My cousin's birthday is in May and typically during the weekend of the Sole Burner 5K run/walk for cancer. I have run this with them a few times and this year because I was recovering still I decided to walk it. It was a cloudy and cool morning but over 6,000 people showed up and supported a great cause.
After the run, we relax in the afternoon and then she typically invites people over for a birthday cookout. She will supply the meat and a side dish and just asks that everyone bring a dish to pass. This is where my creative juices start flowing and I come up with something fun and different to make.
I jumped to Pinterest to scope out some recipes. I went to my Snack Attack page and realized I had so many pins on there that I haven't tried yet. I'm really going to try to make something once a week from my boards. I spent all the time pinning so I might as well see if they are good or not.
I selected Antipasto Bites from my board. I knew the flavor would be something everyone would enjoy but making the salami cups intrigued me.
While the salami was baking, I mixed up the middles. I used artichokes, cherry tomatoes, black olives, mozzarella balls, Italian seasoning and cooking spray. Originally I was going to use Olive Oil, but with the artichokes and tomatoes having moisture already, I didn't think I needed the extra oil.
Chop up everything into small 1/2" pieces. I quartered the tomatoes and olives and bought small mozzarella balls and cut those in half.
My cousin's birthday party was a great success. She started a fire for the adults to sit around and enjoy some libations while the children played ladder golf, jumbo Jenga, and other yard games. Everyone had a great time.