I’ve been mowing down on these healthy appetizers since I saw them in Bon Appetit a couple of weeks ago. Simple to throw together and full of healthy fats, avocado is the perfect topping for grilled sourdough – just don’t forget the copious amounts of large flake sea salt, red pepper flakes and EVOO! Enjoy!
Being just back from an incredible trip in France for the last two weeks with my husband, I’m loving anything French. It’s funny, French food to me seems to always be one of two things… incredibly easy with few ingredients and super fresh or fussy, but worth-the-arduous-labor fancy. These toasts are great because you can prepare the goat cheese spread and roast the beets ahead of time and then just throw the toasts together right before guests arrive! This recipe comes from one of our good friends, who always make great food!
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I’m not so sure this one even needs a recipe. It’s simple to throw together, refreshing in the heat and the pretty presentation always wows guests! Just cube up fresh seedless watermelon, top with a piece of feta and a mini basil leaf, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and voila! Now the only trick is keeping everyone’s fingers out of them until company arrives!
This is one of my favorite summer recipes. It’s delicious and looks fussier than it is!
Here’s how to make these delightful little bites…
1. Take a log of goat cheese out of the fridge and let it warm on the counter while you’re cooking away.
2. Roast the tomatoes… If you’ve never roasted tomatoes, it’s easy. Read this.
3. While the tomatoes are roasting, slice a baguette as thinly as possible. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Place cookie sheet in the oven with the tomatoes and toast until lightly golden, about 10-15 minutes. Then remove from the oven and place on a platter for serving.
4. Spread the room temperature goat cheese on the toasts.
5. When the tomatoes are done, remove from oven and place one or two on top of each piece of toast. Press gently so the juicy insides squeeze out onto the cheese.
6. Drizzle plate with olive oil, garnish with micro-basil or thinly sliced basil.
Fresh Crab Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
2 cups Phillips Back Fin Crab Meat
1 cup diced mango
1 cup julianned cucumber
1 cup diced avocado
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/4 cup slivered red onion
8 spring roll wrappers, rehydrated
1 cup sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
I’ve been on a crab binge the last couple of weeks. They jump out at me every week at the Dupont Farmers Market when I turn the corner to enter the section in the bank parking lot and the lovely folks at Phillips Foods sent over a bunch of coupons a few weeks ago so I could play around with some of their crabmeat. Here’s one of my favorites takes on a dip using their meat.
Hot Crab Dip
3 tbsp butter
2 shallots, minced
1/4 tsp cayenne
3/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
3/4 cup half and half
8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
10 oz. crab meat (I like lump and backfin)
This is one of my go to appetizers. It’s easy to whip up (everything goes in the food processor) and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh chives
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic, herbs and zest until all finely minced. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and bring to room temperature for serving.