Golden Kiss Melon Cucumber Dill Rolls
It's crisp, it's creamy, it's spicy and refreshing all at once -- it's an ideal summer hors d'oeuvre!
Easy to make and beautifully presented, you will wow your guests for sure. These are lovely with most meals, but I especially enjoy them when they're served before a spicy entrée of grilled meat, chicken of fish. Their delicious flavor will both satisfy and stimulate the appetites of your guests.
So, when's the barbecue?
Golden Kiss Melon Cucumber Dill Roll Recipe:
Makes 1 dozen
Prep Time: 25 minutes
2-1/2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon grainy mustard
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill, plus an extra few sprigs saved for garnish
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 dozen super thin slices of cucumber, lengthwise (see instruction no. 4 below)
1 dozen super thin slices of Golden Kiss melon (see instruction no. 5 below)
1. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese with the cayenne pepper, mustard, the 2 teaspoons of finely chopped dill and salt. (Use the desired amount of cayenne pepper, depending on how much heat you like.) Mix until smooth and set aside.
3. Place a paper towel on a cutting board and set aside.
4. Use a vegetable peeler to slice the cucumber. First cut about 1/2-inch off of each end. Then run the peeler from top to bottom, creating almost paper thin slices, placing them on the towel-lined plate as you go.
5. Cut the melon in half, remove the seeds and then cut fairly thick wedges from one of the halves. Use a paring knife to remove the rind from the wedges. Next, use the vegetable peeler to create almost paper thin slices of melon, placing them with the cucumber on the towel-lined plate as you go. Since the melon is softer than the cucumber, be gentle and move the peeler very slowly. You want to create melon slices about the same length as the cucumber slices.
6. Pat both the cucumber and melon slices dry by gently pressing a paper towel on top of them.
7. Use a small flat-bottomed spreading knife to add a very thin layer of the cream cheese mixture to the surface of the cucumber slices. Then place a melon slice on top of each one. Now roll each one as tightly as possible being careful not to squeeze out any of the cream cheese mixture. They might hold together very well on their own -- if not, simply stick a toothpick through each one horizontally. (They are slightly easier to eat with the toothpicks, as they might be a bit slippery to pick up on their own.)
8. Add a small bit of dill on top of each one for garnish.