Memorial Day is just around the corner – and as the kickoff to summer fun – many of us will be picnicking, patio dining and enjoying the great outdoors! I loved sharing 2 fun and easy appetizer with host Cara,  that are great for sharing, along with a perfect wine idea.

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Clementine and Serrano Skewers with Honey Lime Dressing

  • 2 TB Honey
  • 1 Lime, zested and juiced
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Bunch Basil, cut in strips (chiffonade)
  • 4 oz Serrano Ham (or Prosciutto), thinly sliced
  • 4 Clementines, separated into 2-segment wedges
  • 1 Pint Grape Tomatoes, cut in half

Step One

Shake first 5 ingredients together in small jar.

Step Two

Wrap a strip of basil and then a strip of ham around each Clementine wedge and skewer with toothpick. Scatter skewers and grape tomatoes on a platter and drizzle with honey lime dressing. OR skewer the ham wrapped orange segments and the tomatoes and drizzle with dressing.

Orange Stuffed Strawberries

Transportion these yummy berries to a picnic?  Wrap the stuffed strawberries individually in plastic wrap and take it with you in your cooler – stays delicious and refreshing all day long.

  • 1 (4 – 8 OZ) Log of Goat Cheese
  • 1 Box Strawberries
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Chopped Toasted Nuts like Pecans

Hull Strawberries and set aside. Mash the goat cheese with the orange zest. Stuff the strawberries and roll the top in nuts.

Pink goes perfectly with Memorial Day munchies!

I served up the wine  from a plastic juice bottle – you don’t want to carry glass to the great outdoors!

  • A rose from the South of France is perfect with light summer fare like this
  • Grapes like Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre – GSM for short
  • Crisp and refreshing – serve it cold!
  • Use plastic wine glasses – I like glasses with a thin rim that helps you enjoy it more – I find glasses like this at the grocery store!

Esprit Gassier Cotes du Provence – about $15 at the grocery store! Made from traditional grapes like Grenache and Syrah, its crisp peachy flavor will be a hit at your party.

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