I browse different websites when I have some time just for fun which makes my husband so happy as its much safer on his wallet when compared to letting me go on window shopping where I end up buying things that were not in my list. I browse to gaze at the food photographs that capture my eyes or learn the unique blend of ingredients in a recipe or awe at the method in which the recipe was made. As I was dazing at different recipes from different sites, this one really caught my eye for its uniqueness, ease of preparation and goodness of raw vegetable that would apparently qualify as a salad/appetizer. I know salads are supposed to be eaten with fork or spoon but there is no rule that salads can’t be a finger food to be eaten with a toothpick. Ultimately the purpose of salad is to start your meal with raw vegetables and what better way can be than to pick them with a tooth pick and enjoy them in a bite.
The cucumber would have given a nice crunch if I hadn’t removed the skin, I accidentally removed the skin but the taste was totally unaltered. Also I changed the filling as per the ingredients available in my pantry. It was very well liked by my daughter as an after school snack.
Cucumber — 1 (do not remove skin)
Crumbled Feta Cheese — 3 Tbsp
Thick Greek Yogurt — 4 Tbsp ( I might halve the amount of yogurt in the recipe the next time I try).
Lemon Juice — 1 Tbsp
Coriander Leaves — 2 Tbsp (Original recipe used dill or oregano)
Pesto Sauce — 2 Tbsp (Original recipe used sun dried tomatoes or roasted bell peppers with chopped kalamatta olives)
1. Using a mandoline slicer, make thin strips of cucumber about an inch to 2 inch thickness. If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, use a potato peeler or chips slicer to cut thin strips. Lay them to dry on a paper towel.
2. In a bowl, mix feta cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, finely chopped coriander leaves, pesto sauce until creamy.
3. Take a cucumber strip, add about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of cheese-yogurt mixture in the center of the strip. Roll them up and tuck it with a tooth pick. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!!
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