HOW TO MAKE CUCUMBER BITES WITH HERB CREAM CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATOES
Preparation time: Approximately 20 minutes
Cooking time: No cooking required
Total time: Approximately 20 minutes
Servings: This recipe makes about 30 cucumber bites.
Hello everybody!! Indulge in a tantalizing culinary experience with these exquisite cucumber bites featuring a delightful combination of herb cream cheese and juicy cherry tomatoes. Perfectly balanced flavors, refreshing textures, and vibrant colors make this appetizer a standout addition to any occasion!!
The journey begins by preparing a luscious herb cream cheese that elevates the humble brick of cream cheese to new heights. Whipped to a velvety consistency and infused with the aromatic essence of dill (or alternatively, the earthy allure of thyme), this herb-infused cream cheese brings a burst of flavor to each bite. The addition of tangy ranch dressing adds a hint of creaminess and a touch of familiar comfort.
Moving on to the cucumbers, their vibrant green hue, and crisp texture provide the perfect canvas for this tantalizing creation. With a few simple steps, the cucumbers are transformed into bite-sized pieces of culinary art. After peeling them to reveal their pristine flesh, the sides are delicately scored with a fork, creating an elegant visual appeal. Slicing them into 1-inch pieces, each cucumber section becomes a vessel of pure freshness. Now, it’s time for the creative touch that sets these bites apart. Using a melon baller, a small crater is gently hollowed out from one side of each cucumber piece, creating a half-moon shape. This cavity becomes the perfect pocket to cradle the flavorful herb cream cheese that awaits. Piping the herb-infused cream cheese into the hollowed-out crater, it protrudes slightly, ready to tantalize your taste buds with its creamy decadence.
To enhance the visual appeal and add a burst of tangy sweetness, halves of succulent cherry tomatoes are nestled into the herb cream cheese bed, their vibrant red color contrasting against the pale cream cheese and crisp green cucumber.
Before serving, a final flourish of seasoning is added to accentuate the flavors and provide an enticing visual appeal. A sprinkle of salt adds a touch of savory depth, while the chosen herb or spice mix complements the existing flavors and adds a burst of aromatic delight. For those seeking an extra kick, a dash of paprika or a Cajun spice mix can be added, lending a tantalizing heat that awakens the senses.
Chilled to perfection, these cucumber bites are ready to be presented to your eager guests. With their enticing colors, refreshing crunch, and harmonious marriage of flavors, they are an invitation to embark on a culinary adventure. So, take a bite, savor the symphony of tastes, and let these irresistible morsels transport you to a world of culinary bliss.
4 Ounces (1 Brick) of softened Cream Cheese.
1/4 Cup of Ranch Dressing (preferably Hidden Valley).
2 Tablespoons of Dill (alternatively, Thyme works well too).
3 to 4 Long Cucumbers, peeled and sliced into thirty 1-inch pieces.
15 Cherry Tomatoes, halved.
A pinch of Salt.
A sprinkle of the chosen spice blend (same as used in the Cream Cheese) for garnish.
A sprinkle of Paprika OR Cajun Spice Mix for an extra kick and garnish.
To begin, prepare the HERB CREAM CHEESE by using a stand mixer. Combine the softened Cream Cheese, Ranch dressing, and an assortment of herbs. Thoroughly mix the ingredients until they are fully incorporated. Transfer the creamy mixture into a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped tip for easy dispensing.
After that, prepare the cucumber by peeling it and scoring the sides with a fork. Slice it into 1-inch pieces. Use a melon baller to create a half-moon crater by removing a portion from one side of each cucumber piece.
Then, Pipe the Herb Cream Cheese into the cucumber craters, ensuring that it fills the cavity and protrudes from the top by approximately half an inch.
Gently place a halved cherry tomato into the Herb Cream Cheese, partially burying it within the creamy filling.
Next, sprinkle salt, herbs, and spice mix over the filled cucumber bites, then chill withinside the refrigerator till serving.
Serve the chilled cucumber bites and enjoy!
Here are some helpful tips and variations to consider while preparing the cucumber bites with herb cream cheese and cherry tomatoes:
Soften the cream cheese before mixing for easier blending.
Experiment with different herbs like basil, parsley, or chives.
Use a resealable plastic bag if you don’t have a piping bag.
Choose firm cucumbers and score them with a fork for better
adherence of the cream cheese.
Hollow out the cucumbers with a small spoon if you don’t have a melon baller.
Substitute cherry tomatoes with grape tomatoes or diced larger tomatoes.
Try different seasonings like garlic powder, smoked paprika, or cayenne pepper.
Garnish with fresh herbs for added visual appeal.