I have always been the type of person to try anything together, especially piled on top of a crispy, buttery cracker. Even more so, I love doing these things with cold food. I have such a love for experimenting with flavors that I adore, and seeing if they’ll work paired along with one another! Cold food is a passion of mine since it allows you to present things in such a way that no-one really see’s on a normal basis. Usually with these mini bites I use sopressata, but salami is something that’s always kept in my fridge. This crisp cracker topped with tangy pesto, salami & mozzarella, smothered with avocado, and finished with a light drizzle of lemon juice will just send your taste buds on a ride to Italy. I’m obsessed with little pick tray set ups like this because you can build the size of them however you want; with endless spreads, and toppings to please your household. Although.. when the world gets back to normal after all this craziness, this will be perfect to spread across your island in the middle of your kitchen to have everyone munch on while they’re having happy hour!
You can use one specific kind of cracker that you wish, or you can use an amazing assortment like I did. It was only for three people, but I feel the options are necessary! It is always necessary for me to impress. I enjoy when I go to parties and see the presentation of all the foods that are arranged out for everyone to eat because it shows how much work someone put into throwing an event, and I know how much goes into that, so that’s really something I appreciate. I always say if you’re going to throw a party, you got to it right. Go big or go home.. or maybe just don’t throw a party Lol.
The pesto can be homemade if you have a recipe you’ve used over and over again, but there are jared ones that I absolutely love. I am a total fan of using things bought from the store if they intense good flavor. If you don’t normally like pesto.. try it out with this combination, you might change your mind!
From Top To Bottom:
- Assortment of crackers.
- Fatty, salty hard salami.. decorated with olives for a bit of acidity.
- Fresh mozzarella cut into squares.
- One ripe avocado mashed up with lemon with salt, and pepper.
You may squeeze the lemon juice inside of the avocado for a light citrus flavor, but I like making the canapé by finishing it with a light squeeze of the lemon juice, so that it can run down everything.. even soaking into the cracker. I feel like you’ll definitely get the whole experience doing it that way! Also, I know some people who don’t love lemon on their food, but just trust me.. this snack is sensational with it!
Lately I have been realizing that many of you are finding it hard to decide what to make at home recently, since we feel like all we are doing is cooking. We truly feel like we’re spending most of the day in the kitchen! The truth is though.. our meals don’t have to be difficult, or take hours to put together. If you made some displays like this and laid them out on your counter for lunch, or even just for your family to snack on throughout the day, that’s one or two meals you won’t have to worry about! Depending on how much of a spread you put out, of course! Plus it’s super fun and nice to be eating something different thats not very heavy considering most of us are indulging in a little more comfort food than we would like to be. I hope you Diamonds try this at home, and have a good time with it! You can use a different type of meat and cheese than I did if you don’t have what I did on hand. Anything goes for a pick tray.. just remember that your eyes eat first! That’s why I always take such great pride in making things look pretty. 🙂