Garden Fresh Herbed Cucumber “Flower” Bites

Source: www.madiganmade.com – Shannon Madigan 

Madigan made…  a light and fresh summer appetizer.

The past two days I shared with you some ideas to decorate your patio table or summer BBQ serving area. (DIY no-sew placemats and a painted cutlery caddy)

Today I wanted to share with you a summer idea for your belly!
Need a new appetizer idea for a patriotic party this weekend?

I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for a recipe in the summertime, I like cool, light and fresh bites.

Nothing says ‘fresh’ to me more than lemon, cucumber or mint.

I actually made these little cucumber bites to bring for Easter Sunday dinner… but I think they’d be perfect this time of year to make for a party or BBQ.

For those of you that garden, consider using up some of the cucumbers or mint you are growing for this recipe. If you remember I kind of have a black thumb and minimal success growing veggies. I do have some mint in pots that are doing OK, so I might grab some of that to make this appy again.

I used my mandoline to thinly slice the radishes and a flower cookie cutter to make a fun shape with the cucumber. I think it adds a little whimsy!

These taste best served right away, but I made them right before we went out that Sunday to dinner. After a 20 minute drive, they still tasted great!

Garden Fresh Herbed Cucumber Bites

Inspired by epicurious.com
1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp chopped pecans (optional)

2 tbsp mint, thinly sliced

2 tsp chopped chives

4 ounces, softened cream cheese

1/8 tsp salt

1 seedless cucumber, medium sliced into 32 rounds

3-4 medium radishes, sliced thinly into 32 rounds

kosher salt

Mix  Combine the first seven ingredients together in a large bowl.

Cut  Use a decorative cookie cutter (i.e. a flower) to cut the cucumber into shapes.

Assemble Layer the cucumber, then the radish slice on top of each other. Then top with about 1/2 tsp of cheese mixture.

Serve  Serve right away and enjoy!

P.S. If you like herbs and radishes…. I bet you’d love the radish and herbed butter crostinis that I shared last summer.

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