Being able to whip up delicious appetizers that look and taste fantastic doesn’t have to be left to the master chefs of the world. Here are 3 surprisingly simple appetizers you can make (with ease!) that are packed with protein and have a delicious summery taste!
Olive, Prosciutto & Pineapples Nibbles
These fancy looking appetizers combine both sweet and savoury flavours to give an amazing ‘pizza’ like taste in each mouthful! Yummy!
- Half a pineapple, cored, peeled and sliced into 20 bite sized chunks.
- 20 pitted Kalamata olives
- 1 packet of prosciutto torn into 20 individual strips
- 20 toothpicks
- Hold a toothpick in one hand and then slide an olive down halfway.
- Fold a strip of prosciutto into a neat bundle then slide it on after the olive.
- Turn it upside down and press the toothpick into a piece of fresh pineapple.
- Present them on a serving dish and you are ready to enjoy them!
Mouth- Watering Kofta Meatballs
These yummy bite sized meatballs, have a deliciously Turkish flavour and remind me of summer days relaxing in the sun with friends.
- 900 g. Ground lean lamb mince
- 2 eggs
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 large red onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh mint,, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp. Dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp. Cumin powder
- 1.5 tsp. Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp. Pepper
- 20-30 toothpicks, or mini wooden forks
- Preheat your oven to 190 degrees, and spray a large baking tray with olive oil.
- Use your hands to combine all the ingredients into a large bowl.
- Begin to roll the mixture into bite sized balls, then space them out evenly on the baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until just cooked through, then remove and place under the grill for a further 3 minutes. This helps give them that delicious crispy finish.
- Spear each meat ball with a toothpick and transfer onto your serving dish.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
This is another simple, yet scrummy, savoury sweet treat! So easy to make and so fun to eat!
- 10 slices of rindless bacon
- 20 whole, pitted dates
- 20 toothpicks, pre-soaked for a few minutes to avoid them burning.
- Preheat your oven to 220 degrees.
- Slice the strips of bacon in half length ways then arrange a single layer on a plate and place in the microwave for 2 minutes. This is to soften the bacon so it is easier to roll. Repeat until all the bacon is partially cooked.
- Once cooled, wrap a piece of bacon around each date, before securing with a toothpick and placing on the baking tray.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes, checking every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn. (remember the bacon will continue to crisp once removed from the oven)
- Then allow them to cool slightly before transferring to your serving plate.