Here’s the challenge: You want your food to be so delicious-looking that it makes everyone’s mouth water, but healthful enough that no one feels guilty about eating a ton.
This recipe for a simple-but-tasty hors d’oeuvre is relatively guilt-free.
The best part is that it can be assembled beforehand, refrigerated and brought out just before your guests arrive.
That way, you can have some fun, too.
ZESTY LINGUICA SPREAD
This easy appetizer is a savory blend of spicy sausage and mildly tangy cream cheese. If you can’t find Portuguese sausage, substitute the more readily available chorizo. You can serve the spread with crackers, toast points or filo cups — try spooning it into buttery puff pastry cups. Yum.
Makes 1 cup.
1/2 pound linguica or chorizo sausage, casing removed
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
4 ounces cream cheese, softened or whipped
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Dash or two hot sauce, to taste
Cut sausage into small pieces. Heat oil in skillet and add pieces of sausage and the onion. Saute until sausage get some color and the onions are soft and lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Cool completely, then transfer to the bowl of a food processor.
Process about 20 to 30 seconds or until meat and onions are fairly fine. Transfer to bowl and fold in cream cheese and parsley, mixing thoroughly. Add hot sauce, blending well. Serve immediately or cover and chill. Bring out 1/2 hour before using. Spread on toast points or fresh bread or add rounded teaspoons to miniature filo cups.
“Authentic Portuguese Cooking” by Ana Patuleia Ortins (Page Street Publishing, October 2015, $32)