Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cucumber Cream Cheese Spread

I really think y'all are going to love this next recipe. If you are a fan of bagels and cream cheese or if you like to snack on crackers with some creamy goodness smeared on top then you will really enjoy this spread. I make this quite often for myself and my girlfriends. It is great to snack on or you can make a meal with it by spreading it on a lightly toasted bagel and having it for lunch.
Ingredients:
½ cucumber (peeled and cut into chunks)*
2-3 green onions (trim off roots)
1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
⅛ teaspoon salt

Directions:
To make in the food processor: trim away roots from base of green onion, place in food processor. Add cucumber to food processor bowl. Cover and process until coarsely chopped. Add cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend. If you don't have a food processor, finely chop the cucumber and the green onions. In a medium bowl combine cucumber, green onions, cream cheese, worcestershire sauce and salt.  Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend (for best flavor.) Serve on a toasted bagel or with crackers.  
I left it a little chunky so you could see it a bit better.


*Cook's Notes: You can use as little or as much cucumber you like in this. Go by your taste.


59 comments :

  1. I am a cucumber fanatic! I love the crunch! I make a Cucumber Dill Salsa for salmon, and I tell you, the textural pop you get in your mouth from the crunch and tenderness from the salmon...AH-MAZING! Needless to say, I am totally going to try this!

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  2. Siggy - can you believe I actually made something completely healthy? Hahaha. And it tastes good! You will love this. I know you are working out a lot more so this is perfect to eat after a workout - it won't make you feel heavy or weighted down!

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  3. Mmmmm this spread sound dee-lish! Im an everything bagel gal too! I've been trying to eat better too Sig. This sounds perfect Bran!!

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  4. I am going to make this RIGHT NOW! I have all of the ingredients and it's meant to be! ♥- Katrina

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  5. Omg Brandy..I love this! Amazing Ingredients..and plus I love love bagels!

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  6. What a great idea! I think that I probably shouldn't be reading amazing food blogs when my stomach is growling, ha!

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  7. Oh I love me some everything bagels!! I love this recipe, it would be the perfect lunch for me!

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  8. Love the sound of this. On the nights that I work late I usually come home and have pickles and cheese or some kind of cheese and crackers. I need to make a batch of this stuff to have on hand for that simple late night dinner. Thanks Brandie!!

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  9. Yum, this would also make great stuffed celery. thanks.

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  10. This looks like a refreshing spread for a light lunch or snack, plus I love cucumbers. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh, Brandie, this sounds fabulous! I'm a big fan of cukes, and would love this spread on my bagel or oatmeal bread. Yummy!!!

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  12. Brandie, I am a spread freak!! I love having things to dip or spread on veggies, bread, or crackers...this is definitely going to be tried in my kitchen in the near future!

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  13. Yum!!! I will have to try this. I am an everything bagel kinda gal myself!!!! So good!

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  14. What a wonderful combination of flavors! Bookmarked and I'm trying this one ASAP! Thank you for sharing :)

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  15. I bet that cucumber gives this spread such a fresh and yummy taste. I'll have to try this one soon! (Lucky for me I've got the husband eating 1/3-less fat cream cheese!)

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  16. What a great light lunch or snack this would be, Brandie! Great idea! I'm going to save this recipe and give it a try. I think I'm going to try it inside of a wrap. Thank you!

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  17. I so love bagels and cream cheese. This spread sounds amazing. I can't wait to try it out.

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  18. This would be great to serve to a group of my friends on a Saturday afternoon. I love bagels and cream cheese :-) And I think that this spread sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I hope you have a blessed Sunday

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  19. It's been so long since I've had a bagel. Cream cheese and cucumber sounds like a great combination.

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  20. I love bagels and cream cheese, but I always talk myself out of the extra calories. Time for a splurge. This spread looks wonderful. Bookmarked!

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  21. This would have been the perfect recipe to have on hand when my neighbor informed me of a craving for cucumbers. I could have whipped this up. Thankfully I will have this on hand for the next time a hankering for cucumbers comes up. Yummy!

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  22. Oh my goodness, Everything Bagels all the way!!!! Once again YUM, and I am prining this recipe to make this summer when we have extra cucs from the garden. You are NOT good for my so very large, "To Try" recipe pile. Everytime you post on FB it grows by a recipe or two. :)

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  23. Well now doesn't that just sound like a lovely treat! :-)

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  24. YUMM-O...I too love the everything bagel, looks wonderful!

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  25. Thank you for all the lovely comments everyone! I really think you will love this once you give it a try!
    And Tonya - you always do my heart good with the sweet things you say :)

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  26. These look amazing, I love them gloria

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  27. I love bagels (obviously, haha) so this sperad is just calling my name. It looks AMAZING, I can't wait to try it out! :)

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  28. That spread looks super easy and delicious! I am going to have to try this one!

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  29. Yum! I followed you over from skip to my lou, linky party. I am at snowmanlover.blogspot.com
    I am now following you! Do you have a subscribe button by any chance? thanks!

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  30. Cucumbers always add such freshness to everything and this looks light and delicious. Perfect for a spring picnic!

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  31. What a great spread! Crunchy and flavorful!

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  32. This really looks good...can't wait to give it a try. I would love for you to join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can. Thanks again for sharing.

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  33. That looks really great. Perfect for a snack or breakfast buffet.

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  34. That's probably the kind of thing I could sit at the counter and eat an entire container of without thinking about (until it's all gone). Wow, it looks delicious.

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  35. Oooh, this sounds so fresh and yummy! Thanks for sharing over at Skip to My Lou!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  36. Sounds like a perfect snack or packed lunch!!!

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  37. wow! Need to try this! I'm really into cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches right now so this would be perfect! YUM!

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  38. This sounds delicious and so refreshing for brunch...a tasty spin on plain cream cheese too! Love it. :)

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  39. Did I tell you I made this? It was good...even though I overdid it with the food processor and mine ended up completely green! lol

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  40. Katrina - I'm so happy you liked it! And you know, the flavors still work even if you overprocess it. LOL

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  41. I love the smell and I always look forward for that fresh batch whenever I go to my favorite bagel shop.
    I learned something new today, thank you.
    Another thing that I love about bagels is that you can enjoy them with any kind of topping that you want.

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  42. This is a great recipe, fresh and tasty. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!

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  43. This was soooo good! I just finished the last bit of it tonight. The green onions I used were a bit strong so I might cut down on the amount used next time but I will definately be making this again!

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  44. I was thinking on a tortilla as a roll up. Great for the bridal shower I am throwing soon. Maybe add some dill?

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  45. I made this yesterday, added some chopped, fresh dill. Superlicious!!!!

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  46. Sounds fantastic and besides healthy it is low carb also.

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  47. I got this recipe from a friend, Pat Black, Gladewater Tx several years ago. I love it and letting it blend overnight before eating is simply not an option for me. Just CANNOT put it away without having a little of it with some crackers. It keeps well in refrigerator too.

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  48. In central Kentucky, we grate the cucumber and onion and call it Benedictine cheese b

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  49. LOVE hearing that!! So happy you like this one!

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  50. Yum! Sounds great and will use.

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  51. Do you use the green tops of the onions?

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  52. Here in the Deep South , we make cucumber sandwiches for all our showers and ladies get togethers. I personally like to make up the base you have posted and then slice my peeled cucumbers thin and place on paper towels, salt them and let them sit for a few minutes. Then blot them with another paper towel and place them on top of the wonderful base mixture and top with dill weed or parsley flakes. I cut my bread to fit the size of the cucumber.
    They are wonderful. Another favorite is open face tomato sandwiches with this base, top with sliced Roma tomatoes
    Sprinkle with bacon bits and dill weed. Enjoy your blog very much.

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  53. We just picked our first cucumbers this week!!! YEA!!! I had a cucumber and spring onion sandwich with mayo, salt and pepper last night. It was so good!!

    Mother use to make little finger sandwiches for parties with something similar. She cut them in rounds and placed a thin slice of cucumber on it. So good! Thanks...Pinning it!!

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  54. Hi Brandie, Love these recipes with cucumber! My Daughter loves them! Going to visit her in Tennessee in a few days and I am definitely going to try these recipes! Thanks soooo much for posting them! Love all of the recipes that you send to my e-mail!!!

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  55. I am not a cuke lover in the least, but this recipe is a favorite! I love the ease of the recipe...the wonderful flavor combo...and that this lasts several days (only if I forget it's in the fridge). Thanks for sharing such great recipes!!!

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  56. As anonymous from Ky. said, we grate the onions and cucumbers before adding them to the cream cheese. Then add paprika and a little green food coloring to make our Benedictine spread. It was developed in the 1920s, I think by a Miss Jenny Benedict who served it in her tea room in Louisville, Ky.

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