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Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling Cooking View

I know there are some readers who have been waiting for this recipe for almost two years.  Sorry it took so long!  I first posted about the idea of these long ago as something I had served at a party.  Unfortunately though they looked quite nice at the time, I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the recipe.  The filling didn’t have quite the right consistency or flavoring and I wanted to go back to the drawing board.  I guess the one bad thing about constantly having so many different ideas is that you just can’t get to them all.  This idea got pushed back again and again until finally, Amanda’s baby shower presented the perfect opportunity to give them another try.  I went back to basics and as it turns out, these could not be simpler.  Rather than mixing a bunch of different seasonings and cheeses for the filling, I just used boursin (drool) and mixed in a bit of cream until it was a good consistency for piping.  Ridiculously easy, cute and impressive, they make for pretty good party food.  Plus I’ll eat pretty much anything involving boursin, so…

Cucumber Bites with Garlic Herb Filling
Yield: about 18 pieces

Ingredients

For the filling:
1 (5.2 oz) package garlic herb Boursin cheese
2-3 tbsp. heavy cream

To serve:
1 cucumber, peeled (partially or totally, as desired)

Cooking View

Directions

  • To make the filling, place the boursin in a small bowl.  Add in 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream and stir with a fork until lightened and smooth.  If needed, stir in an additional tablespoon of cream until the mixture is a good consistency for piping.  Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip; set aside.

  • Slice the cucumber into ½-inch thick slices.  Gently scoop out most of the seeds from the center of each slice, leaving a small portion to keep the filling from falling out.  Arrange the slices on a serving platter.  Pipe a dollop of the filling onto each cucumber slice.  Serve chilled.  (Note: These can be assembled and refrigerated up to 6 hours in advance of serving.)

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  • http://tideandthyme.com/ Laura

    I need to familiarize myself with Boursin. Can’t believe I’ve never had it!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Yum! Love how easy this is Annie!!

  • http://www.beckiswholelife.com/ Becki’s Whole Life

    These are so cute and the look impressive. Cucumbers are one of my favorite veggies and the Boursin sounds like a great creamy solution for this little snack!

  • http://penniesonaplatter.com/ Nikki

    These are adorable, Annie! Love the stripes!

  • Stephanie

    This app looks fresh and oh so good (thank you Boursin!) I LOVE that it is also one of the easiest things I’ve ever seen. By the way Annie I also loved the veggies + dip in baguette too from a few days ago. Now I just want to throw a party for the sake of making adorable and different snacks :)

  • annieseats

    Um, you need to change that stat. It’s an emergency!

  • Alice

    SO cute and quick! I used to be a Boursin addict but haven’t had it in years. Think I need to pick some up very soon :)

  • Erica

    I LOVE Boursin! Having heard about it on food blogs, I bought it to include in a cheese tray for a party I hosted and it was a HUGE hit! Usually the brie goes first, but this time is was no contest.

  • http://www.kucuk-sef.blogspot.com/ Kucuk Sef

    I can’t find Boursin cheese here! I am sure it would be very hard to replace that in the recipe, but would you have a suggestion? Perhaps, I could add garlic myself to a cheese or… shouldn’t I even go for a try???

  • Kelsey

    I love simple apps like this. What a wonderful, simple, and super tasty addition to a shower, brunch, or ladies’ lunch!

  • sweetsugarbelle

    Perfect and easy, just my style!!!

  • Amanda

    Besides the cupcakes I think these were my favorite shower food! I’m pretty sure I ate at least 7 of them. Or, maybe I only ate 2 and Kylie forced me to eat the rest!!

  • http://www.madeinsonoma.com/ Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)

    Simple, pretty, and delicious!

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia The Comfort of Cooking

    These little bites are so fun Annie! I don’t think I’ve ever had Boursin cheese but it sounds delicious. Great party appetizer idea I’ll be pocketing for soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/SewWoodsy Katie Jasiewicz

    These look and sound amazing! I LOVE boursin cheese!

  • http://twitter.com/SewWoodsy Katie Jasiewicz

    I love cooking with Boursin cheese. I need to make these asap!

  • http://twitter.com/SewWoodsy Katie Jasiewicz

    I love cooking with Boursin cheese… i need to make these asap!

  • sarastone

    I will also eat anything involving boursin, including just eating it straight out of the tin foil wrapper! I have used it though on fish, which is delicious, and added it to mashed potatoes! Yummo!

  • annieseats

    Aw, yay :)

  • annieseats

    I’m sure you can make something similar but you’ll have to experiment. As I alluded to in the post, my own attempts to make a version not using boursin did not go well. Good luck!

  • Ann Pecard

    These look fabulous. I was just at the grocery store, and noticed that Boursin has new “spreadable” versions of their cheeses that come in tubs. My local Dominick’s had the “Garlic and Herbs,” as well as “Spinach and Artichoke.” I’m going to see how well they pipe, just as they are.

  • http://cookingformykids.com/ Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids

    Oh, my. Those are beautiful and look delicious, too. I cannot wait to try them…and cross my fingers that they turn out as gorgeous as yours.

  • http://indigoscones.blogspot.com/ Ellen

    Baby showers are so awesome in that they are basically big cute-fests. These are cute, just so cute. I can’t get over it!

  • http://jensfavoritecookies.com/ Jen @ Jen’s Favorite Cookies

    WOW! These look amazing! This seems like such a perfect hors d’oevre for a shower, too. I was surprised at how easy the recipe was. They look much more fussy. I can think of about 5 reasons to try these this week!

  • http://twitter.com/JenatPBandP PB and Peppers

    Looks amazing! The photos are so pretty!!

  • Petalavenue

    Love the stripes on the cucumber! Simples idea that makes such a difference. I’ll be trying this one soon.

  • http://www.themuffinmyth.com/ Katie

    Yum, these look so great! I’ve got a girl’s night happening this weekend and these would be a perfect addition. Thanks for the idea!

  • Sara{wherethecookiesare}

    I love that this is so simple and easy! Sometimes I think as food lovers and women, we get very caught up in thinking we have to do so much “fancy” stuff in order for things to be special. This is a nice reminder that simple is sometimes the best way to be decadent!

  • megan Vaughn

    Those look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. ~ Megan

  • Charlier

    Hi Annie!
    I love cucumber bites!

    I’ll have to try them with the boursin, which I’m a sucker for.

    I have made them many different ways but I think the favourite with my girls is with “smoked salmon mousse”

    I usually make my own but have cheated on occasion and used the Philadelphia stuff . Just make sure it is the mousse and not the spreadable for bagels etc. (It usually comes in a round aluminum container instead of plastic, but it does have a plastic lid).

    Thanks for sharing

    Charlie

  • Beverly

    I noticed the macaroons in the background; I assume the green ones are pistachio; what are the pink ones made from and is the recipe here too? Thanks.

  • annieseats

    Please see the original shower post, which has that info. It’s linked in this post.

  • Debtennery

    where do you get boursin cheese

  • annieseats

    In the cheese section at most grocery stores.

  • K8hunsaker

    What tip did you use to pipe the cheese on? It looks so pretty :)

  • annieseats

    Not sure, I just grabbed one from the bag of tips :)

  • Tatnquilt

    The presentation is beautiful… can’t wait to try!!

  • Emily C Baker

    How did it go, Ann? Anyone else try the already spreadable versions yet? I’m doing a little test run of these for a wedding shower and I’d love to know!

  • Mom2mla

    I couldnt find Boursian cheese, but I found garlic and herb alouitte cheese and used that. Still good

  • http://www.momhomeguide.com/ MomHomeGuide

    Very nice and simple — love it!

  • http://www.sgbrown.hubpages.com/ Sheila

    This sounds awesome! We have a lot of cucumbers from our garden this year and I am looking for something different to do with them. Going to try this for sure!

  • Bdpanik

    Made these for a July 4th potluck. I used 2 seedless cucumbers and one tub of Garilc & Herb Pub Cheese (thinned w/heavy cream). Made about 3 dozen and all but one was left on the tray. Cool & refreshing on a 95+ degree day! A couple notes: I used the small end of a melon baller to removed some of the ‘seedless’ seeds which worked well. Just remember to dry the cucumbers slices with a paper towel or your filling won’t stick. Overall very easy and pleasing! Thanks Annie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637802963 Shannon Green

    Just made these with 5 and 6 year olds. I’m not sure who had more fun…and YUM!

  • http://twitter.com/BrabbleRabble TheBrabbleRabble

    So simple! I can’t wait to try it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pille.petersoo Pille Petersoo

    Annie, I made these for our traditional Easter brunch – such a simple and lovely idea! (See here: http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2013/04/nami-nami-easter-brunch-2013.html )