Appetizers for good weather
The good weather is already here! You want to be in the sun to recharge your energy, you want walks along the beach by the sea and you want to eat without complications, with menus based on light dishes and appetizers that take little time to prepare but with that touch of joy and festivity that summer brings us.
So today we are going: to the recipes that are most successful at home, that we have ready in the blink of an eye and that also make us look like top chefs. We will embroider it with them!
To make it very easy for you, we are going to prepare these five super-fast and very successful recipes :
- Vegetable skewer with pesto
- Bacon rolls with marinated olives
- mini corn skewers
- Brie cheese toasties with strawberry jam
- Mini cherries and mozzarella skewer
These five proposals are a declaration of intent. Taking advantage of seasonal products, I promise you great results with minimal effort, so you can enjoy the good weather and some surprising appetizers, without giving up eating well. Do you cheer up with them?
1. Pesto vegetable skewer
- Mozzarella cheese or goat cheese, the one you like the most.
- light pesto
- Chopsticks to assemble the skewers
- Heat the grill or griddle to cook the vegetables and while it heats up, clean the zucchini, aubergine and tomato and cut them into slices of just over half a centimeter. You can do it with a sharp knife or help yourself with a mandolin so that they are the same.
- Place the slices on the hot griddle with a splash of oil and cook them to the point you prefer.
- While they are roasting, cut the cheese of your choice into slightly thinner slices than the vegetables.
- When the vegetables are almost ready, turn off the heat and keep them on the grill to remove them as you assemble the skewers. This will help the cheese melt slightly when you mount the skewer, but without melting completely.
- Prepare the skewers by alternating the slices of vegetables and cheese to your liking: aubergine, courgette, cheese, tomato,... Arrange them as you like and stick the toothpick in so that it sticks out so you can easily pick them up.
- Finally, pour a generous spoonful of pesto over the skewers, and enjoy!
- You can make homemade pesto. Preparing it will take you very little time and the result is delicious. You will find the recipe for traditional basil pesto here and also two more variants, arugula and walnuts and dried tomato, with which you can give a different touch to your dishes.
2. Bacon rolls with seasoned olives
- Bacon cut into strips
- Seasoned pitted black olives
- Chopsticks to prepare the rolls
- Sliced bread (optional)
- Heat the grill or griddle to lightly fry the bacon.
- Cut the bacon strips in halves and drain the olives well.
- Place the bacon on the griddle and when it is ready, turn it over so that it is marked on both sides.
- Remove the half slices of bacon, place an olive on each one and roll the bacon into a roll.
- Close the rolls by pricking them with a toothpick.
- You can serve them as is or arrange a few rolls on a slice of toast, to accompany each bite.
- You can vary the recipe for the bacon rolls with olives, replacing the olives with dates. The sweet spot combines wonderfully with the flavor of the bacon. You will see how rich it is!
3. Mini corn skewers
- One cooked corn on the cob or shelled cooked corn
- Melted butter
- powdered parmesan cheese
- sweet paprika
- spicy paprika
- Toothpicks to form the mini skewers
- Shell the corn cob if you have it whole. You can easily do this with the Chef'n Corn Peeler .
- Prick several grains of corn on a toothpick so that you only leave one end free, to be able to take the toothpick when eating the corn.
- As you have them, arrange them on a tray suitable for the oven.
- Prepare the "paprika" butter by melting the butter in a bowl, adding sweet paprika and a little hot paprika to taste and stirring well. You can omit the hot paprika if you wish.
- Brush the skewers with the "paprika" butter.
- Sprinkle parmesan powder on top and gratin until done.
- Serve them accompanied by tomato sauce or barbecue sauce.
- If you have an air fryer , you can certainly prepare these mini skewers there with perfect results.
- You can make them without adding hot paprika, if you prefer, but with just a pinch you won't notice much that spiciness and you will see how the flavor changes.
4. Brie cheese toasts with strawberry jam
- slices of sliced bread
- Brie cheese
- Strawberry jam
- Chopped pistachios (or whatever nut you prefer)
- Heat the iron grill over medium heat and grease it with a little butter.
- Cut the slices of bread in half forming triangles and place them on the grill to toast them. Turn them over when grill marks are visible on the bread, so they are marked on both sides.
- Cut the brie cheese into not very thin slices, approximately one cm.
- When the bread is toasted on both sides, without removing it from the grill, place a slice of brie cheese on each triangle, apply a dessert spoonful of strawberry jam and sprinkle some chopped pistachios on top.
- You can serve it directly on the grill.
- If you want a recipe to make strawberry jam at home, you have the recipe here , but if you prefer a ready-made one, I can't help but recommend Tiptree's strawberry jam .
- If you are looking to vary these toasts with different cheeses, you can use Camembert cheese, goat cheese or even a blue cheese such as Roquefort.
5. Mini cherry and mozzarella skewer
- mozzarella balls
- round cherry tomatoes
- Red pepper
- Yellow pepper
- Some fresh basil leaves
- ground dried oregano
- sticks for skewers
- Drain the mozzarella balls.
- Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes.
- Cut the peppers into squares the same size as the cherries and mozzarella balls.
- Arrange a bed of rocket leaves on the tray you are going to serve the skewers on.
- Prepare the mini skewers by pricking a piece of red pepper, a ball of mozzarella, the yellow pepper, another ball of mozzarella and a cherry tomato.
- Place the skewers on the bed of arugula, in a pretty tray .
- Finely chop the basil leaves and spread them over the skewers.
- Sprinkle some ground oregano, and enjoy!
- You can use only one variety of pepper, or use the green one, but in this case I recommend that you do it as you see it in the recipe and in the same order in which they are punctured, because that way their sweetness will make a difference. The skewer goes from the sweetest to the least, ending with the cherry tomato, which has to be round and gives it the acid point at the end.
- From the cherries and the mozzarella, you can prepare other mini skewers: interspersing fresh basil leaves, with olives, pickles, with boiled quail eggs... There are many possibilities!
- You can serve the mini skewers as is or you can also accompany them with some traditional homemade pesto or something different. The recipe can be found here .
Muchas gracias , Tony, esa es la idea :) Feliz de que te gusten y que les veas posibilidades. ¡A disfrutar!
Tony Caviglia said:
Soluciones para toda ocasión Todo muy rico!!