Stuffed cucumber bites appetizers are a satisfying and easy treat that everyone loves. It’s easy to mix up a batch for any kind of party.
Anytime you have a party, think about an easy, tasty hors d’oeuvre that can be made quickly and will feed your many guests.
This is tasty and so easy, you will love it. You just need to squeeze seasoned and herbed cream cheese from a piping bag into hollowed-out cucumbers!
It will look like you spent a lot of time preparing this, but it is an easy recipe. The finished product is Stuffed Cucumber Bites! Perfect cucumber appetizers.
History of Stuffed Cucumber Bites
I was asked to bring a small appetizer to a party. And the party was on a houseboat that our friend has at our old marina and she lives on the boat full time.
Laurie always has a big crowd of people on her boat and the party goes way past my bedtime!
Anyway, I made a double batch of stuffed cucumber bites and people loved them. They are not gut-filling so you can eat several, but still have room for the meatballs in gravy and the little wieners drenched in sweet BBQ sauce that other people brought. Know what I mean?
Cucumber Appetizer Ingredients Needed
First of all, we are making finger food, so the proper type of cucumber is necessary. If your cucumber is too big and fat you will have a cucumber round that is too big in diameter.
What you need are cucumber slices that are no more than 1 1/2″ in diameter. Smaller grocery stores fresh cucumbers or homegrown ones would be great.
English cucumbers are usually my go-to variety to get consistent-sized cucumber rounds. English cukes are the ones that are long and wrapped in plastic.
You might have a hard time finding them in smaller grocery stores, but they are pretty universally available in larger stores. You will need 2 or 3 of these cucumbers.
Next on the list is an 8-ounce block of room temperature cream cheese. Philadelphia Brand Original Cream Cheese is recommended. I have tried the lower-fat variety but it just lacks the flavor that the original has.
A good mayonnaise is needed for a good cream cheese mixture and either Hellman’s or Duke’s brand is recommended.
Grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes that are halved to stand tall on the softened cream cheese and mayo are needed. Don’t you just love a juicy cherry tomato?
Finally, some Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix is needed. This is the dry ingredient packet you will find near the salad dressings in your grocery store. Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix for the best flavor.
Then, you may add another herb if you would like. I add some fresh dill weed for a complimentary flavor to the ranch seasoning. For a little kick of heat, you could add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
Grab a pastry bag and a small star tip and load up that cucumber with the spiced-up cream cheese and mayo and you’ll have some tasty stuffed cucumber appetizers.
If you are adventurous and want to try making your own ranch dressing mix, try The Pioneer Woman’s recipe. I have used this recipe before and it is really quite good.
Stuffed Cucumbers Recipes Directions
Peel the skin off of the cucumbers with a vegetable peeler. You can leave it on if you wish or peel off strips and leave some skin attached like I have done.
The skin actually contains good fiber and Vitamin A. Then cut the cucumbers into 3/4″ thick rounds.
Next, use a small melon baller or small measuring spoon to carve out an indentation in the sliced cucumber. The center of the cucumber contains the seeds and is easy to carve out a portion of the center. This is where the cream cheese mix will sit.
Mix the cream cheese, mayonnaise, spices, and ranch dressing mix together in a small bowl. A small spatula is the best tool to use to fold the ingredients together. If you make a double batch of this, a hand mixer might come in handy.
Taste the dressing and add a little salt. About 1/4 teaspoon is all you will need.
Place the dressing mix into a piping bag with a small rosette tip. The disposable plastic bag type would work great.
If you don’t have a piping bag, a plastic ziplock bag can also be used. Just cut off a small bit of the corner of the bag.
Place the piping bag tip down into a fairly deep cup or glass. Then fold the plastic bag over the sides of the glass. Then, when you fill the bag, you will not be fighting to get the cream cheese mix to the bottom of the bag.
Pipe each cucumber slice until the mix is about 1/2″ above the cucumber. Stand a tomato half in the dressing and you are all done.
You can garnish the finished easy cucumber appetizers with fresh chives or maybe fresh dill weed.
Serving The Cucumber Bites
Refrigerate the finished appetizers to ensure you have crisp cucumbers.
To transport the ranch cucumber bites, place them in a covered airtight container. Or, place them on a serving platter and cover them gently with plastic wrap.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for 1 day. The cucumbers become watery when refrigerated so you might want to place them on a couple layers of paper towel.
I love a fun appetizer and this one is a winner.
Stuffed cucumber bites are something I will be bringing to the next gathering. They are really easy and delicious.
And here are a couple of other popular appetizers to try: Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp, Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Appetizer, Smoked Salmon and Dill on Toasted Baguette. Or find one at 8 Most Popular Appetizers.
For your next party, bring a great-tasting and delicious-looking party treat! Just make sure that you make enough of this easy appetizer for everyone.
Here’s the simple recipe.
HERE ARE SOME MORE TASTY RECIPES TO TRY:
- Stuffed Zucchini
- Roasted Cruciferous Vegetables
- Cucumber Balsamic Caprese Salad
- Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Bites
- Best Healthy Potato Salad
Stuffed Cucumber Bites Appetizers
- 3 English cucumbers , peeled and sliced 3/4 inch thick and hollowed with a smsll melon baller or 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon
- 8 oz block cream cheese at room temperature
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. fresh dill weed, chopped
- 3 tsp Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 18 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- Peel and slice cucumbers to 3/4 thick.
- With a melon baller, cut out the center portion of the cucumber. (A 1/4 tsp measuring spoon works well for this too).
- Mix the cream cheese, mayo, dill weed, hidden valley ranch mix, and salt in a small bowl.
- Fill a pastry bag that has a small rosette pipette end with the cream cheese. Or use a quart-sized plastic bag and snip off a small portion of the corner to make a piping bag.
- Pipe the hollowed cucumber slices with cream cheese to 1/2 inch above the cucumber.
- Stand a halved grape tomato in the cream cheese.
- Sprinkle with chives, or fresh dill weed for a garnish.
- Nutrition information is for one appetizer.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day. A layer of paper towels under the cukes will absorb excess moisture.
- The quantity of the finished recipe is an estimate depending on the size of the cucumber used and the amount of cream cheese on each.