Easy hedgehog canapé skewers served on a tray

Easy hedgehog canapé skewers

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Prep: 35 mins No cook

Easy

Makes 36 skewers

Make these crowd-pleasing hedgehog canapé skewers for a party. With tomato and mozzarella, cheese and pineapple, and prawn and cucumber options, they're perfect for a family gathering

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal34
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0.2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g
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Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit or ½ large cucumber, for the hedgehog (optional)
    Grapefruit

    Grapefruit

    grape-froot

    Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest…

  • 12 mozzarella pearls
  • 1 tsp pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

    Pess-toh

    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 12 small cherry tomatoes
  • 12 basil leaves
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 2 pineapple rings, each cut into 6
    Pineapple

    Pineapple

    pine-ap-pel

    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 50g medium cheddar, cut into 12 small cubes
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    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
    Prawn

    Prawn

    praw-n

    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • ½ lemon, juiced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 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

Method

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. Push all the skewers into your hedgehog or arrange them on a platter, keeping each type separate.

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