Have a poke around on Pinterest and you’ll find a raft of great ideas for canapés and appetizers (I put on an American accent to type that word).
I have no idea where I stole the idea for Watermelon Canapes from as it’s been in the repertoire for a long time, but if were to hazard a guess, it was probably the above-mentioned site. Super-easy and suitably impressive, this combination of flavours balances beautifully and never fails to deliver. In fact, they’re so easy we’ve even made them in a field whilst camping with friends.
There’s sweetness from the watermelon, saltiness from the cheese, fragrance from the coriander and heat from the chilli.
- Feta cheese
- Coriander leaves
- Jalapeno peppers
This is more a list of tips than a method. The basic principle is to cut the watermelon and feta cheese into even squares and stack them up with a fresh coriander leaf and a slice of chilli. Ta-daaa!
So here’s what I think is important:
- Size – I tend to cut them to about 25mm square so they’re a nice mouthful.
- Ratio – you’ll need the cheese to be roughly half the thickness of the watermelon.
- Shape – keep them all neat and uniform in size and shape as it will give the best visual impact.
- Drizzle – I like to give the finished plate or board a splash of extra virgin olive oil to finish it off, but I’ve recently found a nice sticky chilli balsamic glaze that works really well too.
- Heat – check you’re chilli peppers first – if there’s no heat in your Jalapeno it won’t balance out the canapé. You can use other varieties of pepper if the combo works for you.
- Fresh – don’t prepare these morsels too far in advance as you’ll want them to be nice and fresh.
Have fun entertaining folks!