Monthly Archives: June 2013
How can it be the last day of June all ready? Summer is flying by. And I feel like it has hardly even started. But maybe that’s just Seattle. Around here we say that summer doesn’t officially start until after the 4th of July.
So I’m popping in real quick today with this here little post. I just whipped up these Watermelon-Feta Bites this morning and decided I should share then with you right away. They are the perfect little party appetizer for a hot summer day. And crazy easy to make. All you have to do is thread some watermelon and feta cheese cubes onto toothpicks along with a fresh basil leaf. That’s it. Not much too it.
And of course they are adorable and we all know that adorable food tastes better.
I’m taking these to a picnic this afternoon. I hope you are all out enjoying summer!
- Block style feta cheese (not crumbled)
- Seedless watermelon (you won’t need a whole one)
- Small basil leaves
- Place the block of feta cheese in your freezer for 10-15 minutes. This will make it easier to cut.
- Meanwhile, cut the watermelon into cubes, approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inch in size.
- Remove the cheese from the freezer and, using a sharp knife, cut the block into 1/2 inch cubes.
- To assemble, thread one watermelon cube, one basil leaf and one feta cube onto toothpicks. These can be stored in the refrigerator for a short time (1-2 hours) before serving, or served immediately.
There was a beautiful little head of green cabbage in my CSA box this week. It was perfect in every which way. Much too good to be shredded and smothered in a thick layer of mayonnaise.
Cabbage always seems gets the short end of the stick. I mean, being turned into soggy coleslaw isn’t really the most glamorous thing I can think of. So I made cabbage wraps instead. And I let those little humble leaves shine!
I made these Thai Chicken Cabbage Wraps with Peanut Sauce for dinner on the Summer Solstice. And I must say, they were the perfect way to ring in the first official day of Summer. They are crisp, refreshing, colorful and light. And they don’t require any oven time, which is great because it is HOT HOT HOT right now. And they’ve got a bit of a savory-sweet thing going on, which I can never get enough of.
Don’t be scared off by the seemingly long list of ingredients. Everything comes together quickly and I bet many of the items are already in your pantry!
Recipe for the peanut sauce slightly adapted from the Pioneer Women
Thai Chicken Cabbage Wraps with Peanut Sauce
- For the Wraps
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 3 tsp. soy sauce, divided
- 1 tsp. corn starch
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms (I used a mix of shitake and brown button)
- 4 scallions, white and light green portions chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 small head green cabbage, leaves separated and rinsed
- 1 red pepper, julienned
- 1 large mango, peeled and julienned
- 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
- For the Peanut Sauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken with 2 teaspoons of the soy sauce and the cornstarch. Set aside.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and the scallions and sauté, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for an additional minute. Add the chicken, the remaining 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, the rice vinegar and the sesame oil. Sauté, breaking up the chicken into small pieces as you stir, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Make the peanut sauce. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well incorporated, adding enough water to thin the sauce to your desired consistency.
- Assemble the wraps. Place a small spoonful of the chicken/mushroom mixture into each cabbage leaf. Top with some of the julienned red pepper and mango. Drizzle with peanut sauce and top with some of the cilantro. Serve with lime wedges (and a cold beer!), if desired.
1. If you are using a sweetened peanut butter, you may need less honey in the peanut sauce. Taste as you’re making the sauce and adjust to your preferences.
2. You can easily make these gluten free by substituting Tamari for the soy sauce.