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Crab Cucumber Bites

 Crab Cucumber Bites
I look for recipes that are deceptively easy. These fancy-but-quick crab and cucumber appetizers are heavenly, and the stand-out colors light up any gathering or holiday table, no matter the season. —Nancy Czarnick, Desert Hills, Arizona
48 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Directions

  • Peel strips from cucumbers to create striped edges; cut each cucumber
  • into 16 slices, about 1/4-in. thick. Pat dry with paper towels; set
  • aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon juice and pepper sauce
  • until smooth. Fold in the crab, red pepper and onions. Place 1
  • heaping teaspoonful onto each cucumber slice. Serve immediately.
  • Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 appetizer equals 16 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 41 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: Free food.