What would you do, if you prepared a nice dinner for guests and realised that you were sorely lacking in the appetizers section?
The guests are less than 30 minutes away and you hardly have anything ready… This is what I was faced with recently.
So here is what happened:
Open fridge in near panic – Spotted nothing but carrots, cucumber and Zucchini.
Took a deep breath and got started.
Things to pull out of the fridge:
Carrots – 2
Zucchini – 5
Parsley or Coriander Leaves for garnish
Things to source from the pantry:
Garlic – 5 pods
Onion – 2 medium
Balsamic Vinegar – 5 table spoons
Salt and Pepper
Turn the oven on.
- Slice the onions, smash the garlic pods with the blade of your knife and place them on a sheet of aluminium foil. Drizzile Olive oil, season with salt and pepper and wrap the foil around to make a parcel. Keep this in the oven, close the door and move on to other things.
- Peel the Zucchini and using a mandolin (I used a peeler and am not happy) cut the zucchini lengthwise to form a wrapper. Brush with 2 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar, season lightly and place on baking tray.
- Turn the broiler on in the oven and put the Zucchini under it for 5 – 10 mins to soften it up and give it some flavour (keep checking after five minutes to avoid burning)
- Meanwhile peel the Carrots and continue peeling them into thin wrappers (I used the vegetable peeler to get thing malleable strips)
- Start picking at your herbs to get nice leaves separated from the stalks
- Ting! The Zucchini is done, pull it out and allow it to cool on one side. Turn the oven on and let the garlic and onions caramelise further.
- Tip a few capers onto a bowl and bring out the cheese. I believe ricotta works best, but I had just regular cream cheese in the fridge, so I brought it out along with a melon baller.
- In a few minutes the Zucchini will have cooled down. Place a small amount of cheese on the widest part of the Zucchini slice and roll. To prevent spillages I stuck capers on either side. (My Zucchini slices were too thin. If you have sliced them thick, then just mix the capers with cream cheese. If using ricotta, forget the capers and add choice herbs). Place them on your serving platter as you go.
- Bring out your garlic and onions and place them in a bowl. Stir them around to get the flavours to mix. Place a small portion on the widest side of your carrot slice, place coriander or parsley leaves and roll. Secure with toothpick if needed. Place on the serving plate as you go.
- Serve with the garlic onion mix and reserved balsamic vinegar as dipping sauces.
It was a hit and took under 30 mins to make with a bit of multitasking. But I didn’t break a sweat and licked the melon baller clean, so it’s all good!
This post is to start off the A-Z challenge 2014. Check it out here. There are a massive list of bloggers and I shall visit as many as I can and leave a kind word. Between exams, assignments, projects at work and entertaining visitors, this is going to be one heck of a challenge, I’m trying hard to keep myself motivated to complete this challenge.
So until tomorrow.