Sunday, August 10, 2014

The "UN"Sandwich For Low Carb Diets - 52 Church PotLuck Appetizers

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This may sound like a joke as a recipe... BUT, as an idea for catering or for about any "pass a plate" occasion (like a church potluck), you will be surprised how quickly these start to disappear.

First, bite size.  Perfect as an appetizer.  Everything you want, sweet little pickles, meat and cheese, on a fancy toothpick; One bite wonder!

And next, the title gets the attention of the folks trying to avoid carbs.  A No (well, low at least) Bread Sandwich will appeal to a certain percentage of any large gathering.  Gobble up three or four of these and you ave a light lunch... Almost fits into that low carb diet.

So, as a recipe I will admit it is a bit of a joke (Only three ingredients, no cooking, assembles in seconds).

But as an idea for a PotLuck or catering situation... They disappear fast!

Keep scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe...

OK... Here's What I Did...

The "UN"Sandwich For Low Carb Diets

  • 36 Midget Mini Pickles (Sweet Gherkins)
  • 36 Slices of Thin Slice Lunch Meat (I Like Black Forrest Ham)
  • 36 Pieces of Cheese (I like a Smoked Gouda)
  • 36 Decorative Toothpicks
  • Optional, Serve with dipping sauces (Mustard, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, etc.)
Cooking Directions
  1. Could not be easier, drain the Pickles and dry with a paper towel.
  2. Wrap with the lunch meat, folded narrow so the ends of the pickles stick out.
  3. Push the decorative toothpick through the piece of cheese, through the lunch meat, through the Pickle and back out the other end.
  4. Serve on a platter with optional dipping sauce
  5. And ENJOY!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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