CUCUMBER CANAPÉS WITH HERBED CREAM CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATOES
Elevate your appetizer game with these delightful Cucumber Canapés featuring a symphony of fresh flavors and vibrant colors. This elegant and refreshing dish combines the crispness of cucumber, the velvety richness of herbed cream cheese, and the burst of sweetness from cherry tomatoes. Perfect for any occasion, these canapés are not only visually appealing but also a culinary delight that will leave your guests craving for more.
The simplicity of this recipe is matched only by the complexity of its taste. Each bite delivers a harmonious blend of cool cucumber, creamy herbed cheese, and the juicy pop of cherry tomatoes. Whether you’re hosting a sophisticated soirée or a casual gathering, these canapés are sure to be a hit, showcasing the beauty of fresh, high-quality ingredients in a way that’s both delicious and visually stunning.
Prepare to impress with these Cucumber Canapés, a creation that effortlessly combines simplicity and sophistication, making it the perfect appetizer to kick off a memorable dining experience. Follow along with our easy-to-follow recipe, and soon you’ll be serving up these little bites of culinary perfection at your own gatherings, leaving your guests with a taste of pure delight.
4 ounces (1 brick) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup ranch dressing (Hidden Valley recommended)
2 tablespoons dill (other spices like thyme work well too)
3-4 long cucumbers, peeled and sliced into thirty 1-inch pieces
15 cherry tomatoes, halved
Additional sprinkle of salt (to taste, be cautious, a little goes a long way)
Additional sprinkle of the herb mix (used in cream cheese) for garnish
Optional: Additional sprinkle of paprika or Cajun spice mix for garnish (for an extra kick with Cajun mix)
Start by preparing the HERBED CREAM CHEESE. In a stand mixer, blend the softened cream cheese with ranch dressing and herbs until thoroughly combined. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a star tip.
Prepare the cucumbers by removing the peel and scoring the sides with a fork. Slice them into 1-inch pieces. Using a melon baller, create a small crater on one side of each cucumber piece, leaving a half-moon shape.
Pipe the herbed cream cheese into the crater, ensuring it protrudes about 1/2 inch above the cucumber.
Place a half cherry tomato partially buried into the herbed cream cheese on each cucumber piece.
Sprinkle additional salt, herbs, and spice mix for added color. Chill the canapés in the fridge until ready to serve.
Serve chilled and savor the delightful flavors!