Spicy Korean Beef and CUCUMBER Appetizer 

Slices of cucumber are stopped with beef strip steak, herb cream cheese and a spicy Asian sauce bringing freshness and a kick to any event. Perfect for graduation parties or your local community event, this recipe has bee certified by the American Heart Association. 


2 beef Strip Steaks Boneless, 1 inch thick (about 1 pound)

1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sliced green onions

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 seedless cucumber, sliced 1/8 inch thick (18 to 24 slices)

1/4 cup Korean red chili sauce (Gochujang)

1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Micro greens, chopped kimchi, chopped roasted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions


1. Combine cream cheese, green onion, cilantro and soy sauce in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

2. Combine gochujang, vinegar, honey and garlic powder in medium bowl; set aside.

3. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove steaks; keep warm.

4. To assemble, top each cucumber slice with 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Dice steak into bite-size pieces; toss in gochujang mixture. Top cream cheese mixture with steak. Garnish with micro greens, kimchi, peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro and scallions, if desired.