Summer is in full swing now, and while there isn’t much we can do this year I am still enjoying it. We do go for afternoon walks in the sunshine and there is just a slightly different energy in the air. Like most I love fresh, vibrant foods in the warmer months. So, these cucumber bites are a perfect thing to snack on. They are gluten-free and ideal for enjoying on the patio.
These cucumber bites are super quick and easy to make. They are great as a snack before dinner or as a delicious appetizer for a get-together. The cheese mixture is a blend of goat cheese and Greek yogurt. The flavoring comes from the garlic powder and chives. I made mine with and without the Kalamata olives on top. The olives add a nice saltiness, but are absolutely not necessary, especially if you don’t like olives.
Preparation and Substitutions
- Ideally you want to slice your cucumbers about 1/2 an inch thick. This allows for solid structure and overall balance with the cheese mixture on top.
- When mixing together the cheese and yogurt, it’s easiest to use an electric mixture, however, you can blend it together by hand. If blending by hand, make sure you whip it enough so that there are no remaining lumps from the goat cheese. The diced chives are added last. You want to make sure they are mixed in just until incorporated.
- If you do not have goat cheese on hand, or if you do not like it, softened cream cheese is the best substitution to use here.
- When piping the mixture onto the cucumber, I used a 1M star piping tip and a pastry bag for a decorative effect. However, you can also just use a zip-top bag with the tip snipped off or just spread it on with a spoon.
- I kept garnishes really simple with these. Some of them were simply sprinkled with extra diced chives. For the others, I just placed a halved Kalamata olive on top. A halved cherry tomato would work well here as well.
- You can serve these right away or store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
- Side note, I had a little extra cheese mixture which I plan on using in scrambled eggs this weekend.
I hope these cucumber bites bring you lovely summer vibes. I know it’s a weird summer and it’s down right hard to believe that it’s almost July. But, we’ve got to make the most of it. Pour yourself a glass of white wine, grab yourself a plate of these cucumber bites, and enjoy them in the sunshine.
Stay strong and stay safe<3
Looking for another delicious snack?
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- In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, combine goat cheese and yogurt. Whip until fluffy and no cheese lumps remain. Add seasoning and diced chives, mix until well incorporated.
- Place cheese mixture into a piping bag (or zip-top bag with the corner cut off.) Pipe a small amount of the cheese mixture onto each sliced cucumber, garnish with chives and/or a halved Kalamata olive.
- Cheese mixture can be mixed by hand as well, but make sure to whip cheese mixture until no lumps remain.
- Alternative garnish: halved cherry tomato