Monday, September 22, 2014

Cucumber-Radish Rolls

These Cucumber-Radish Rolls are a lovely, simple celebration of freshness.  I don’t often find healthy and yummy appetizers and hors d’oeuvres at parties – and wish I did!  The crunchy cucumber slices are perfectly paired with a creamy avocado mousse and quick pickled radish slivers.  Rolled up, the fresh little rolls make a bite size warm weather snack.  I love these and if I get an invite to a party or potluck I might just bring them along.  This appetizer is quick and simple to make, but it will also disappear quickly.

CucumberRolls

Avocado Mousse
  • 1 large Avocado;  remove the pit
  • 1 large Green Heirloom Tomato
  • 1 Jalapeño;  de-seeded
  • 1 Lime;  juiced
  • Salt and freshly cracked Pepper;  to taste

CucumberRoll
  • 1 large English Cucumber;  thinly sliced with a mandolin 
  • 3 large Radishes;  thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Vinegar

Preparations:
  • Wash and clean all fresh produce.
  • Prepare the avocado mousse:  Combine the avocado, heirloom tomato, jalapeño pepper, and Lime Juice into a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth and then season with Salt and Lime Juice to taste.
  • Use a mandolin to cut the cucumber into long thin slices and to slice the radishes into even thinner, almost see through slivers.
  • Quick pickle the radish slivers in white balsamic vinegar by placing them together into a small dish.  Do not let them sit longer then 5 minutes.
  • Lay out each cucumber slice and layer a coat of the avocado mousse all the way across.  For each roll, place 3-4 radish slices on top of the mousse.  Start to roll on one side until you reach the end.  Be sure to have some avocado mousse at the end (without any radishes) to act like glue to seal them up.
  • Dress up the cucumber rolls with some extra radish slivers, plate the rolls in a splatter of extra avocado mousse and serve immediately (or refrigerate until it’s time to eat the appetizers)!
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