Monday, August 11, 2014

Pineapple / Cherry Tomatoes = Sweet and Savory on a Stick - 52 Church PotLuck Appetizers

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More Food on a Stick... A little stick.

People like bite size.  People also like contrasting tastes and looks.  The bright red deliciousness of savory herbed Cherry Tomatoes, paired with the sweet flavor of Pineapple, made pretty with a sprinkling of sweet Paprika and you have a perfect party appetizer.

A tray of these is ideal for any "take along" Potluck event and works as an appetizer for a catering event.  Colorful, Tasty and a crowd pleaser!

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OK... Here's what I did...

Pineapple / Cherry Tomatoes = Sweet and Savory on a Stick

  • 36 Small Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 TBS Herbes de Provence
  • 36 Pieces Fresh Pineapple (Pieces about the size of a quarter)
  • Dusting of Sweet Paprika
  • 36 Decorative Toothpicks
Cooking Directions
  1. First, prepare the savory... In ziplock bag, Combine the washed and dried Cherry Tomatoes with a drizzle of Olive Oil and a TBS of Herbs (I used an herb mix of Herbes de Provence, but feel free to use your favorite... Dill works wonderfully as well). Shake the bag to coat.
  2. Next, prepare the Sweet... Cut from a fresh whole pineapple, remove core and outer rind, Slice into 1/2 inch thick quarter sized pieces (about the same size as the tomatoes). Sprinkle the sweet Paprika on 1 side of the pineapple
  3. And finally, make the food on a stick presentation... Using a decorative toothpick, pierce the cherry tomato, through and into the top of the pineapple piece.
  4. Arrange decoratively on a serving platter.
  5. Serve chilled and ENJOY!!!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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