Everything Bagel Cucumber Bites is a keto-friendly appetizer featuring fresh cucumber slices topped with a creamy, seasoned mixture of cream cheese, butter, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and everything bagel seasoning. In this article, we’ll show you how to make this appetizer step-by-step, as well as discuss its nutritional value and answer some common questions about the recipe.
IngredientsEverything Bagel Cucumber Bites
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make Everything Bagel Cucumber Bites:
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed caraway seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 medium cucumber
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt or sour cream, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Making the Everything Bagel Seasoning
- In a small bowl, whisk together the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, crushed caraway seeds, and coarse salt. Set aside.
Preparing the Cucumber Bites
- Use a sharp knife to peel alternating strips of skin from the cucumber.
- Slice the cucumber crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices and place on a platter.
- In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, Greek yogurt or sour cream, garlic powder, and salt until well combined and smooth.
- Attach a star-shaped tip to a piping bag and fill the bag with the cream cheese mixture.
- Pipe decoratively on top of the cucumber slices.
- Sprinkle each slice with everything bagel seasoning and serve.
- You can make the bites ahead of time, but the cucumber starts to get watery with the salt, so sprinkle with the everything bagel seasoning just before serving.
Serving size: 3 bites Calories: 93 Total fat: 7.9g Carbohydrates: 2.7g Fiber: 0.4g Protein: 1.5g
- Can I use regular salt instead of coarse salt for the everything bagel seasoning?
- Yes, you can use regular salt instead of coarse salt, but remember that the texture and flavor may be slightly different.
- Can I use a different type of seasoning for the cucumber bites?
- Yes, you can experiment with different seasonings for the cucumber bites, but remember that the recipe may not be as low-carb or keto-friendly.
- Can I substitute the Greek yogurt or sour cream with something else?
- You can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream with another type of dairy or non-dairy yogurt or sour cream, but remember that the recipe may not be as low-carb or keto-friendly.
- Can I make everything bagel seasoning ahead of time?
- Yes, you can make the bagel seasoning ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for up to several weeks.
5. Can I Use a Different Type of Cheese for Everything Bagel Cucumber Bites?
- The short answer is yes, you can definitely experiment with different types of cheese to find the perfect flavour combination for your taste buds. In fact, there are many different types of cheese that would work well in this recipe.
One option is to substitute the cream cheese with a different soft cheese, such as ricotta or goat cheese. Both of these cheeses have a slightly tangy flavour that would pair well with the cucumber and everything bagel seasoning. You could also try using flavoured cream cheese, such as garlic and herb or chive and onion, to add an extra pop of flavour.
If you want to get a bit more adventurous, you could try using a harder cheese like cheddar or gouda. Simply grate the cheese and mix it with some Greek yogurt or sour cream to make it easier to pipe onto the cucumber slices. You could even try using a blend of different cheeses for a unique flavour combination.
Of course, if you are on a strict low-carb or keto diet, you will want to choose a cheese that is low in carbohydrates. Most cheeses are naturally low in carbs, but some varieties, like feta or blue cheese, may be slightly higher. Be sure to check the nutrition information for your chosen cheese to ensure that it fits your dietary needs.
In conclusion, while cream cheese is the traditional choice for Everything Bagel Cucumber Bites, you can definitely switch it up and experiment with different types of cheese.