Sunday, January 30, 2011

Recipe for Hummus and Cucumber Appetizer Bites with Sesame Seeds

These Hummus and Cucumber Bites are a tasty diet-friendly appetizer.


If you're looking for Carb-Conscious Christmas Recipes or Super Bowl party nibbles, these hummus and cucumber bites are amazingly easy to make, fun to serve, and I promise that your hummus-loving guests will gobble them up.  And if you happen to have any guests who are trying not to completely abandon their diet on party day, they'll love you for serving a diet-legal finger food like this.  The only part that might be a little tricky to find is the black sesame seeds, but you can use regular white sesame seeds as well if you can't find the black ones.

I used the European-style cucumbers that come wrapped in plastic.  They have a pretty thin skin, so I peeled them in strips to leave some green color on.  If you have regular grocery-store cucumbers I might peel off all the skin.  

Then cut the cucumber into slices around 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick.   This is how many slices I got from one of those large cucumbers.  I'd guess about 8-10 slices from a regular cucumber.

Then put purchased hummus into a small Ziploc bag and cut off the corner.  You're going to use this like a pastry bag and squeeze the hummus onto the cucumbers.  (I started with 1/2 cup hummus; you can add more depending on how many appetizers you're making.  There are plenty of good brands of hummus, but this is my favorite hummus if I'm buying it.)

Squeeze a small amount of hummos on to the top of each cucumber slice, just enough to slightly mound up but not so much that it starts to droop over.

I used these black sesame seeds that I buy at the Asian market.  You can keep them in the freezer and they will literally last for years.  If you don't want to buy them especially for this, just use white sesame seeds.

Sprinkle the Hummus and Cucumber Bites with sesame seeds and serve.


Hummus and Cucumber Appetizer Bites with Sesame Seeds
(Recipe adapted from Cucumber Rounds with Hummus and Yogurt at Fine Cooking.)

cucumbers, as many as desired (One large cucumber will make 10-14 appetizer bites)
hummus (use purchased hummus, or see links to hummus recipes after the recipe)
black or white sesame seeds

materials needed:  one small Ziploc bag or other thick plastic bag with one corner cut off

Peel cucumbers, either leaving strips of green (if the cucumber has thin skin) or peeling all the skin (if the cucumber has thick waxy skin.  Slice cucumber(s) into thick slices about 3/4 - 1 inch thick.  If the cucumbers seem watery, use a paper towel to press down on both sides to absorb some of the water and dry the surface of the cucumber.

Put hummus into a small bag made of thick plastic.  (I used about 1/2 cup hummus to make 14 appetizers; you can always add more hummus to the bag as you're making them.)  Cut off one corner of the bag so you can squeeze the hummus out, taking care not to make the hole too big.

Arrange cucumber slices on a plate or serving tray, then squeeze a mound of hummus on to the top of each cucumber slice.  Sprinkle slices with sesame seeds just before serving.


South Beach Suggestions:
This is a great low-glycemic appetizer that would be diet-legal for any phase of the South Beach Diet.  Hummus is limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving size for Phase One, but that would be quite a few of these little bites!


Hummus Recipes if You'd Like to Make Your Own:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Hummus Recipe from Simply Recipes
Best Hummus Recipe from The Hummus Blog
Cabbagetown Hummus from David Lebovitz
Paula Wolfert's Hummus from The Wednesday Chef
Traditional Hummus from The Perfect Pantry
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.) counter customizable free hit

28 comments:

  1. I know what to do with my cucumber next time. Oh I would finish these beauties so quickly.

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  2. And for those of us not watching the football game, these snacks will be delicious, too! Cucumber cups make everything look more elegant.

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  3. This is a winner, for the game, or any other event! Appetizers always challenge me, because some are pretty complicated, but this is so easy to prep, and looks beautiful, too.

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  4. So glad people see the appeal in this simple idea. I gobbled these up for lunch when I made the photos.

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  5. love the presentation of those bites! Not sure about your area, but around here (I'm in Quebec), they sell different varieties of hummus too. You can get a red pepper version, or sesame and garlic and so on. They're fab cos they add a little extra zing to regular hummus.

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  6. Yes, you could definitely make this with different hummus varieties too.

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  7. It's still unclear whether I'm even going to be watching the game this weekend (there's this class at the gym that I REALLY don't want to miss lol) but I could see myself sitting down to a batch of these either way!

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  8. Delightful & healthy vibrant appetizers, dear Kalyn!!

    Delectable food!

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  9. Thanks so much for this. I love hummus and this is a great way to serve. I have used low fat cream cheese mixed with chives on cucumbers, and then topped with a little smoked salmon. Can't wait to try these. By the way you blog has been a great addition to my South Beach diet. Some of the recipes in the book are not things my husband would eat. Thanks so much.

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  10. Donna, glad to know the recipes have been helpful.

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  11. I love this idea. Plus practically guilt free munching.

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  12. CJ, I think guilt free munching is a great description!

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  13. Do you think a hummus made from scratch using garbanzo beans, tahini, fresh garlic, and kalamata olives would be appropriate for Phase 1 if eaten with a vegetable such as cucumber, celery, peppers, etc.? If so, would the same serving size you mention in your post (1/3-1/2 cup) apply?

    p.s. Love your blog! Makes South Beach dieting actually look fun :)

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  14. Yes, I think a hummus like that would be fine for phase one as long as you stick with the 1/3 to 1/2 cup serving size for the dried beans.

    Thanks for the nice feedback; glad to know you're enjoying the blog.

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  15. What a cute idea, love how the black sesame seeds look on top!

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  16. I do mine like this :
    http://aboutfoood.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-cucumbers-amuse-bouche-mes.html

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  17. thanks for this recipe! I have just made it.. love it! perfect presentation and taste delicious! regards from Spain!

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  18. Marina, thank you! (My brother lived in Seville for two years so I have always wanted to visit Spain!)

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  19. this is brilliantly simple! so good and i usually don't like hummus but the cucumber and sesame seeds are such good backdrops!

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  20. Stacey, thanks. And there's not a huge amount of hummus, just a taste.

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  21. Of course, at first, everyone wanted to know what the little black things were, but once past that, they all raved! Great, simple appetizer! Thanks!

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  22. So glad it was a hit, and I think the black sesame seeds do make it look so much more interesting!

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  23. I'm back on Phase I, so I'm making these this afternoon to bring to a friend's house.

    Other pretty garnishes instead of the black sesame seeds: snipped dill, dried sumac, sprinkle of zaatar, or even fresh mint! I'm thinking I could also spread the cucumber with fresh labneh (Greek yogurt) and mint.... Kalyn's yumminess strikes again!

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  24. Emily I love your ideas! Good luck on phase one.

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  25. These sound wonderful! I can't wait to try them.

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  26. Just stopped by here to say THANK YOU. Yesterday I prepared these hummus and cucumber appetizer bites for the second time - they are so pretty and vanished quickly.
    The first time I used store-bought wasabi flavored hummus and yesterday I prepared fake hummus (butter beans instead of chickpeas (didn't have any) and sesame oil instead of tahini (a trick I've learnt from a SB cookbook)). I'll make them again!

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