Quick holiday apps: Baked mushrooms, chicken skewers

Bernard Guillas is the executive chef at The Marine Room and is co-author of "Flying Pans." Here, he shares some festive bites, perfect for holiday entertaining, including baked mushrooms with caramelized onions, mango and blue cheese, chicken skewers with fennel date relish and more.

Baked cremini mushrooms with caramelized onions, mango and blue cheese
Servings:

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • For mushrooms

    • 16 cremini mushrooms, 2" cap
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoons sherry vinegar
    • 1 teaspoons maple syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For caramelized onions

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
    • 1/2 cup finely diced roasted red bell pepper
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup apple juice
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For assembly

    • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, sliced into 16 pieces
    • 1/4 cup blue cheese

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Marrakech chicken skewers with fennel date relish
Servings:

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • For chicken

    • 12 6-inch bamboo skewers
    • 4 6-ounce chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 cup minced white onion
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Sambal chili paste
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • ** Canola oil spray
    • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
    • 1 pineapple
  • For fennel date relish

    • 1 large bulb fennel, trimmed
    • 1/2 cup dates, pitted, 1/4 inch diced
    • 1/4 cup peeled, finely diced pineapple
    • 1/4 cup chopped smoked almonds
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon minced mint
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Florida stone crab stuffed cherry tomatoes
Servings:

Makes 30 pieces

Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon sour cream
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • 1/4 teaspoon curry
    • Dash Tabasco
    • 1 cup stone crab meat
    • 2 tablespoon finely chopped celery
    • 2 tablespoon s finely chopped chives
    • 1/4 cup finely diced apple
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 30 vine ripened large cherry tomatoes

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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