This simple appetizer is sure to leave your guests impressed. Did I mention the best part? You'll be able to whip it up in less than 10 minutes and describe it using the term 'Canapés' - fancy huh? The cool, crunchy, watery bite of the cucumber, along with the creamy, lemony dill topping, combined with the saltiness of the smoked salmon is absolutely refreshing, light and a treat with every bite.
Noteworthy mention: The beautiful roses in my photograph were a gift from my friend who is the talented Ovyian photographer and fashionista Vipoositha. Pretty huh?! :)
- cucumber - 1 whole sliced into 1/2 cm width circles
- smoked salmon - 4 oz
- cream cheese - 1/2 cup
- sour cream - 1/4 cup
- lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
- lemon zest - 1 lemon
- red onion - 2 tablespoons finely grated
- salt - 1/4 teaspoon
- ground black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Take a cucumber, wash it and slice it in ½ cm widths. Then scoop out a little of the middle soft/seed’y portion out using a teaspoon so you have a little hollow nook (my sister is the one who taught me the trick while I was struggling getting the cream cheese mix to sit neatly without it looking like a complete mess. She also ended up whipping the cream cheese mix which I'm about to outline below - so yes, she did most of the work).
In a bowl, beat ½ cup of cream cheese until it’s soft and creamy, then mix in 1/4 cup of sour cream, ½ a teaspoon of black ground pepper, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of finely grated red onions, ½ a tablespoon of salt and ¼ cup of finely minced dill.
Using a little teaspoon, spoon in a dallop of the cream cheese mix into the hollow centre part of each cucumber.
Take out the smoked salmon and slice it into approximately 3 cm x 6 cm rectangular pieces (or however you desire it), slightly fold it on one end and place on top of each cucumber.
Refrigerate and take out when ready to serve. Since it uses smoked salmon, you should ideally serve the day of, or tops within two days.
(If you’re feeling rather creative, you can process all the ingredients, along with the smoked salmon – minus the cucumber in a food processor. Use a large star nozzle and a piping bag to pipe your desired amount in a pretty swirl on each cucumber.)