So you’re having a party, and you’d like to serve some fresh and healthy appetizers, but you’d rather make your kids do most of the work? Done! These cranberry-jicama star appetizers are gluten-free and use only unprocessed ingredients. Even better, they just involve some quick prep work on your part, and then the kids can do the rest while you move on to other things.
The base of these stars is made from thinly sliced (more on that in a moment) jicama from Melissa’s Produce; the topping is a simple cranberry relish adapted from our friends over at Simple Gourmet. The original relish recipe is somewhat spicy; we omitted the pepper flakes to make it more kid-friendly. But we love it because you can make it in about two seconds and you can use it right away or set it aside for later and it will still taste delicious.
To make the jicama slices for fun little appetizer, we used this cool food slicer from Zyliss. This slicer lets you slice odd-shaped vegetables without the hassle (or size restrictions) of putting them down the chute of your food processor, and you can adjust the thickness or even change them into super-thin matchstick slices if you like. The red gripper has little “teeth” that hold on tightly to your vegetable so that you can just zip-zip-zip and have a perfect little set of slices in seconds. Basically, you do your slicing, toss the slicer in your dishwasher, and your work is done. Let your kids do the rest of the work (cutting stars out of the jicama slices using cookie cutters, then topping them with a little cranberry relish), and you can go enjoy your party.
Cranberry-Jicama Star Appetizers
8 oz. (1 cup) whole fresh cranberries
1 small tangerine, seedless or with seeds removed, skin and all
4 oz. (1 large handful) basil leaves
1/4 cup honey
1 jicama, peeled
1/4 cup dried cranberries
In a food processor, combine the whole cranberries, tangerine, basil leaves, and honey until you have a chunky relish. (If you like, you can refrigerate the relish and keep it for up to two days before you’re ready to use it.)
Meanwhile cut the jicama into 1-centimeter slices. Using a cookie cutter, cut the slices into stars or other holiday shapes.
Drop the relish by rounded spoonfuls onto the jicama stars. Top each one with a dried cranberry. Serve immediately, or chill until serving. Makes approximately 16 stars. Serves 8.
Blogger disclosure: We received the Zyliss food slicer for review purposes but were not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are those of Jolly Tomato.