The Complete Small Plates Cookbook: 300+ Shareable Tapas, Meze, Bar Snacks, Dumplings, Salads, and More

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The Complete Small Plates Cookbook

300+ Shareable Tapas, Meze, Bar Snacks, Dumplings, Salads, and More

Tomato and Burrata SaladTomato and Burrata Salad

Tomato and Burrata Salad

Chunky GuacChunky Guac Sorting out small plates

Making a satisfying array of small plates is all about putting the right pieces together. To help, we classified every recipe in the book into one of these three categories:

Nibbles: These are the smallest bites, such as toasted nuts, roasted chickpeas, olives, pickles, and cheese. Little Bites: More substantial than a bite-size nibble, these versatile dishes are still relatively light. Heartier Bites: The largest of our small plates, these generally feature more substantial food, such as chicken wings, vegetarian proteins, or whole grains.

Bring Small Plates Home.

Vibrant Recipes for Any Occasion.

The Complete Small Plates Cookbook celebrates the versatility and appeal of small plates dining. A big part of the appeal comes from choosing different kinds of food that harmonize in taste and texture. The small plates model works well whether you’re having a meal, a cocktail party, or are dining solo.

You’ll discover that small plates deliver big results. So check out the 300 recipes in this cookbook and start turning small plates into rich and rewarding meals your way. You can’t go wrong.

Bar Snacks and Finger Foods Pickles, Dips, and Spreads Cheese and Eggs Salads for Sharing Dressed-Up Vegetables Proteins Breads, Dumplings, and Savory Pastries Sweets and Sips

Small Plates with Big Results

Egg Roulade with Spinach and GruyereEgg Roulade with Spinach and Gruyere

Caprese SkewersCaprese Skewers

Butternut Squash with Honey Nut ToppingButternut Squash with Honey Nut Topping

Raspberry Mini CheesecakesRaspberry Mini Cheesecakes

Egg Roulade with Spinach and Gruyere

Caprese Skewers

Butternut Squash with Honey-Nut Topping

Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes

Getting a Head Start

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No matter the scope of your small plates cooking, here are some test kitchen tips to help you get a leg up.

Stock Your Freezer and Pantry (up to 1 month ahead): Stocking your freezer with indispensable frozen components such as puff pastry, shrimp, and biscuits means you can cook something wonderful with no notice. Having some well-chosen ingredients in your pantry or fridge means you can freestyle on the fly. Superhero ingredients include nuts, olives, pickles, salsa, roasted red peppers, preserves, and tinned fish. Chocolate and dried fruit make an instant dessert plate.Make or Buy Things That Keep (up to 1 week ahead): Cook and refrigerate grains for use in salads or other dishes. Make and refrigerate dips and spreads such as hummus or tapenade or make a special sauce. Shop for perishable foods such as fresh produce.Prep Ahead (1 or 2 days ahead): Organize and prep ingredients ahead. Many fruits and vegetables can be chopped and refrigerated in an airtight container for at least a day or two without loss of quality.Gather Serving Items (hours ahead): Shop your house to put together an interesting collection of cute bowls, Mason jars, and other serving pieces. We find that thinking about and labeling serving dishes in advance is time well spent. Assemble more delicate dishes, such as salads with leafy greens or fresh fruit. Take out cheeses at least an hour ahead for maximum flavor.At the Last Minute: Cook any dishes, such as meat or fried foods, that cannot be prepared ahead. Reheat frozen or refrigerated premade dishes and dress preassembled salads.

Cooking Strategies

Breakfast ButtercupsBreakfast Buttercups

Kombdi Jira GhalunKombdi Jira Ghalun

Cabbage and Mushroom DumplingsCabbage and Mushroom Dumplings

Naan with Ricotta, Sundried Tomatoes, and Olive TapenadeNaan with Ricotta, Sundried Tomatoes, and Olive Tapenade

Make Everything Ahead

The easiest way to enjoy a stress-free small-plates

experience is to give yourself nothing to do in the kitchen at the time you plan to eat them. Rely on

prepared foods and recipes that can be made at least a day ahead of time.

You’ll be cool as a cucumber if you plan to serve only room-temperature or chilled dishes.

Cook a Centerpiece Dish

One step more involved than making absolutely

everything ahead is to plan to cook just one killer

recipe the day you want to serve it. This keeps the

last-minute cooking to a minimum while allowing

you to enjoy a fresh-cooked dish. Pick one recipe that needs to be prepared right before it’s served and served hot (perhaps a meaty anchor plate), then surround it with dishes that can be served at room temperature.

Make It Meze

A meze-inspired spread is a deconstructed meal that

offers a selection of small plates. It is a relatively easy way to pull diverse dishes together, as there is no right or wrong way to do it. Instead of a succession of plates, everything is set out at once to be enjoyed communally. It frees you from worrying “Do these

dishes go together?” It’s a no-plan plan.

Stick to Nibbles

While serving a heartier anchor dish and some

lighter-but-still-substantial bites makes sense for many occasions, there are many times when it’s just fine to make a meal entirely out of nibbles.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ America’s Test Kitchen (February 7, 2023)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 7, 2023
Language ‏ : ‎ English
File size ‏ : ‎ 205688 KB
Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
Print length ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 195421037X