Evil Princess Jungle Delight
We entered this all local ingredients recipe in the La'akea cooking contest and won the savory category. This appetizer is perfect party finger food and is very easy! The rich goat cheese and mac nut flavors are augmented by the sweet and crisp mammee apple and the fresh spice flavors of basil, thyme, and edible hibiscus are a wonderful counterpoint.
8 oz locally made goat cheese - we used Lava Rock "Natural"-flavor Puna Goat Cheese
1 cup crushed local macadamia nuts
3/4 cup diced, fresh, local mammee apple - could substitute many other fruits, like apricot or persimmon
fresh thyme leaves to taste - from our garden
fresh minced edible hibiscus leaves to taste (and for color!) - from our garden
washed & dried fresh basil leaves - from our garden
optional basil flower garnish - from our garden
|crushed mac nuts, goat cheese, diced mammee apple|
The measurements above are approximate and can easily be altered depending on your taste and what you have available. The thyme and hibiscus are not critical. Next time I will probably add some nasturtium flower for a peppery flavor.
Wash and dry basil leaves. We used about 30 leaves for about 1/3 of the cheese/nut mix.
|basil and hibiscus washed and drying|
|mammee apple, my new favorite fruit|
Mix the goat cheese and mac nuts with the thyme, hybiscus, or other spices.
Fold in the mammee apple.
Place about a teaspoon of cheese mix on each leaf and top with a flower or other garnish.
And you are ready to feed any evil princesses wandering through your jungle!
|Evil Princess Jungle Delight|