Prosciutto e Melone (Italian Ham and Melon)
This easy and refreshing starter featuring cantaloupe and cured ham (Parma ham for instance) can also be served as an appetizer: just cut the cantaloupe into bite-size pieces, wrap them with ham and spear them on skewers for a colorful snack! Use superior quality Italian ham for best results.
Spicy Strawberry Kiwi Peach Salsa
A good summertime salsa that hits your taste buds twice. Can substitute canned peaches or frozen strawberries, but best to go with all fresh fruit.
Peach and Goat Cheese Tartine
For me, this is summer on a slice of bread. August is national goat cheese month (no, I don't know who decides these things), and what better way to enjoy chevre than by topping it with sweet, ripe, impossibly juicy peach slices? Mix in a little thyme and black pepper to keep things interesting, and you're looking at a very special treat.
Watermelon Caprese Appetizer
A refreshing appetizer for the summer, my family loved this so much they ate more than a serving each. Also great for those who love the flavor of caprese but aren't huge fans of tomatoes.
Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. These are delicious and very easy to make for a party. You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!
Catherine's Pickled Blueberries
Think of this as blueberries with a bite. My friend Catherine serves this sweet/tangy sauce spooned over ripened goat cheese for a knock-'em-dead appetizer.
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches with Burrata and Basil
There are many people, myself included, that think cooking prosciutto is basically a crime against nature; but there are exceptions, and this plate of grilled peaches with burrata is one incredibly delicious example. Serve as an appetizer or a sweet/savory dessert.
This is a delicious variation of the popular tomato based appetizer. The strawberries are warm and sweet and the sugar is caramelized and crunchy! Your guests will love it!
Roasted Grape Crostini with Fresh Herbs
Roasting grapes makes them even sweeter, the herbs bring a bit of savory flavor, and when combined with creamy, lemony ricotta, you're in for a tantalizing appetizer.