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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber

 

IMG_7798_1I am always looking for new appetizers and snacks for parties or just to have on the weekends. I try to incorporate veggies as much as possible to keep the appetizers light. One appetizer I really like to make is a smoked salmon spread. I use light cream cheese and reduced fat sour cream to lessen the calories but maintain flavor.

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The other day I had an English cucumber leftover from another recipe that I did not want to waste so I decided to make a quick appetizer by filling the cucumber with my smoked salmon spread. I just tweaked the recipe a little by adding the scooped out center of the cucumber to the spread to add another layer of texture. My hubby is big on textures when it comes to food which has made me more aware of including different textures when I cook. I think it helps to enhance most dishes when you can have layers of flavor and layers of textures. What better way to create a party in your mouth and keep the experience of eating interesting than by tickling your taste buds with variety of textures and flavor!

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To me, smoked salmon and cucumbers is a fancier version of celery filled with pimento cheese or peanut butter. A great appetizer or snack that is easy to make and wonderful to eat.

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber

Ingredients:
1 pkg smoked salmon diced
1 English cucumber (strip skin to decorate with stripes)
½ tsp old bay seasoning
½ tsp dill
½ tsp lemon zest
½ tsp seasoned salt
½ tsp cracked black pepper
½ cup softened cream cheese
¼ cup sour cream
juice of 1lemon
paprika

Scoop out the center of cucumber and reserve.  In a medium bowl cream together the reserved cucumber center, cream cheese and sour cream. Add lemon juice, zest, dill and seasonings to cream cheese mixture. Blend together until well mixed. Gently incorporate the salmon into the mixture.

Cut the cucumber in half lengthwise.  Cut into bite-size pieces. Spread salmon mixture into the center of each cucumber bite.  Arrange on a tray and then refrigerate until ready to serve. Sprinkle with smoked paprika prior to serving.

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Smoked Salmon Bites

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On quiet Sunday mornings my hubby and I like to sit out on the porch and have a nice breakfast of bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese. Smoked salmon bites are a version of those Sunday breakfasts put into one little bite.

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Whenever we entertain family and friends it takes me a while to plan out the menu. I try hard not to serve the same ol’ thing to repeat guests and often rack my brain to come up with at least one new entree and appetizer for each party. There are always crowd favorites but sooner or later folks want something besides dip, chips and a veggie tray.

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Smoked salmon bites pack a lot of flavor into one tiny bite. The first time I tried them out on guests I was pleasantly surprised that the smoked salmon bites went like hot cakes. I actually ran out of them in a short period of time and had to resort to putting together a small veggie tray.

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The next time you have a few friends over try making these tasty little bites and see how your guests react. Better yet, give yourself a nice little treat on a quiet weekend while you work on the Sunday morning crossword puzzle.

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Smoked Salmon Bites

Ingredients:

1 8 oz pkg smoked salmon chopped

1 pkg mini fillo pastry shells (thawed)

4 oz softened cream cheese

2 tbsp sour cream

2 tbsp capers

5 cherry tomatoes chopped

½ tsp finely chopped red onion

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp dill

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt

3 dashes hot sauce

Add all ingredients except pastry cups to a large bowl except fillo shells. Gently combine the ingredients but do not over mix. Fill each pastry cup with some of the salmon mixture. Top with a small sliver of red onion or parsley.