Here is another idea for your Super Bowl party. Guess what? It has bacon.
8 oz. cream cheese (I like the whipped cram cheese)
¼ cup chopped green onion or chives
12 slices of cooked chopped bacon
4 oz. crab meat (you may substitute chopped shrimp)
Dried dill weed
½ tsp. onion powder
1 seedless cucumber
Clean cucumbers and with a potato peeler decorate the skin of the cucumber by peeling lines on the skin. Slice your cucumber a little more than ¼ of an inch thick.
Lightly salt the cucumber and let it sit on paper plate or a paper towel. Use a seedless cucumber.
Clean and chop your green onion or chives. I prefer chives because it is more delicate and does not overwhelm the crab meat or cucumber. Chop your fried bacon (this is a good time to buy that pre-cooked bacon). I use a kitchen scissors for cutting the bacon and the chives. I have smaller pieces and have a more controlled size. You could also use real bacon bits in a jar.
Mix a package of cream cheese, chives or onions, bacon and crab. Season the mixture with salt, pepper and dill weed (not seed). Place a spoonful of cheese mixture on a slice of cucumber and top with another slice. Garnish with chives and/or dill weed. I like the dill because it just seems to go hand and hand with cucumbers and I have chives in the cheese mixture.
Variation: Replace the crab with finely chopped deli roast beef or dried beef or with chopped shrimp. I've also made something similar to this by scooping the center out of a thick cut slice of cucumber (a little over an inch thick) with a mellonballer. Fill the centers with the mixture and just have little cups.
Enjoy Super Bowl and Ground Hogs Day and be happy. May God bless you and yours.