It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I don’t want it to come because I don’t want it to be over. It’s so much fun to prepare, shop for gifts, wrap and get excited to see family and friends!

Since I am running from teaching an interval class this morning to teaching spinning tonight, I will leave you with this simple and fresh appetizer. It’s easy to take to any holiday party because it doesn’t need to be warm.


Pesto Shrimp Bites

  • 1 package of rye or pumpernickle little party bread – tiny loaf
  • 1 package of fresh mozzarella
  • a few tomatoes
  • 1 package of shrimp, cooked with tails removed
  • 3 -4 Tbsp. pesto
  • small round cookie cutter that fits on bread
  • small star cookie cutter
  1. With a small cookie cutter, make each piece of bread into a circle.
  2. Then, slice thin pieces of fresh mozzarella. Lay the slice on a cutting board and cut a small star out of the cheese. Repeat until you have enough cheese for each piece of bread.
  3. Slice your tomatoes into small rounds.
  4. Meanwhile, mix the pesto with the cooked shrimp to coat it in a layer of green.
  5. To assemble: Lay a circle of bread on your platter. Next, dap a little pesto on the bread and add the star of cheese. Put the slice of tomato on top of the cheese. Top each little stack with a pesto covered shrimp!
  6. Serve for a fun red and green appetizer!
  7. Other variations: broil the bread with a little pesto to make it more like a cracker, melt the cheese on the bread, or skip the bread and layer on a fresh basil leaf and drizzle with pesto! Oh the possibilities!

Not so well positioned iPhone photo:



On a side note:

How is your Christmas shopping going? We are getting closer but still working on the parents. I think they are always the hardest!

Tonight: Homemade gift idea for neighbors and friends!