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.


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

  2. 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. 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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