Food brings people together. Anyone can be a foodie, especially when they are going to enjoy something delicious and interesting. Culinary arts month is here, why not invite a group of people over and wow them with your skills as a food lover. Of course, the best part about the following five recipes is that you will not have to work all day in the kitchen since they are pretty simple.
An easy and interesting snack is the cucumber crisp. Most people think of pickles when they think about cucumbers, but you are an artist and want to reintroduce the cucumber in an interesting way. The following is a very simple recipe that should surprise guests, and you are going to need:
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs or cornmeal
- An egg
- Two peeled cucumbers cut into 1/2 an inch slices
- Deep fryer set at 350 degrees
Adjust your recipe to accommodate the amount of people you are entertaining; then, follow the steps below:
1. Blend the milk and egg.
2. Blend the breadcrumbs and flour.
3. Make sure your fryer is hot.
4. Dip your slices into the milk, and coat them with the flour mixture before transferring into your deep fryer.
5. Cook until browned and serve.
Another simple delight that might interest a few of your guests is the cauliflower pop. You are going to need the following:
- Large bowl for a cauliflower
- Enough oil to coat each cauliflower
- Salt to taste
- Chopped cauliflower, about the size of popcorn
You want to heat up the oven to 400 degrees, and line a few pans with parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients, and bake in a single layer for 30 minutes before serving the snack to your guests.
Dips are always winners, so why not try the following cooling dip for your guests. You are going to need the following:
- 1 peeled and chopped zucchini
- 1/4 a cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 a cup of tahini
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 a teaspoon of black pepper
- 2 cloves of chopped garlic
Of course, you can adjust the recipe if your party needs more. You will need to follow the steps below to make it:
1. Blend the tahini and lemon juice in your food processor until smooth.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue blending.
3. Transfer the dip into a bowl, and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
These fresh, tangy, and cheesy bites are sure to entice. You will need the following:
- 2 peeled cucumbers, and cut into 1-inch slices
- 1 cup of shredded cheese
- Fermented saurekraut
- Salt to taste
- 2 thinly diced tomatoes
Follow the steps to make your snack:
1. Dig out a hole in the middle of each slice.
2. Light pack each slice with saurekraut. Then, lightly add the cheese before topping the slice with tomato dices.
3. Lightly salt the cucumber and serve.
You are going to be handling the food and serving it to many people, so make sure you know how to do this safely. Good food safety manager training should help you in this department.
Another surprising little snack your guests are going to love has watermelon as the star. You are going to need the following:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of lime zest
- 1/4 a cup of lime juice
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- Pepper to taste
- 3 cups of seeded and chopped watermelon
- 1 peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber
- 1 peeled and diced mango
- 1 peeled, seeded, and minced jalapeno
- 1 small and chopped red onion
- 8 chopped basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
All you have to do now is blend all the ingredients together, and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
These dishes are guaranteed to surprise your guests; just make sure that you do everything safely. You could even consider food safety manager training like the one offered at Learn2Serve.