I PLAY WITH MY FOOD: Cucumber Chain!

Check out my cucumber chain!

I love to play with my food. Whether it’s a watermelon shark, cantaloupe Stonehenge, an egg funeral, or olive penguins, I love making something cool out of fruits and veggies. They’re big hits at parties and get-togethers, and between you and me, people love them on social media.

Here’s how you can make your own cucumber chain!

Start with an English cucumber. They’re longer and have a uniform thickness, which makes them perfect for chain construction.

I dragged a fork down the sides of my cucumber, all the way around, to add some variance and texture to the outside. It didn’t make a huge difference, so skip this step if you like.

Cut the cucumber into equally-thick slices, a little thicker than you’d use on a sandwich. Too thin and they won’t hold their shape, and too thick and they’re hard to link together. I started with 4 slices and did a trial and error to make sure it worked before slicing the rest of the cucumber.

Next, remove the seeds from the center of each slice. I used a little melon baller.

If you don’t have a melon baller, a small spoon or paring knife would work fine.

Hold on to the bits you scoop out. They’re perfectly edible, so pop them as a snack, or toss them in your next smoothie.

Then, using a knife, make one cut in each cucumber ring. You’ll need this to link them together.

Now you’re ready to start linking them together! I used the entire cucumber, and got a really nice-sized chain.

That’s it. Easy-peasy, right?

Add it to your next veggie platter, or serve it on its own. I ate it with roasted beet hummus, which I found at the store. It has an absolutely beautiful color.

Chain links are delicious!

And then, just to switch it up, I add some with a little piece of ham and a crumble of herbed goat cheese.

You can pretty much use cucumber slices the same way you’d use crackers: top them with cheese, cold cuts, or spoonfuls of tuna salad, or dip them in whatever you want. And cucumber is definitely better for you than crackers are, so eat all you want!

Keep it up, David!

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