Greek …Sushi? Yes. Greek Tzatziki Sushi.

I’ve always been a big fan of Mixing different types of cuisine. I saw some recipes using Cucumber as a type of ‘Nori” for sushi, and I was interested in making a sushi inspired dish in terms of presentation, but using all greek flavors.  I was actually very very surprised at how WELL Cucumber stayed wrapped up! When I saw pictures I did the classic “PFF ya right, thats def gunna fall apart the second the wind blows….” but I was proven very wrong.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 1 T Chia Meal soaked in 2 T Water (optional – helps bind)
  • Salt
  • Water
  • 1 Can Chickpeas
  • .5 – 1 C Swiss Chard – or other green (such as collard or kale)
  • 5 T Coriander Powder
  • Pepper
  • 2 T Corn Meal
  • 3 – 6 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
  • Onion Powder
  • Yogurt (Greek or Low Fat Plain)
  • 1 T Dill
  • 2 t Parsley
  • 1 T Tahini

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. In a Food Processor toss in Chickpeas, add water as needed to blend up a bit (doesn’t need to be a paste – can be flakey).  Then Add in your Swiss Chard, Tahini, Coriander, 2 cloves minced garlic, about  2 – 3 teaspoons onion powder, Chia (water and all – when you soak it- it will become a goo) and Corn Meal.
  2. On Parchment Paper, form your mixture into thin Strips, about 1/2 inch wide and about 2 inches long (keep in mind you’ll be cutting these in half and placing them in your cucumber, so it should be twice the thickness of your Cucumber).  Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes, flip and cook until crisped. For the sake of understanding, we’ll call these Falafels. (I know, they’re not).
  3. Meanwhile, slice your cucumber with a mandolin to one of the thinnest settings. Place them in a bowl and heavily salt (you will wash this off).  Let that sit.
  4. Now create the sauce that will go inside your roll.  Combine about 1 C Yogurt with the Dill, Parsley, and as much garlic as you can stand. I use a lot, about 3 cloves minced. Mix and Chill.
  5. When everything is ready for assembly, rinse your cucumber WELL to get rid of all the salt.  (This process helps make them more maleable and stay together – I actually don’t know how well this would work withOUT doing this, so if you try, let me know!).  Add yogurt sauce all along a slice of cucumber, place your Falafel pieces (cut to fit) inside and roll up!  Plate with extra Yogurt for dipping if desired!

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