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Easy hedgehog canapé skewers served on a tray

Easy hedgehog canapé skewers

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • 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

  • Gluten-free
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 1 grapefruit or 1/2 large cucumber, for the hedgehog (optional)
  • 12 mozzarella pearls
  • 1 tsp pesto
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 small cherry tomatoes
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 2 pineapple rings, each cut into 6
  • 50g medium cheddar , cut into 12 small cubes
  • 50g red leicester , cut into 12 small cubes
  • 12 cooked and shelled prawns
  • ½ lemon , juiced
  • 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


  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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).

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 5

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

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2019

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