Skip to content

Shrink Food: Big Meals Shrink into Appetizers


Howdy, Holiday Appetizers! First, let me apologize for the Shrink Food tardy, as holiday party catering soaked up lots of time from Dresses & Appetizers. With Shrink Food, you asked me to shrink Thanksgiving dinner, short ribs, fettucini alfredo and lasagna into appetizers. So just in time for your holiday parties, enjoy the appetizer versions of these big plate meals! Eat, Entertain and Be Merry. See the video for Shrink Food details and bite into your Big Plate Appetizers after the jump!

1. From SVN Talk:. I want to shrink short ribs. I just cooked them last night but am interested to see them as an appetizer.

Shrinking Short Ribs: Hello there, SVN Talk! My first instinct was to make a BBQ mini soft taco, but Shrink Food calls for something more exoctic. Take your short ribs to Hawaii! Try a Sake, Soy and Ginger marinade and dipping sauce for your short ribs and place it in wonton wrappers. Pull your short ribs and add this to wonton wrappers with chopped chives and make pan-fried dumplings. And add sesame seeds to the remaining Sake sauce for a dip.

2. From Fiona: My family loves lasagna. How do I shrink that into an appetizer?

Shrinking Lasagna: Greetings, Fiona! Lasagna shrunken into pasta pops is a magical appetizer. Fill ravioli (fresh pasta recipe) with half  tomato filling and half  ricotta cheese filling, boil the ravioli and place a skewer inside to make a pasta pop. Make a tomato sauce for dipping and you’ve got a delicious lasagna appetizer.

3. From Alana: Fed. Alfredo with garlic bread- yum!

Shrinking Fettucini Alfredo: Howdy, Alana .Yum, indeed. Fettuccini alfredo is a delicious, classic comfort food. I swap the pasta for garlic bread and use the best thing to come to alfredo sauce since butter…PEAS!!! So enjoy this chicken alfredo appetizer for your holiday party menu and winter gatherings.

Chicken Alfredo Appetizer on Garlic Crostini Recipe
Garlic crostini
1 Small baguette
1 Garlic clove
1 Cup olive oil

Chicken alfredo
1 Bay leaf
3 Garlic cloves
Bunch of thyme
1 Tbsp peppercorn
1 Skinless chicken breast
Alfredo Sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lb. of thawed, boiled Peas

Preheat oven to 350.

Garlic Crostini
In a blender, place olive oil and garlic clove, blend until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Slice a small French baguette on a bias and place on a baking sheet.  Brush garlic olive oil on the baguette and bake until crisp and golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle salt on top.

Chicken Alfredo
Fill a medium pot with water; add salt, bay leaf, 2 smashed garlic cloves, thyme, peppercorns and bring to a low simmer. Add chicken breast and poach until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Remove chicken and let cool. Thinly slice into pieces slightly smaller than the bread.

Plating: Add alfredo sauce on top of the garlic crostini. Add a slice of chicken. Drizzle alfredo sauce on the chicken and top with a trio of peas. Enjoy!

4. From Emily @ Food/ Nutritionist: Ooh, how fun! Can you shrink Thanksgiving dinner?

Shrinking Thanksgiving Dinner:
Nice to see ya, Emily! This one was a dozy! But nothing taste like Thanksgiving more than stuffing so try a Thanksgiving panzenella appetizer salad. Since this one needed more detail, check out this recipe made just for you! Thanksgiving Panzanella  (bread) Salad.

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Thanks to SVN Talk, Fiona, Alana and Emily for participating in Shrink Food! I hope you enjoy these creative appetizers. Happy Holidays!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. SVN permalink
    10 am

    Pan-fried short rib dumplings is a winner, thanks! The Shrink Thanksgiving dinner is awesome too.

    • brandon maya permalink*
      10 am

      Hi, SVN! Thanks for the comment. Make sure to give the rib dumplings a try at your next party!

      Love, Peace and Share Ribs,
      Brandon Maya

Leave a Reply to SVN Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: