04 September 2009

Cucumber and Tomato Appetizers


These are my favorite summertime appetizers. I've been eating them up like crazy lately due to an abundance of cukes and tomatoes in the garden!

Cucumber and Tomato Apps
1 cucumber
1 large tomato or many cherry tomatoes
Cream cheese
Salt & pepper

Slice cucumber into 1/4 thick slices. Dice large tomato; halve or quarter cherry tomatoes, depending on their size.

Arrange cucumbers on serving platter (or cutting board if you want to keep the platter free from s&p sprinkles). Top with bits of cream cheese. There are two ways I have found to do this.
1) Cut very cold cream cheese into slices and place on cucumbers, or
2) Place less cold cream cheese into baggie, cut off a corner, and "pipe" onto cucumbers, like this:



(My apologies for the blurry photos.) Don't worry about covering the whole cucumber--that will come later. Just get a nice blob in the center. This step can be a little messy.

Sprinkle salt and pepper over cucumbers and cream cheese.
Top with diced tomates or halved/quartered cherry tomates. Press down on tomatoes slightly to squish the cream cheese so it covers more of the cucumber surface. Enjoy!

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