Smoked salmon and cucumber salad spoon appies
I have posted a similar item before but made a couple of changes so here it is again. We had a group of friends over and I usually like to offer some appies with a glass of wine before dinner. It’s an ice breaker for people who may be new to each other, providing an informal opportunity to chat and get to know one another before we sit down at the table for dinner. It also gives me a chance to visit with the guests before dinner and allows me time to get back into the kitchen to get things ready.
I made the “usual suspects” this time and offered my tried and true grapes wrapped in gorgonzola and rolled in caramelized hazelnuts, my recently acquired recipe of salsa Romesco from Spain served with slices of baguette and these little spoons with smoked salmon topped with cucumber and radish salad with dill and creme fraiche. I enjoy making and serving appetizers. They are fun, pretty and satisfying and hopefully don’t leave you too full for dinner.
2 small cucumbers
1 small shallot, optional
2 teaspoons white balsamic reduction (or white wine vinegar)
Salt and pepper
100 gr Smoked salmon
Rinse the cucumbers and cut off the ends. Chop into fine dice with out peeling (I like the dark green specks) and place in a bowl.
Rinse the radishes, cut off both ends and then cut into fine dice, same size as the cucs. Add to the cucumbers.
Chop the shallot into fine dice and add to cucumbers.
Drizzle the cucumber mixture with a little white balsamic reduction or good white wine vinegar, add dill and salt and pepper to taste.
place a piece of smoked salmon on each appetizer spoon.
Spoon some of the cucumber salad on top.
Top with a little creme fraiche if you have it. Alternatively whip a 1/4 cup cream and fold it into some sour cream and use that.