No matter the occasion, from house parties to catered events, fancy cucumber designs dress up an appetizer, entrée or cocktail for added appeal. Cucumbers provide a refreshing and nutritious option and fast preparation. Cutting a cucumber into fancy designs requires simple knife techniques and a bit of creativity for a gourmet appearance. Replace the typical cucumbers rounds and linear slices with elegant ones to enhance the presentation of your dish.
Wash the cucumbers under cold water. Rub dirt off the cucumbers and pat the cucumbers dry with a paper towel.
Place the cucumbers horizontally on a cutting board. Cut both tips off the cucumbers with a chef's knife. Slice the cucumbers into 1/4-inch thick rounds down the length of the cucumbers.
Stack three to four cucumber rounds on top of each other and cut them vertically into 1/8-inch wide pieces to create fancy slices for topping salads or garnishing dishes.
Place a small cookie cutter into the flesh of cucumber rounds to make fancy shapes or cut triangular slits around the circumference of cucumber rounds with a paring knife for vegetable trays.
Cut 1/4-inch thick cucumber rounds into 1/8-inch thick rounds. Cut a slit from one edge of the cucumber rounds to the center of the rounds. Twist the top half of the round counterclockwise and the bottom half clockwise to create a spiral. Skewer the spiral cucumber with a cocktail pick to retain the fancy shape and place it in a drink.