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Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Goat Cheese Caprese

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

On Friday I fought a culinary chicken battle that ended with a giant foam core check with my name on it. This was my second attempt to win the Semi-Finals of the Foster Farms Chicken Cook Off, last year wasn’t my year. But this year, I won a giant check, a trip to Napa, the opportunity to cook at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (my favorite prize so far) and the chance to grab another Giant Check worth ten grand.

I’m so excited. Not just because the other dishes I was competing against were incredible and each worthy of their own Big Check, but because, in a way, this Big Check (that currently sits on my bar, in all it’s 4 foot long splendor) serves as a validation for what I do. I’m good at this! See, look, other people picked my recipe out of thousands of other ones!

Maybe that seems silly, I create 3 to 5 recipes a week, post them for you and you seem to like them. You send me emails and post comments telling me that you liked my little creations. That should be enough, right?

But for some reason, that Big Check gave me tangible evidence that my recipes are good. Other people, who don’t even know who wrote that recipe, liked it.

Maybe I have a future here.


For this, I’m resurrecting and re-creating one of my most popular posts.

I love these little cucumber cups, so easy, so versatile, the perfect thing to throw together for a party. They take about 5 minutes, and they look so fancy. I used persian cucumber for these, smaller than your standard English cucumbers and the skin is so thin, there is no need to peel them.

Just use a small melon baller to scoop out a good portion of the middle, or use a paring knife to cut a wedge out of the middle and you can fill them with just about anything.


Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Goat Cheese Caprese


  • 1/2 cup balsamic
  • 4 Persian Cucubers
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 3 large basil leaves, chopped
  • salt & pepper


  1. Place balsamic in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Cook until reduced by half (you can also by pre-reduced balsamic, called balsamic glaze, in the market near the balsamic vinegar).
  2. Cut the cucubmbers into 1 1/2 inch slices. Use a melon baller to scoop out the middle, leaving the walls and bottom in tact.
  3. In a bowl, add the goat cheese, tomatoes, basil and stir until combined. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Fill cups with goat cheese mixture, drizzle with balsamic reduction.


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26 Responses to Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Goat Cheese Caprese

  1. chinmayie @ love food eat September 10, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Congrats Jackie! You really are good at it 🙂

    • Jackie September 11, 2012 at 11:48 am #

      Thank you so much! Sometimes, it’s hard to get perspective

  2. RavieNomNoms September 10, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    Good for you!! and wow this looks amazing!!

  3. Laura September 10, 2012 at 9:08 am #


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  5. Wendy September 10, 2012 at 9:18 am #


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  7. Cassie September 10, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Eeee! So happy for you. You better be convinced that your recipes are good! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. I love these little cucumber cups!

    • Jackie September 11, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      They’re so fun! And I ate all of them in one sitting, one of those days 🙂

  8. Bree September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    woo hoo! That is awesome!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple September 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Very exciting!

  10. Julie @ Table for Two September 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    so happy for you!!! congrats!! you rock!!! cute idea with the cucumber cups!

  11. amy @ fearless homemaker September 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Congratulations! I just knew that you would win it. I’m so proud of you, friend!

  12. Maggie September 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    Congrats!! Now I am super-bummed I missed it. I was bummed to not be able to go but now I really am! Does this mean you are going to quit your day job?

    • Jackie September 11, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      I’m bummed you missed it too! We have to plan a meet up soon 🙂

  13. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    I knew you’d win! You’re a rockstar! I’m so incredibly happy for you.

    And these cucumber cups – YUM! I can’t wait to serve these as an appetizer at my next dinner party!

  14. claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 11, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Of course you are good at what you do SILLY WOMAN. and you will win that check. Bc you rock!

  15. Julia {The Roasted Root} September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! And you definitely have a future here…both of your sites are two of my favorites to visit because your recipes always look amazing and I’d easily make them all! You should be very proud of yourself and I look forward to seeing more creations! And the stuffed cucumbers look awesome!

    • Jackie September 11, 2012 at 11:49 am #

      Thank you so much! SO sweet of you to say.

  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Congrats!!! And this looks lovely 🙂

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    First, congratulations!!! That is so exciting!!! Second, these little cups look incredible! You had me at goat cheese!

  18. Baker Street September 12, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    WOOHOOO! I had no doubt you’d win it! Congratulations. xx

  19. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 12, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    YOU WON A NOVELTY CHECK! That is awesome! I’m so excited for you–I hope you take the big one home too. I have no doubt that you will!

  20. Ashley - Baker by Nature September 17, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Winning always feels good 😉 Congrats!

    I love these little cucumber cups – you’re blog is such beautiful inspiration!!

  21. Ashley - Baker by Nature September 17, 2012 at 10:21 am #


  22. Michael H September 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I happen to have made your other cucumber cups and I like these ones even more! The persian cucumbers and the goat cheese where perfect combo.

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