Zucchini ribbons woven around Canadian Feta cubes and cherry tomatoes make these grilled skewers a colourful addition to summer meals. Serve with grilled chicken and steamed new potatoes or tuck into a Greek pita with greens, diced chicken and creamy lemon, pepper and oregano sauce.
- Prep: 15 min - 20 min
- Cooking: 3 min - 5 min
- Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce
- 3/4 cup (180 mL) 3 % plain yogurt
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
- 1 tsp (5 mL) grated lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) Freshly ground pepper
- Grilled Feta Skewers
- 8 8-inch (20 cm) long slices of zucchini 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick (about 2)
- 16 cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
- 10 oz (300 g) Canadian Feta cheese cut in 1 -in (2.5 cm) cubes (about 16)
- 8 jumbo pitted green olives
- 8 10-inch (25 cm) wooden skewers
Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce
: In small bowl, combine yogurt, 1-1/2 tbsp (22 mL) of the oregano, 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper; set aside.
Thread each skewer with 1 zucchini slice gently weaved around cherry tomatoes and Canadian Feta cheese cubes alternately, using 2 tomatoes and 2 Canadian Feta cubes per skewer and finishing with 1 green olive. Repeat with remaining skewers. Brush skewers with remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil; set aside.
Preheat well-greased barbecue or grill to 450 °F (230 °C). Grill skewers, Canadian Feta cheese side down, for 1 to 2 min or until grill marks appear without melting the cheese. Turn skewers to zucchini side down and grill 2 to 3 min more or until lightly grilled. Remove to platter; garnish with remaining 1/2 tsp (2 mL) oregano. Serve hot with Creamy Lemon, Pepper and Oregano Sauce on the side.
For even thin slices of zucchini, use a hand held cheese slicer or mandolin. Soak wood or bamboo skewers in cold water for 30 minutes before using to keep them from burning on the grill.
If the Feta keeps breaking when you are putting it on the skewers, try cutting bigger cubes. It will not work with a reduced fat/light cheese (they are typically more breakable), and some brands hold their shape better than others. Look for a brand that is softer and has less holes in it to start with, such as the Feta from Tiras Dairies. You should also look at the best before date: the older the cheese, the more easily it will crumble.
To avoid Feta melting and falling of the skewers, the grill must be extremely hot (450F) and you really can only put the skewers on for maximum 1-2 min per side. The goal is NOT to cook the veggies but only to get grill marks.
Top 5 Nutrients
|Calcium:||21 % / 236 mg|
|Vitamin B12:||38 %|