Watermelon Canapés

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).

watermelon canapes

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.

Watermelon Feta bites

There’s sweetness from the watermelon, saltiness from the cheese, fragrance from the coriander and heat from the chilli.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Feta cheese
  • Coriander leaves
  • Jalapeno peppers

Method:

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!

watermelon appetizers

Watermelon Appetizers

Blackberries you say…

Blackberry Granita

This is great as a dessert for anyone that suffers from intolerances such as Dairy or gluten.  Hell, it’s a great dessert anyway!  There’s a plethora of flavour options; coffee, pink grapefruit, lemon & lime etc.  We’re celebrating the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador program’s 2nd Birthday with this one!

As we are in the prime of Blackberry season in the UK, here’s an almost free recipe that’s a perfect little treat.

Blend about 300g of freshly foraged blackberries with a dash of water and the juice of half a lemon.

Make a sugar syrup by heating 150g of sugar in 300ml of water until it dissolves.  Strain the blackberry juice and mix it with the sugar syrup in a metal tray.

Blackberry Granita mix

Pop the tray in the freezer and then simply run a fork through it every 30 minutes until you have a crystalline consistency.

You can store the granita in Tupperware in the freezer for ages and dip into it whenever you need an autumnal fix.

Celebrating with a Foraged Blackberry Granita