For today’s post I thought I’d share some appetizers I made for a Canada Day BBQ. I wanted to make light, fresh tasting bites so I did a google search for summer appetizers and adapted these from various recipes I found. (You’ll notice I’m not very precise with my measurements!) This is also my first attempt at food photography.
Ingredients: watermelon, firm feta, and fresh basil.
Cube watermelon and feta into bite size pieces. Tear basil into small pieces. (The idea is to be able to taste all three at once). Thread feta, then basil, then watermelon onto toothpicks. Done.
I read other versions of this where olive oil and/or balsamic vinegar were drizzled over the bites. Another version had fresh cracked pepper and salt sprinkled over them. Sounds good to me, I just wanted something simple this time around.
*This might be my go-to appetizer now. Interesting, refreshing and easy to make.
Cucumber Cups w/ Herbed Cream Cheese
Ingredients: 2 English cucumbers,; block of cream cheese, softened (I used light cream cheese); fresh mint, finely chopped (probably ended up being 2 tbsps); 2 green onions, finely chopped; lemon pepper seasoning to taste.
Mix the cream cheese, mint, green onions and lemon pepper together. I let it sit overnight in the fridge (only so it was one less thing to do the next day), but it may have helped the flavours come together.
Cut the cucumbers into approx 1 inch slices. Scoop out most of the seeds (leaving enough to hold the cream cheese mixture). Fill the cucumber cups with the mixture. Garnish with chopped mint.
*This tasted quite good, but the recipes I looked at called for fresh lime or lemon juice and some of the zest added to the mixture. I would do this next time instead of using lemon pepper seasoning (which is what I intended to do but forgot to buy lemons and limes and was mixing it up at 10:30 at night). I think it would make the mixture a bit lighter.