Culinary Sense

Adventures with Food and Life

Catering and Banquets: Hors D’Oeuvres

Hey Folks!

The appetizer/hors d’oeuvres station was a lot of fun. So colorful and tasty! Here are some things I worked on.

Chicken satay

A satay is basically any kind of strip of meat that is marinated and skewered. Here we made chicken satay marinated in a soy sauce, served with an orange-soy dipping sauce.

More chicken satay with orange-soy dressing.

Topped with scallions, who can resist?

Crab cakes with remoulade.

Also in the mix: mini crab cakes with remoulade. The remoulade is made with mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, and pickles.

Tempura-battered green beans.

These are tempura-fried green beans. Tempura is a very light batter made of seltzer water, cornstarch, and flour. The great thing is that it is crispy, but not heavy, and the vegetables stay crispy, too.

But my favorite thing of all to make is fresh summer rolls. Ever since we made them in “Sensory Analysis”, I have not been able to get enough of them. I’ve bought all the ingredients, and made them a lot at home.

So pretty.

Fresh summer rolls is kind of like a salad rolled up in rice paper with a dipping sauce. Traditionally, this is a spicy peanut sauce, but since the cafeteria is a peanut-free kitchen, we chose hoisin sauce on the inside, then hot chili sauce and a hot and sweet chili sauce for dipping options.

Hot sauce, hot and sweet sauce, and red pepper flakes – all valuable options.

On the inside of the rolls, I put carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, daikon, lettuce greens, rice noodles, scallions, and cilantro. At home I have also included peanuts. One of the important things is that you should cut the vegetables into nice sticks (julienne) for presentation.

More pretty summer rolls.

Another cool trick for presentation is using whole cilantro leaves under the second wrapper. The wrapper is transparent, so you can see the beautiful green leaf right through. You can also add red pepper flakes for spice and for presentation.

Close up.

Like I said, this was the funnest project yet. Unfortunately, it took me very long to complete this project. Speed is something I still need to work on. At least they looked and tasted great after all that work. I believe I can make them a lot more quickly now, though, especially since I’ve been practicing at home.

Now I’m getting hungry….

~ Carolynn

Best photo yet.





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