Mediterranean Cucumber Cups with Georgia

 Moving day is one week from today and I’m kind of freaking out!  I have boxes everywhere and my office looks something like a bomb went off in it.

While I’m busy getting my freak on, one of my favorite bloggers, Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking, has stopped by with a quick and easy appetizer to ring in the glorious spring weather.

Hello, foodie friends and readers of The Three Little Piglets! I’m Georgia Johnson, the meal-maker and picture-taker behind The Comfort of Cooking, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post here for Jen today. We share such similar passions for easy, budget friendly and enjoyable food, and for that reason I admire what she does here so much. While Jen may have a lot on her plate, she seems to handle it all with ease while balancing this beautiful blog!

Now, onto the good eatin’s…

Cucumber cups are one of my favorite two-bite party appetizers, since they’re so simple and adaptable – you can put just about any combination of good flavors in them and they’ll turn out tasty! And then, you’ll try one. You know, just to make sure they’re good enough for guests. And then, suddenly, there will be none left for your party. Oops?

The steps to your very own cucumber cups couldn’t be easier. Just peel two cucumbers and leave a few stripes going down the side for an eye-appealing effect. Then, chop them up into 1-inch thick slices, scoop out the insides, and fill to your heart’s content.

For these cucumber cups, I chose a Greek salad style filling with fresh ingredients like plump tomatoes, bell peppers, creamy feta and black olives, but cucumber cups offer a fabulously fun way to get creative in the kitchen! Try them instead with hummus, crab or potato salad, or a roasted red pepper or spinach dip.

All you need is about fifteen minutes, a handful of basic ingredients, a pretty platter for serving, and voila! These cucumber cuties are a healthy, mouthwatering Mediterranean treat that party guests will devour and demand the recipe for!

Many thanks again to Jen for having me over to her lovely blog. It’s been a delish opportunity!

Mediterranean Cucumber Cups

Yields: About 15 Cucumber Cups

Ingredients

2 cucumbers

1/2 small red onion, finely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 vine ripe tomato, seeded and finely chopped

1/8 cup black olives, pitted and chopped

1/4 tablespoon dried oregano

1/8 cup fresh feta, crumbled

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Juice of 1 lemon plus 1/2 tablespoon zest

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion, bell pepper, tomato, olives, oregano, feta, parsley, lemon juice and zest, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Peel the cucumbers partially, leaving thin strips of skin going down the entire length of the cucumber. Trim the ends of the cucumbers and cut each cucumber into 1-inch thick slices. Scoop out the center of each slice with a melon baller, leaving a shell of flesh.

Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the Mediterranean salad into the cucumber cups. Garnish with additional parsley and feta, if desired.

*Notes

Adapted from Rachael Ray

Enjoy!

Well that’s enough for me, but I don’t know what the heck the rest of you would eat!  Just kidding.  Sort of… thanks Georgia for sharing this today!  You can never have too many quick and easy appetizer recipes up your sleeve.  Now feel free to go and shower Georgia with love for making your life easier!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Heh, it’s a bite-sized greek salad! :D Love the idea… looks like a great little “amuse-bouche” or party food.

  2. 2

    i love this recipe! i can’t wait to try it at my next little get-together. :)

  3. 3

    Those cucumber cups sound like the perfect little bites on a hot day. I am loving the plate they are on, too!!

  4. 4

    Perfect for entertaining and just nibbling. Your presentation is always great Georgia and thanks Jen for inviting her here.

  5. 5

    Very clever way of bringing all those mouth-watering Greek flavors together. Beautiful pictures too!

  6. 6

    These cucumber cups are just beautiful! Cucumber is probably my favorite spring/summertime healthy food, and although I can even eat it plain, it looks phenomenal dressed up like this! We’ll totally be making these–thanks so much for sharin!

  7. 7

    I hope the move goes well. These look amazing, Georgia. It’s so creative to scoop out the center of a cucumber. These flavors are some of my favorites too! Good luck with the move Jen!

  8. 8

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to contribute and for your kind words, Jen! Wishing you the best of luck with your upcoming move!

  9. 9

    The ice cold crunch of cucumbers always make me think of spring/summer! Glad to stop in and see this healthy dish. I never would have thought of using cucumbers in the way, very creative. Happy Monday!

  10. 10

    These little salad bites look fantastic! Love all of the flavors and textures! Great job ladies!

  11. 11

    Jen , I am so happy to see dear Georgia here on your site. What can I say you have a taste in a good foodies!:)
    Georgia, your cucumber cups and nothing but amazing! Love them and have to try when I have some guests over..well even when they are not over this could be great snack for me!!!!
    Thank you for sharing and wishing you both fantastic week!!!!xoxo

  12. 12

    I know moving can be a real pain. I hope you have some help and you’re able to settle down soon.

    Great to see Georgia over here. All her posts are just drool inducing.

  13. 13

    Hi Jen and Georgia what a great guest post. These little tidbits look adorable and so tasty. Beautiful photographs as well, makes you want to jump right out and grab one. Hope you both have a wonderful day.

  14. 14

    These look amazing and refreshing. What a lovely spring recipe.

  15. 15

    What a wonderful and healthy recipe!! Great job Georgia. :) Hope the move goes well Jen! :)

  16. 16

    This is great! Like a one bite greek salad! So clever with the cucumber cups, while they all look and sound delicious this absolutely makes the most sense! Great post, and fantastic recipe! Good luck with the move Jen!

  17. 17

    These are adorable. I am trying to think how I could adapt them for mini-me as she loves cukes. Great pics too.

  18. 18

    These are stunning!! Nice job Georgia! I love that they are tasty and healthy and a perfect party finger food. Thank you for sharing. I am pinning this one!

  19. 19

    Jen, one week till moving! Good luck with packing and everything. I’m a big fan of Georgia and so happy to see this gorgeous cucumber cups on your blog! She makes everything so pretty and appetizing. Love how she uses colors in the dishes. :-)

  20. 20

    These look great! I love how easy they are too :)

  21. 21

    Gorgeous!! And they sound like the perfect party appetizer. Light and full of flavor!

  22. 22

    What a divine guest post – these sound so delicious and look beautiful! Perfect as an appetizer! Yum :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Jaffa Fudge Nutella Cookie + More

  23. 23

    Lovely cucumber cups : ) what a nice guest posting! I love them filled with lots of different things, they are so fresh and juicy. I have recently started following your blog and have really enjoyed everything you have offered. I nominated you today for The Versatile Blogger award : ) Just my way of saying hi and taking a moment to say I like what your doing…and to keep on keeping on!

  24. 24

    What a fun and beautiful appetizer – so simple and easy and I love the idea of using hummus as the filling… Good luck with the move, Jen! I’m off to check out Georgia’s blog…

  25. 25

    Those are really stunning, and they look so stylish–perfect for a spring party. Good luck with the move!

  26. 26

    What a wonderful idea! Even those of us who try and watch how many appetizers we consumer just might get away with more than a couple! Love it.

  27. 27

    Georgia,
    Your cucumber cups look delicious and refreshing. The possibilities are endless! a Great guest post!
    Heading over to your blog, now!

    Jen,
    Good luck with your move!

  28. 28

    Wonderful guest post Georgia! I love this idea, these are so cute and sound so tasty!

  29. 29

    These are so pretty! I never though to use cucumbers as cups, but I bet it’s a bright, refreshing bite, no matter what the filling.

  30. 30

    This is such a genius idea! My daughter loves cucumbers and everything else you filled them up with. These would be perfect for her lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  31. 31

    I have never made cucumber cups but I love the idea. Edible containers are the best.

    Jen – good luck in the coming days.

  32. 32

    Great finger food! Feta is my absolute favorite addition to a Mediterranean mix and with the crunch of a cucumber… yum!

  33. 33

    You have been nominated for a Versatile blogger award! ;.)

  34. 34

    Great appetizer. Light, easy, colorful and delicious!

  35. 35

    I cannot wait to make this for the next party at my place. I have never seen cucumber cups like that before. The stuffing looks great but guess one can stuff anything they like. Very versatile and beautiful!

  36. 36

    I HATE packing and moving!! Best of luck to you!

    And I adore these cups!! I LOVE greek salad and this is such a bright and healthy appetizer! Totally going to make it for my girls for our next get together!

  37. 37

    I hope the move goes smoothly, Jen! And, I love these cups, Georgia! I am already dreaming of simple summer appetizers for lazy nights on the patio and these definitely fit the menu :)

  38. 38

    What a bright, beautiful salad! A delicious way to balance out all the dessert consumption.
    Jen, try to freak out too much while you’re preparing for the move. Packing is usually the most difficult part…it’s so tedious. Once it’s over, hopefully it’ll be smoother sailing. :)

  39. 39

    These little appetizers are too cute! They’d definitely be a hit at any party! Good luck with moving Jen!

  40. 40

    oh man these look good. I think I am going to try and make these for the baby shower I am hosting. Btw…I just awarded you the versatile blog award. Come by and check it out.

  41. 41

    Hello Georgia! So nice of you to help Jen out and what a gorgeous post! So many appetizers are heavy and cheese or mayo based that this would be a nice, fresh addition to any party.

  42. 42

    I recently nominted you for the Versatile Blogger award. I’m so glad to have found your blog and love all the amazing recipes you share!! You can find more info here – http://thecornerkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/03/award.html

  43. 43

    Hi Jen! Such a cute blog you have! I was sent from Georgia! And these adorable cucumber cups are such a perfect to-go salad!! Can’t wait to serve these at my next gathering! :)

    xx
    Katie {Epicurean Mom}

  44. 44

    Hey ladies….what a great guest appearance. I love both of your blogs so much! These cukes look so good and are perfect for warm weather eating. I love how versatile this recipe can be as well. Though I LOVE Greek salads, so this is the perfect ‘stuffing’ for me! I’ve got you in my thoughts, Jen, and I hope the move goes smoothly! And thanks Georgia, for this awesome recipe and for jumping in to help a friend. You ladies are just great! : )

  45. 45

    This is such a cute idea!! I am definitely making these at my next party. Good luck with the move Jen!

  46. 46

    These look great and delicious! I like Greek salad, so this is a great filling for cucumber slices.

  47. 47

    i love this idea, so cute and tasty! and good luck with the move Jen!

  48. 48

    I love the comment that called this a bite-sized Greek salad. Perfect! And YUM!

  49. 49

    Yummy, simple yet elegant appetizer!! I love cups made out of produce :)

  50. 50

    I’ve been seeing cucumber bites all over lately, I love a trendy new appetizer! These look so delicious and fresh!

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