First Course 5 Star Restaurant Appetizer Recipes
Dinner Party Appetizers each presented in a different way for elegant entertaining


Many 5 Star restaurant First Course recipes to chose.... serve before the Main Entree at elegant Dinner Parties All are garnished to give you ideas to plan a fantastic dinner party menu. I specialize in presenting foods in a different way for you to make your dinner party a big success. I have photographed each one so you can see what they will look like. To help you further, here are some super easy tips and suggestions to help you Plan your dinner party

First Course Recipe
Herbed Goat Cheese Mousse with Tuille Cracker & Mesclun Greens
recipe and photograph created by Peggy Bucholz for my website

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Pasta - First Course 

Angel Hair Pasta Nests
pasta is made into nests and filled with shrimp

Fettuccine and Shiitake Mushrooms in a garlic cream Sauce flavored with Madiera wine, delicious mushrooms 

Herbed Phyllo Purse
Phyllo dough appetizer squares filled with mushrooms and Brie cheese tied in purse bundles

Linguine Pasta piled high on the plate
Shiitake Mushrooms in cream drizzled with White Truffle Oil

Artichoke Mushroom Cannelloni-Lasagna
a unique first course appetizer to serve lasagna, filled and rolled with a garlic cream sauce

Black Pasta and Shrimp
served with Garlic Cream Sauce, unique appetizer first course

Goat Cheese Ravioli 
filled wonton wrappers with bacon and garlic served with a port wine reduction sauce 

Lasagna Mushroom-Spinach Roll-ups
tiny fluted lasagna noodles filled with mushroom-spinach served over a cream sauce

Portobello Mushroom Ravioli
filled wonton wrappers over a Chardonnay butter sauce

Mesclun Greens
served over stuffed Rigatoni pasta filled with a zesty tomato sauce, a unique gourmet serving

Seafood - First Course

Crab, Avocado, Pickled Ginger Timbale
blended together with lemon Dijon vinaigrette, a delicious appetizer

Fresh Crab, Mango and Cucumber Salad
fresh crab, mango, cucumbers and refreshing lime juice, excellent flavors!

Smoked Salmon Mousse Appetizer shaped as a swan
unique presentation for special dinner party guests.... decorated with cucumber slices, a beautiful appetizer

Shrimp Cocktail with 
parsley-coated glass rim

filled with fresh vegetables and a celery swizzle stick, a unique appetizer

Shrimp Cocktail Martini
appetizer of shrimp sitting on the rim of a martini glass, an impressive presentation

Sweet Potato Slice with Shrimp
served with garlic cream sauce appetizer

Champagne poured over Champagne Granita
served in a martini glass with Smoked Trout Baguette, delicious appetizer

Shrimp on crushed ice  
serve zesty cocktail sauce in a Chinese spoon... elegant appetizer!

Crostini Portobello Mushroom Appetizer
with shrimp in a tomato sauce appetizer

Crab Avocado Timbale
crab mixed with avocado, chives and lemon juice served over seasoned tomato slices

Vegetable First Course 

Baby Artichokes
served in a special presentation of swirls of dipping sauce on the plate

Insalata Caprese
red ripe tomatoes and fresh Mozzarella cheese in a pyramid, delicious cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Flan
a delicious savory custard baked in individual ramekins

Tomato Ceviche
A gourmet tomato cup filled with shrimp and chopped vegetables.. beautiful!

How To Cook, How To Serve Artichokes
with a delicious mayonnaise-mustard dipping sauce spooned into the center to look like a flower...  beautiful presentation!

Wild Mushroom Sformato Recipe
sliced Shiitake mushrooms baked in ramekins, impressive mushrooms

Puff Pastry Napoleon Mushrooms
puff pastry triangles of wild mushrooms and a garlic cream sauce, beautiful first course mushrooms appetizer

Fruit - First Course

Avocados with Hazelnut Oil
cut avocados in half, fill with hazelnut oil... a delicious and impressive first course appetizer

Cheese - First Course

Herbed Goat Cheese Mousse with Tuille Cracker & Mesclun greens
herbed goat cheese between tuille crackers served with Mesclun salad greens, beautiful cheese presentation

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