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This is probably the simplest appetiser you will ever make. Everyone will enjoy these delicious party nibbles!

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IngredientsServes: 15

  • 225g cream cheese, processed in a food processor until light and creamy
  • 20g dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 450g German rye bread, cut into 4x4cm squares
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese and Italian-style dressing mix. Spread equal portions of the mixture on bread slices. Top each with a slice of cucumber.

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by Laura Manos Emms

Very easy and they are a big party hit! To make them extra fancy, I add a small piece of pimento on top of the cucumber and sprinkle with dill weed. The red (pimento) and green (cuke) are a great combination for your holiday table.-08 Oct 2002

by SGM82

i served these at a party and they were a big hit, however-when i tested the recipe prior to the party i discovered that the amount of the italian seasoning dressing that was called for was way too much-so i scaled it back a bit. otherwise they were great.-24 Sep 2003

by Kristin

Very tasty. I made these for a party and everyone loved them. I put a little dill on the top also to make them look a little fancier. Since the party, I've made them a couple times just for my family because they liked them so much.-13 Jul 2001

Cucumber Canapes

These canapes are easy to make and easy to eat! Bring these open-face sandwich bites to parties for a tasty appetizer that will make you the hit of the party. Using only 5 ingredients you will have a fancy appetizer with very little prep needed. Try different vegetables in place of the cucumber, like thinly sliced zucchini or red bell peppers.

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber slices hollowed out and filled with cream cheese, shrimp and dill!


8 ounces Hahn’s Cream Cheese
3 Tbs fresh dill, minced
1 Tbs milk
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 cucumber
12 shrimp, cooked
1/4 red or orange bell pepper


  1. Mix together cream cheese, dill, milk and onion powder in a bowl until fully incorporated.
  2. Put the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and put to the side.
  3. Slice a cucumber into 1 inch pieces, then using a spoon, hollow out a well in each slice.
  4. Pipe cream cheese into all of the cucumber cups evenly, creating an anchor for your other toppings.
  5. Place a shrimp on top of the cream cheese and garnish with more dill.
  6. Serve cold.

Keywords: appetizer, cucumber, shrimp

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“Greek is trending in my kitchen. I’ve just replaced my beloved Philly Cream Cheese b/c this is undeniably better.”

Kentucky Benedictine Dip (or Spread)

This Benedictine spread with cucumber can be used as a dip or a sandwich and canape topping. It was created by Jennie Carter Benedict, a cookbook author, caterer, and restaurateur. She operated a Louisville restaurant and tea room, Benedict's, in the early 20th century. In addition, Miss Benedict was the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal's household section for a time.

It's a simple combination of cucumber, onion, cream cheese, and simple seasonings, and it is an excellent appetizer to serve a Kentucky Derby gathering. Serve it along with crackers or vegetables as a dip, or use it as a spread for tea sandwiches. If too thick, add a small amount of cream or sour cream, or add some extra grated cucumber.

For the green color, some versions include spinach or parsley, while others use green food coloring. The original recipe uses 3 tablespoons of cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon of onion juice instead of grated cucumber and onion, and it includes a pinch of cayenne pepper.


Cucumbers are a great low carb vegetable and these basil cucumber bites are only 0.6g net carbs each. Not only are cucumbers low in carbs they are also low in calories. You could happily eat a large plate of them! They also contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as having a high water content.

Cucumbers can be eaten fresh or pickled. They can be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack or used to add flavour in a variety of dishes. Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.

Four Quick and Easy RITZ Cracker Recipes

It is finally starting to feel like spring around here. Days are getting longer, birds are chirping, sun is shining. and to top it off, I am finally back home for good after completing a 6-month work contract in a town 2 hours away. Meaning, I can see my hubby all week long (not just on weekends) and I can start hosting some get-togethers at our place. And what takes the stress out of planning and hosting the perfect party? Four quick and easy RITZ Crackers recipes.

That is right, I am sharing four recipes today. I told you I was in a good mood! So, there is a recipe in there for everyone. I got a couple of savory recipes and a couple of sweet ones, whatever suits your palate.

My classic, go-to snack has always been RITZ Crackers paired with cream cheese. I pretty much lived on this stuff as a bedtime snack when I was a child. But now, you can say that a remixed version of this snack exists in my life. By remix, I mean the addition of extra ingredients to bring a bit more life into this snack. I'm talking ingredients such as cheddar cheese, jalapeño peppers, smoked salmon, arugula, nutella, and strawberries.

I know, I know, the curiosity and anticipation is too much. Wait no longer, here are my top four sweet and savory RITZ Cracker recipes.

The Crackers:

  1. Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese Bites
  2. Jalapeño Popper Topper
  3. Nutella and Peanut Butter Explosion
  4. RITZ Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

The best part of all? Each of these bites takes about 5 minutes to put together (with the exception of the nutella and peanut butter explosion recipe which may take a few extra minutes to pipe out the peanut butter). Basically, with 20 minutes, a few boxes of RITZ Crackers, cream cheese and a few extra ingredients (all of which you can pick up at your local Safeway), you are ready to host all the parties that your heart desires!

Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Crackers

It seems that when spring arrives, get-togethers, parties, baby showers, and so on, make a come back as well. It also means saying goodbye to all those delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods, and hello to more fresh fruits and vegetables! These Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Crackers are the perfect snack for spring entertaining.

When the weather is beautiful, I don’t really want to be baking and cooking in a hot kitchen. I want to be enjoying the day and the company of my friends and family. Easy appetizers and finger foods, that are incredibly delicious, are a must!

This super easy recipe is actually a twist on classic Cucumber and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches. Instead of bread, crackers provide the perfect crunchy base for cream cheese blended with a combination of fresh herbs. A slice of crisp cucumber tops them off!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Fresh herbs provide a more intense flavor to homemade Herbed Cream Cheese Spread.
  • This recipe only takes around 10 minutes to make, making it a great appetizer or snack option when time is limited.
  • Extra Herbed Cream Cheese can be used on bagels, sandwiches, and wraps!

How to Make Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Crackers

You want to be sure to set your cream cheese out about an hour before you need to it allow it come to room temperature. This will make mixing in the herbs and spreading the cream cheese onto the crackers much easier!

Finely chop the herbs and cut the cucumber into slices that are about 1/4 inch thick, then cut each slice into quarters.


Mix the herbs into the softened cream cheese until well-combined.

Spread the cream cheese onto the crackers and top with a piece of cucumber.


Place the Herbed Cream Cheese and Cucumber Crackers onto a serving tray.

Alternatively, you can set out a bowl of the Herbed Cream Cheese, crackers, cucumber pieces, and cheese spreaders for guests to assemble their own crackers.

Tips & Techniques for the Best Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Crackers

  • Make sure to set the cream cheese out at least an hour before you need it to allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Any combination of fresh herbs can be used. I prefer to use chives, basil, and either dill or parsley.
  • Add a clove of minced garlic to make a Garlic Herb Cream Cheese, if preferred.
  • What herbs are best to use in Herb Cream Cheese? You can use any combination of fresh herbs, but chives, basil, dill, thyme, oregano, and parsley are the most commonly used.
  • What is Herbed Cream Cheese used for? Herbed Cream Cheese is commonly used as a spread or dip for crackers and vegetables. You can also use it on sandwiches, wraps, bagels, and so much more!

Other Recipes to Try

  • Mini Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
  • Mini Cucumber Bites
  • Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad Bites
  • White Cheddar Apple Crackers with Honeyed Walnuts

Love this recipe for Herbed Cream Cheese Cucumber Crackers? Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more!

  • cucumber
  • garlic and herb cheese spread
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • fresh basil

Top slices of cucumber with a dollop of cheese spread. I like to use Boursin garlic and herb spread. Then top with sun-dried tomatoes and a fresh basil leaf. Finish with a touch of salt, if desired.

Easy cucumber canapes are fuss-free and the perfect touch for Mother's Day. If you try these canapes, please leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram @mycasualpantry.

Quick And Easy Smoked Oysters Party Appetizer

This recipe is inspired by my favorite snack and the need for quick and easy appetizers during the holidays. It’s one of the first recipes on this blog that will use fermented foods as an ingredient instead of being a fermented food recipe. I battle with the idea that sauerkraut is only to be served with bratwurst and I am on a mission to change that perception. I add sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables to my meals and they add a depth of flavor and zing to recipes that doesn’t compare to anything else.

These scrumptious, healthy appetizers are one of my favorite quick snacks when I am whipping up meals in the kitchen or when I need a quick appetizer when I have friends over. I made them fancier and tastier by dressing them up with my raw pickled ginger carrots. These are very easy to assemble and will only take 5-10 minutes. No cooking or excessive prepping needed.

My plan is to show you how to use fermented foods to add more flavor and zing to your recipes. Since it’s the season for holiday gatherings, I thought my Quick and Easy Smoked Oysters Party Appetizer would be the perfect recipe to start. I am hoping the fermented food love will be shared and just maybe others will want to add fermented foods to their diet too.

This recipe is fun, easy and the presentation is perfect for a dinner party. You can make this ahead since the cucumber will not get soggy like crackers do. The lemon and raw pickled ginger carrots balances the richness of the oyster while the cucumber adds a fresh crunch. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised and intrigued by the use of the fermented foods in this recipe.

Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Dill Cucumber Bites

Smoked salmon is one of my all time favorite foods. I seriously go nuts when I hit a brunch buffet with smoked salmon, capers, cucumbers, and all the fixings! These smoked salmon cucumber canapés are a fun take on the lox and cream cheese. Plus, by creating individual servings you can keep portions and expenses in check.

Simply slice an English cucumber into rounds (these are the long ones with no seeds) then top evenly with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Garnish with a sprig of dill for a pretty and flavorful finish.

Hummus, Feta, and Tomato Cucumber Bites

No more double dipping when you serve these hummus and tomato topped canapés as an appetizer at your party. You&rsquoll find it is impossible to not eat more than one! After cutting cucumbers into rounds (I like using English cucumbers for their thin peel), top with hummus and halved cherry tomatoes. Finish with feta cheese. These also make a delicious vegetarian lunch option!

Asian Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites

Packed with flavor, this twist on classic chicken salad lights up your lunchtime taste buds. I made some easy swaps such as peanut butter for mayo because it lends the same creaminess but offers more of an Asian flavor. I also added a bag of premixed kale, cabbage, and carrot salad to boost the nutrition and save time chopping veggies. However, if traditional chicken salad is more your style then you won&rsquot be disappointed with my Balsamic Chicken Salad. Otherwise, don&rsquot miss these Asian Chicken Salad Cucumber Bites! If you Cucumber canapés


Veg Canapes(#LC14101): These bite-sized finger foods are easy to make, and loaded with taste. A great party-starter that are ready in no time at all.

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How to make veg. canapes recipe?

1. The ingredients quantity can be set as per your serving requirement under Change Serving. We recommend you set it prior to the start.

2. Cut bread and toast in oven for 2-3 minutes

3. Slice and mix the bell peppers, baby corn and asparagus

4. Add salt, pepper, mixed herb and olive oil

5. Place the vegetables on a baking tray. Bake for 2-3 minutes.

6. Spread butter or cream cheese onto the bread or biscuit.

7. Place the cooked vegetables on top.

8. This is a perfect party food. Other topping that can be added are cherry tomatoes, black olives, cheese or cucumber.