You: “Of course we can host the next cocktail party!” That was your pretend excited voice.
When what you really you’re thinking… “Shoot me. There is no way I’m cooking in this 90 degree weather”
Don’t panic and go running for the prepared foods counter. Be strong, you can do this.
These tomato and mozzarella skewers are 1. super easy, 2. healthy, and 3. Require no cooking! These are one of my husband’s favorites, although he prefers a large chunk of cheese and a chunk of salami in the middle of his. My version, since I can’t eat cheese, is cherry tomatoes, kalamata olive and cucumber, sliced and quartered – mock version of a Greek salad, but on a stick.
Another option in addition to the tomato skewers – Prepare this chickpea salad and serve in individual mason jars. Again, no hot oven or stove is required.
Don’t forget about the cocktails. I mean, it’s a cocktail party after all, no? This Sangria recipe is always a favorite can be made in large servings and prepared in advance.
For dessert, you can [& should] make THESE. No oven required AND they’re healthier healthy.
Looking for more outdoor entertaining inspiration? How about THIS?
Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Skewers
- Cherry [or grape] tomatoes – any color, halved
- Mozzarella balls, cut into slices – I cut both thick & thin
- Fresh basil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- Ceramic ramekins
Skewer one tomato half, cut side up. Stack the thin slice of mozzarella, followed by a sprig of fresh basil and then topped with the other tomato half, cut side down – forming a tomatoes mozzarella & basil “sandwich”.
If you have individual dishes, add about 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil – more or less depending on the size of dish. Rest the tomato skewers on top.
You can also serve these on a plate and drizzle the olive oil and balsamic directly over the tomato skewers.
July 29 2011