Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Easy Party Food: Cucumber Rings

Easy party food recipes make for some great holiday ideas. After all, what’s a holiday without a party or two to celebrate? When I had a large vegetable garden, I always tried to take advantage of all the free produce whenever I was planning a party. These cucumber rings were one of the things I made, and they’re yummy and easy!
These are good for any type of party or get-togethers on holidays. They're especially appropriate for St. Patrick's Day parties!
Filled Cucumber Rings
Fresh cucumbers
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
flat-leaf parsley
Directions: Rinse and dry cucumbers. Alternately peel strips to give the cukes a “striped” appearance.
Cut cumber in half, crosswise. With a small sharp knife, cut out center and seeds.
Soften cream cheese in the microwave and blend with ranch dressing mix. While mixture is soft, place it in a pastry bag. Use a medium-large tip to fill the cucumbers with the mixture.
Wrap filled cukes in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or so for filling to firm. Cut cucumbers in desired length to serve and top each with a parsley leaf.

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