Looking for an easy, yet super elegant dinner party appetizer idea? These smoked salmon canapés with cucumber are the perfect bite sized food. The canapés are made with seafood and a lemon artichoke cream cheese spread. These party snacks can be served cold, making them an easy dish to whip together. Serve the salmon canapé appetizers alone, or with your other favorite hors d'oeuvres for a full party spread.
6ouncescold smoked salmonsliced into ½ inch x 1 ½ inch pieces
Heat oven to 200°F.
Toast pita bread straight on the oven racks for 15 minutes until golden brown and warmed.
To a blender add in cream cheese, artichoke hearts, garlic cloves, lemon, parsley, and salt. Blend until thoroughly combined and no large pieces of artichoke remain. Add mixture to a piping bag fitted with Wilton 1M tip. Set aside.
Using a vegetable peeler, carefully and slowly shave long ribbon-like strips of cucumber. Be careful not to break the strips as you peel. Set aside.
To assemble the canapé, cut toasted pita into 2.5 inch circles using a cookie cutter or jar lid. Spread a thin layer of butter over the pita. Pipe cream cheese along the top of the pita, gently twisting as you pipe to help release at the tip. Take a strip of cucumber and gently fold it over on itself four times, being sure to tuck the ends behind the nicely folded ribbon. Place the cucumber ribbon on the piped cream cheese, making sure it sticks in place. Take two strips of salmon, and gently roll together form a rose. Place the salmon rose in the center of the canapé. Serve immediately.
Make the canapés as close to serving as possible to prevent them from becoming soggy.