Since, the appetizers are supposed to be the perfect break before your main course the appetizers must suit your guest’s palate. So, think of simple yet, delicious appetizer recipes that will keep your guest hooked to your food and ask for more. After all, being a host is all about pleasing the guest! But, most of the time, you hardly find anything new. Well, not to worry.
Let’s take a look at some mouth watering appetizer recipes that will surely impress your guests. The first appetizer that we are going to have a look at is Mutton chops. This can be considered to be a hearty appetizer that everyone would love. When you present these meaty balls, everyone’s sure to devour this delicacy. Here’s the recipe.
Mutton – 350gm
Onion – 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
Pepper powder – 1 and ½ tsp
Ginger and garlic paste – 2tsp
Vinegar – 1tsp
Oil – 3tbsp
Green chillies – 5 to 6 (depending on taste)
Cinnamon – 1 small stick
Cardamom – 1
Cloves – 2
Chopped coriander leaves – a handful
Salt – to taste
1. Take the boneless pieces of mutton and cut into very thin slices. If you want to, you can also mince the pieces roughly. Grind the ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and a few green chillies along with some salt and pepper. Make a fine paste with all the spices.
2. Now it is time to marinate the mutton. In a bowl mix the mutton with the grinded spice mixture along with some vinegar. Add in a bit of coriander leaves as well. Let this marinate for sometime, 15 to 20 minutes is enough.
3. When the mutton is marinated, take a pan and heat some oil. Fry the chopped onions unless it turns golden brown in colour. When the onion is done, take out half of the fried onions and let the rest remain in the pan. In this fried onion, add the marinated mutton and cook for sometime. Allow the mutton to be fully cooked. When it starts becoming brown and crispy, remove it from the flame and let it cool.
4. When it is warm enough to mould it in the shape of chops, take them in your hand and form small balls. If you want you can coat this with an egg and fry it to get a crispy texture. Garnish the mutton chops with the fried onions and some chopped coriander leaves before serving. A tasty bowl of lovely mutton chops are now ready to be served to your guests.
Another great appetizer recipe that we are now going to learn is the Chicken Cutlet. This spicy, crispy chicken preparation can be served at any party and will surely be a hit amongst people of all ages.
Boneless chicken – 350gm
Onion – 2
Coriander leaves – 1 stalk
Vinegar – 1tsp
Chilli powder – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – 1tsp
Pepper powder – 1tsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Green chillies – 2 to 3 (according to taste)
Ginger and garlic paste – 1tsp
Egg – 1
Salt – to taste
Bread crumbs – 1 cup
Mozzarella cheese – ½ cup
1. In a large pan, take the boneless chicken and combine it with the turmeric, red chilli, pepper powder and salt. Add in a little bit of water and let the pan rest on a medium flame until the chicken is fully cooked. This will take very little time and will be done in 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the water to completely dry up.
2. Since you are going to make chicken cutlets, it will be necessary to grind the chicken. Do not grind too much. Mix the chopped coriander leaves to the minced chicken.
3. Take a pan and heat oil. Add the chopped onions and fry them until they are light brown in colour. Put the chopped green chilli and ginger, garlic paste to this. Fry for 30 seconds and remove from the flame.
4. Mix the minced chicken into the fried spices and blend well. Add garam masala powder and vinegar. Make smooth dough like mixture. Equally divide the chicken into small balls. Flatten it with your hand and put in some cheese inside the balls.
5. Now, keeping the cheese in the middle of the flattened meat ball, seal the cheese completely and make a round shape. The cheese is an optional ingredient that you may or may not include. You can simply make the balls without the cheese.
6. Lightly beat egg and keep aside. Spread the bread crumbs in a flat plate. When the cutlets are formed dip each one into the egg and roll it in the bread crumbs. In a pan take adequate amount of oil for deep frying. Fry cutlets until they are brown in colour.
7. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve it with some tomato and chilli sauce. If possible, you can also make some pudina chutney at home. This is a very tasty sauce that can be used with any type of appetizer. It is very simple and easy to make. You can simply grind some pudina and coriander leaves along with salt, green chilli and a little bit of garlic. This will make the perfect dip for your lovely cutlets.
8. Instead of deep frying the cutlets, you can also bake it. For this you need to pre-heat the oven to a temperature of about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a baking bowl with a little oil and carefully place the chicken cutlets in it. Bake the cutlets for about 10 to 15 minutes, until covering becomes brown.
Before making chops or cutlets, prefer marinating the meat. This will not only let the meat cook earlier but will also keep the juices intact and the cutlet or chop would be juicy and tender. And if you are health conscious and want to avoid the excess oil from fried food, do not forget to keep it over a tissue paper. This will drain away the excess oil.
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