Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchenby: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen
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Here’s an easy way to enjoy fresh summer blackberries during their peak season.  This super simple Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer always pleases and pairs beautifully with a glass of crisp white wine – perfect for outdoor cocktail parties, or a seated Al fresco dinner.  The sweet and tangy blackberry fruit, salty chunks of cheese and peppery  flavors of our Glory Kitchen Cairo nut & spice mix create a lovely combination of flavor.  Parmegiano reggiano cheese is robust and nice on its own, however, when partnered with tangy blackberries you get a fresh burst of summer flavor.

This same recipe would also pair well with our Glory Kitchen Mumbai nut & spice mix.  The pungent Indian flavors in the Mumbai blend adds a nice heat to the sweet honey and fruity berries.  Feel free to swap out the berries as well.  If you have access to fresh-picked blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, all would be a great match with salty parmesan slices.

No slaving away at a hot oven for this appetizer.  With just a few ingredients and several minutes of slicing, this Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer can be served to guests in no time.  Enjoy!

Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer

Yield: approximately 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Cairo nut & spice mix
  • 10-12 oz.fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 lb block parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey + more for drizzling
  • 1/2 lime juice, fresh
  • 1 handful mint, fresh

Instructions

  1. Slice about 1/3 of the blackberries in half lengthwise and place all the berries into a bowl. To this berry bowl, add balsamic vinegar, honey and fresh lime juice. Sprinkle in some of the mint which has been sliced (julienned) very thin. Using a spoon, carefully turn and mix the berries to incorporate the juices. Set the berries aside to macerate for about 30 minutes.
  2. Take the block of parmigiano reggiano cheese and carefully cut it into slices (see photo).
  3. If serving this appetizer on one large platter, arrange all the cheese slices on a serving plate. If serving individual portions, arrange the cheese, fanning it out on one side of the plate. For individual servings, I would place about 3-4 slices per person.
  4. Just before you are ready to serve, spoon the blackberries beside the parmesan cheese slices.
  5. Drizzle the parmegiano reggiano cheese with a bit of honey and then sprinkle it generously with Cairo nut & spice mix mix and torn fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately with a chilled glass of white wine.

Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer - Glory Kitchen
Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer - Glory Kitchen
Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer - Glory Kitchen
Blackberry and Parmesan Appetizer - Glory Kitchen