Fabulous Appies for Your Next Party or Date Night

5 Sep

Tonight we made two appies from the Oprah Magazine Cookbook that I’d had my eye on for a while–Bobby Flay’s Proscuitto di Parma-Black Pepper Quesadillas with Rosemary Oil (page 21) and Rori Trovato’s Skewered Spicy Shrimp with Grilled Watermelon (page 153). Both were absolutely delicious and would make perfect elegant party fare or, as we found out, are equally great for foodies looking for a romantic date night in.

First, the quesadillas. I didn’t change anything about the recipe (and trust me, nothing needs changing) except I did, thank goodness, make fewer than the original 8 servings! 😉 Using fresh organic chives and rosemary for the drizzling oil helped to make this dish fresh and flavourful, nicely balancing the richness of the mozza & parmesan. My only “complaint” is that the fresh herbs (especially the rosemary) could be just a bit overpowering. To balance their fresh, forward taste, simply drizzle the oil with a light touch. This appie might be especially nice to serve at a holiday cocktail party. Am I the only one starting to think about Christmas?

Next, the skewered shrimp with grilled and candied watermelon. Very unique, very flavourful, quite easy, low fat…I could go on. If you’re a watermelon lover, it’s worth giving this dish a try. Even as someone who doesn’t typically like watermelon (and I seem to be one of the only few), I really did enjoy it. The combination of spicy shrimp and sweet, charred watermelon is a must-try. We didn’t make any changes to this recipe except for making 2 servings instead of 4, and even the 2 servings produced a heaping platter with more than enough food. This dish would be great for a weekend summer BBQ.

The verdict? We enjoyed a fabulous meal of these 2 appetizers and would happily make either one of these again. Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “Fabulous Appies for Your Next Party or Date Night”

  1. Chad September 5, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    I love Oprah 🙂

  2. Harolyn Fryling September 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    These look great Mika!!!!

    • mikafry September 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

      Thanks, Harolyn. I think you guys would love the shrimp & watermelon dish. Graeme should also try the onion rings in his deep fryer!

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