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Cucumber Cups with Caramelized Onion and Bacon

June 7, 2011

While cleaning out my refrigerator last weekend, I spotted an English cucumber that I forgot to use.  It was only a few days old so it hadn’t lost any of its crispness.  I love cucumber slices in sandwiches or soaked in fresh lemon juice and sprinkled with salt.  My sisters and I would eat bowlfuls of the latter when we were children, loving the refreshing, crisp-tart experience from the concoction.   Last weekend, however, I was inspired to make something else.

I decided to make little vessels out of my cucumber instead.  But what would I fill them with?  I browsed the pantry and refrigerator for inspiration, but it was my nose that led me to a bright idea.  The onions and shallots that I was caramelizing for my potato-broccoli soup smelled so sweet and flavorful that I couldn’t help but set a bit aside.

I combined the caramelized onions and shallots with sour cream, chives, garlic and a bit of lemon juice for a quick filling.  Topped with a bacon piece or two, I was happy to end up with a simple but elegant appetizer.

Cucumber Cups with Caramelized Onion and Bacon

* Makes 8 cucumber cups

  • 1 English cucumber (or any cucumber) cut into roughly 1 1/2 inch pieces crosswise.
  • About 4 tablespoons of caramelized onions and shallots (recipe here)
  • Chopped chives, 1 – 2 teaspoons plus more for garnish
  • About 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • Bacon pieces
  • Granulated garlic or fresh garlic, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • Lemon juice, optional
  1. Scoop out the center of the cucumber cups for the filling using a melon baller. Make sure your cucumber pieces are big enough to leave a base for the cups after you scoop most of the meat out.
  2. For the filling: Combine the caramelized onions and shallots with the sour cream and chives in a bowl.  Start with just a little until you have the right onion to sour cream ratio you prefer.  Season to taste with garlic, salt and lemon juice.
  3. Spoon the filling into the cucumber cups, top with bacon pieces.  These are best chilled a bit for serving.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2011 9:17 PM

    Beautiful photos!

    These look wonderful. I bet the crisp cucumber is perfect with the creamy center!

  2. June 7, 2011 10:18 PM

    This is one of those recipes that is a classic for cocktail parties. It looks like you did a fantastic job!

  3. June 7, 2011 10:51 PM

    fab idea. so awesome that you were able to salvage the days-old cucumber with such a fantastic appy recipe. nice work.

  4. June 7, 2011 11:19 PM

    This appetizer look both refreshing and very pretty. I tink its a brilliant idea to use a cucumber this way.

  5. June 8, 2011 12:01 AM

    Gorgeous! I love the combination of flavors… The creamy filling looks so tasty! I must try this one soon… Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. June 8, 2011 1:58 AM

    wow! i love how pretty these looks! thank you for sharing this with us:) wish i had one right now.

  7. June 8, 2011 4:57 AM

    What an awesome and brilliant idea! 🙂 These look very elegant and perfect for those girl-y occasions. Especially love the addition of caramelized onions and shallots. I bet it did smell amazing!

  8. June 8, 2011 6:39 AM

    This is such a wonderful and fresh appetizer. I like the contrast of the caramelized onions, shallots and bacon with the coolness of the cucumber and sour cream. I might throw in some cooked chicken and eat it for my main course 🙂

  9. June 8, 2011 8:06 AM

    Wow! These look so gorgeous! Talk about the perfect summer app!

  10. June 8, 2011 8:40 AM

    Simple but elegant is right! It’s a such a perfect summer appetizer and I love the combination of bacon and caramalized onion- nice work!!

  11. June 8, 2011 8:58 AM

    neat idea looks good

  12. June 8, 2011 9:36 AM

    Hi Jean! This is sooooo pretty. Not only you took beautiful photos, I am sure these cucumber cups taste amazing. It’s such a nice appetizer for warm day like TODAY! Thank god sun is finally out! 🙂 I hope you are enjoying it too!

  13. June 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    These look so light and fresh. I love them as an idea for a summer app or side!

  14. June 8, 2011 11:48 AM

    How gorgeous!! I love snacks like these…they are beautiful and delicious. Your stuffing is a bit different from mine… I have never used caramelized onions… that’s about to change!

  15. June 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    These look perfect. What a great idea for serving cups. I think this will come in handy when my beloved cucumbers ripen up in the garden. 🙂

  16. June 8, 2011 1:57 PM

    So beautiful and sooo good! Love these little darlings. Great photos,too!

  17. June 8, 2011 10:10 PM

    This is the cutest thing! It sounds delish too, Im going to make this next time I host wine night at my house. =)

  18. June 9, 2011 7:10 AM

    Refreshing cucumber sounds like the perfect foil for the creamy filling. What a fun appetizer! I’d love if you’d consider entering this in the online Get Grillin’ & summer barbecue event I’m hosting right now.

  19. June 9, 2011 7:12 AM

    Jean – what a terrific appetizer – simple yet so elegant! Love the filling – I can imagine that the flavors are stunning together. Love the photos. Hope your week is going well and I bet you are loving the weather since we got past all that rain last weekend! 🙂

  20. June 9, 2011 10:49 AM

    These are so adorable… and unique. They look fabulous and so elegant. Great for a party!

  21. June 9, 2011 12:30 PM

    Beautiful presentation, Jean! After seeing your photos I am always inspired to dress my own photos a bit more but it always just ends with that though. I’m just lazy I think, and perhaps not as artistic. 🙂 I love the caramelized shallot/onion mix in the center, but the bacon looks like the best part! 🙂 I would love to taste your appetizer. Have a great weekend!

  22. June 9, 2011 3:05 PM

    I am seriously in love with this idea. What a great use of old fridge items!

  23. June 9, 2011 6:26 PM

    What a great idea. I love cucumbers and caramelized onions so I will certainly try this out. I never thought about using cucumber cups – genius idea, Jean. Hope all is well. Happy Summer!

  24. June 9, 2011 7:03 PM

    Love this idea, Jean! We’re always having dinner parties and cocktail get together and it would be perfect for passing around. Looks amazing!

  25. June 10, 2011 1:50 AM

    Such an elegant and beautiful appetizer! I love that the cucumbers serve as a crisp vessel to hold all that sour cream & onion goodness!

  26. June 10, 2011 8:13 AM

    Wow, a forgotten cucumber. You really turned these cucumbers into a treasure find – – beautiful! Nice site you have. Thanks for sharing!

  27. June 10, 2011 10:31 AM

    Thanks for the love for these little cucumber cups, friends! There are so many more fillings that would work here, too. I’m glad you like these. 🙂

  28. June 10, 2011 6:08 PM

    What a great idea! These are so cute and great for a party! So simple but fancy! I love cucumbers!

  29. June 11, 2011 12:16 AM

    Wow, this is amazing recipe…super cool idea, perfect for summer…thank you for the post:)

  30. tasteofbeirut permalink
    June 11, 2011 6:01 AM

    Very cute, very fancy and a bite of deliciousness to inhale! Great inspiration.

  31. June 12, 2011 6:38 PM

    Gosh, those look delicious. And such a clever idea!

  32. August 23, 2011 1:34 PM

    Oooh, these are so pretty. And they’re making me hungry. That’s really saying something, too. Usually only pictures of cupcakes that make me hungry.


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