Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Bites

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I am not the cutesy type but these little bites are a pretty perfect addition to  a 4th of July BBQ.   I added blueberries simply to make them more festive but if you are making this for another occasion, you could leave them out.

The recipe takes about 10 minutes to assemble.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.

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Watermelons are so refreshing on a hot day.  Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice on top and it brings it to a whole new level.

These bites look like tomatoes and might confuse someone (my husband, possibly) as they wonder how a tomato could possibly be so crunchy.   A curious and confused expression might paint their face until they realize (or are told) that they are eating a watermelon.    Confusion clears up and a content smile appears.   Ah.   That’s good.

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That little round cookie cutter pictured above is what I used to make my watermelon circles.  It’s about 2 inches in diameter.

If you really want to get cutesy, use a star shaped cookie cutter.   I just couldn’t go there.

Crested Butte might be a tiny town, but we throw one heck of a parade.  It used to be so small that all the floats would go around twice.    There’s everything from Rocky Mountain Biological Lab scientists covered in leaves dancing down the street to people biking through a circle of fire.  It’s entertaining for sure.

The 4th is a hang out type of day.   Wherever you are hanging out for the day, these little bites are perfect to bring along.

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To chiffonade the basil, stack about 5 piece of basil on top of each other and roll lightly.  Thinly slice the roll and you will get lots of thin strips of basil.

If you don’t like basil (gasp!  Who doesn’t like basil?try substituting mint.

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This is a  salad that I adapted  from Martha Stewart to make it finger food.  I don’t have exact measurements, just a sprinkle of this and a sprinkle of that.

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!

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Watermelon, Feta, and Basil Bites (makes 22-24 bites)

adapted from Martha Stewart

loose recipe- a little of this and a sprinkle of that.

 1 small seedless Watermelon

10-12 large leaves of Basil, chiffonade (see above notes)

Feta

1 lime

Blueberries

To assemble:  Slice watermelon in 1/2 -1 inch rounds- you should end up with about 8 rounds of watermelon.   With your circle cookie cutter, cut out your watermelon circles and place on a platter.   Place a few pieces of basil on each round of watermelon.  Add a good sprinkle of Feta on top.   Squeeze lime juice over the watermelon bites.   Add Blueberries if you like.

You are ready to go enjoy the day!

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