7 Cantaloupe Appetizer Ideas

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Cantaloupe is a refreshing fruit you can use to make chef worthy appetizers that will impress your guests!

Cantaloupe can be made into toothpick appetizers, topped on baked brie, made into salsa, or dipped in yogurt.

See full video on how to make cantaloupe appetizers at the bottom of the page.

Cantaloupe Appetizer recipe ideas

Cantaloupe Caprese

Cantaloupe caprese is an easy appetizer that packs a ton of flavor!!

Cut cantaloupe into cubes or rounds, and stack a similar piece of mozzarella cheese on top.

Sprinkle with a few cut up strips of fresh basil leaves, and enjoy!

Cantaloupe Appetizer ideas

Cantaloupe Cups

Cantaloupe cups are a refreshing and juicy appetizer.

Make a round cut of cantaloupe by using a cookie cutter. Cut it in half to shape it nicely into a flat surface on each side.

Using a melon baller, scoop out the insides of the cantaloupe. Cut them up into small pieces.

Cut a slice of cucumber, and dice into small pieces. Mix cucumber and cut up cantaloupe in a small bowl.

Add crumbled feta cheese, and a drizzle of honey. Mix together and scoop back into the cantaloupe cup appetizer.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar when you’re ready to serve them.

Cantaloupe Appetizers

Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Wraps

Cantaloupe and prosciutto wraps are a filling, and satisfying appetizer you can serve in the summertime.

Slice the cantaloupe into thin pieces, and then wrap a piece of prosciutto around the cantaloupe.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

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Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Bites

Cantaloupe and prosciutto bites are a finger food cantaloupe appetizer.

You can make these tasty bites by cutting a piece of cantaloupe into a square ~1″.

Fold a piece of prosciutto and put it on top of the cantaloupe.

Add a few cut up strips of fresh basil leaves to the prosciutto.

Sprinkle a bit of pepper on top of the appetizer, and put a toothpick through it for easy serving.

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Spicy Cantaloupe Salsa

Spicy cantaloupe salsa is a refreshing salsa you can serve at a summer BBQ with tortilla chips.

Cantaloupe salsa is by dicing up cantaloupe, red onions, and jalapeno and placing them in a medium sized bowl.

Pour over fresh lime juice and sprinkle a few chopped up cilantro leaves. Mix together and enjoy!

You can make spicy cantaloupe salsa ahead of time and then serve it when your guests arrive.

easy cantaloupe appetizers

Cantaloupe Baked Brie

Cantaloupe baked brie is a rich, hot appetizer.

You can make baked brie by placing a wheel of brie in a pie plate and then baking it in the oven for about 20 minutes until it’s melted through.

When it comes out of the oven, place diced cantaloupe on top.

Drizzle with honey, and then add a few pecans or walnuts on top.

Add a few sprigs of rosemary on top, and then serve with fresh slices of baguette, or crackers for dipping.

Cantaloupe Kabobs

Cantaloupe kabobs are made by cutting up cantaloupe into small pieces and placing them on a skewer.

Place a side of vanilla yogurt, or lime yogurt for dipping.

Serve with chopped up walnut, pecans, or toasted coconut to sprinkle on top of the yogurt.

13 Basil Appetizer Ideas

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Fresh basil leaves add a peppery flavoring to classic appetizers like roasted tomato bruschetta.

You can make a wide variety of savory appetizers with fresh basil leaves including crostini’s, flatbread, breadsticks, and finger food appetizers.

Try making one of these chef worthy appetizers for your next party!

Prosciutto and Brie on Artisan Crackers

Prosciutto and brie on artisan crackers is a crispy appetizer with a sweetened finish to it.

Artisan crackers are arranged on a plate, and topped with a slice of brie cheese on each of them.

Basil leaves are placed on top of the brie, along with strips of prosciutto that are placed in a folded shape.

A couple sprigs of arugula are placed on top of the prosciutto to complete the base of the appetizer.

Drizzle a bit of honey and balsamic reduction all over the artisan crackers and enjoy!

Basil Appetizers recipe ideas

Watermelon Bruschetta

Watermelon bruschetta has creamy undertones, mixed with refreshing watermelon and sweet balsamic reducion.

Watermelon bruschetta is made by whipping together feta cheese and ricotta cheese.

Baguette slices are toasted and then a layer of the whipped ricotta and feta cheese is spread on top.

Watermelon is cubed into small pieces, and placed on top of the creamy layer.

Add a little freshly chopped chives, basil leaves, and ground pepper to the bruschetta.

Drizzle with balsamic reduction and your watermelon bruschetta is ready to be served.

Basil Appetizer ideas

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted cherry tomato bruschetta is served warm, made on crispy garlic crostini’s.

The roasted tomatoes are tossed with fresh basil leaves, and then placed on top of the crostini’s that have been rubbed with garlic.

The bruschetta topped with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese, and a drizzle balsamic vinegar.

Basil Appetizer crostini ideas

Lemon Basil Ricotta Crostini

Lemon basil ricotta crostini has a refreshing citrusy flavor to it.

Ricotta is mixed together with lemon zest, black pepper, and salt for a rich base to the crostini.

Freshly made crostini’s are baked in the oven, and layered with the ricotta mixture.

Add a couple of strips of fresh basil leaves to the tops of the crostini’s.

Drizzle olive oil on top and enjoy!

Whipped Feta with Roasted Strawberries

Whipped feta with roasted strawberries is a warm strawberry appetizer served with toasted crusty bread for dipping.

Diced strawberries are roasted in the oven with balsamic vinegar and honey until the juices are released from the strawberries.

In the meantime, feta is whipped in a food processor along with Greek yogurt, olive oil, and pepper.

To assemble, spread a thin layer of whipped feta on top of a slice of crusty bread, and top with roasted strawberries.

Garnish with thin strips of fresh basil leaves.

Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil

Strawberry caprese with lemon and basil is a cheesy and fruity toothpick appetizer.

Cubed mozzarella is marinated with lemon juice, lemon zest, thin strips of fresh basil leaves, olive oil and salt.

Strawberry caprese is made by cutting strawberries in half.

To assemble the appetizer, place a strawberry, a slice of mozzarella cheese, and then repeat again together in a stack.

A toothpick is placed through the stack to create the strawberry caprese appetizer.

Fresh ground pepper is sprinkled on top of the appetizer to finish it off.

Basil toothpick Appetizer ideas

Prosciutto and Apple Crostini

Prosciutto and apple crostini is made by adding a layer of fig jam on top of a freshly prepared crostini.

A fresh leaf of basil is added on top of the fig jam.

A thin slice of apple is added to the crostini along with a strip of prosciutto.

The prosciutto appetizer is topped with balsamic reduction to give it a sweet finish.

Basil Appetizers with crostini's

Pepperoni Caprese Bites

Pepperoni caprese bites are an eye catching appetizer assembled on a toothpick, with a basil vinaigrette dressing.

To assemble the pepperoni appetizer, place a fresh piece of mozzarella, then a folded piece of pepperoni, a fresh basil leaf, and a cherry tomato on a toothpick.

Drizzle basil vinaigrette dressing on top and serve immediately.

Peach Flatbread

Flatbread is a delicious crispy, warm peach appetizer. Flatbread can be cut into small pieces so it’s easily eaten.

Peach flatbread is made by simply brushing olive oil on the edges of the flatbread dough.

Add pizza sauce on the dough, and arrange fresh mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce.

Place folded pieces of prosciutto all over the flatbread. Slice peaches and dry off excess water. You don’t want too much leaking into your flatbread or it won’t crisp up.

Bake the flatbread, and add fresh leaves of basil once it comes out of the oven, along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Basil flatbread Appetizers

Simple Mozzarella Bruschetta

Simple mozzarella bruschetta is a tasty appetizer you can serve warm, right out of the oven.

Make your own crostini’s by slicing a baguette, brushing olive oil on to one side of the bread, and then broiling it in the oven for 2 minutes until it’s toasted.

Assemble the bruschetta by putting one slice of tomato, and one slice of mozzarella onto the crostini’s. Add a couple basil leaves to the bruschetta, and then broil in the oven until the cheese has started to melt.

Drizzle balsamic reduction over the bruschetta and enjoy!

Strawberry Bruschetta with Cream Cheese

Strawberry bruschetta with cream cheese is a sweet balsamic appetizer.

Cream cheese is mixed with vanilla extract and a bit of sugar.

A baguette is sliced into thin pieces, and toasted to create the bottom layer of the bruschetta.

To assemble the bruschetta, a thin layer of vanilla cream cheese is spread on the freshly toasted baguette slice.

The cream cheese will melt a little from the warmed bread.

Sliced strawberries are added on top of the cream cheese, with a couple strips of basil leaves.

Strawberry bruschetta is finished off with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Pizza Focaccia Breadsticks

Pizza focaccia breadsticks are served with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Focaccia bread is made fresh, and then topped with olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic powder prior to baking.

The bread is baked in the oven until the edges are crispy and golden brown.

After it comes out of the oven, the focaccia bread is topped with shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

The cheese is broiled until it’s a bubbling and brown.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves, and serve the focaccia bread appetizer warm, right out of the oven.

Serve the focaccia appetizer with your favorite warmed up pizza sauce, and enjoy!

Spicy Italian Sausage Dip

Spicy Italian sausage dip is a hot, creamy sausage dip served with crackers or crostini’s.

Spicy Italian sausage is cooked and broken up into smaller pieces.

The sausage is mixed with cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese to create the base of the dip.

Sausage dip is spiced with red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.

Diced tomatoes and banana peppers are added to the dip, and then it can be placed in a heat proof dish.

The sausage dip is topped with more mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven until the cheese has started to brown.

Garnish with strips of fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.

9 Feta Appetizer Ideas

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Feta cheese is a sharp, salty cheese you can use as a base to create chef worthy appetizers that will impress your dinner party guests!

You can make bruschetta, toothpick watermelon bites, spinach dip, phyllo cups, and deviled eggs, using feta cheese as the key ingredient in these fancy appetizers.

Feta Appetizer recipe ideas

Watermelon Cups

Watermelon cups are circular appetizers filled with cucumbers and feta.

The cup portion of the watermelon is made by using a circular cookie cutter (I used a scone cutter since it has a handle on top – made it much easier!).

Cut the watermelon with the circular cookie cutter until you’ve made enough for your appetizer.

Next up, a melon baller is used to scoop the inside of the circle. A melon baller makes the inside a perfect circle, but if you don’t have one you can always use a spoon!

The watermelon cut from the center is diced into small pieces and placed in a bowl.

Cucumber cut into a similar sizing as the watermelon pieces and added to the bowl with the watermelon. Feta cheese is crumbed into the bowl to make the base of the filling.

A little red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper seasons the cucumber and watermelon. Mix them together and then spoon the filling back into the watermelon cups.

Top with a little more crumbled feta and it’s all finished.

Watermelon cups are the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Feta Appetizer recipe ideas

Whipped Feta with Roasted Strawberries

Whipped feta with roasted strawberries is a warm strawberry appetizer served with toasted crusty bread for dipping.

Diced strawberries are roasted in the oven with balsamic vinegar and honey until the juices are released from the strawberries.

In the meantime, feta is whipped in a food processor along with Greek yogurt, olive oil, and pepper.

To assemble, spread a thin layer of whipped feta on top of a slice of crusty bread, and top with roasted strawberries.

Garnish with thin strips of fresh basil leaves.

Avocado Mousse

Avocado mousse is a creamy, filling mousse you can use on top of crostini’s or crackers for a delicious appetizer.

Avocado mousse is made by blending the flesh of a few avocados, diced serrano peppers, spices and whipping cream in a food processor.

Avocado mousse is flavored with garlic, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt, and sugar, making it the perfect base of a cracker for an appetizer.

Once the mousse has been pulsed together, it’s piped onto a crostini, and then a bit of crumbled feta is sprinkled on top of the mousse to finish it off.

Watermelon Bruschetta

Watermelon bruschetta has creamy undertones, mixed with refreshing watermelon and sweet balsamic reducion.

Watermelon bruschetta is made by whipping together feta cheese and ricotta cheese.

Baguette slices are toasted and then a layer of the whipped ricotta and feta cheese is spread on top.

Watermelon is cubed into small pieces, and placed on top of the creamy layer.

Add a little freshly chopped chives, basil leaves, and ground pepper to the bruschetta.

Drizzle with balsamic reduction and your watermelon bruschetta is ready to be served.

Feta Appetizer ideas

Whipped Feta and Strawberry Phyllo Cups

Whipped feta and strawberry phyllo cups

Feta is crumbled and placed in a food processor and blended until the pieces are quite small.

Cream cheese, honey, lemon zest are added to the food processor and blended until smooth.

The feta and cream cheese citrus mixture is piped into the phyllo cups as the base of the appetizer.

Diced strawberries are placed on top of the cream cheese mixture in the phyllo cup.

To garnish, add a sprig of mint, and a little drizzled balsamic reduction.

Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Dip

Roasted cauliflower and feta dip is a dip you can serve warm, or chilled.

Cauliflower florets are roasted in the oven with onion powder, garlic powder and olive oil until they are fork tender.

The cauliflower should be cooled for a bit, then you can puree it in a food processor.

Add crumbled feta, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice to the food processor and blend together to create a smooth dip.

Top the dip with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped up chives, and a few chili pepper flakes.

Roasted cauliflower and feta dip goes well with pita chips, crostini’s, carrots, or celery for dipping.

Corn Deviled Eggs

Corn deviled eggs are a vibrantly colored corn appetizer that can be prepared ahead of time.

Corn deviled eggs are made by making boiled eggs, cutting them in half, and removing the cooked egg yolks into the small bowl.

The eggs yolks are mashed and combined with mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and feta cheese.

The egg mixture is piped back into the halved white of the egg.

Garnish with chopped up red onions, corn, chili powder, and fresh cilantro leaves.

Spinach Dip

Spinach dip is a creamy, warm appetizer served with bread.

Spinach dip is made by adding cooked spinach, blended artichokes, spices, and mozzarella cheese all blended together.

Spinach dip is a vibrant green color, topped with even more cheese. Feta is crumbled on top to this thick, cheesy dip!

feta appetizer ideas with spinach

Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon skewers are simple to make, but have a ton of flavor!

The mint and watermelon mixed together with the tart feta cheese makes these watermelon skewers irresistible!

To make this simple watermelon appetizer, cut watermelon and feta into similar sized cubes or rectangles.

Stack them on top of one another, and then add a large mint leaf on top.

Place a toothpick through the stack, and garnish with a bit of pepper.

You can drizzle balsamic vinegar on top if desired.

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7 Cold Prosciutto Appetizer Ideas

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Prosciutto is a versatile meat you can use as the base to create chef worthy savory appetizers.

You can use prosciutto paired with your favorite cheese to make crostini’s and fancy cracker appetizers.

Prosciutto and Brie on Artisan Crackers

Prosciutto and brie on artisan crackers is a crispy appetizer with a sweetened finish to it.

Artisan crackers are arranged on a plate, and topped with a slice of brie cheese on each of them.

Basil leaves are placed on top of the brie, along with strips of prosciutto that are placed in a folded shape.

A couple sprigs of arugula are placed on top of the prosciutto to complete the base of the appetizer.

Drizzle a bit of honey and balsamic reduction all over the artisan crackers and enjoy!

Cold Prosciutto Appetizer ideas

Prosciutto Havarti Appetizer

Prosciutto Havarti crostini is made by adding a thin layer of red pepper jelly on top of a fresh slice of bread.

A layer of Havarti cheese is placed on top of the red pepper jelly.

Arugula leaves are added on top of the Havarti.

Prosciutto is layered on top of the arugula, and drizzled with balsamic reduction.

Cold Prosciutto Appetizer recipes

Prosciutto and Apple Crostini

Prosciutto and apple crostini is made by adding a layer of fig jam on top of a freshly prepared crostini.

A fresh leaf of basil is added on top of the fig jam.

A thin slice of apple is added to the crostini along with a strip of prosciutto.

The prosciutto appetizer is topped with balsamic reduction to give it a sweet finish.

Cold Prosciutto Appetizers

Prosciutto Crostini with Balsamic Glaze

Prosciutto crostini with balsamic glaze is made by adding a slice of burrata cheese on top of a prepared crostini piece.

Prosciutto is layered on top of the cheese, and then balsamic glaze and honey are drizzled on top.

The crostini appetizer is garnished with a couple strips of fresh basil leaves.

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini

Prosciutto goat cheese crostini is made by spreading a thin layer of goat cheese on top of the prepared crostini.

Fig jam is layered on top of the goat cheese, adding a bit of sweetness to the crostini appetizer.

Take a slice of prosciutto and a basil leaf and put them together.

Then roll them up and place them on the crostini and serve!

The rolled prosciutto crostini appetizer makes them look professional and eye catching.

Prosciutto Wrapped Apple Bites

Prosciutto wrapped apple bites are a crunchy, fruit filled appetizer.

Honey crisp apples are sliced, and layered with a piece of white cheddar, and couple of sprigs of arugula.

Prosciutto is wrapped around the stack until it’s fully covered.

Garnish with a bit of of black pepper and enjoy!

Peach and Prosciutto Crostini

Peach and prosciutto crostini appetizer is made by first creating an herbed ricotta mixture.

Ricotta cheese is placed in a food processor until smooth. To make it extra rich, heavy cream is added to the ricotta cheese.

Fresh basil and parsley is added to the ricotta mixture for the first layer of the crostini appetizer.

Next, the prosciutto is crisped in a frying pan for a couple of minutes.

This will give the prosciutto a crunchy texture for the appetizer.

To assemble, add a layer of the ricotta mixture on the crostini.

Add a slice of peach on top of the ricotta cheese.

Place a few small pieces of the crisped prosciutto on top of the peaches.

Add a fresh basil leaf, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, and olive oil to top off the crostini appetizer.

9 Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer Recipe Ideas

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Fresh mozzarella is a creamy, rich cheese you can use to make specialty appetizers for your next party.

You can make finger appetizers like fruit caprese skewers, crostini’s or bruschetta.

You can also make easy handheld appetizers like flatbreads with pesto or prosciutto and peach flavors.

Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer ideas

Fresh Mozzarella and Watermelon Skewers

Fresh mozzarella and watermelon skewers have a citrusy honey lime drizzle on them.

Watermelon is made into balls using a melon baller. Onto each skewer, a piece of watermelon, and a piece of fresh mozzarella is alternated until the entire skewer is full.

Fresh lime juice is mixed with lime zest, salt, and honey for the coating on the skewers.

Drizzle the sauce on top of the skewers, and serve immediately.

Pesto Flatbread

Pesto flatbread is made by using pesto as the pizza sauce.

Slices of mozzarella cheese and sundried tomatoes are arranged over the flatbread and then it’s baked in the oven.

After the flatbread comes out of the oven, more fresh pesto is spooned onto the flatbread. This gives the flatbread more of a burst of pesto flavor for this savory appetizer.

Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer Recipes

Strawberry Caprese with Lemon and Basil

Strawberry caprese with lemon and basil is a cheesy and fruity toothpick appetizer.

Cubed mozzarella is marinated with lemon juice, lemon zest, thin strips of fresh basil leaves, olive oil and salt.

Strawberry caprese is made by cutting strawberries in half.

To assemble the appetizer, place a strawberry, a slice of mozzarella cheese, and then repeat again together in a stack.

A toothpick is placed through the stack to create the strawberry caprese appetizer.

Fresh ground pepper is sprinkled on top of the appetizer to finish it off.

Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer Recipes

Peach Caprese Appetizer

Peach caprese appetizer uses slices of peaches to create a sandwich.

In between the layers of peaches is a slice of mozzarella.

On the top layer of peach, add a single leaf of basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Place a toothpick through the sandwich so it can easily be eaten without it falling apart.

Pepperoni Caprese Bites

Pepperoni caprese bites are an eye catching appetizer assembled on a toothpick, with a basil vinaigrette dressing.

To assemble the pepperoni appetizer, place a fresh piece of mozzarella, then a folded piece of pepperoni, a fresh basil leaf, and a cherry tomato on a toothpick.

Drizzle basil vinaigrette dressing on top and serve immediately.

Peach Flatbread

Flatbread is a delicious crispy, warm peach appetizer. Flatbread can be cut into small pieces so it’s easily eaten.

Peach flatbread is made by simply brushing olive oil on the edges of the flatbread dough.

Add pizza sauce on the dough, and arrange fresh mozzarella on top of the pizza sauce.

Place folded pieces of prosciutto all over the flatbread. Slice peaches and dry off excess water. You don’t want too much leaking into your flatbread or it won’t crisp up.

Bake the flatbread, and add fresh leaves of basil once it comes out of the oven, along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Mozzarella Appetizer recipe ideas

Caprese Pesto Crostini

Caprese pesto crostini’s are made by marinating cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with dried basil leaves and olive oil.

Once you’ve made your crostini’s and they have cooled, fresh pesto is spread on the crostini.

Mozzarella slices and cherry tomatoes are placed on top of the layer of pesto.

Finally, the pesto appetizer is topped with freshly chopped basil leaves, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

Simple Mozzarella Bruschetta

Simple mozzarella bruschetta is a tasty appetizer you can serve warm, right out of the oven.

Make your own crostini’s by slicing a baguette, brushing olive oil on to one side of the bread, and then broiling it in the oven for 2 minutes until it’s toasted.

Assemble the bruschetta by putting one slice of tomato, and one slice of mozzarella onto the crostini’s. Add a couple basil leaves to the bruschetta, and then broil in the oven until the cheese has started to melt.

Drizzle balsamic reduction over the bruschetta and enjoy!

Prosciutto Peach Skewer

Prosciutto peach skewer uses fresh peaches wrapped in prosciutto.

Fresh mozzarella is added to the skewer for a creamy, cheesy addition to the juicy peaches.

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and honey to finish off this delicious tangy appetizer.

10 Watermelon Appetizer Ideas

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Ripe watermelon is one of the juiciest fruits in the summer, making for a refreshing appetizer base.

You can use watermelon to make bruschetta, skewers, salsa, or watermelon cups to create alluring appetizers for your next summer party!

Watermelon Appetizers

Watermelon Bruschetta

Watermelon bruschetta has creamy undertones, mixed with refreshing watermelon and sweet balsamic reducion.

Watermelon bruschetta is made by whipping together feta cheese and ricotta cheese.

Baguette slices are toasted and then a layer of the whipped ricotta and feta cheese is spread on top.

Watermelon is cubed into small pieces, and placed on top of the creamy layer.

Add a little freshly chopped chives, basil leaves, and ground pepper to the bruschetta.

Drizzle with balsamic reduction and your watermelon bruschetta is ready to be served.

Watermelon Skewers

Watermelon skewers are simple to make, but have a ton of flavor!

The mint and watermelon mixed together with the tart feta cheese makes these watermelon skewers irresistible!

To make this simple watermelon appetizer, cut watermelon and feta into similar sized cubes or rectangles.

Stack them on top of one another, and then add a large mint leaf on top.

Place a toothpick through the stack, and garnish with a bit of pepper.

You can drizzle balsamic vinegar on top if desired.

watermelon skewer appetizer

Watermelon Cups

Watermelon cups are circular appetizers filled with cucumbers and feta.

The cup portion of the watermelon is made by using a circular cookie cutter (I used a scone cutter since it has a handle on top – made it much easier!).

Cut the watermelon with the circular cookie cutter until you’ve made enough for your appetizer.

Next up, a melon baller is used to scoop the inside of the circle. A melon baller makes the inside a perfect circle, but if you don’t have one you can always use a spoon!

The watermelon cut from the center is diced into small pieces and placed in a bowl.

Cucumber cut into a similar sizing as the watermelon pieces and added to the bowl with the watermelon. Feta cheese is crumbed into the bowl to make the base of the filling.

A little red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper seasons the cucumber and watermelon. Mix them together and then spoon the filling back into the watermelon cups.

Top with a little more crumbled feta and it’s all finished.

Watermelon cups are the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa is a refreshing fruit based salsa you can serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Watermelon salsa is made by adding together chopped up watermelon, mango, pineapple, jalapeno, red onions, and red pepper in a large bowl.

To spice the salsa, fresh cilantro leaves are added, along with lime juice, olive oil, paprika, cumin, and salt.

Watermelon salsa is best if served the day it’s made.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the salsa and place it into a fresh bowl for serving.

Watermelon Brie Bites

Watermelon brie bites are a creamy, and refreshing appetizer you can serve on a hot summer’s day as a delicious appetizer.

Balsamic vinegar is cooked together with sugar to make a sugary syrup consistency that you’ll use to drizzle on top of the appetizer. Another option would be to use balsamic reduction.

Assemble the appetizer by placing a rectangular piece of watermelon on the bottom, and then adding a piece of arugula, and a slice of brie cheese on top.

Place a toothpick through the stack, and drizzle with balsamic to garnish.

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Margarita Watermelon Jalapeno Bites

Margarita watermelon jalapeno bites have the flavoring of eating a margarita! (Therefore they are adult only!!)

A simple sugar is made, and then a portion of it is cooked with slices of jalapeno peppers.

The rest of the simple sugar is mixed with fresh lime juice, tequila, and orange liquor to create the margarita taste.

The margarita syrup is poured over cubed pieces of watermelon and set to marinade for a couple of hours.

To assemble the appetizer, place a piece of watermelon, and then top with 1 piece of sliced jalapeno. Place a toothpick through the stack.

Crumble cotija cheese over the appetizer and serve immediately.

watermelon appetizer ideas

Fresh Mozzarella and Watermelon Skewers

Fresh mozzarella and watermelon skewers have a citrusy honey lime drizzle on them.

Watermelon is made into balls using a melon baller. Onto each skewer, a piece of watermelon, and a piece of fresh mozzarella is alternated until the entire skewer is full.

Fresh lime juice is mixed with lime zest, salt, and honey for the coating on the skewers.

Drizzle the sauce on top of the skewers, and serve immediately.

Watermelon and Coconut Lime Dip

Watermelon and coconut lime dip is a fruity appetizer with a hint of lime with coconut yogurt dipping sauce.

Watermelon is cut into long pieces, and Tajin seasoning is sprinkled on top. The narrow pieces of watermelon make it easy dipping into the sauce.

The creamy dipping sauce is made by combining coconut yogurt, fresh lime juice, and coconut sugar.

Dip your watermelon pieces into the coconut sauce and enjoy!

Blackberry and Watermelon Skewers

Blackberry and watermelon skewers are simple to make, and have juicy flavoring when you bite into them!

A piece of cubed watermelon is placed on the bottom, and a piece of feta in the middle, and a blackberry on top.

A toothpick is placed through the stack, and it’s ready to be enjoyed!

The salty feta cheese balances out the rich, juicy flavoring of the blackberries, making this appetizer a big hit at parties!

Watermelon Cups with Cranberry Mascarpone

Watermelon cups with cranberry mascarpone is a rich and decadent appetizer.

Watermelon is cut into squares, and then a melon baller is used to scoop out a bit of the middle to create a watermelon cup.

Cranberries are pulsed in a food processor and then are combined with sugar to remove some of their tartness.

Mascarpone cheese is mixed in with the sugary cranberries for the center filling of the watermelon cup.

You can roll the filling into balls, and then place them nicely in the watermelon cup for a fancy looking appetizer.

Garnish with a bit of orange zest and strips of fresh basil leaves.

8 Pepperoni Appetizer Ideas

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Pepperoni is a savory, spicy meat you can use to make delicious appetizers.

You can use pepperoni to make an alluring charcuterie board, cheese ball, caprese bites, pepperoni chips, pinwheels, zucchini bites, or dips.

Some of the appetizers are served warm, right out of the oven, and others you can prepare ahead of time and have them chill for a couple of hours.

Try making one of these enticing pepperoni appetizers for your next summer BBQ, or family get together.

Pepperoni Charcuterie Board

Pepperoni has a spicy flavoring to it, therefore it pairs well with creamy cheese for charcuterie.

You can layer cheese and pepperoni on your favorite crackers to make your own charcuterie board at home.

Pepperoni also goes well with slices of dill pickles, whole grain mustard, or olives for the perfect addition your pepperoni appetizer charcuterie board.

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Pepperoni Caprese Bites

Pepperoni caprese bites are an eye catching appetizer assembled on a toothpick, with a basil vinaigrette dressing.

To assemble the pepperoni appetizer, place a fresh piece of mozzarella, then a folded piece of pepperoni, a fresh basil leaf, and a cherry tomato on a toothpick.

Drizzle basil vinaigrette dressing on top and serve immediately.

Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Pepperoni cheese ball is an appetizer you can make ahead of time. Cheese balls need time to chill and solidify prior to serving.

Make the base of the cheeseball by combining softened cream cheese, Italian seasoning, chopped up pepperoni pieces, garlic salt, and freshly grated mozzarella cheese.

For the coating of the cheeseball, you can use a cracker coating with some Parmesan cheese, or chopped up nuts. You could use walnuts, or pecans for a crunchy texture on the outside.

Place the coating for the cheeseball on a plate, and form the cheese mixture into a ball.

Roll the ball in the coating, and then cover in plastic wrap. Chill the cheese ball in the fridge.

When you’re ready to serve it, place the cheese ball on a plate with a variety of crackers.

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Pepperoni Puff Pastry Bites

Pepperoni puff pastry bites are a tasty appetizer made with puff pastry squares.

Each of the squares are topped with slices of pepperoni, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and strips of fresh basil leaves.

The 2 opposite points of the puff pastry square are folded inward, and then the pastry can be egg washed to create a beautiful sheen on it when it comes out of the oven.

The pepperoni appetizer is baked in the oven until the puff pastry is golden brown, and the cheese is bubbling.

Serve warm, right out of the oven.

Pepperoni Pinwheels

Pepperoni pinwheels are a creamy, chilled, bite sized pepperoni appetizer.

Softened creamed cheese is mixed together with garlic powder, basil, oregano, chopped up pepperoni pieces, and freshly grated mozzarella cheese.

The cream cheese layer is spread onto a tortilla, leaving about a half inch from the edges of the tortilla.

The tortilla is rolled up, and then chilled for a couple of hours.

When you’re ready to serve the pinwheels, slice them into pieces that are about a half inch in thickness.

You can serve pepperoni pinwheel appetizer bites with pizza sauce for dipping if desired.

Pepperoni Dip

Creamy pepperoni dip is made by combining cream cheese and sour cream for the base of the dip.

The dip is flavored with basil, oregano, parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Chopped up roasted red peppers, and pieces of pepperoni are added to the dip, along with some grated mozzarella cheese.

Pepperoni dip can be chilled until you’re ready to serve it, so you can make it ahead of time if you want.

Serve pepperoni dip with tortilla chips, pita chips, crackers, carrot sticks, or celery sticks.

Pepperoni Chips

Pepperoni chips are made by baking slices of pepperoni in the oven until they crisp up.

Serve pepperoni chips with garlic and herb dip or pizza sauce for dipping.

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Zucchini Pepperoni Bites

Zucchini pepperoni bites are delicious warm pizza bite sized pepperoni appetizers.

Zucchini is sliced into rounds, and then drizzled with a bit of olive oil and broiled until tender.

The cooked zucchini slices are topped with a little oregano, pizza sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese, and a slice of pepperoni.

The zucchini pieces are broiled again to melt the cheese, and the pepperoni will have a bit of crispy edge to them.

Serve immediately.

6 Chickpea Appetizer Ideas

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Chickpeas are easy to use as the base for savory appetizers. You can make hummus, warm buffalo dip, fritters, cucumber bites, and bruschetta using delicious chickpeas.

Many of the appetizers you can make ahead of time, and then bake or assemble right before your guests arrive.

Try making one of these tasty chickpea appetizers for your next party or family get together!

Roasted Garlic Hummus

Roasted garlic hummus is a homemade chickpea appetizer with hints of garlic, and spicy flavors.

Roasted garlic hummus is made by roasting garlic in the oven.

You can make the roasted garlic by cutting off the top part of garlic to expose the cloves, and then drizzle olive oil on the cloves. Cover the garlic with tin foil, and place in a heat proof dish. This way, the oil drippings will end up in the dish, instead of in your oven.

When the roasted garlic is finished cooking, and has cooled down, squish out the roasted garlic cloves.

To make the roasted garlic hummus, chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and water are added to a food processor. The mixture is blended until smooth, and then places on a serving dish.

You can garnish the hummus with parsley leaves, olive oil, and chili powder. Serve roasted garlic hummus with pita chips, pita bread, celery sticks, or carrot sticks.

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Chickpea Bruschetta

Chickpea bruschetta is a savory and appetizer, with a hint of sundried tomato and garlic flavor.

Chickpeas are mashed together with fresh parsley, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, and lemon juice.

The herbed flavored chickpeas are spread onto a freshly toasted baguette slice that has been rubbed with garlic.

To garnish the chickpea appetizer, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and fresh parsley, serve immediately.

You can make the chickpea mixture ahead of time, and then toast the baguette pieces when you’re ready to serve the appetizer.

Chickpea Fritters

Chickpea fritters are warm crispy appetizers you can serve with a side of tahini, or aioli for dipping.

Chickpea fritters are made by mashing together chickpeas, flour, freshly grated parmesan cheese, parsley, cumin, garlic powder and a bit of water.

The fritters are formed into balls, and then flattened to be cooked in a frying pan with a bit of oil.

The fritters are done cooking when they have a golden brown crispy edge on either side of them.

You can make the fritters ahead of time, and place them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them for your guests.

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Chickpea Cucumber Bites

Chickpea cucumber bites are an enticing, refreshing, and spicy appetizer.

Chickpeas are roasted or fried with a spicy coating to add a ton of flavor to the appetizer.

Cucumber is sliced into rounds for the bottom portion of the appetizer. The rounds will hold the toppings on top of them.

Avocado is mashed with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper. The avocado is spread onto the cucumber rounds, and then a couple of the chickpeas are added on top of the avocado. The avocado with hold the chickpeas in place for the appetizer.

Finish off the chickpea appetizer by drizzling chipotle crema on top, and a couple parsley leaves.

Chickpea Shawarma Dip

Chickpea shawarma dip is a layered dip you can serve with pita bread, pita chips, or carrots and celery sticks.

The first layer of the dip is hummus, topped with roasted spicy chickpeas.

The next layer is a parsley, cherry tomato, and red onion salad, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.

The salad is spread on top of the chickpea/hummus layer.

Finally, the dip is covered in a garlic-dill sauce.

Buffalo Chickpea Dip

Buffalo chickpea dip is a warm chickpea appetizer dip you can serve with tortilla chips.

Cashews are softened by boiling them, and then cooled down.

Cashews, yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder are blended together to create the flavoring for the dip.

The chickpeas are added to the blender, and then only pulsed a couple of times to thicken the dip.

The dip is placed in a heat proof dish, topped with a bit of grated cheese, and baked in the oven until it’s bubbling hot.

Serve buffalo chickpea dip with tortilla chips, or pita chips.

8 Cauliflower Appetizer Ideas

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Cauliflower appetizers can be served at parties, summer BBQ’s, or before a big family dinner.

You can use cauliflower to create delicious appetizers like cauliflower bites, fritters, breadsticks, crostini’s, nachos, or dips.

Try making one of these savory cauliflower appetizers for your next get together with family or friend’s!

Cauliflower Bites

Cauliflower bites are a savory cauliflower appetizer.

Cauliflower bites are made by chopping up cauliflower, and then adding a spicy, or savory sauce to it and roasting it in the oven (see below for some delicious cauliflower bites recipes).

The cauliflower pieces are cooked until the edges are crispy.

You can serve cauliflower bites with several different types of dipping sauces, including garlic aioli, or avocado cilantro lime sauce.

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Roasted Cauliflower and Feta Dip

Roasted cauliflower and feta dip is a dip you can serve warm, or chilled.

Cauliflower florets are roasted in the oven with onion powder, garlic powder and olive oil until they are fork tender.

The cauliflower should be cooled for a bit, then you can puree it in a food processor.

Add crumbled feta, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice to the food processor and blend together to create a smooth dip.

Top the dip with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped up chives, and a few chili pepper flakes.

Roasted cauliflower and feta dip goes well with pita chips, crostini’s, carrots, or celery for dipping.

Cauliflower and Steak Crostini

Cauliflower and steak crostini is an eye catching crostini with a ton of flavor and texture.

Cauliflower is chopped up roasted in the oven with some olive oil and whole garlic cloves until it’s soft, and can be pureed in a food processor.

The pan you cooked the cauliflower in will have bits stuck to it. Add some coconut milk and red curry paste to deglaze it. Deglazing means to take all of the bits mixed with the liquid you poured into the pan. You can then add your deglazing mixture back to the food processor and blend until smooth.

Steak can be marinated for a couple of hours with red curry paste, fish sauce, and lime juice.

Once you’re ready to cook it, grill it until it’s medium rare, and slice thinly, against the grain.

Assemble the cauliflower appetizer by placing a slice of baguette, a spoonful of cauliflower sauce, and then topping it with a bit of steak.

Garnish with a few green onions.

Cauliflower Nachos

Cauliflower nachos are made by using cauliflower instead of tortilla chips.

Cauliflower is cut into pieces, and then coated with olive oil, and Cajun seasoning, and roasted in the oven.

Once the cauliflower is cooked through, place the cauliflower pieces tightly together. Add a few black beans, chopped up tomatoes, finely chopped red onions, thinly chopped jalapenos, and mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the oven until the cheese has melted, and serve warm.

Buffalo Cauliflower Dip

Buffalo cauliflower dip is a dip served warm with tortilla chips.

Cauliflower is cut into pieces, and then roasted in the oven coated in olive oil.

The cauliflower should have a crispy edge when it comes out of the oven.

To make the buffalo cauliflower dip, mix together the cauliflower pieces, 1″ cubed cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, a bit of hot sauce, Greek yogurt or sour cream, chopped up green onions and a little blue cheese.

Bake the mixture in the oven until the cheeses have completely melted, and the edges of the dip are starting to crisp up.

Serve buffalo cauliflower dip warm with pita chips, tortilla chips, or baguette slices.

Cauliflower Hummus

Cauliflower hummus is made using cauliflower instead of chickpeas.

Cauliflower is cut into pieces, coated with olive oil, and roasted in the oven until it’s cooked through.

The cauliflower should cool to room temperature, and then it can be pureed in a food processor.

Add tahini, olive oil, water, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, and coriander to spice the cauliflower hummus and blend together until smooth.

Garnish with parsley and sunflower seeds. Serve with pita bread, carrots, or celery sticks for dipping.

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Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cauliflower breadsticks are a unique cauliflower appetizer you can make. You can serve cauliflower breadsticks with ranch dip, pizza sauce, or garlic aioli.

Cauliflower breadsticks are made by pureeing small pieces of cauliflower in a food processor, and then cooking it in the microwave for 10 minutes. The water is moved from the cauliflower with a cheesecloth.

To make the breadsticks, mix together eggs, shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese, oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.

Fold in the cauliflower, and then place the mixture onto 2 baking pans lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the oven until the breadsticks are golden brown. You can sprinkle on a bit more cheese at the end if desired.

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower fritters can be served with garlic aioli, sour cream, or Greek yogurt for dipping.

Cauliflower florets are boiled for a couple of minutes to soften them.

The cauliflower is chopped into fine pieces, and then placed in a bowl with flour, eggs, minced garlic, scallions, a bit of salt and pepper.

The fritters can be shaped, and then cooked in a pan on medium heat with a little olive oil. The edges of the cauliflower fritters will turn golden brown and crisp up when they’re ready to flip.

Cook the fritters on both sides, and then serve them warm as a tasty cauliflower appetizer.  

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6 Grape Appetizer Ideas

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Grapes are a refreshing fruit that you can pair with pungent cheeses for a savory appetizer.

Grapes can be roasted in the oven to release their flavorful juices, and then placed on top of crostini’s, or even baked brie for a specialty piping hot grape appetizer.

Try making one of these memorable grape appetizers for your next party!

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Pistachio Grape Cheese Appetizer

Pistachio grape cheese appetizer is served with a toothpick piercing the grapes and cheese. It makes for easy serving and eating with minimal mess.

Each of the grapes are covered in a savory cream cheese (Boursin) layer until they are fully encased.. You could make your own herbed cream cheese if you like. 

The cream cheese grape is pierced with a toothpick, and then rolled in chopped pistachios.

You can make the grape appetizer ahead of time, and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Roasted Grape Crostini

Roasted grape crostini is a warm crostini appetizer bursting with grape flavor.

The grapes are roasted in the oven with a bit of olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper until they burst in the oven and release their juices.

After the grapes come out of the oven, they are drizzled with balsamic vinegar for a bit of an acidic finish.

The crostini is assembled by putting a thin layer of goat cheese on top of the crostini, a layer of roasted grapes, and then topping with chopped up walnuts.

Honey is drizzled on top of the crostini for a sweeter finish.

Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers

Rosemary fontina grape skewers are made by marinating the cheese with a few herbs the day before.

Fontina cheese is cut into cubes, and then is marinated with olive oil, sundried tomatoes, garlic cloves, red pepper sprigs of rosemary, and Italian seasoning.

The cheese is marinated overnight in the fridge to absorb the herb flavorings.

When you’re ready to assemble the skewers, place a cube of cheese, a grape, and repeat until the skewer is full.

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Baked Brie with Roasted Grapes

Baked brie with roasted grapes is piping hot appetizer served with your favorite bread, crostini’s, or crackers.

Grapes are roasted in the oven with red wine, honey, and black pepper until their skins begin to wilt.

Brie is baked in the oven until it oozes and becomes liquified.

Assemble the baked brie by topping it with the roasted grapes, and a few toasted walnuts.

Serve warm baked brie with slices of baguette or crackers for easy dipping.

Roast Beef, Blue Cheese, and Grape Skewer

You can make this appetizer ahead of time and place it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Assemble the appetizer by placing a slice of roast beef folded in half, a piece of blue cheese, and a grape onto the skewer.

The grape should be on the bottom of the skewer so it can stand upright with the weight on the bottom of the skewer.

Sweet Potato Grape Appetizer

Sweet potato grape appetizer is a crispy, warm appetizer.

Sweet potato rounds are baked in the oven with a bit of olive oil until the edges are crispy.

Grapes are roasted at the same time on a separate pan with olive oil drizzled on top.

The grapes will burst and release their juices with the olive oil.

Assemble the appetizer by placing a sweet potato round on a plate. Top with some goat cheese, roasted grapes, toasted pecans, a sprinkle of dried thyme, and a generous amount of honey.