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Updated September 8, 2017
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
tablespoons dried parsley
teaspoons garlic powder
teaspoons onion powder
teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
teaspoon black pepper
1-4 tablespoons buttermilk (see tips)
large cucumbers, sliced into 2 dozen 1/4-inch thick rounds
cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh chives, for garnish
In a medium-size bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, salt and black pepper until well combined—you can do this with a hand mixer if it’s easier for you.
Add in the buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the cream cheese is thin enough to easily spread or pipe onto the cucumber slices (usually right around 2 tablespoons). Taste for seasoning, and add more salt if necessary.
Spread or pipe 1 heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture onto each cucumber slice.
Top each slice with half a cherry tomato and garnish with fresh chives. Yields 24 cucumber bites (2 per serving).
- Don’t have buttermilk around? No problem. Take 1/4 cup regular milk (even unsweetened nut milks will work) and mix with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Let sit for about 5 minutes to sour.
- Piping sounds intimidating, but it really is the easiest way to do these. You don’t need any special equipment—just put the cream cheese mixture into a zip-top storage bag, clip off the corner with scissors, and squeeze the topping onto each slice.
- You can make these fully assembled up to 4 hours ahead of time. If you want to prep earlier than that, go ahead and mix up the filling and place it in a zip-top bag in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, warm the mixture up by kneading it with your hands, then pipe onto freshly sliced cucumbers.
Serving Size: 1 Serving
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0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
- In the summertime, my philosophy is that the less time my stove or oven can be on, the better—and these no-cook Ranch Cucumber Bites fit the bill. They are the perfect summertime snack or backyard barbecue appetizer, and they come together in about 15 minutes without heating up your house.Can we also talk about how gosh darn cute they are? With the bright colors and the fresh veggies—don’t they just look like summer? Your guests will swoon!