The Washington Post

One bite, but four exciting flavors

- Ellie Krieger Krieger is a registered dietitian nutritioni­st and cookbook author who hosts public television’s “Ellie’s Real Good Food.” Learn more at elliekrieg­er.com.

The French term amuse-bouche, which translates to “mouth amuser” and refers to the onebite starter served at many restaurant­s, doesn’t sound quite as poetic in English, but if you are looking for a little something to amuse your mouth, this recipe, which features marinated cubes of feta with grapes, delivers.

The skewers, standing vertically and majestical­ly on the serving dish, begin to entice with their beautiful presentati­on even before you take a bite. Pop one in your mouth and you get a jazzy quartet of flavors.

First there’s the briny feta, brightened with a lemony marinade and accented with a ping of coarsely ground fennel seed and black pepper. Then, suddenly, the sweet-tart juiciness of the green grape bursts in. And, finally, there’s a cooling clear note from the fresh mint leaf.

Each skewer is one titillatin­g bite that will leave you wanting another, which is why this recipe makes enough for each person to have at least three.

An ideal way to kick off an alfresco summer gathering, these skewers make for a memorable way to whet everyone’s appetite and get them excited for what’s next.

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TOM MCCORKLE FOR THE WASHINGTON POST; FOOD STYLING BY GINA NISTICO FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

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