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Persian Inspired Cheese Platter

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Persian Inspired Cheese Platter … Amazing flavors and a must have at any gathering. I’ve served this appetizer at Christmas, pregame gatherings, barbecues and have brought it to the office for snack time. 

Ingredients 

½ bunch fresh dill
½ bunch fresh mint
½ bunch fresh Italian parsley
2 bunches  fresh Persian basil, if not available, use 1 bunch of traditional basil
½ lb French Feta, there’s really no alternative
1 bunch radishes
1 cup walnuts
2 Persian cucumbers, they have thin peel and aren’t bitter
1 package of Lavosh bread, cut into 3”x3” pieces
Honey (optional, but highly recommended!)

Shopping Tip:
Going to a Persian Market to pick up the ingredients will save you a bit on the pocket book – possibly as much as half. Herbs tend to be about a buck per bunch, opposed to $2 at a traditional grocery store. 


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This mix of herbs is traditionally referred to as Sabzi, which means greens. There are variations of herb combinations, but this one is my favorite.

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The easiest way to trim and clean the herbs is to have a “discard” bowl and a colander.  Remove the leaves from the stems, placing the leaves in the colander.

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Thoroughly rinse the herbs.

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Using a lettuce spinner, spin, spin, spin to dry the herbs. There’s an old school way which is to place them on a tea towel for drying. Yikes, that’s too time-consuming! 

 

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Cut cucumbers into 1″ slices and cut radishes into ¼” slices. 

Now it’s time to assemble. This cheese platter is sooo easy. 

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The French Feta is the focus of the food so I begin organizing the other ingredients around it. Add the herbs, aka Sabzi.

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Arrange the radishes and walnuts and cucumbers,  lastly add the Lavosh bread. That’s it!

 

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My favorite twist on this app is to drip honey over the cheese. Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering as I type these steps…

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To enjoy, you’re going to make something like a small taco. Using one piece of Lavosh bread, place a generous amount herbs onto the bread, then layer a generous amount of cheese, and then more herbs. Fold and bite! Alternate munching on the walnuts, cucumbers and radishes. 

Happy Snacking!

If your little Persian Cheese Taco gets a little messy while you’re eating with your hands use Grab Green Hand Soap! It will clean you up and make your hands feel amazing.

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