Thursday, August 22, 2013

Balsamic Watermelon Feta Cubes

At Nan’s, we admit we love to cook, and we cook all the time.  But truth be told, we are lazy, too.  We like great food served simply.  This can mean easy, too!  Here is a painless summer appetizer which will dazzle but is SO uncomplicated.  By the way, we found the toothpick/skewers shaped like tiny forks at a winery, but specialty cooking shops will have them too.

Oh, and most important – this is purely a serving suggestion!  You can modify this at your pleasure.  How about using mint instead of the basil?  Or using our Passion Fruit Balsamic Vinegar or our Raspberry Balsamic instead?  A different melon?  Have fun with this, make it yours!

  • ½ small seedless red watermelon, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 6 ounce package whole feta cheese (good quality), cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 12 to 18 basil leaves
  • PastamorĂ© Barrel-Aged Balsamic Vinegar
  • course sea salt, to taste

Skewer the watermelon as shown in the picture, with the skewer pointing up and in the left half of the watermelon.  Place a feta cube on each watermelon cube.  Chiffonade the basil into thin strips (stack the leaves, roll them tightly like a cigar, and then slice the leaves perpendicular to the roll).  After decoratively arranging the watermelon/feta cubes on a serving platter, carefully sprinkle the basil strips on the watermelon/feta cubes.

With your thumb placed over the balsamic bottle opening, or with a spoon, delicately drizzle a small amount of the vinegar on each watermelon/feta cube.  Sprinkle with a dash of course sea salt, and serve.

Makes approximately 25-30 appetizers.

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