Block Party Appetizer Ideas (recipe)

Our last weekly TGIF block party was last Friday, and I brought three seasonal (sort of) appetizers to share:

  • Cherry tomatoes (from the garden)
  • Basil leaf (from the garden)
  • Cucumber
  • Feta or Mozzarella Cheese
  • Kalamata Olive (pitted)

Skewer in any combination you desire. Drizzle with a lemony vinaigrette. Next time, I will use smaller toothpicks and make them more one-bite, with just tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese.

Spread goat cheese on crackers or crostini. Top with a slice of Nectarine (from our Frog Hollow Farms CSA box) and a sprig of mint (from the garden). Use local goat cheese for the best flavor – Harley Farms from Pescadero is excellent.

Not truly from my garden, but by next spring, I plan to be able to make Deviled Eggs with eggs from our own chickens.

  • 12 eggs, boiled and cooled. Cut in half, saving 18 halves for presentation. Place all egg yolks in a bowl
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper

Mash and mix everything together. All ingredients can be adjusted, taste as you go along. To fill the egg halves, put mixture into a pastry bag or Ziploc with a fluted tip. Chill, and before serving, dust with more smoked paprika.

This post serves as my entry into the Grow Your Own Roundup, hosted by Andrea at Andrea’s Recipes.

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  1. Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Three terrific apps! And what fun that you’ll be raising your own chickens next year.

  2. Posted September 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Those are some beautiful appetizers, makes we wish I had been at your block party. And I can’t wait for your chicken stories next year. :-)

  3. girlichef
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    Posted September 7, 2010 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Oh, nectarines and goat cheese together sound like bliss! I really want to try the combo. All of your apps have begun the tummy rumble…. =)

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