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Crisp Cucumber Canapés with Herb-infused Cream Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

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These crisp cucumber canapés are the epitome of freshness and simplicity. Topped with a dollop of herb-infused cream cheese and crowned with a succulent cherry tomato, they make for a perfect chilled appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of block cream cheese, brought to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh dill or thyme
  • 3-4 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick rounds
  • 15 ripe cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt, as per taste
  • A sprinkle of Paprika or Cajun spice mix for garnish

Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing the herb cream cheese. Combine the room-temperature cream cheese with ranch dressing and your choice of herbs in a mixer. Blend until smooth and even. Transfer this mixture into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  2. Prepare the cucumbers by washing them thoroughly, peeling off the skin, and scoring the sides with a fork for added texture. Cut the cucumbers into one-inch thick slices. Use a melon baller to scoop out a small portion from one side of each cucumber slice, creating a shallow crater.
  3. Pipe the herb cream cheese mixture into the crater of each cucumber slice. Ensure that the cream cheese filling protrudes about ½ inch above the cucumber slice.
  4. Top each cucumber canapé with a halved cherry tomato, nestling it into the cream cheese. Sprinkle a pinch of salt, herbs, and your chosen spice mix for added flavor and color. Serve these refreshing canapés chilled.
  5. Bon Appétit!

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