This weekend, in addition to E.J.’s 50th, we also celebrated 6 or 7 other summer birthdays with our annual Summer pool party. We had quite a large, diverse group in attendance, and still managed to keep the party very Paleo-friendly while offering tasty summer-season flavors that received a ton of compliments. I was actually feeling a bit under the weather going into the party, but with the help of the A-Team (my awesome friends Annie, Anita, and Amber), we had a fabulous banquet for all to enjoy.
Here were the new dishes we tried for the party:
Watermelon Feta Bites – Annie put these together with some festive party picks for a light and refreshing appetizer. The sweet of the watermelon nicely offset the salty feta, and the balsamic drizzle was a nice touch. Annie and her son Noah put this one together and he apparently enjoyed snacking during assembly 🙂
Cherry Orange Salsa – Annie also brought this one, and it was a huge hit. It was a departure from the standard chips and salsa and seasonal sweet cherries were fabulous with the jalepenos. We served the salsa with Siete tortilla chips, and people were surprised at how good it was. E.J. and I ended up grilling some pork chops afterward and making a meal of the salsa on the chops for an easy packed lunch this week.
Bacon Wrapped Prawns, Stuffed with Jalapeno Cream Cheese and Drenched with Honey – How awesome does this sound? It tastes even better. I know cheese is off-limits for Paleo, but I picked up some lactose-free cream cheese from Whole Foods to help offset the negative effects, and these flew off the plate. For the record, I only used jalepenos and kept the serrano out, but yum!
Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites – I had some cucumbers that needed to be used, and decided to consume them with this easy recipe. Instead of baking the fish, we smoked the salmon first, which was not only yummy, but also pretty with the cute red tomato bits on top.
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple – it doesn’t get any simpler that this folks. Amber brought this one and it was the first dish to be cleared.
Hooray for Healthy and Happy Summer Party guests!!