The Complete Small Plates Cookbook
Bring the fun adventure of small plates dining home.
Grazing on several small plates is the creative approach to eating that so many of us enjoy at restaurants these days, tasting our way through little dishes of interesting food. It’s flavorful, it’s fun, and it can be a culinary adventure. Taking our cue from the popular restaurant trend, we hand-selected the vibrant recipes in this book to bring small plates feasting home.
Instead of thinking in terms of mains and sides, we approached this collection by thinking about what each plate contributes to the whole and offer guidance and strategies for mixing and matching recipes into winning combinations. What’s the occasion, how much food should you serve, how much time do you have (make-ahead options are plentiful)? A robust front section of the book lays it all out and puts you in control.
Some of what you'll find inside:
Bar snacks for cocktail parties–or whenever the nibbling mood strikes you–include Smoky Shishito Peppers with Espelette and Lime, Easy Egg Rolls, Smoked Paprika-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas, and Green Chile Cheeseburger Sliders.
Fully make-ahead recipes, including Southern Cheese Straws (try our Black Pepper-Parmesan version, too!), Pork and Ricotta Meatballs, Easy Mushroom Pate, and Fingerling Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, shift cooking hours or days before your gathering.
Perfect pairing ideas with most recipes balance fresh dishes such as Pan-Seared Scallops with Asparagus-Citrus Salad with Carciofi Alla Giudia, and Grilled Onion, Pear, and Prosciutto Flatbread with Chicken Satay or Arrosticini.
One-bite sweet treats including Chocolate-Lemon Truffles, Pine Nut Macaroons, Mini Cheesecakes, and Turkish Stuffed Apricots with Rose Water and Pistachios end your evening on a high note (or create a dessert party of your guests’ dreams).
Some of what you'll find inside:
- Braised Eggplant with Soy, Garlic, and Ginger
- Gobi Manchurian
- Patatas Bravas
- Sizzling Beef Lettuce Wraps
- Fritto Misto di Mare
- Lamb Rib Chops with Mint-Rosemary Relish
- Chinese Barbecue Spareribs
DUMPLINGS, BREADS, AND SAVORY PASTRIES
- Gochujang and Cheddar Pinwheels
- Naan with Ricotta, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and
Goat Cheese Topping
- Easy Mini Chicken Empanadas
- Shu Mai
SWEETS AND SIPS
- Chocolate Chunk Financiers
- Warm Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey
- Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes
- Sangria for a Crowd
Item Number: CQ50
Item Weight: 2.5 pounds
More from The Complete Small Plates Cookbook:
Recipes and Cooking Strategies
Make everything head offers up the easiest path to stress-free small-plates entertaining. Make It Meze pulls diverse dishes together for a no-plan plan. Stick to Nibbles is just that, tiny bites and finger foods that can add up to a casual dinner or cocktail party food. Additional strategies await inside the book. s.
Approachable Planning and Prep
Cooking small plates at home can quickly translate into excessive work. We offer practical ways to approach them; balancing anchor dishes with simple creative options including pantry-friendly and store-bought small bites.
Balance Flavors and Recipe Types
Pair fresh dishes like Scallops with Asparagus and Citrus Salad with rich Carciofi Alla Giudia. And don’t forget desserts with one-bite sweet treats such as Chocolate-Lemon Truffles or Turkish Stuffed Apricots with Rose Water and Pistachios.
Another “Complete” Cookbook in a Popular Series
Continues the test kitchen’s popular “complete” series of best-selling cookbooks, including The Complete Salad Cookbook, The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook, and The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook.