Creamy spicy cheese fills these cucumber shrimp cups, topped with perky shrimp for the perfect game day appetizer or cocktail party fare.
Many years ago my cousin was invited to a hunting camp for the weekend. Everyone was bringing food to share so she made her deliciously creamy cheesy hot spinach dip. Much ridicule ensued because, apparently, spinach dip is too frou-frou for a weekend at a hunting camp. That story popped into my mind when I decided to fashion cups from cucumbers and fill them with spicy creamy cheese topped with shrimp. Are these too fancy for football food?
Here’s the honest truth. I do enjoy watching football, both the American and rest-of-the-world variety, which is to say, soccer. But if you are inviting me over to watch a special game or you are coming over to my house to do the same, the food is going to be my main priority. Well, and making sure we’ve got enough cold beer, wine and soft drinks. I am of the firm opinion that no food is too fancy for football food. My only requirements are that it is tasty and easy to eat. If it’s spicy, that’s a big bonus. My family love spicy. These cucumber shrimp cups qualify in all three categories.
- 24 medium shrimp
- 1 teaspoon salt for boiling shrimp
- 8 oz or 225g cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ cup or 75g feta
- 1 tablespoon fresh fennel fronds, minced, plus extra for garnish
- 1 tablespoon fresh green onion tops or chives, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1-2 hot red chili peppers, minced, plus more for garnish, if desired
- 4-5 Lebanese cucumbers or 2 English cucumbers
- Peel and clean your shrimp, leaving the tail end on.
- Bring a pot of 4 cups or 960ml water with one teaspoon of salt to the boil.
- Add in the shrimp and remove the pot from the heat.
- Leave to rest for 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp are have turned pink.
- Drain the pot and rinse the shrimp with cold water.
- Put in the refrigerator to drain with the colander over a bowl to catch any dripping.
- Stir together softened cream cheese, feta, fennel, chopped fresh chives, fresh lemon juice, and salt. If it's too thick for a piping bag or to squeeze out of a plastic bag with the corner cut off, add a couple of tablespoons of warm water, mixing well between each addition.
- Cut cucumbers into 24½ in or 2 cm slices, discarding the rounded ends.
- Using a melon baller or small spoon to scoop the seeds from centers of the cucumber slices, being careful not to cut all the way through the bottom.
- Use a plastic bag with a corner cut off or a piping bag and tip to overfill the cucumber cups with the spicy cheese.
- Top each with a cold boiled shrimp.
- Add extra chili slices and chopped fennel fronds for garnish, if desired.
This week our Sunday Supper tastemakers are hosting a virtual kickoff party to celebrate the start of the football season. I know I’m going to be pinning a bunch of these for any party situation! Many thanks to our host today, Coleen of The Redhead Baker and our event manager, Shelby of Grumpy’s Honeybunch.
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