Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Party Food Recipes

I promised multiple people I would post the recipes for the appetizers I served at Little Guy's birthday party.  Anyone who has tasted my food knows I have one motto, "It's SO easy!!".  I don't do anything that is hard.  I think you can make great tasting food that isn't time consuming or super expensive.  I'll be featuring a recipe each day this week!

Basil-Watermelon Skewers

This is another Giada adaptation.  It was easy in the cookbook and I made it even easier!  This recipe requires 4 or 5 ingredients depending on how you decide to make it.  This seems like a strange combination when you read it but I promise it tastes great! 

1 Watermelon
1 Box of Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Balsamic Syrup

Cut the watermelon into 1-inch cubes.  Slice the cherry tomatoes in half.  Depending on the size of your basil you can either use a whole leaf or you can tear larger leaves into smaller pieces.  (I use basil about 4 or 5 times a week in my cooking.  We eat a lot of caprese salad in the summer with all of the fresh tomatoes and I also make homemade pesto.  Basil is expensive at the store so I suggest growing it at home in a pot.  I have 2 plants and they produce way more than I can use!)

Slide a basil leaf, 1 piece of tomato and 1 tomato onto a toothpick.  Repeat as many times as you want!  When you are finish pour the balsamic syrup over the skewers.  See, I told you it was easy!!  If you don't have balsamic syrup you can make your own.  Just reduce sugar and balsamic vinegar on the stove.

I like to add either mozzarella or feta cheese to the leftovers.  It makes a great summer salad and it is really healthy!

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Amber said...

I think my whole family would really love this. Our basil is HUGE and we rarely use it. Thanks for the recipe.

Be sure to check out today post's. I think you'll like it!!

Amanda said...

This looks really good! Twice, I recently had watermelon salad (spinach with feta, watermelon, nuts and balsamic vinegarette). So delicious, this looks like a good variation of that! YUM!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Looks delicious! Will have to give it a try!

Mom4Real said...

I love these! I love watermelon, and grow basil and tomatoes, so easy peasy! Visiting and following via Welcome Wednesday hop...hop over to my blog and follow back if you like... http://mom4realky.blogspot.com

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Desi said...

What a great party app. And it seems easy enough to put together! I wanted to invite you over to my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)


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