CUCUMBER BITES WITH HERB CREAM CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATOES

CUCUMBER BITES WITH HERB CREAM CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATOES

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces (1 Brick) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup ranch dressing
2 tablespoons fresh dill or thyme
3 to 4 long cucumbers, skinned and sliced into 1 inch slices
15 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Salt, to taste
Paprika or cajun spice mix, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

First, Make the herbed cream cheese: in a stand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese with the ranch dressing and herbs. Mix until well combined. Spoon into a piping bag with a star tip.

Prepare the cucumber, remove peel, and using a fork, score the sides. Slice into 1 inch pieces. Using a melon baller, remove a portion of the center of one side of the piece of cucumber, leaving a half moon crater.

Pipe the Herb Cream Cheese into the crater. Enough to stick out of the top about 1/2 inch.

Add a half Cherry Tomato partially buried into the Herb Cream Cheese …