Creamy Cucumber Starter Recipe

A fresh, cool and light dish that's the perfect partner to a heavy main course, this Tsatsiki inspired starter is healthy and delicious.

Difficulty

Easy

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

Serves

8

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 SPAR Freshline English cucumbers (+- 680 g purchased mass)
  • 500 ml SPAR Double Cream plain yoghurt
  • 10 ml SPAR Mint Jelly
  • 5 ml crushed fresh garlic       
  • 1 box    SPAR greengage fruit flavoured jelly
  • 300 ml hot water
  • salt to taste

To garnish

  • 50 g SPAR Freshline Herbs Value Pack (Rocket and/or Watercress)
  • 20 g tub SPAR Freshline Beetroot Sprouts
  • SPAR Freshline Cocktail Pita breads
  • SPAR cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber curls and lemon half-slices

Recipe Method

  1. Grate the unpeeled cucumbers. Transfer into a sieve supported over a bowl, and press firmly to extract all excess moisture. *do not throw out the drained liquid
  2. Gently combine the yoghurt, drained cucumber, crushed garlic and mint jelly in a mixing bowl.
  3. Measure the hot water into a measuring jug and stir in the jelly powder until dissolved.
  4. Pour in the drained cucumber liquid and additional cold water if necessary, to bring the level up to 400ml.
  5. Gradually pour this liquid into the cucumber yoghurt mixture and combine them to an even colour and consistency.  Check for salt just to enhance the flavours.
  6. Pour the mixture into one large jelly mould, or 8 small lightly greased ramekin dishes.
  7. Refrigerate for several hours, preferably overnight.
  8. Loosen around the sides, and if serving individual moulds, turn each one out onto a side-plate, and garnish using all or some of the recommended items.

Hints & Tips

  • The same recipe may be adapted for other seasonal ingredients, such as 500 ml puree of avocado pear with a dash of chilli powder.  To serve, choose cheese or bread sticks or croutons.
  • Recommended accompaniments: SPAR Freshline Cocktail pita breads and/or (optional) shallow-fried butterflied crumbed prawns