July 7, 2012

Watermelon, Goat Cheese, & Pistachio Bites

Over Memorial Day weekend, we took a little weekend getaway, two hours South to Orlando. I found us a four star hotel on Travelocity for $59 a night, we had free tickets to Sea World and a list of GF friendly restaurants. I was one excited girl!!! Our hotel had several restaurants and one of them was this super nice, semi fancy place so we decided to treat ourselves to that one! (My sister was with us so we had a built in babysitter!) I called ahead to see if they could provide a GF option for me and they said they would cook whatever I requested! Along with this amazing service, since it was Memorial Day weekend, they were giving active duty military FIFTY percent off their final tab. It was so nice!! We ended up paying $60 for a meal that should have been about $140. (We were given complimentary wine for some reason.)

This recipe, is what we had for our appetizer. It was so wonderful and refreshing. I have made it four times since we have been home. Everyone I have made it for, has loved it!! I seriously can not get enough of it!! Please enjoy and note that there are no measurements here! Everything is done according to how big of a bite you want it to be! Any measurements I do give will be estimated on a serving of about four people.

Watermelon, Goat Cheese, & Pistachio Bites

-I use a seedless Watermelon for this, and cut it into small square bite size pieces. Maybe 1/2"X1/2" (You will use less than half of a seedless watermelon.)

-One small package of goat cheese (from Publix). I think it might be 2oz. Maybe 3oz. It's the package that is $3.99.

-Shelled/Roasted/Salted Pistachios. A container of 6oz is MORE than plenty. You can either run them through a food processor or do what I did for the picture above and put them in a plastic bag and beat the mess out of them!! (They are prettier and crunchier this way)

Place your watermelon on a pretty serving platter, or paper plate... Whatever floats your boat.

Roll your goat cheese into small balls, remember, these are best enjoyed when they are "one bite".

Roll the balls of goat cheese in the crumbled/smashed/processed pistachios and then place on top of a cube of watermelon.

If you have toothpicks, stab them through so they are easier to pick up. We did not have time to put toothpicks through these. I barely got the picture taken before they were all snatched up! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!

Side Note:
I have paired these with Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc and they have both been quite nice. Sauv Blanc is the recommended if you are looking at a pairing chart tho.

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