If I come back from a vacation with at least one great recipe (and a lot of memories, of course), I feel like I’ve scored. Last week, my boys and I headed to Victoria, B.C. (the homeland!) to visit my parents. More on that in another post (but feel free to check out my Instagram account for a few photos).
On one of the days, we took a day trip over to Vancouver to do a whirlwind visit with a few friends. At our dinnertime visit, our friends fed us a beautiful meal, which included a surprising and delicious watermelon and goat cheese crostini. With the first bite, my kids were hooked and couldn’t stop talking about the sweet and savory appetizer for days.
Just a few days later, I took a shot at recreating the crostini for my parents and a few of their friends. I made a huge platter full of the appetizers and, by the end of our happy hour, there wasn’t a single morsel left. When I made the recipe again at home, I decided to switch out the toasted baguette slices with mini phyllo shells, which are always in full supply in our freezer. It took me about 15 minutes and not a single minute of actual cooking to make the phyllo bites. Perfect for last minute entertaining!
Cocktail and appetizer parties are my favorite way to entertain. Lots of bits and bites, with plenty of flavor variations. I could happily eat that way everyday. When I’m serving on the patio, the last thing I want to worry about is broken dishes. And really, who wants to deal with a hostess who sucks in her breath every time a less-then-coordination person picks up a treasured plate?!
Pictured: mini bamboo spoon
When I learned about Restaurantware and their collection of bamboo dishes and utensils, I knew my dish dilemma was solved. not only are the bamboo dishes unbreakable when dropped, but they are also biodegradable, making an environmentally friendly option when you don’t want to deal with cleaning dishes at the end of a meal or party. And really, how adorable are the bamboo round small plates (only 3 1/2 inches wide!)?! They’d be perfect for any bites-sized appetizers or even mini desserts.
The bamboo collection includes everything from plates, bowls and cones to spoons and skewers. My mind started working overtime when I looked through their site. Surely I can pull off a cocktail party at least five times per week just so I can use all of their dishes, right?!
In the meantime, I’ll happily make these mini phyllo bites over and over again. My boys wouldn’t have it any other way!
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Other healthy summertime appetizers:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Baked Zucchini Fries with Pesto Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadillas
My Bottomless Ex-Boyfriend’s Fresh Mango Peach Salsa
Eat Spin Run Repeat’s Salmon Cucumber Rolls
Watermelon, Goat Cheese & Basil Phyllo Bites Recipe
- In a medium bowl, stir together the watermelon, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, salt and basil.
- Fill each phyllo shell with ½ teaspoon goat and 1 rounded teaspoon of the watermelon mixture, straining out the extra liquid from the watermelon so that the phyllo shells don't get soggy.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Restaurantware.com. I happen to be coveting about 75% of the items on their website. All opinions are my own.