Why is it most acceptable to eat potato skins on Super Bowl Sunday and then the rest of the year we just kind of forget about them? It’s not fair! They’re so potato-y and crispy and should be an acceptable meal 365 days a year. And as far as appetizers that we love to eat as mains, they’re not alone.
From nachos to risotto balls to salad wraps, here are 11 starters we’re claiming as dinner from now on.
Think of these stuffed risotto balls as a more refined version of mozzarella sticks. With egg, veal, parmesan cheese and peas, all wrapped in bread crumbs and deep friend,there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. And yes, you can still eat them with your fingers.
If avocado toast can be considered a proper brunch, then a decked-out crostini like these Waldorf-ish numbers from Mary Berg should also qualify as dinner. It’s a fresh take on the New York classic that incorporates chicken, goat cheese and roasted grapes and adds the crunch of a thinly sliced and toasted baguette.
Breaded and fried calamari is traditionally served in a simple manner–perhaps with a lemon wedge or drizzled with a sweet and salty sauce–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the flavour and protein content to act as centrepiece to a meal. Chef Mary Tang chilli and pepper-seasoned recipe definitely does.
One of the great pub menu items, potato skins don’t get nearly enough attention at home. The health-conscious chefs at Bite Me More bake rather than fry their potato skins, topping them with turkey bacon and melted cheese.
This is one of the most obvious items on the list, because, let’s be honest, nachos have ALWAYS been a full meal, especially when loaded up with chicken and peppers like in this fajita ‘chos recipe.
For whatever reason, chicken in wing form is found almost exclusively in the appetizer section of the menu. Break the rules and plate these hot and tasty honey habanero bacon chicken wings with a side of fries and/or salad for the main course.
When you’re in the mood for a light meal, consider a soba-noodle-wrapped roll like these summery cold rolls featured on the Marilyn Denis Show. With thin slices of fresh fruit, fresh herbs and matchstick’d vegetables, they’re simple to put together and easy to clean up after.
Thanks to romaine lettuce and its ability to stand up to the heat of the grill, this salad is hot, fresh and crispy all at the same time. Drizzle with a creamy blue cheese dressing and don’t be afraid to eat that second quarter–it’s just lettuce, after all.
Served with a toothpick and the Swedish meatball is an obvious snack, but remove the picks and plate them next to some mashed potatoes, lingonberry jam (and maybe a bit of salad) and all of a sudden we’re in well-balanced-meal territory.
One slider is a tease, but three or four is a proper meal. The combination of spices, pork skin & shoulder, and apple slaw in this porchetta slider recipe is to die for!
Just because it’s eaten with fingers and not forks doesn’t mean it can’t be a full meal–just ask the mighty sandwich. These wraps contain chicken, julienne veggies and a sweet and savoury Nuoc Cham sauce–make lots and store them in the fridge under a damp tea towel to keep them fresh.