Good suggestion, I guess it would work and taste the same. I guess the colorful little sprinkle of dressing mix is just part of the presentation of the appetizer. Thanks!
Haven't tried yet but why not mix the Italian salad dressing mix with the cream cheese first, then spread on rye and top with cucumber? Just a thought/
I would suggest mixing the entire package of seasoning mix into the cream cheese before spreading on the bread. I've been making them that way for years and they are delicious and flavorful.
Took these to a Christmas party yesterday and they were the first appetizer to disappear!! Everyone loved them. I also mixed the dressing in with the Philly (and I used 1/3 reduced fat and low sodium dressing) and then sprinkled a bit of paprika on top for the red/green color. Pretty AND tasty! I will definitely make these again!
I felt like these could be more flavorful, but they went over well at a party I hosted. I would maybe try a flavored cream cheese in addition to sprinkling with the Italian dressing--or perhaps mixing the dressing with the cream cheese, and then sprinkling with some other colorful herb. Good quick appetizer though, I will make again with variations. Thanks for posting!
Took these to a Holiday Appetizer/Ornament exchange Party. I did half a tray with Triscuits and half with rye and the Triscuits half was GONE early. Everyone was raving that they looked so "cooking magazine" and festive. Little did they know it only took about 10 minutes!
Delightful little appetizers, or even nice as a light lunch. They are so quick to make and refreshing to eat. I used English cucumbers and left the peel on---I thought it added some nice color and contrast. My party ryes were square, not round, and I am too lazy to cut them into rounds.:) Actually, I think the square bread/round cucumber combo makes a nice presention. Thanks for posting the recipe--great one to have around for impromptu summer parties and unexpected guests.
I have to give 5 stars because they were a HUGE hit at my Boxing Day Party. They were a bit fiddly to put together. I used a long baguette that I had sliced at the bakery because I couldn't find the party rye rounds. I also mixed the dressing with the cream cheese. Also, my friend tried making this and used light cream cheese and she said it didn't turn out nearly as well.
LOVED these wonderful little nibbles! I also followed other reviewers' recommendations of mixing the dressing mix into the cream cheese...one envelope to one 8oz brick was a little too much. Very salty. Next time I'll start with half an envelope, maybe three-quarters. But otherwise these were perfect. Topped them with chopped dill and chives to dress them up a bit. They were very popular at our holiday party.
Made these to go with Really Easy Broccoli Soup#225964 for Let's P-A-R-T-Y tag game December 2010. Delicious...will be making these again. Like a previous reviewer I mixed the dressing with the cream cheese and I let the mixture set for about 30 minutes and then I spread it on the bread and topped the bread with a thin slice of ham, then the cucumber and sprinkled with dill for color on top. Wonderful!