The next time you’re planning a party why not skip on usual party foods like chips, cookies, and pizza and instead serve tapas—small bites with big tastes? Tapas are a great way to introduce new flavors and textures to your hungry crowd. And they can be healthy. Here is one fresh, flavorful, and healthy tapas recipe to get you started.
Marinated Feta Skewers
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces of feta cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
24 (6-inch) wooden skewers
24 fresh mint leaves
12 pitted green olives, halved
¼ large English cucumber, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces
In a bowl big enough to hold the feta cubes, combine orange juice, orange zest, fennel seeds, and black pepper. Add feta to bowl; gently stir to coat. Place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
Thread ingredients onto skewers, in the following order: 1 mint leaf, 1 olive half, 1 cube of marinated feta, and 1 cucumber chunk. The skewers can be made several hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bring to room temperature before serving.