Making fancy appetizers can be a fun and beautiful way of highlighting delicious local harvest. The best part is that beauty often comes with simplicity when highlighting fresh vegetables and fruits. Here are a few recipes I’ve tried recently:
Caprese Skewers: Halve cherry tomatoes and small mozzarella balls. Skewer a basil leaf between piece of tomato and a piece of mozzarella. Ta da!
Cantaloupe and Parmesan: The easiest of the bunch – this is more of a pairing than a recipe. Lay out bite size pieces of cantaloupe and place thin slices of a hard cheese like parmesan on top. Skewer with a toothpick if desired.
Cucumber Bites: Mix equal parts chèvre and sour cream, and mix in a dash of garlic powder, salt, and enough dried dill weed to speckle the mixture with green throughout. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least half an hour before mixing again and tasting. Adjust garlic, salt, and dill to taste. Splash in a bit of lemon juice and/or add lemon zest if desired. Spoon entire mixture into a icing piping bag (or one corner of a ziplock, twist tie shut, then cut off tip). Slice cucumber into rounds. Pipe dip on top of each cucumber slice. Garnish with fresh parsley or dill.
Mint, Feta, Watermelon Cubes: Cube watermelon, slice solid feta into thin square pieces, and separate fresh mint leaves from stalk. Arrange watermelon cubes on your serving platter, place a piece of feta and mint leaf on top of both, and skewer each tower with a tooth pick. A beautiful flavor-packed end-of-summer treat!