Category Archives: APPETIZERS

Sonia's Crab Cakes – Recipe

1 pound white crab meat
1 egg
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 sliced whole grain bread or bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon old bay
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon back pepper
sea salt to taste
Sliced limes for serving

Crumble bread and mix with crab. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except crumbs and crab meat. Fold crab mixture gently into mix. Make 8 patties and place in wax paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Bake over 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once. Serve with slices of lime on the side.

*I lived in Miami for 13 years and this recipe is my creation and reminds me of many trips to the Keys but I must pair it with my Puerto Rican rice and beans, as shown.

Sonia's Version of Gruyere Dates Wrapped in Serrano Ham

20 big dates
1 pound solid gruyere cheese cut evenly in 20 long pieces
20 thick pieces Serrano ham (Spanish ham) deli stile shaved into long pieces. You can substitute ham with cooked bacon pieces.
20 toothpicks

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Lay a none-stick foil piece over a cookie sheet. Open each date and remove seed. Fill each date with cheese and wrap with serrano ham, holding the end with a toothpick. Place on baking sheet, toothpick up. Bake for 8 minutes. Serve hot, Yummy!

*This recipe is inspired by LA parties! This is my version!

Sonia's Lobster Tail Dip in Pernod Sauce

8 lobster tails

4 talespoons butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespon cayenne pepper
1 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh basil or parsley
1/4 cup Pernod
4 limes

For the sauce, saute garlic with olive oil and butter for 8 minutes. Add rest of ingredients but Pernod and simmer for 15 minutes. Retire from heat, add Pernod. Boil lobster for 15 to 18 minutes or until done. Pour fresh lime juice on each tail. Serve with pernod sauce on the side. Serves 8

* In Puerto Rico the best lobster tails are served with Pernod. This is my version.

FYI- Lobsters are low in fat content, making them one of the best choices for health conscious people. The high content of protein makes this food beneficial, especially for athletes.

Lobsters are low in cholesterol and thereby, they assist in maintaining triglyceride levels in the body and keeping the heart healthy.

Like other seafood, lobsters are also a good source of omega 3-fatty acids that are essential for the proper functioning of the heart and brain. These fatty acids help in lowering the risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac deaths. Furthermore, the compounds in lobsters facilitate in reducing the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and lowering the blood pressure.

Lobster can be very effective in preventing various health disorders such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer and chronic conditions involving bone, connective tissue, heart and blood vessels.

Zinc found in lobsters is necessary for increasing activities of the brain, boosting the immune system and preventing loss of vision. In addition, this mineral also effectively heals injuries in body tissues.

Phosphorus, found in abundance in lobsters, aids in the formation of teeth and bones. It facilitates the rate of metabolism, enhances the functioning of kidneys and lessens joint pain.

Being a great source of vitamin B12, lobsters also help in maintaining the red blood cells and nerve cells. It improves the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and prevents other neurological problems.

Lobsters possess the trace element, selenium, which is beneficial for triggering the activity of thyroid glands as well as the immune system. Selenium is known to protect the body cells against free radicals during the process of metabolism, apart from monitoring the oxidation of cholesterol to prevent coronary artery disease.

Spinach, Artichokes, and Lime Lite Dip

OMG! The game was about to start and I had no appetizers for the unexpected guests, and in a hurry I had to create food. This appetizer turned out sooo good…….

2 cups cooked spinach drained, chopped
1 small can artichokes drained and chooped
1/2 cup lite cream cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 to 4 tablespoon lime juice or some lemon zest for stronger lime flavor
salt and pepper to taste

*Serve with crackers or bread. I prefer waffle crackers.

Let spinach cool. Mix all ingredients, place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and serve cold.

FYI- Artichokes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and the trace mineral chromium. They are a very good source of Vitamin C, folic acid, biotin, and the trace mineral manganese. They are a good source of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin A, and potassium.

Torta para Picnic or Picnic Torte – Recipe

2 eggs
2 egg whites
2 slices apple wood bacon cut into pieces
1 big white onion cut into small pieces
2 minced garlic cloves
1 cup fresh parmesan cheese
1/4 cup low fat milk
1 10oz package frozen spinach defrosted and drained
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

In a pan over medium high heat oil and sauté onions, garlic until browned. I a big bowl mix all ingredients but bread crumbs, mix until well blended. Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a greased pirex pour the bread crumbs evently on botton and mix on top. Bake cover for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until done. Bring to rooom temperature and serve.

*Dijon mustard is great on the side.