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Cucumber Canapés

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)


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Introduction

This elegant appetizer is an easy one to throw together at the last minute.

Ingredients

  1. 2 English cucumbers
  2. 8 oz. mascarpone
  3. 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  4. 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  5. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  6. 6 oz. smoked salmon, broken into bite-size pieces

Steps

  1. Wash and peel the cucumbers, leaving small stripes of peel. Slice cucumber into diagonal wedges, about ½-inch thick. Set aside.
  2. Place the mascarpone, lemon zest, chives, and a pinch of salt in medium bowl. Add a tablespoon of the lemon juice along with several grinds of black pepper. Stir until smooth, then taste. (I like the spread lemony and peppery, so I often add all of the lemon juice and lots of black pepper; adjust according to your taste.)
  3. Spread a generous spoonful of the mascarpone onto each cucumber wedge. Top with bits of flaked salmon. Garnish with an extra twist of black pepper.