Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kids Platter (Insalata, Tortellini & Cheese Pistachio Fingers with Pesto Dip)

A colorful platter full of all the healthy vegetables and dairy is certainly mom's and kid's first choice for a quick meal. In this platter we are mainly talking about four quick bite recipes:
1) Insalata Caprese skewers
2) Tortellini skewers
3) Cheese Pistachio finger with salad flower
4) Pesto Olive dip
All these recipes are real quick and enhance the color pattern of your lunch/ dinner table. This can also be served as a starter in a full course meal.


Serve:      2

Preparation time:    30 minutes

Insalata Caprese Skewers

Ingredients:
Ripe Cherry tomato
Fresh Buffalo mozzarella
Fresh basil
Olive oil/ balsamic vinegar
Salt
Pepper


Method:
1) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon of olive oil or balsamic vinegar. Toss it with salt and pepper.
2) Put it in a skewer with a sequence of cherry tomato, basil leaf, mozzarella, basil and again a cherry tomato. Serve cold.

Tortellini skewers

Ingredients:
Fresh or frozen cheese tortellini
Pesto sauce (Recipe below)


Method
1) Boil the cheese tortellini with some salt and toss it very lightly (about 1 tbsp for 1 cup pasta) with pesto sauce.
2) Put it in a skewer and serve at room temperature.

Cheese Pistachio fingers with salad flower

Ingredients:
Processed shredded cheese:              4 tablespoon
Roasted Pistachio:                             6-8 (finely chopped)
Basil leaf:                                           4-5 (finely chopped)
Freshly crushed peppercorn
Cucumber
Carrot
Toothpick


Method
1) Using a back of spoon or your palm press the cheese to make a smooth paste.
2) Add chopped pistachio, basil and peppercorn. Mix well and make small rectangular blocks. Keep aside
3) For salad flowers- Slice cucumber and carrot (0.5 cm thick)
4) Cut in half to make a half circle of both cucumber and carrot slices.
5) In cucumber curve out a big "V" in between to take out all the seeds using a sharp edge knife.
6) In carrot curve out two small "V" in between to make it like a flower.
7) Using a toothpick prick the cucumber and then carrot to make a flower.
8) Use the flower to prick on the cheese pistachio finger. Serve at room temperature.

Pesto Olive dip

Ingredients:
Basil leaves:               15-20
Parmesan cheese:       4 tablespoon
Garlic cloves:             2 large
Olive oil:                    1 tablespoon
Green olive:               3-4
Pine nuts:                   1 tablespoon (dry roasted)
Salt to taste
Black pepper


Method
1) Put all the ingredients into the blender and make a fine paste.
2) Can be prepared in advance and kept in freeze for a week.

BON APPETIT...