1large cucumberpeeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1cupherb cream cheesecommonly found as chive cream cheese; use dairy or non-dairy
24medium pre-cooked shrimpdeveined and tails off
For Shrimp & Cucumber Cups
2large cucumberspeeled and sliced into 1-inch pieces
2cupsherb cream cheese
1/2poundof pre-cooked bay shrimp
2green onion stalkssliced into 1/2-inch pieces
To Make Shrimp & Cucumber Coins
In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro.
Add shrimp and mix together until shrimp is coated with the marinade; refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
Lay out cucumber slices - the cucumber "coins" - onto a serving tray in a single layer.
Place cream cheese into a plastic Ziplock bag with one corner cut. You can also use a fancy icing piper for this to create a pretty pattern.
Gently squeeze out about a tablespoon full of the herb cream cheese onto each cucumber coin.
Top with one medium pre-marinated shrimp.
To Make Shrimp & Cucumber Cup Canapés
Using a melon baller or small spoon, carefully scoop out the center of each cucumber piece, taking care not to scoop through to the bottom.
Place cream cheese into a pastry bag with fancy piping tip or into a ziplock bag with a corner cut out. Fill each cucumber cup with cream cheese, just past the top of each slice.
Top each filled cucumber cup with 1-3 bay shrimp and one green onion piece.
Option #1: Makes approximately 20-24 individual canapés You can use frozen pre-cooked shrimp that is thawed, buy pre-cooked shrimp from your grocery store's meat & seafood department the day you are serving this, or you can even buy pre-cooked, pre-marinated shrimp at the grocery store. I love the lime garlic shrimp at the Costco deli!Option #2: Makes approximately 15-20 individual canapés.
You can usually find pre-cooked bay shrimp in your grocery store's seafood department. You can also use frozen pre-cooked bay shrimp instead; just make sure you thaw it out accordingly before serving.
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