Review: Denise Gee’s Southern Appetizers

I’m a big fan of all flavors Southern. That’s why I picked up Denise Gee’s Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers. Now, truth be told, I didn’t get the book thinking about tablescapes or entertaining a crowd. Me, I’m after the food. But, that being said, this book has a lot more than just recipes. There are tips for planning for parties and being the perfect host. The book is well-written, clear, easy to follow, and packed with fantastic photos.

From there we get into the food, starting with the easy-to-eat handheld dishes. There are recipes for all of the classics, such as deviled eggs and finger sandwiches. The fanciful cheese straws looked so great that I made them that day. They came out fantastically!

Next up are spreads, including, of course, a great version of pimento cheese, Anita’s favorite. From salsas, to dips, to great spreads for crackers, this section of the book has great recipes that really are not difficult to make at all. I bookmarked a good many of the pages in the spreads!

The next part of the book is a bit more serious. It’s the grab a plate, some utensils, and sit-down-and-eat section. There is lighter fare, such as salads, tarts and soups. But then there are also (my favorites) meaty dishes. Wings, riblets, brisket, and baked ham, for example. And the peppered beef tenderloin just makes me drool. It is on my short list of dishes to make, along with the crawfish beignets

Next up: the drinks. And lots of awesome drinks. The book covers everything you need to throw a party, and that means drinks too of course.

This brings us to the last chapter, party themes. Denise Gee does all the work for you, whether you want to throw a New Year’s Eve get-together, a Mardis Gras-themed event, or just having a casual tailgating party. Every recipe you need for the party is listed, all designed to work together in a cohesive theme.

All in all I was quite happy with Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers. I found it easy to follow, with accessible recipes and with great photos. Many of the dishes make me think of a great Sunday brunches or get-togethers in the South. My only wish is that there were more pictures because they really were fantastic.

Southern Appetizers: 60 Delectables for Gracious Get-Togethers¬†rates high on my ‘Mater Rater.


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French Dip Crescents

I had a little meat and au jus left over from the French dip sandwiches I made the other day, so I figured I’d try something new and make them into French dip crescents. They came out tasting just like French dip sandwiches, with a lighter and fluffier exterior. Quite tasty and moist, and fun for dipping.

French Dip CrescentsThese are the perfect size to serve as appetizers for the big game. Just make sure you have a few paper towels on hand since they are a tad messy after you dip them.

Also try my French dip sandwiches.

French Dip Crescents
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Ingredients
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  1. Warm the meat and au jus over medium heat.
  2. Divide the crescent rolls into 8 large triangles.
  3. Add 1/2 slice of cheese to dough and top with 2 tablespoons of meat. Roll up and seal the dough.
  4. Transfer to a baking sheet and cook 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
  5. Serve with the au jus for dipping.