Celebrate the coming of spring with flower appetizers and a giveaway.

My favorite season used to be the fall, but more and more I look forward to spring like kids look forward to summer break. This year, my anticipation isn’t nearly as child like because we’ve had such a mild and sunny winter. January and February are usually torture for me, not due to the cold temperatures, which I don’t mind at all, it has to do with the lack of sunshine. I crave it and find my days are so much more productive when the skies are blue. Spring has come early here and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  The grass is already turning green and birds are fluttering by, singing as they go. When I took my dogs for a walk earlier, I even saw some flowers beginning to bloom.
I think that is something to celebrate, don’t you? So, I created some colorful flower shaped appetizers to share with you today. Each baked cup is made from a flower shaped egg roll wrapper and is filled with creamy goat cheese and roasted red pepper pesto. They are decorated with a sprig of Italian parsley and a dot of basil pesto. These bite sized appetizers look lovely on their own, but displayed on my new Nambé Morphik Two-Tiered Server, they really shine. 
Recently, the kind folks at Nambé allowed me to choose a serving piece from their incredible collection of award winning, handcrafted designs to use to display one of my recipes. It was so hard to choose my favorite piece, as their serveware, flatware, dinnerware, barware, and home decor pieces made of stainless steel, fine porcelain, full-lead crystal, copper, or their signature alloy are all exquisite. After spending over an hour looking at every piece on their website, I decided that anything I could make would look amazing if it were served on this Morphik Two-Tiered Server which is 12″ high and 15″ wide and is constructed of Nambé’s signature alloy and smoked glass. 
Now I’m not the kind of girl who gets giddy over a new pair of shoes or swoons over a shiny new car, but when I opened the box and pulled out this beautiful serving piece and set it on my sleek glass and stainless steel dining room table, I did let out a little squeal. My husband wondered what had gotten me so excited, but wasn’t surprised at all once he came into the room to see me standing there admiring the new addition to my dining room.
I was so pleased with my new Morphik Two-Tiered Server and want to share that joy with one of you.  I’m giving one of these stunning serving pieces away. O.K., really Nambé is giving one away, but I get to be the one to give the winner the good news. But, before we get to that, let me share this delectable appetizer recipe.

Flower Crisps filled with Creamy Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto (makes 14)


2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon, plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup blanched almonds, slivered or sliced
7 egg roll wrappers*
1 – 12 ounce net weight jar of roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, plus 14 leaves for decoration
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or Parmesan)
salt and pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons basil pesto
4 ounces creamy goat cheese or cream cheese

*You will cut 14 flowers out of 7 egg roll wrappers. If you prefer not to have flower shaped cups, you can cut circles out of the egg roll wrappers or use round won ton wrappers instead.

Supplies Needed:

aluminum foil
baking sheet
3 3/4″ flower cookie cutter
mini muffin pans
food processor or blender
disposable pastry bag or zip top bag


Place a small piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Set two garlic cloves on foil. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap up foil around garlic and place in oven. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Roast for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut off the ends off each garlic clove and squeeze out the roasted garlic. Dispose of the outer paper like peel. Set aside.

Spread almonds on the baking sheet and place in oven to roast until golden brown for 5-7 minutes, stirring them half way through. Keep a close eye on the almonds so they don’t burn. Allow to cool.

To make the flower shaped cups:

Turn a mini muffin pan upside down. Use a flower shaped cookie cutter to cut out 14 flowers from the egg roll wrappers. In order to get two flowers out of each wrapper, cut the first flower as close to the edges of one corner as possible.

Drape the flowers over the mini muffin cups, leaving room in between each. Bake for 4 minutes, then rotate the pan and return it to the oven for 3-4 more minutes until the flower cups are golden brown. Allow to cool, then remove them from the muffin pans.

While the flower cups are baking, make the roasted red pepper pesto:

Combine roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, toasted almonds, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, lemon juice, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in the bowl of a food processor or blender.  Pulse until well blended but not smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

To create your appetizers:

Spoon a heaping teaspoon of creamy goat cheese or cream cheese into the bottom of each flower cup. Press it down into the cup using the back of your spoon. Press one parsley leaf into the cheese in each cup, allowing the leaf to jut out from the side of the cup. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the roasted red pepper into each cup. Spoon the basil pesto into a disposable pastry bag or zip top bag. Cut off the tip. Pipe a small dot of pesto into the center of each flower cup.

Your appetizers are ready to serve.

A few notes about this recipe:

You can make the roasted red pepper pesto several days ahead of time if you store it in an airtight container in the the refrigerator. The cups will also keep for several days if stored at room temperature. Fill the cups shortly before you are ready to serve them so they stay crispy. Do not refrigerate filled cups as they will get soggy.

These pretty flowers could also be made using roasted yellow peppers which would look lovely on the table at a bridal shower or ladies luncheon. You can easily double or triple this recipe to meet your needs.

Wouldn’t you just love to have one of these beautiful Nambé Morphik Two-Tiered Server to display these lovely appetizers at your next party? You just might be the lucky winner and have one delivered directly to your door. All you have to do is enter my giveaway to win. Good luck to you all.



Mandatory Entry: 
Leave a comment below. That’s it. It’s that simple. You can tell me what you think about the recipe, the two-tiered server, the weather, whatever.

But, if you’d like to increase your chances of winning you can do any of the following to get bonus entries.

Extra entries:  
1 entry if you visit the Nambé website and come back here and tell me which piece is your favorite.
1 entry if you “Like” Hungry Happenings on Facebook
1 entry if you if you “Like” Nambé on Facebook

Leave a separate comment for each entry.

Contest runs through March 26, 2012. Winner to be drawn at random from all valid entries. Entrants must reside in the United States and be over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning are based on the total number of valid entries (maximum of four entries per person.) Winner will be notified and have 72 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t  respond in that time frame another winner will be chosen. This contest is sponsored by Nambé, but all of my opinions mentioned above are true and honest. I hope whoever wins loves their serving piece as much as I do. Good luck.

If you like the recipe presented above or are excited about this contest, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don’t post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I’d love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it in my Reader’s Gallery. I link my recipes up to lots of websites that are listed hereThank you for visiting Hungry Happenings – Beth

Items used in this recipe available on Amazon.com. (Roasted Red Peppers are priced for 3jars.)

Thanks for sharing!


  1. Genie says

    I really like the 2 tier server, it would be nice to have two of them and put them on alternate sides of a table.

  2. Genie says

    Wow, I have never hear of Nambe before, I like the Tilt Decanter, the tilt is a nice addition to the normal decanters you see.

  3. says

    I love the Bias Pitcher and Copper Canyon Pitcher. I am familiar with the thermal retention properties of the Nambe alloy and a pitcher in the summer time would be fabulous for keeping cocktails cold.

    I also love the Heritage Pebble Bowls and the Copper Canyon Bowls.

  4. Pam says

    I have never heard of Nabe before either. I love the piece and would love to win it. You have a wonderful site and thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.

  5. says

    Those appetizers are so cute! Makes me actually want to try to eat the roasted red peppers (which I have never dared to try before since I can't eat anything remotely spicy and those seem like something that would be). Love your website and all the amazing ideas you come up with!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • says

      Thanks Kristen. The roasted red peppers are actually made with sweet red bell peppers. They aren't spicy at all or I wouldn't eat them either. I can't handle even a slight amount of spice in my food. I've seen jars of spicy red peppers, but they will say hot or spicy on the jar.

  6. says

    Such a CUTE appetizer!! You're so creative!!! And I'm the same way – I LOVE dishes, especially serving pieces. It's a good thing I don't have a big house or any money…. 😀 Thanks for another great giveaway!!!

  7. says

    DANG, the only way I'll be able to own anything from Nambe is to win your giveaway! LOL! I honestly think you chose the best piece, but I also thought the caterpillar condiment dish was really cute. Love some of the crystal bowls, too… 😀

  8. says

    That really is a clever idea using the cupcake pan and flower cookie cutter to form egg roll wrappers!! I will definitely have to make this appetizer; it looks so good!!!
    Beautiful serving tray makes the appetizer really stand out.

  9. Anonymous says

    Wow, with this two-tiered server even my clumsy attempts at appetizers will look spectacular!! Thank you for hosting this give-away :)

  10. Anonymous says

    I love the flow dispenser from Nambe'. Would love to win the givaway:)
    Just clicked like you on facebook. I love the creative things you come up with:) Thanks, Leanna (leannadc@hotmail.com)

  11. says

    I would love to win this server. I love the way it doesn't take up much space and looks classy. Just found your site and love it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. says

    Do you really think we can choose one favorite from the Nambe website? LOL I think my favoite today is the scoop server. I love the look and how easy it is to get to the chips and the dip. I have gone to FB and "Liked" your website and Nambe. I hope I win the server. Thanks again for the give away and sharing.

  13. Anonymous says

    This two-tiered server is gorgeous! I'm with you…shoes don't do anything for me, but I get giddy over dishes! Your appetizers look lovely too!
    Malissa Z.

  14. Anonymous says

    I've never heard of Nambe until today…I went to their website even before I finished reading your post, and I loved it! They have gorgeous things! I've bookmarked it for viewing later! Thanks for introducing me to it.
    Malissa Z.

  15. says

    I went to the Nambe website, as I often do, and there are several things I would love. I love the Double Old Fashioned glassware, they are awesome. I also love the Azzuro vase and the pattern in general. I would love anything from Nambe!

  16. says

    I visited the Nambe website and my favorite piece was the Heritage 3 Tier Server. (In my last post, I accidently put 2 entries together).

  17. Ellen K says

    Love, love, love the flower crisps!!! They will make a great appetizer for Easter dinner and wow do they look pretty on the Nambe server!

  18. says

    I have looked at the Nambe site and love the Copper Canyon bowls, but I think you chose the same piece I would have!

  19. says

    The wonton flower cups are adorable – I can see making them for a bridal shower and filling them with all kind of good things! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Anonymous says

    Just found this site today – wonderful stuff! My favorite piece was the bud vase, but I would love to win the two tiered serving piece!

  21. Anonymous says

    I love the Nambe Two Tiered Server in your post today. I went to the Nambe website and I loved the Anvil Quad Condiment Server. I also liked some of their copper pieces. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Sheryl kismet218961103 (at) att dot net

  22. says

    Nambe has some gorgeous stuff! Wow. It's hard to pick just one, but I do love the Copper Canyon Bowl. And the Scoop Server, actually. That's really cool.

  23. Anonymous says

    I love the Nambe you chose. It would be a great addition for intertaining. Deanna Orsega (sent you an e-mail with my address)

  24. Anonymous says

    Hi, my name's Vanesa and I'm from Argentina. I just wanted to say that I looove your recipes and ideas!!!!!! Your blog really inspires me to cook with my two sons!!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipes and your talent!!

  25. Danielle says

    I think the twist spice rack on their website is pretty cool esp with such limited space in my kitchen!

  26. says

    This recipe looks easy enough to make even for me. I like details that include photos because it helps me to know what the finished product should look like. And you're right. That Two-tiered Server is perfect for any display. I love the look of it.

  27. says

    Hi I just discovered your site today. Your food is beautiful and I must admit, somewhat intimidating. Hope to try a recipe or two soon. thanks for the inspiration.

  28. says

    This is such a gorgeous creation and so perfect for spring. What a adorable recipe! :) I would love to win this elegant Nambé Morphik Two-Tiered Server!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  29. Sunnie says

    Thats pretty cool how you did the flowers, on the bottom of the pan! Pretty creative
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

  30. says

    That server is amazing! It would be perfect since we have no separate dining room and our guests end up being served in our small eat in kitchen with a small table, this makes more space for food!

    ecoblogz at gmail dot com

  31. says

    I think you chose well. I went to the Nambá site, and my favorite piece is this server that you chose to give away. Beautiful stuff!!

  32. says

    Wow, such fab pieces! My faves are the handled 12 0r 10 in Bowl and the Earth Butterfly Medium Platter in cornsilk. So many amazing pieces, I had trouble deciding! The recipes sounds yummy and looks so pretty!

  33. says

    Wow, Beth! Your recipe looks delicious! I would love to try it if I had the patience and time to make it :) You are a genius. The server is beautiful too!

  34. Mary W. says

    We love goat cheese AND roasted peppers…can't wait to try this recipe! I also love the Nambe piece you chose. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    marywajda at hotmail dot com

  35. says

    I love goat cheese, so I'm going to try this recipe soon. I am also helping make food for a friend's wedding shower and am going to suggest these.

  36. says

    I am new follower. Love you site! I have never heard of Nambé. The serving piece is quite unique. I think your recipe is the bomb! Very cute, yummy and creative.
    There are many wonderful piece. After visiting the site, I love the Copper Canyon bowl.

  37. says

    Wow. Give you just one favorite? I love several. A few of them are Rocks 2-Tier Server, Cradle Pitcher, Cradle Salt and Pepper Shaker, and Heritage Curve Pitcher. I think my favorite may be the Heritage Nativity Scene.

  38. Anonymous says

    Love, love, love the serving piece you chose. I love modern serving pieces. I have a collection of serving pieces but not as classy as this one. ALso, I am definitely making the flower appetizers for Easter dinner. You are so talented.

  39. says

    Oh My Goodness! The filled flower crisp look delicious! And I would let out a "squeal" too if I had this two-tierd server in my kitchen!

  40. Martha Lozano says

    I have liked your FB page and I visited the Nambe webpage, I totally loved the Anvil 2-Tier Server because it is just perfect to display any desserts and entrees such as the Flower Crisps you mentioned here!! 😀

  41. says

    The server you chose is a stunning display piece! It makes the appetizers look even more appetizing!
    I could spend waaay too much time on the Nambe website! I loved everything in the Copper Canyon collection so much, it's hard to choose a favorite. The most practical for us would probably be the cake server since cakes are our hobby, but I love the bowls!
    I continually recommend your blog to my friends who are involved in all things sweet! Thank you so much for all you do!

  42. says

    The Nambe piece that you chose makes the appetizers even more appetizing!
    Thank you for everything you do for this site! Each of these recipes takes time and creativity to make them look this effortless. I recommend it to all of my friends and fellow hobby-ists who are working with all things sweet!

  43. says

    After visiting Nambe's website, I could spend all day looking at the pretty things! The Copper Canyon collection was so wonderful that it is difficult to choose a favorite – if I had to, I'd probably choose the cake server since it would be most practical for us… but any of the bowls are just as stunning!

  44. says

    I have copied the recipe into my favorites folder, we always have get together with friends and I LOVE to bring something with the WOW factor. This recipe will do it!

  45. says

    The two tier server is absolutely gorgeous……..love it and ur blog. Ive learnt sooo much from ur blog, thank you so much for sharing and helping others better themselves.

  46. says

    The serving dish is so seek and elegant, I would love to own a piece like that. I will be sure to make these appetizers. The flower idea is too cute.

  47. says

    I love, Love, LOVE this server. I loved so many things on the Nambe site — the contemporary style is my favorite! It would be hard to choose, but I would love to have one of their butterfly bakers or casseroles. Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Anonymous says

    I like many of the recipes (especially the holiday-themed ones) on this blog. Too bad I don't have enough of the equipment necessary to make some of these.

  49. Anonymous says

    Went to the Nambe web site (it is just TOO tempting to go there, as I have a couple of older, smaller pieces nothing like those on the web site). My favorite pieces? Hard to say, but I like the Scoop Server, as that's one of the 1st I saw on that web site.

  50. Anonymous says

    I liked "Nambe" on FB, but they were hard to find. They didn't come up immediately when I did a search.

  51. says

    This server is gorgeous! I am always looking for unique and beautiful displays that will accent and not take away from the food that is being served on them. This is perfect!

  52. Anonymous says

    I stumbled onto your site from One Pretty Thing and am in awe! Thanks for the great ideas to jazz up the food tables in my home and in the places where I volunteer!

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