Cucumber Canapes

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From garden parties to casual get-togethers, the quest for the perfect picnic appetizer is never-ending. The next time you’re planning an event, consider the refreshing appeal of cucumber canapés. These bite-sized delights not only offer a crisp and clean flavor but also a canvas for your culinary creativity. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie, a health-conscious muncher, or a seasoned party planner, cucumber canapés can inject a fresh twist into your gathering. You should definitely make them the star of your next soirée.

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

The visual appeal of food can make or break your party spread. With their bright green color and the possibility of various fillings, cucumber canapés offer a delightful contrast that’s sure to catch the eye. For a simple yet elegant look, slice the cucumbers thinly and top with your desired spread, and then add a small garnish of fresh herbs or sprinkling of paprika.

Cucumber canapes offer a palette for your gastronomic ventures. Imagine the refreshingly simple elegance of thinly sliced cucumbers topped with a tangy salad dressing and a sprinkle of dill. Brimming with fresh Mediterranean flavors, cucumbers with a olives offer a delight for the taste buds.

Let’s get making some picnic magic.

Ingredients to Make Cucumber Canapes

Here’s the simple list of ingredients to get you started with your cucumber canapés. You’ll need:

  • 1 loaf white or rye bread
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green onion or chives
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of paprika
  • pinch of curry powder
  • pinch of dried oregano 
  • pinch of dried thyme 
  • pinch of dried basil 
  • pinch of dried parsley 
  • pinch of dried dill 

For garnish:

  • red bell pepper (or pimientos if available)
  • fresh rosemary or fresh dill
ingredients to make Cucumber Canapes

How to Make Cucumber Canapes

On the cutting board, cut the edges of the cucumber, then cut it into circles. Set it aside.

Also cut the onion, chives and garlic into small pieces. Set it aside.

In a food processor or blender add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, chives, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and seasonings (paprika, curry powder, dried oregano, thyme, basil, parsley and dill). Blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate overnight.

simple spread for canapes with cucumbers

Place slices of bread on the cutting board. With a round cutter, cut out circles from bread slices.

how to make Cucumber Canapes

On a plate, place a slice of round bread, then spoon the mayonnaise mixture over a slice of bread. Place a slice of cucumber on top. Garnish with red bell pepper, previously cut into small cubes and fresh rosemary or dill.

how to make canapes with cucumber

Serving and Pairing Suggestions

When it comes to serving cucumber canapés at your gathering, presentation is key. Arrange your canapés on a large platter amidst a garnish of fresh herbs, edible flowers, or thinly sliced citrus fruits for an extra pop of color and freshness. If you’re hosting a larger party, consider setting up a canapé station where guests can choose their toppings, creating a fun, interactive experience.

Pairing cucumber canapés with the right beverages can elevate your party to the next level. For a refreshing complement to the crispness of the cucumbers, consider serving chilled prosecco or a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc. For non-alcoholic options, sparkling water with a splash of cucumber or lemon, or iced herbal teas make for a refreshing accompaniment.

Remember, the key to a successful pairing is balance. The mild flavor of cucumbers pairs well with both bold and subtle flavors, so don’t hesitate to experiment with different combinations to find the perfect match for your event.

simple picnic snack with text which reads Cucumber Canapes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cucumber Canapés

Q: How far in advance can I prepare cucumber canapés?

A: Cucumber canapés are best enjoyed fresh but can be prepared a few hours in advance. To keep them crisp, assemble the canapés without any salty toppings that could draw out water and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Add any finishing touches just before serving.

Q: Can cucumber canapés be made into a vegan option?

A: Absolutely! For a vegan version, substitute the cream cheese with a dairy-free alternative or use a hummus or avocado mash as your base. Ensure any toppings fit within the vegan diet, and you’ll have a delicious option for everyone.

Q: Are there gluten-free options for cucumber canapés?

A: As long as you use gluten-free bread, cucumber canapés naturally do not contain gluten, making them an excellent appetizer option for guests with gluten sensitivities. However, always double-check the labels on any additional ingredients you’re adding to ensure they’re certified gluten-free.

Q: How do I prevent cucumber canapés from becoming watery?

A: To prevent cucumber canapés from becoming watery, lightly salt the cucumber slices and allow them to sit on a paper towel for a few minutes before assembly. This will draw out excess moisture. Also, avoid adding wet ingredients directly on the cucumber until just before serving.

Q: What are some creative toppings for cucumber canapés?

A: Get creative with toppings by exploring a variety of textures and flavors. Think beyond traditional smoked salmon or cream cheese and try incorporating exotic spreads, crunchy vegetables, or even fruit for a sweet twist. Experimenting with international cuisines can also inspire unique topping ideas.

Q: How do I choose the best cucumbers for canapés?

A: For the best canapés, use English cucumbers or small Persian cucumbers since they have thinner skin and fewer seeds. Look for cucumbers that are firm, bright in color, and without any blemishes or soft spots.

Cucumber Canapes for a picnic

Cucumber canapés are a versatile, healthy, and visually appealing option for your next picnic. With their hydrating properties and endless potential for culinary invention, they’re the perfect choice for any host or hostess.

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Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber canapes are perfect for your gastronomic ventures. Brimming with fresh cucumbers and spices – they're a delight for the taste buds.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 240 kcal

Equipment

  • cup
  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf white or rye bread
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green onion or chives
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of paprika
  • pinch of curry powder
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of dried basil
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • pinch of dried dill

For garnish:

  • red bell pepper or pimientos if available
  • fresh rosemary or fresh dill

Instructions
 

  • On the cutting board, cut the edges of the cucumber, then cut it into circles. Set it aside.
    2 medium cucumbers
  • Also cut the onion, chives and garlic into small pieces. Set it aside.
    ¼ onion, 1 green onion or chives, 1 garlic clove
  • In a food processor or blender add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion, chives, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and seasonings (paprika, curry powder, dried oregano, thyme, basil, parsley and dill). Blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate overnight.
    1 cup mayonnaise, 3 oz cream cheese, 1/2 tsp cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, Pinch of paprika, pinch of curry powder, pinch of dried oregano, pinch of dried thyme, pinch of dried basil, pinch of dried parsley, pinch of dried dill
  • Place slices of bread on the cutting board. With a round cutter, cut out circles from bread slices.
    1 loaf white or rye bread
  • On a plate, place a slice of round bread, then spoon the mayonnaise mixture over a slice of bread. Place a slice of cucumber on top. Garnish with red bell pepper, previously cut into small cubes and fresh rosemary or dill.
    red bell pepper, fresh rosemary or fresh dill

Nutrition

Serving: 2gCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 230IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword appetizer, canapes, picnic side dish
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