- 1 grapefruit or ½ large cucumber, for the hedgehog (optional)
Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest…
- 12 mozzarella pearls
- 1 tsp pesto
Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 12 small cherry tomatoes
- 12 basil leaves
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 2 pineapple rings, each cut into 6
With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…
- 50g medium cheddar, cut into 12 small cubes
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- 50g red leicester, cut into 12 small cubes
- 12 cooked and shelled prawns
There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…
- ½ lemon, juiced
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- ½ cucumber, cut into 2 even chunks and shaved into ribbons
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
You will need
- 36 bamboo (or reusable) short skewers or long toothpicks
To make a hedgehog to push the skewers into, use a grapefruit with the base trimmed flat, or use a cucumber to make a longer holder.
For mozzarella & tomato skewers, tip the mozzarella into a bowl, mix the pesto with the olive oil and pour it over the cheese. Wrap a basil leaf around each mozzarella pearl and thread onto the skewers alternating with the tomatoes.
For the cheese & pineapple skewers, sandwich a piece of pineapple between a piece of cheddar and a piece of red leicester on a skewer. If you want to be very neat, trim the pineapple to match the cheese (eat the offcuts).
To make prawn skewers, put the prawns in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon, and season with pepper, but not salt. Tip the cucumber into a bowl, add the sesame oil and seeds and toss together. Fold a cucumber ribbon and push it onto a skewer, followed by a prawn and another cucumber ribbon.
Push all the skewers into your hedgehog or arrange them on a platter, keeping each type separate.