If you’ve never rolled a cucumber, I urge you to do so. These cucumber roll-ups with garlicky feta & mint filling make for a delicious refreshing summer starter, light lunch or barbecue accompaniment. They’re really easy to make too.
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Cucumbers Are Go
The main issue with these cucumber roll-ups is getting nice thin even slices. Unless you’ve got excellent knife skills a mandoline is best for this. A good mandoline not only enables fine slices, but it gets through them exceedingly quickly. This is especially important if you want to make these for a party and have several cucumbers to slice. The best cucumbers to use are young fresh ones that are neither too large nor seedy but have plenty of that cool-as-a-cucumber flavour.
OXO Good Grips Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0
I’m always a little trepidatious about using mandolines. I’ve heard plenty of horror stories over the years and even witnessed one of them. This Chef’s Mandoline 2.0, however, is not in the least bit scary. Yes the blades are super sharp, but the food holder that comes with it makes it perfectly safe to use.
In fact the holder means there is very little wastage, if any at all. The last cucumber slice I did was slightly thicker than the others, but still useable. The holder stores neatly on the underside of the mandoline and is held in place by the folded down leg.
The mandoline is large (40cm x 13 cm)) and sturdy. I find this makes it easier to use than others I’ve tried in the past. The non-slip leg and feet mean it’s stable and doesn’t slide around. It’s also easy to select the slice thickness you want by turning the dial on the side. You can choose from nine different thicknessess (1 mm to 9 mm), which I thought was pretty impressive.
The runway is artfully textured to prevent slices sticking to it. And the bit everyone’s dying to know? Yes, it’s easy to clean too. It can even go in the dishwasher if you’re lucky enough to have one of those.
As you’d expect from a good mandoline, there is more to it than the ability to just create normal slices. With 21 blade settings in total, the Chef’s Mandoline Slicer 2.0 can also produce crinkle cuts, waffle cuts, julienne or French fry cuts. The blades are made from Japanese stainless steel and are very sharp. When not in use the blades can be locked to ensure they are not exposed. and won’t accidentally hurt anyone.
This is a sneak preview of the Chef’s Mandoline 2.0 as it doesn’t come out until the end of August. It has an RRP of £70.
OXO Good Grips make a range of kitchen tools and I’ve been impressed with every one I’ve tried. The vegetable brush and peeler are no exception. You can see what I thought about my Cherry Pitter which comes into its own every cherry season. I’ve been using it with wanton abandon over the last few weeks and have not splattered myself with cherry juice once.
Cucumber Roll-Ups with a Garlicky Feta & Mint Filling
I’m so impressed with these cucumber roll-ups The garlic feta mint filling is gorgeous and the flavours marry well with the refreshing cucumber. The feta cheese makes the filling quite salty, so you don’t need much on each slice. The garlic and mint still manage to shine through, however.
You can use any leftover filling after making the cucumber roll ups as a dip with crudités. I found it also made a fantastic topping for socca, which I seem to be making quite a lot of recently.
Other Recipes Where a Mandoline Would Be Useful
- Apple rose tart via Only Crumbs Remain
- Best veggie sandwich via The Live-in Kitchen
- Cheesy pesto Dauphinoise via Munchies & Munchkins
- Courgette & butternut rose tart via The Tofu Diaries
- Plum & walnut pizza via Tin & Thyme
- Smokey sweet peanut slaw via Strength & Sunshine
- Spiced aubergine crisps via Fuss Free Flavours
- Sweet potato crisps (oven baked) via Le Coin de Mel
- Three allium smoked chilli tart via Tin & Thyme
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Cucumber Roll-Ups – The Recipe
Cucumber Roll Ups with a Garlicky Feta & Mint Filling
- 1 small to medium cucumber – not too seedy or more if you're feeding more than 4 people
- 100 g feta cheese
- 1 small clove garlic
- 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
- sprig of mint
- grinding of black pepper
- small handful of chives
- cocktail sticks
- Slice the cucumber lengthways into long thin strips using a mandoline. I set the thickness to 0.1 mm.
- Blend the cheese, garlic, yoghurt, mint and pepper until you have an almost smooth paste. I used the brilliant Optimum Nutri Force Extractor.
- Finely snip in the chives and stir.
- Thinly spread each strip with some of the spread – it’s quite salty and flavoursome, so you don’t need much.
- Roll up and secure with a cocktail stick. You don’t want to roll too loosely, but not too tightly either or the spread will be squeezed out.
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