Appetizers for Girls Night In!

Friday night four of my girl friends came over for a night in. (While my boyfriend is in Vegas with his man crew, lol!) Naturally, I decided to experiment with some awesome appetizer/side dishes that I’ve been eyeing. My friend Zohreen photographed most of these dishes – she is extremely talented. Check out and subscribe to her photo blog HERE!

CAPRESE ON A STICK

credit for this dish is given to The Girl Who Ate Everything, my adaptation is below
photographs by Zohreen

Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Fresh Basil Leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Sea Salt and Pepper
Toothpicks
Place one cherry tomato, a basil leave (or half a leaf if it is large) that is folded into a square shape, and a mozzarella ball on each toothpick. Make as many as desired and line them up on a work surface. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper. Roll each stick around in the mixture before placing on serving dish. YUMMERS!!
CHEESECAKE STUFFED STRAWBERRIES
credit for this dish is given to The Sweets Life, my adaptation is below
photographs by Zohreen

1 lb large strawberries
8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Graham cracker crumbs

1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (most are already hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of each strawberry.

**Note: I didn’t do this this time, but next time I try this recipe, I think it might be a great idea to mix the graham cracker crumbs directly into the cream cheese mixture so you get a little more graham cracker crumb in each bite!

SIMPLE GUACAMOLE!


6 small/medium avocados
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Continue to mash in the onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
OTHER FUN DISHES INCLUDED:
CHEESE, SALAMI & CRACKERS
photo by Zohreen
FRENCH BAGUETTE WITH PESTO
photo by Zohreen
* I used the Pesto Perfectto from Basiltops (all natural, lactose free) – it’s delicious and they have tons of flavors to choose from!
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10 thoughts on “Appetizers for Girls Night In!

  1. Zohreen says:

    Such a fun night! Thanks for hosting us and for the delicious apps!

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed the cheesecake stuffed strawberries-thanks for the sweet comment on The Sweets Life!

    Looks like it was an all-around delicious evening! 🙂

  3. bilafond says:

    I am already hungry. Will try these very soon.

  4. Malou says:

    Great choices of appetizers!

  5. What an absolute fantastic night in with the gals 🙂

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