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Friday, July 27, 2007
Favorite Ingredients Friday for July 27
Okay, now this Friday it really is the appetizer and snack theme at Favorite Ingredients Friday. I have lots of appetizer recipes I could share, but I chose this one because it's light and summery and so good with the fresh garden cucumbers. Enjoy!
8 ounces cream cheese
1 pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix
Party rye bread (about 1 loaf)
Cucumber slices (1 to 2 cucumbers)
Paprika or salad seasoning, optional
Combine the cream cheese and salad dressing mix. Spread the mixture on slices of party rye bread. Top each open-face sandwich with a cucumber slice. If desired, sprinkle each with paprika or dry salad seasoning. Refrigerate until serving, and be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.
These little sandwiches make a great appetizer. They also work very well as a tea party type of sandwich.
If, like me, you prefer to make your own dry Italian dressing mix, here is the recipe I use.
ZESTY ITALIAN DRESSING MIX
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. each: pepper, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet red pepper flakes
Pinch of paprika
In a custard cup or small bowl, mix all together. Whirl briefly in a blender if you like a finer texture (I skip this step). Makes the equivalent of 1 packet Italian dressing mix. May double or triple the recipe if you need more than one packet of mix in whatever you’re making.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.