Sliced Empire apples with cucumbers, feta, and fresh mint leaf topped with a tiny drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkle of Aleppo pepper is just the touch to spice up a light appetizer that is not only beautiful but delicious.
- 1 New York-grown Empire apple, sliced into rounds*
- ½ cup crumbled or creamy Feta cheese
- 1 mini seedless cucumber sliced into rounds
- 2 tbsps. olive oil
- 10 medium-sized fresh mint leaves
- Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper to sprinkle
- Place a single mint leaf on each apple round, then on top of the mint leaf, add a cucumber slice topped with one tablespoon of feta cheese. Continue until all slices are layered with mint, cucumber, and feta cheese.
- Lightly sprinkle each round with crushed red pepper and drizzle olive oil.
- Arrange on a plate and serve.
* To cut the apple into rounds, turn it onto its side (stem facing to the right or left of a cutting board). Cut vertically down through the middle of the fruit resting on its side. Then, cut another slice (1/4-1/2 inch thick) in the same direction. The rounds will have seeds that can easily be removed with the sharp point of a small knife.