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
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!
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