This week we have a really fun little appetizer that you can make in a few minutes. And it’s a great way to trick your kids into cooking!

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These are Cucumber Rings!

Cucumber Rings - From Michigan Consolidated Gas Holiday Cookbook, 1970

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From Michigan Consolidated Gas Holiday Cookbook, 1970

 3 oz soft cream cheese
 1 tbsp chopped chive or onion
 1 tbsp chopped parsley
 1 tsp mayonnaise
 ¼ tsp lemon juice
 1 cucumber, pared

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Combine all ingredients except cucumber. Scoop out inside of cucumber with apple corer. Pack with cheese mixture. Wrap in wax paper (or plastic wrap): chill thoroughly for 2-3 hours. Slice 1/4 inch thick to serve.
Yield: 24 slices

Ingredients

 3 oz soft cream cheese
 1 tbsp chopped chive or onion
 1 tbsp chopped parsley
 1 tsp mayonnaise
 ¼ tsp lemon juice
 1 cucumber, pared

Directions

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Combine all ingredients except cucumber. Scoop out inside of cucumber with apple corer. Pack with cheese mixture. Wrap in wax paper (or plastic wrap): chill thoroughly for 2-3 hours. Slice 1/4 inch thick to serve.
Yield: 24 slices

Cucumber Rings

This recipe is from the Michigan Consolidated Gas Holiday Cookbook that was published in 1970.  In addition to many cookie and other holiday dessert recipes, it also has a ton of appetizer recipes. I was drawn to this one because…well…I love the mid-century recipes that fill stuff with other stuff and then slice to serve. You know, stuffed cantaloupe, stuffed celery, stuffed pickles, stuffed tomatoes. To a lesser extent, stuffed mushrooms, since you usually cook those.  The list is actually quite long. But this one also seemed a little bit less on the insane end, so it was a good recipe to make for a party that wasn’t full of hard-core mid-century recipe testers.

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Also, thank you to my friend Jill who made this recipe for me!!! Man, I have the best friends.

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“How are they? Pretty tame?”

“Actually, these are really good. Very refreshing.”

The Verdict: Refreshing

From The Tasting Notes –

These were fun little nibbles that were easy to make and were refreshing to eat. We were so excited that we cut ours without even chilling them, and they were a bit mooshy, so you should probably follow the instructions and chill well before serving. The cream cheese filling had a good amount of flavor, and it was complimentary to the cucumber. You could probably add whatever fun thing you want and it would be delicious, like dill, hot sauce, etc. The lemon juice was a particularly nice addition. These were enjoyed by everyone (Even Tom, who doesn’t care for cucumbers.) and they went well with drinks. Alex in particular scarfed a large number of them, but that kid eats plain cream cheese on crackers, so this was right up her alley.