I could think of a lot of other creative names to call this besides our appetizer board, but I wanted to a make it easy to find for anyone looking for a variety of appetizers. I like to think of this as our happy hour platter personally. We always do a wine and cheese social on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00-6:00. The variety of the wine and cheese always changes depending what is in season, or what I have a taste for. This past weekend we had a large group at the inn and I wasn’t sure how many were going to join us. There were so many great festivities going on in town so either everyone would want to come back and enjoy a break or couldn’t break away, so I made enough for everyone but only a few us were able to enjoy it. That’s okay, more for us.
So on the platter I added some green and red grapes. Made some home made guacamole served with blue organic tortilla chips, homemade red pepper hummus ( I have listed this recipe before, so just click on the link) served with pita chips and then I made some little tartlets from a Pillsbury pie crust and added a variety of fillings. Recipes below.
Chunky Guacamole – 1 1/2 C
2 avocados, 1/4 C red onion, handful of cherry tomatoes, pinch of horseradish, tsp. minced garlic, 1/4 bunch of cilantro, splash of lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add all ingredients to a food processor and chop until mixed but large chunks are still appear.
Tartlets – serves 12
1 Pillsbury pie crust. Cut out circles that fit into a mini muffin pan and bake for approx 12 minutes. Pop out and add whatever ingredients you like. Different ideas that I tried are below.
Red grapes, cut in half with feta cheese sprinkled over.
Fresh raspberries with Greek yogurt flavored with cinnamon and honey.
Sliced pears with Gruyere cheese and applesauce
Prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.
You can also add the guacamole and hummus into the tartlets as well. Have fun creating your own variations.