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Passionfruit Hamachi Appetizer

Um are these Passionfruit Hamachi Appetizers not the cutest things you have ever seen?! I am always looking for new and fun appetizer to pass at my events. Passionfruits are coming to an end of their season right now, but the wonderful thing about them is that they will be back sooner than later. They pop up a few times a year, so keep your eye out for them!

If you can’t find passionfruit, don’t you worry. I have used the same hamachi mixture and placed them on top of a wonton strip, corn tortilla cup, or even made little cups out of cucumber. You also can use Ahi Tuna, or any kind of sashimi grade fish. You can even fill these little guys will your favorite ceviche.

I place ice cream salt on the plate to hold these little guys up so they aren’t wiggling around everywhere on the plate, plus it makes for a super pretty plate. DO NOT use the ice cream salt if you are planning on using the cucumber cups, tortillas, or wontons. Ice cream salt is not to be ingested, feel free to decorate the plate with fresh herbs or microgreens instead.

If you are looking for a fun, unique and show stopping appetizer to pass this is it! Whether it’s a dinner party, bridal shower, baby shower, or if you just want to show off and get down with yo bad self, do you boo boo.

Party On,
Alex

Passionfruit Hamachi Appetizer

(makes 12 mini cups)
  • 6 passion fruits, cut in half and the seeds and juice reserved. Set the rinds aside.
  • 1 pound hamachi (yellowtail), cut into small cubes
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested (about 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 1/2 avocado, diced small
  • 1 persian cucumber, diced
  • 2 teaspoons finely diced shallot
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced, remove the seeds if you don’t like it too spicy
  • good pinch of sea salt and cracked pepper
  1. Place everything in a bowl and mix to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. On a long plate scatter enough ice cream salt to cover the bottom of the dish.
  3. Take the filling and place enough to fill the cups. Garnish with fresh herbs or edible flowers

Bacon and Tarragon Deviled Eggs

One of my favorite snack foods of all time are deviled eggs. I remember being a kid and being SO freaking excited when Easter rolled around because my mom would make the most delicious deviled eggs for our annual Easter bash. Kids and neighbors flocked to our home every Easter for a massive egg hunt and my mom’s killer spread of delicious food. After an afternoon of running around, frantically looking for eggs filled with candy and coins we most certainly worked up an appetite. When the food was I would dash over to the buffet and make sure I got in on the deviled egg action. I quickly shoveled 3 in my mouth before piling 4 more on my plate.


Mini Wagyu Beef and Sweet Potato Waffle Fry Sliders

It’s almost Super Bowl! This time of year leaves me with mixed feelings, yes it is the most exciting football game of the year but it also marks the end of football season. Sundays during football season just have a certain je ne sais quoi about them. Something about gathering around with friends and family, sitting on the couch all day and watching a bunch of large men in tights beat the hell out of each other over a tiny ball warms my heart.

I am always looking for new finger foods to try out while watching the game and I came across a picture on pinterest of these waffle fry sliders and was totally inspired. What ensued next was pure mouth watering, delicious bliss.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is totally customizable. You can use chicken, turkey, bison, lamb or even make your own veggie burgers, or you can make little falafel patties. You can check out my recipe for falafel here.

You can top them with any type of cheese you would like. I put my goat cheese on mine, but cheddar, gruyere, havarti, swiss, brie, mozzarella….you get my point. The options are endless.

For the waffle fry, I used a short cut and baked up some frozen pre-cut/cooked fries by ALEXIA They not only have sweet potato waffle fries but they have regular white potato ones as well. waffle-cut-sweet-potato-large

I chose for my meat a grass fed wagyu beef. I am not a huge beef eater, but when I do eat red meat I make sure it’s responsibly raised. It just so happened that my local grocery store was having a sale on meat so I bought a pound of it for only $8, which is a steal when it comes to organic, grass fed meats. In turn, these burgers were born.

These are a fun, unique, and GLUTEN FREE slider. YES, because let’s be honest, I love nothing more than a slider but I can never find tiny, delicious, gluten free buns to use. (only the ones that I know of are attached to my backside…AY YO!) …sorry I had to.

The waffle fry acts as the perfect substitute for a bun. These little rascals are the perfect game day snack. They are gluten free, flavor packed, deliciously satisfying and will impress all of your friends and family.


Ahi Tuna Lollipops with Sriracha Aioli

I became a chef because I have a fear of people. I know it sounds weird, but allow me to explain. Well before I became a professional chef, whenever my friends would throw parties I would always volunteer to do the cooking. I would do this because I still wanted to be included in the gathering but I didn’t want to have to be forced to socialize with people I didn’t know. It freaked me the ‘eff out yo. I found comfort in the fact that I had a reason to escape the awkward social settings that happen at parties. “The chicken ain’t gunna cook itself” I would say as I casually tip toed away into the kitchen.


Crispy Gluten Free Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Homemade Vegan Ranch

I don’t think there is anything on this earth that makes me more excited than football season. Sundays take on a whole new meaning when football is on, for me it’s like Christmas once a week. A full day dedicated to eating and drinking to my heart’s content all while watching a bunch of men in tight pants beat the crap out of each other over a tiny ball?!? Um, yes please. It’s not only the game I enjoy watching, it’s the social activity that surrounds it. A group of friends who enjoy watching football as much as you do is a pretty special thing. Whether it be in a sports bar or in your living room, the energy during a football game is infectious. It’s in those hours we all can forget the week behind us, not worry about the week ahead and just let loose…a little too loose if you catch my drift. Rivalries with complete strangers form that in any other circumstance would seem concerning. I am not sure in what other forum a grown stranger man can come up to me (a young lady with nice hair, a girlish smile, wearing a New York Jets teeshirt) and yell in my face “JETS SUCK! YOU SUCK! BOOOO!” and no one around bats an eye or is in the slightest bit concerned. It’s an abrasive novelty that is uniquely charming.