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Appetizer for a dinner party

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One of my favorite things in life, is throwing a dinner party for a small group of friends. While I know the thought of planning a menu, shopping for all the different ingredients, followed by the hours of cooking, sounds like a nightmare to some. For me however, it’s as relaxing as watching Downton Abbey. The funny part to me, is that I really don’t like cooking for just myself. When alone I turn into a bachelor, making my meals as quickly as possible, generally eating homemade burritos for days on end, and save the weekends for baking, knowing that whatever I make will be greatly enjoyed by my coworkers. On my off time, which I don’t have much of due to the nature of the business I work in, I can loose myself for hours looking through cookbooks, Pinterest, and other food blogs. Planning, making notes of what I want to try, slowly chipping away at my list of dishes to make. I am happy to say that this dish is now among the top of my favorite quick appetizers to make. It’s perfect for a group of people to enjoy over wine.

When I went over to my Rabbi’s house for Shabbat dinner a few months ago, his wife made the most amazing dinner for us all. Since then, this has been one of my favorite dishes to make. I had previously had all three parts of this appetizer, but never together, I was surprised at how well all the different flavors went together. Salad prep sm

Israeli Salad

  • 6 tomatoes on the vine
  • 3 Persian cucumbers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Finely dice the onion, cucumbers, bell pepper, and parsley and place into a large bowl. Mix in the olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and mix well.

Hummus Dish

  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tbs. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper

Peal and julienne the yellow onion. For a great tutorial of how to check out this link. In a large pan, heat up olive oil over medium high heat for about 30 seconds then add the onions, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until you have the first hint of char on the onions. Add the ground beef browning before reducing the heat to medium low while you continue to thoroughly cook the meat. Add the turmeric and curry powder and stir to fully incorporate.

I really liked displaying this on a round platter, serve with warm pita on the side.

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