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Local foodie blogger Jenny with the Good Eats is back with more tasty recipes featuring our ingredients! Take a look:

Summer sure did fly by and it is ALREADY time to start planning your Labor Day bash!

Have no fear, we here at Russo’s are ready to help you throw a successful and delicious holiday party.

Instead of spending hours preparing foods and tending to a grill. Recruit some helpers to make these easy skewers. Preparing ready-to-eat skewers will allow you to enjoy those last few precious moments of summer with friends and family. These skewers will hold their quality for 24-48 hours, therefore can be made in advance for your party. If that wasn’t enough good news, these skewers are also easy to make, which can be a great kid-friendly activity.

For dessert, an easy olive oil cake is the perfect sweet treat to the end of a great meal. This olive oil cake is easy to make and refreshing. Not to mention, it’s made with heart healthy olive oil and topped with fresh berries. This olive oil cake can be made ahead of time and topped with powdered sugar and blackberries right before serving.  

 

Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

Makes 8 skewers

Ingredients:

  • 8 watermelon chunks or balls
  • 8 cantaloupe chunks or balls
  • 4 slices of prosciutto sliced in half
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 8 mozzarella pearls

Preparation:

  1. Cut melon into small 1 inch chunks or use a melon baller to create round shapes
  2. Cut prosciutto slices in half
  3. Layer watermelon, prosciutto, basil, mozzarella and cantaloupe on each skewer.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

 

Cheese Tortellini Skewers

Makes 8 skewers

Ingredients:

  • 24 tri-colored cheese tortellini (cook ahead of time and refrigerate)
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 basil leaves, julienned 

Preparation:

  1. Alternate 3 tortellini and 2 cherry tomatoes per skewer
  2. Drizzle finished skewer with olive oil
  3. Top with fresh basil
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

*Also great with marinara or pesto dipping sauce!

 

Antipasto Skewers

Makes 8 skewers

Ingredients:

  • 8 whole black olives, pitted
  • 8 whole green olives, pitted
  • 8 artichoke hearts
  • 8 slices of salami
  • 8 slices of pepperoni
  • 16 mozzarella pearls

Preparation:

  1. Alternate placing olives, artichokes, salami, pepperoni and 2 mozzarella pearls per skewer.
  2. Serve and Enjoy!

 

Lemon Olive Oil Cake with fresh blackberries

Makes 1 9-inch cake

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup blackberries

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whip eggs and sugar together until the mixture doubles in volume. Approximately 5 minutes with a stand mixer.
  3. While egg/sugar mixture is whipping, combine sifted cake flour, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice.
  5. When egg/sugar mixture has doubled in size, fold in olive oil and lemon juice mixture slowly.
  6. Incorporate dry ingredient mixture slowly, folding into wet mixture gently.
  7. Pour batter into a greased 9-inch round cake pan.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Let cool on cooling rack. When cooled, top with powdered sugar and fresh blackberries.
  10. Enjoy!