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My Best Rated Appetizer Recipes:
Easy Summer Appetizers!

The best rated appetizer recipes are not always found on the web... oftentimes, you'll find them in your own recipe box, hand written, crossed out, covered in smears of dried ketchup and mustard from failed attempts at making just right.

Yet, in those failed attempts, you created something new and different, that tasted fabulous, and you wrote that down so you could share with friends and family again. Lucky for us, there are a lot of people out there who do the exact same thing, but share their results with us on the internet! And so their best recipes become our new favorites.

Looking for some really special, tried and true appetizers for a special party or occasion? The easy summer appetizer recipes below are all some of my best rated appetizer recipes. They're full of flavor, they're really festive, and they can be adapted to your guests' taste buds.

Spicy Mixed Seafood Ceviche Appetizer Recipe

Ceviche Made with Seafood for a Best Rated Appetizer RecipeCeviche is, for me, on of the best rated appetizer recipes out there-- an easy summer appetizer recipe that comes out perfect every time. It's fresh, it's full of flavor, and it's easy to make. Perfect for a spring or summer party!

Never tried it? Think of a ceviche as a "seafood salsa". The fish in a ceviche is raw, and the citrus cooks it-- but it's much harder to overcook than cooking your seafood with heat. Chopping and mixing all the ingredients is a little bit time consuming, but the results are worth it.

Hint: for a more "tropical" appeal try adding about 1/3 cup of finely minced pineapple (canned is fine).

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Ingredients:
16 oz. firm white fish fillet - your choice
14 limes, juiced
1/2 lb. cooked shrimp (optional)
3 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
4-5 green onions, chopped
1 medium red onion, diced
2 avocados (peeled, pitted, and chopped)
3 fresh roma tomatoes, chopped
2 banana peppers finely minced
Salt / Pepper to taste (I use plenty of both)

Directions: 1. Cube your fish and shrimp into small pieces and spread it evenly in the bottom of a cake or lasagna pan. Cover the fish with the lime juice. Put in the refrigerator for 12 hours.

2. Drain away most of the lime. Now add the remaining ingredients, stir and chill for another 12 hours so the flavors integrate.

3. Serve with any type of chip or on buttery crackers.

Always one of my best rated appetizer recipes at any party!


Sashimi Tuna Salad Recipe with Sesame and Avocado

Shrimp and seafood are often a daunting challenge to new and seasoned cooks alike-- even when you work with the best rated appetizer recipes out there for seafood, it's all too easy to overcook or undercook it.

A great way to avoid that problem is by serving this raw Sashimi grade tuna, the way nature intended it to be eaten. Better still, you don't have to be a highly trained cook to make this easy summer appetizer come out absolutely fantastic every time.

Note: If you can't find toasted sesame seeds at the store, you can do this yourself very quickly in your own kitchen. Heat up a skillet to medium, add the sesame seeds and stir for three minutes. You're done! No oil necessary.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. sashimi grade tuna steak, diced
1/2 C. seedless cucumber diced
1 avocado (peeled, pitted, diced)
1/4 c. fresh green onion (chopped)
1-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. orange juice
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1/2 C. soy sauce

Instructions: 1. Combine all your ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Stir gently so the avocado doesn't get mashed.

2. Fill a second larger bowl with ice, setting the small bowl with the fish mix down into it.

3. Chill this in the refrigerator for 10-12 minutes. Once chilled, plate the fish with a lush, crusty toast or crackers of your choosing.


Marinated Grilled Shrimp with Sweet Chili and Basil

Skwers with Grilled Shrimp Easy Summer Appetizer IdeaLast but not lest in my best rated appetizer recipes, you'll find this simple, but sublime grilled shrimp. You wouldn't believe how much flavor this shrimp recipe has... but it comes together in no time at all.

This is a perfect recipe for a summer grilling dinner party, or even to make on an indoor grill when you feel like a light dinner. Perfect with white wine, green salad, and crusty bread.



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Ingredients:
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
1 C. fresh diced tomatoes
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. white wine
1 bunch fresh basil (about a 1/2 cup worth)
1/4 c. sweet chili sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. smoky cayenne pepper
2 lbs. fresh shrimp, peeled and de-veined
skewers (soaked in water 1 hour)

Directions: 1. Put all your ingredients except the shrimp into a food processor and pulse until well integrated. Transfer this blend into a food storage bag with the shrimp. Gently shake until the shrimp are well coated. Refrigerate for a half hour turning twice.

2. Preheat your grill to medium, treating the surface with oil so the shrimp doesn't stick. Put a few shrimp on each skewer, and cook for about 3 minutes. Since the shrimp is already cooked, it doesn't take long to warm them up.

Cooking Fabulous Food for a Group. The true secret of cooking is trial and error! Mistakes often come out tasting better than the original recipe, and then become among the best rated appetizer recipes... in your home, at least! So none of these recipes should be taken as gospel. Play with your food. Work outside the box.

The best rated appetizer recipes are the ones that come from your own tastes and imagination!


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