Summer is the best time of the year for entertaining friends and family. These casual affairs should be as stress-free as possible for the host. Small, easy to make appetizers are the best bet for this kind of gathering. Many cultures of the Mediterranean region enjoy small plates of food, good wine, and great conversation almost daily. This is very true of the Mediterranean lifestyles of Greece, Italy, and France. Generally, this diet and lifestyle focus on traditional foods that are found in the region. These include olive oil, tomatoes, capers, many different cheeses, fresh fish, a variety of vegetables, olives, whole grains, red wine, and fruit. When combined, most dishes are low in unhealthy fats and can even help people lose weight.
A great Mediterranean spread that is easy to make and versatile is basil pesto. If you are tight on time and want a great product, try Mediterranean Delicacies Basil Pesto Mayo. This basil pesto mayo is the perfect staple of any Mediterranean lifestyle dish you choose. A simple crostini recipe is to take a nice crusty French baguette, either home made or store bought, slice it into one-inch pieces, and spread some Mediterranean Delicacies Basil Pesto on each slice. Then grate fresh Parmesan cheese over each slice and top with an oil-soaked sun-dried tomato and large basil leaf.
Another delicious recipe with the basil pesto mayo is for bite-size sandwiches. Take two slices of whole grain bread, spread Mediterranean Delicacies Basil Pesto Mayo on each slice. Crumble Mediterranean Delicacies feta cheese over each slice. Arrange tomato slices, red onion slices and cucumber slices on one piece of bread. Place the slices together to create a sandwich, and cut into quarters. These cute little sandwiches are much like a Greek salad.
There are many other tasty recipes you can make with basil pesto mayo. Make your summer get-togethers fun and simple the Mediterranean way. Bon appetit!