO MANCHEGO con ACEITUNAS y PIQUILLOS

Another tried and true appetizer we like to make, not only because everyone loves them, but because there is no cooking involved, they only take a few minutes to assemble, and they are easily transported.

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Manchego Cheese Canapés with Olives and Piquillo Peppers

  • Servings: 20-24 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • One 13/4-inch wedge (about 1/2 pound) Manchego cheese
  • 30 cured black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped piquillo peppers (see Pantry, page 15), or pimientos
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cut the wedge of cheese lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices to form triangular pieces.
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  2. In a mortar or mini processor, mash to a paste the olives, piquillos, anchovies, and oil.
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  3. Spread about 3/4 teaspoon of the mixture on each cheese slice.
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  4. Sprinkle with parsley and arrange attractively on a serving dish.

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