These strawberry balsamic bites contain fresh strawberries served with basil, crumbled feta and a balsamic reduction in crispy wonton cups. This lighter party appetizer comes together in under 30 minutes and can be made ahead of time!
Is it starting to feel like spring in your neck of the woods? It has been unseasonably warm here lately!
And for some reason my brain is forgetting that it’s still February, and has already fast-forwarded to spring…sunshine, flowers, and fresh strawberries!
Well, come to think of it, I have seen some beautiful (and affordable) strawberries at the grocery store this week (thank-you, Florida!), and that is probably where this recipe gets its inspiration.
And strawberries couldn’t be more perfect for a baby shower!
You read that right: we are having a baby shower! One belated, two right on time 😉
Today, I’ve partnered with some of my best blogging buddies to throw a virtual baby shower for three of our girls: Natalie from Tastes Lovely, whose adorable little man made an unexpectedly early entry into the world back in November, Izzy from She Likes Food, who is expecting a little boy, and Jess from Flying on Jess Fuel who is expecting a little girl!
I am so excited for all three of these ladies, because babies are just the best! Having a baby is one of those amazing life-changing experiences, and I know these ladies are all going to be great moms (Natalie: you’re already there 😉 ).
So in honor of Natalie, Izzy and Jess, I made these little Balsamic Strawberry Wonton Bites. In terms of shower food, it is nice and light, and SUPER easy! Not to mention: you can make them ahead of time, transport them to wherever you are headed, and assemble them on site.
If you follow me on snapchat (you can add me: sweetpeasaffron), then you may have seen me testing these guys. I wanted to make sure that these were bite-sized, so I used mini-muffin trays instead of regular muffin trays. But using a whole wonton wrapper gave me a crunchy, dry appetizer, with not enough strawberry flavor.
So for round two, I trimmed the wontons so that they *just* fit into my mini muffin pans. I liked this version much better.
I LOVE the flavors you get in these strawberry balsamic bites: sweet strawberries, salty feta and tart balsamic vinegar. The basil brings this cool freshness to everything. You get a whole lotta flavor in just one bite!
I also love that these strawberry balsamic bites are nice and light. Which means you can eat 10 of them, right? I’m just going to keep telling myself that 😉
Congratulations to Natalie, Izzy and Jess! I’m so happy and so SO excited for you ladies. And now I have baby fever. D’oh.
Don’t forget to check out the other delicious recipes in the virtual baby shower!
Caprese Cups – Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Almost No Bake Pineapple Squares – The Recipe Rebel
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars with Coconut Macadamia Crust – Flavor the Moments
Lemon Macarons – Life Made Sweeter
Lemon Lime Bars – Bake. Eat. Repeat.
Chocolate and Salted Caramel Swirled Meringues – Floating Kitchen
Prosciutto-Wrapped Avocado Crostini with Balsamic Glaze – My Sequined Life
Mediterranean Stuffed Mini Peppers – Kristine’s Kitchen
Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes – My Kitchen Craze
Pepper Jack and Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes – A Latte Food
No Bake Baileys Smores Mousse Cups – With Salt and Wit
Strawberry Shortcake Bread – Maebells
Banana Cream Pie Dessert Nachos – Whole and Heavenly Oven
Lemon Cream Pie Bites – Bakerita
- 24 wonton wrappers
- spray oil or melted butter
- 1½ cups strawberries, diced
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- ¼ cup fresh basil, cut into strips
- balsamic reduction, to drizzle
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Spray a mini-muffin pan with oil.
- Using a drinking glass or round object, cut wontons into 1.5-2 inch circles. Press gently into the mini muffin pan. Spray to coat with more oil.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes, until golden and crispy (mine were perfect at 7 minutes).
- Remove from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers until you have 24 wonton cups.
- In a small bowl, stir together the strawberries and basil. Spoon into the prepared cups.
- Sprinkle with feta cheese and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
Calories 35 // Fat 1 g // Saturated Fat 0 g // Cholesterol 1 mg // Sodium 57 mg // Carbohydrate 6 g // Fiber 0 g // Sugars 1 g // Protein 1 g
Wonton cups may be baked ahead of time and stored in a sealed container.
Do not add the strawberries/feta/balsamic reduction until just prior to serving.
I used store-bought balsamic reduction, however I've also used this recipe in the past