Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Watermelon Bites with Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette

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and watermelon are one of those perfect combinations.
  The warm air along
with a crisp and cool bite of sweet watermelon is the ultimate in
refreshment.  It just screams SUMMER.  Since we are in the midst of
summer, I thought that I needed to create a Friday Night Bite to celebrate the

A natural
pairing with watermelon is feta cheese.  The briny undertones and the
creamy but dry texture will marry well with a bite of sweet watermelon.  I
thought it would need a bit more flavor to give it the pizzazz it needed –
jalapeno and lime would be a natural match. 
This was the ticket to making this appetizer incredibly tasty.
Last Friday
night, it was a rather warm evening and hubby and I sat outside with a glass of
wine and these watermelon bites.  Hubby
doesn’t lean towards watermelon – not that he doesn’t like it – it is just not
a go to fruit for him.  Of course, I
asked him what he thought of it after he tried it and he said that is pretty
darn tasty.
I would
recommend putting the vinaigrette on right before you are going to serve so the
acid in the lime doesn’t break down the watermelon.  It is also a good idea to have every
component chilled and then assemble for the perfect bite.  I would suggest serving this with a great
French Rose or French Champagne.
Bites with Jalapeno Lime Vinaigrette
32 One
inch cubes of watermelon
16 rounds
of ¾ Inch Feta Rounds (4 oz. Block of Feta)
Lime Vinaigrette
1 to 2
Tablespoons Minced Jalapeno (Seeds removed)
Add all
ingredients to a small mason jar and shake well.  Refrigerate until ready to use.
Slice the
feta ¼ inch thick slices and use a 3/4th to one inch round cutter to
make your feta circles.  Cut the
watermelon into 32 one inch cubes OR purchase pre-cut watermelon.
On a
platter, stack 2 cubes of watermelon and place a circle of the feta on each
one.  Secure with a toothpick in the
middle of each one.  Drizzle the
vinaigrette over each one and serve.
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