Cucumber Bites with Herbed Cream Cheese & Tomato — the name alone conjures images of a balmy Mediterranean coast, where culinary magic ensues with the simplest, freshest ingredients. This appetizer is a trifecta of sensory delights: the cool, crisp bite of cucumber; the lushness of herbed cream cheese; and the burst of succulent tomato.
From elegant dinner parties to laid-back picnics, this dish seamlessly fits any occasion. Each bite is a harmonious melody of flavors and textures, offering a refreshing counterpoint to richer dishes like a well-curated cheese and charcuterie board.
2 English cucumbers, sliced into 1/2 inch discs
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, whole or halved
Herb spread (readily available or use the recipe below)
For the Herb Spread:
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan, finely grated
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dill, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the homemade herb spread, whisk together all ingredients in a bowl until creamy and smooth.
Use a melon baller to scoop out a small hollow in each cucumber slice.
Generously apply or pipe the herbed spread onto each cucumber disc.
Crown each cucumber bite with a cherry tomato, either whole or halved. Garnish with a petite parsley leaf for an added touch of elegance.
Chill the bites in the refrigerator until you’re ready to dazzle your guests.
Serve and enjoy the symphony of Mediterranean flavors in every bite.