Monday, May 14, 2012

Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling

Every May, Todd and I get together with his father's side of the family, The Jewetts, and celebrate May birthdays. Todd, his grandmother Audrey, his late grandfather Bill, and his uncle Wayne all blessed this world with their presence at one point in the month of May and once a year we make it a point to all get together and honor their day(s) of birth.

This year, the gathering date fell on Mother's day and gave us all another reason to celebrate!!  I had a ton of new recipe finds that I was DYING to try, so I quickly swooped in and offered to host before anyone else got the chance. The only question was, which of these 100+ recipes that I have scattered throughout blogs, Pinterest, and other websites will I dare to make?!

I knew if I was going to host this, that I needed to fulfill appetites of men. It didn't need to necessarily be pretty... but it had to be filling. Shannon, Todd's aunt,  has five growing boys... six if you count her husband Woody. Then there is Todd and his uncle Tim... and let's face it, guys like guy food, not chicky stuff. So, I compromised. A few "man food" for the boys... and a few cutesy appetizers for us girls. Even though these were cute... the flavor was wonderful and the boys liked them too!

I must admit, this was the easiest appetizer I have every made!  No joke.

Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling
Makes: About 36 Cucumber Bites

Ingredients:
1 (5.2 oz) Package Garlic Herb Boursin Cheese*
4-5 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 English Cucumbers, partially peeled. 

Directions: 
Clean and partially peel your cucumbers with a vegetable peeler. Cut into 1-inch thick slices. With the small end of a melon baller, remove enough of the cucumber to leave a small hollowed out area for the filling to sit. Salt and pepper each cucumber to your liking. Arrange these on your serving and tray and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix boursin cheese and heavy creamy until a consistency that can easily be piped. Transfer to a pastry bag and set aside. 

Pipe a small amount of cheese mixture into each cucumber. Chill until you are ready to serve. 


*Note: I can't help but thinking how good this recipe would be with blue cheese in place of the boursin. The extra pop of flavor is enchanting. I think I will try this next time. If you try it before me, please let me know your results!

Source: Modified in the tiniest way from this original @ Annie's Eats.

Happy Monday!
Kristen

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