Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Cheese
After the amazing weather we had this weekend, Pinterest was exploding with awesome Summer recipes. I was stoked to try some of them, although a little less excited that the day I wanted to be a super cooking roommate was overcast and grey and cold(er) and blah.
But, I really love cucumbers, so since we rarely have cucumbers at our apartment, this went high up on my to-do list: Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling
It’s really as easy as it looks and requires 3 ingredients:
- Garlic & Herbs Boursin (spreadable) cheese
- heavy cream (read: half & half)
Peel the cucumbers as desired–my mom always kept strips of the skin on so I do too. I figure it 1) looks better, and 2) the skin probably hosts a majority of the nutrients in cucumbers anyways, like apples. Then slice the cucumbers about a 1/2″ thick and lay on your serving plate.
Mix the Boursin cheese with 2 to 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, says the original recipe. Since we only had half & half, I only used 2 tablespoons and that was definitely enough. You don’t want the cheese filling to be too watery because you’ll need to be able to pipe it through a pastry bag–if you want it to be pretty, that is.
Two quick notes:
- The original recipe doesn’t specify whether or not you should use the spreadable Boursin or the block of cheese version. I went the safe route and got spreadable.
- The original is also more appropriately a “filling” because some of the cucumber was hollowed out. I left my cucumbers intact, the more cucumber, the merrier I say.
Spoon your cheese mix into your pastry bag–don’t have a pastry bag? Neither did I, so I used a sandwich bag instead! Just fill your sandwich bag with the filling and then pinch a corner of the bag to move some of the mixture away before you cut. Then with a pair of scissors, cut a small corner off and boom, homemade pastry bag.
No worries about washing or keeping it nice, just throw it away after your one-time use.
Pipe your own design on the cucumber slices and there you’ll have yourself a pretty impressive appetizer to bring to fancy events that folks can ooh and aah over. And they are delicious!