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25 Minute Smoked Salmon Canapés With Cucumber

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.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 16 canapés

Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices pita bread
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 artichoke hearts tough outer leaves removed
  • 2 cloves garlic outer paper removed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large English cucumber outer peel removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 6 ounces cold smoked salmon sliced into ½ inch x 1 ½ inch pieces

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Make the canapés as close to serving as possible to prevent them from becoming soggy. 
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