When I started planning the menu for Henry’s birthday party, I knew I needed to do everything possible to minimize day-of prep work, because of the size of the party plus the fact that we were starting at 10:30 AM. One of the first appetizer ideas that popped into my head were these lovely little cucumber bites. They are so easy to prepare but have a very elegant look. Plus, I mean, it’s Boursin, so it’s basically assured to be delicious.
To save even more time, I whipped the cheese and cream together the night before and stored the pastry bag in the fridge overnight, so in the morning literally all I needed to do was slice the cucumber and pipe out dollops of cheese. One less thing to stress about before a big party? A definite win.
Boursin Cucumber Bites
Yield: About 20 pieces, depending on size of cucumber
1 (5.2 oz) package garlic herb Boursin cheese
2-3 tbsp. heavy cream
To prepare the filling, mix Boursin with 2 tbsp. heavy cream in a small bowl. Stir with a fork until lightened and smooth. If needed, add another tablespoon of cream until the mixture reaches a smooth consistency for piping. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip; set aside.
Peel the cucumber partially or totally, if desired, and slice into pieces approximately 1/2 inch thick. Using a spoon, gently scrape out the seeds from the center of each slice and discard, leaving a base in the middle to hold the filling. (A grapefruit spoon works wonderfully for this.) Arrange the slices on a serving platter, pipe a dollop of the Boursin mixture onto each slice, and serve chilled. (These can be assembled and stored in the fridge for up to six hours before serving.)
Source: Annie’s Eats