I'm in charge of appetizers for an afternoon birthday party for a good friend of mine.
It's the dead of winter but a heavy app doesn't sound appealing (especially when chicken is the main entree.) I wanted to make something interesting without being too fussy. Elegant by not stuffy. Classic over molecular.
Pasta salad was running through my thoughts... but individual appetizers tend to be easier for guest to pick up and enjoy in standing party situations so portability is key.
Taking the pasta out of the salad and using it as a mini bowl did the trick. Jumbo shells, cooked just al dente, filled with a zippy lemon pea salad is a clever way to serve pasta salad as an appetizer.
The cashew cream is optional as you could substitute in mayonnaise, but I'm avoiding dairy so I turned to a raw food staple for a solution. Soaking raw cashews and then blending them creates a healthy cream that can be used in a variety of ways, including in desserts.
This is an easy way to elevate a boring pasta salad and there's no reason to wait until someone's birthday to enjoy. Start off any meal with these easy Fat and Happy cold stuffed shell appetizers.
Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: The cashews need to soak overnight so begin the process the night before you will make the salad.