Heather's Recipe, Dec. 2011 - Cuke Cups
I was asked to make an appetizer for my family's Christmas get-together and I decided to make something light because there is always sooo much food. When I saw these cute creamy cuke cups in December's Everyday with Rachel Ray they reminded me of the peppadew bites (filled with goat cheese, mint, and drizzled with balsamic syrup) I've made in the past and thought it would be an interesting twist on a already family fav.
Wegmans has wonderful small crisp greenhouse cukes that are perfect for this recipe because you want the cups to be small. This was simple to make around the hectic holidays and also reminded me of summer with all the fresh garden flavors.
First you cut, and hollow out the cucumbers using a spoon to make cups, then fill them with the goat cheese. I decided to mix half a block of light cream cheese and two tablespoons of greek yogurt into the mixture to make it more family friendly. Not everyone appreciates goat cheese and this way it was light and creamy. Then I filled the cups by putting the mixture into a zip lock bag and piping it into each cup. Then its as easy as sticking blueberries on top and finishing it with fresh chopped mint. I also put a drizzle of honey on them for a little more sweetness (in much the same way the balsamic reduction works with the peppadews). Sorry, I can't help but modify recipes.
Mike and I really liked them. It's always good to enjoy fresh veg and fruit in different ways around the holidays especially when you're surrounded by so much decadence.
You just read one of Upstate Crumbs' monthly New Recipe posts. Every month, Mike and Heather will each make a post about a new recipe. For Mike, it will usually be an adventure in trying to learn to cook. For Heather, she'll pick something that is outside of her comfort zone in some way.
Heather on December 27, 2011 at 6:17pm EST