Celebrate the everyday with this easy to prepare and sure to delight appetizer.
Quite possibly my favorite course, appetizers hold a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s their petite nature that excites me for what main dish is to come. Perhaps it’s because appetizers are fun and are often served during celebrations, parties and when hosting friends and family. Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain—I love them and I don’t really need to wait for a special occasion to eat them! In fact, “appetizer night” frequents our weekly meal rotation rather often.
Rich in antioxidants, fiber, zinc, protein and magnesium—pepitas (a.k.a. pumpkin seeds) provide immune boosting, sleep, mood and heart-health benefits. They also provide a nutritious and tasty base for pesto. I love playing around with various seeds and nuts when making pesto. I’ve made/tried many a pine nut or walnut pesto, but decided to stay true to the season and feature pumpkin seeds here. Blended with garden-grown, sweet basil, this pesto really wows!
Perfectly toasted bread layered with juicy nectarines, drizzled with a sweet + tangy balsamic reduction and topped with fresh basil make this appetizer not only tasty, but also healthy. Believe it or not, this all comes together rather quickly! It works wonderfully as snack or party appetizer. In fact, this would also make for a lovely, light dinner. Pair the toasts with a glass of well chilled white wine and you’re set!