beautiful and useful cucumber rolls with shrimp and cheese

Cucumber Rollups

Summer is upon us and backyard barbeques are taking place most weekends. When I have a barbeque I like to have some appetizers for my guests to munch on while the grill does it’s magic. I usually go with a cool appetizer, especially on the hot days when I don’t want to turn on the oven.

This appetizer is extra refreshing because it starts with cool cucumbers. I love cucumbers. My favorite barbeque side is cucumber salad with onions and a vinegar dressing. It goes with just about anything cooked on the grill.

If you serve cucumber salad as a side (which I highly recommend), use thinly sliced zucchini in place of the cucumbers for these rollups.

beautiful and useful cucumber rolls with shrimp and cheese

Cucumber Rollups

Yield: Serves 8

Cucumber Rollups

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumbers sliced thinly lengthwise
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange cucumber slices on paper towels. Top with another layer of paper towels. Set aside.
  2. Beat the remaining ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Press the top layer of paper towels to absorb as much liquid from the cucumbers as possible.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture over a slice of cucumber and roll up to form a pinwheel.
  5. Use toothpicks to hold them together if they aren’t holding together.

Notes

You can prepare the filling in advance, but don’t assemble too far in advance. The moisture in the cucumbers can make them too soggy.

Additions/Variations:

Insert a cooked shrimp halfway into the filling so part of it sticks out as a garnish. You can also insert a sprig of fresh chive or dill.

Top the open end of the spirals with a small spoonful of red caviar. (Very pretty!)

Insert fresh sprig of parsley into the top.

Top with a cherry tomato half.

http://www.leanncooks.org/appetizers-and-snacks/cucumber-rollups/

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