For an Easy Appetizer, Go Greek!

You’ve probably experienced the following scenario…

*going to a friend’s house for dinner & ask friend, “What can I bring?”
*friend says, “An appetizer would be nice!”
*you think to yourself- great… I have a busy day. what the heck can I whip up quickly that will still impress?

This was my dilemma recently. I posed this question to my Twitter friends, and I received a prompt response from a guy I affectionately call Mr. Greek (Peter from Kalofagas). He suggested simple Greek skewers. That sounded easy enough to me. I put together something I’m calling: Easy Greek Appetizer Skewers.
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I simply used toothpicks to skewer a small piece of red onion, pear tomato, 1/2 slice cucumber and a small square of reduced-fat feta.  I figured the reduced-fat version wouldn’t make a bit of difference in this appetizer, and I could be free to eat it myself without feeling like I was consuming too much fat from the hunks of cheese.

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Two key things to know in making this easy appetizer: 
1.  Placing the onion on top is important for a few reasons- It’s pretty, it’s nice and firmly on there so the tomato won’t slip off, and when people eat this appetizer they’ll be eating it from the feta end… so if they don’t care for the onion, they’ll simple put the feta, cucumber and tomato in their mouth and leave the onion on the toothpick.
2.  The cube of feta should go on the bottom.  It acts as a nice ‘base’ for the appetizer so it can be placed on the platter as shown.  And if you try to skewer the feta all the way through, you may break it apart since it’s a crumbly cheese by nature.
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Make all of your skewers ahead of time (several hours ahead is just fine… wrap gently with plastic wrap and refrigerate).  Just before serving, drizzle a little bit of red wine vinaigrette over the skewers (red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper).  Done!  See how simple that was?  Thanks Peter :)

Next time, I might wish to add a kalamata olive to my skewers to make a complete Greek salad sampler!

Though you don’t really need a recipe for this one, if you’d like to print out instructions, the recipe can be found HERE.

P.S.  I thought this might be an appropriate post for today since I’m hosting our Gourmet Club’s dinner party tonight.  The theme is GREEK!  Details, recipes & pictures coming soon…

30 Responses to “For an Easy Appetizer, Go Greek!”

  1. postedFeb 28, 2009 2:46 AM

    what a nice and easy appetiser! colours are so nice too.

  2. postedFeb 28, 2009 4:34 AM

    What a refreshing looking appy!

  3. postedFeb 28, 2009 4:39 AM
    Nicole@The Graves' H

    oh add the olive – i love them. this appetizer would make such a pretty presentation!

  4. postedFeb 28, 2009 5:05 AM

    I love this as well because it is so fresh and not the 1000 calorie appetizer everyone expects you to bring. Great idea!

  5. postedFeb 28, 2009 5:44 AM

    This is very nice, I like how you explained why you put the ingredients in the order you did, it makes sense !

  6. postedFeb 28, 2009 5:48 AM
    rhyleysgranny

    How simple but oh how effective and colourful those are.

  7. postedFeb 28, 2009 6:42 AM

    So nice and colorful I like the logic on where to place each item on the skewer.
    LL

  8. postedFeb 28, 2009 8:10 AM

    Love this appetizer. So cute and healthy!! Perfect for a party!

  9. postedFeb 28, 2009 8:23 AM

    Peter rides in for the rescue:D

  10. postedFeb 28, 2009 8:29 AM

    What a fun and easy recipe – looks wonderful!!

  11. postedFeb 28, 2009 9:07 AM

    They are perfect…simple and low fat.

  12. postedFeb 28, 2009 9:56 AM

    great appetizer idea! simple is often the most impressive when it’s put together as nicely as yours.

  13. postedFeb 28, 2009 11:21 AM

    These look so refreshing – the perfect appetizer to take along!

  14. postedFeb 28, 2009 11:23 AM

    Nice idea! The colors really make this for me.

  15. postedFeb 28, 2009 12:32 PM

    Beautiful and healthy.

  16. postedFeb 28, 2009 1:03 PM

    What an easy and elegant appetizer! Thanks for sharing this great tip.

  17. postedFeb 28, 2009 1:14 PM

    mmmmm that looks tasty and easy! It would make a great snack on a hot summer day.

  18. postedFeb 28, 2009 1:28 PM
    Dilek

    Beautiful, healty, colorful,appetizing and easy.
    Mmmmmm these look yummy morsels.
    I’ll try this within the shortest possible time.
    Thanks..

  19. postedFeb 28, 2009 2:27 PM

    This is brilliant!!

  20. postedFeb 28, 2009 3:43 PM
    Pam

    How beautiful and delicious as well. I agree . . an olive would complete the Greek theme.

  21. postedFeb 28, 2009 6:04 PM

    I love this!! I would definitely add and olive, and in summer, a few big oregano leaves.
    Gorgeous!

  22. postedMar 1, 2009 4:37 AM

    Cuuuute!!

  23. postedMar 1, 2009 5:41 AM
    Courtney

    those look goooood!! so colorful!

  24. postedMar 1, 2009 7:09 AM

    Yep, I’d leave the onion, but looks so yummy and easy and pretty!

  25. postedMar 1, 2009 10:36 AM

    Absolutely gorgeous Lori and very practical for the cocktail circuit. Everyone’s standing around, noshing…no one wants salad all over them!

    Thanks for the shout and it was my pleasure assisting.

  26. postedMar 1, 2009 11:00 AM

    Oh this looks fantastic!

  27. postedMar 1, 2009 7:34 PM

    What a tasty and fresh idea. All the colors make it beautiful. And, yes, olives, please.

  28. postedMar 2, 2009 4:27 PM
    kellypea

    Peter’s great, isn’t he? And these appetizers are so cute! Olives would definitely be great in the mix.

  29. postedMar 3, 2009 10:02 AM

    Yeah for Mr Greek! Lori these are such a perfect treat. I like your reasoning for placing the onion on top, very thoughtful! These are very healthy too and not heavy like some dips or other apps. Great presentation.

  30. postedNov 3, 2012 3:47 PM
    Irishireland

    Wow looks really nice. I am in middle school and I am learning about Ancient Greece and greeks. One of my projects I am doing is a Greek recipe book. And this is gonna show in my apitizer section. If you know any other Greek recipe’s be sure to post them before November 5, thanks :)

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