I made these recently for a client who had a small dinner party and wanted an appetizer that was pretty, healthy and not too filling. Easy to make ahead these cucumber cups can be filled with a variety of things such as herbed chèvre, cream cheese with chives, smoked fish and curried tuna salad.
Cucumber Cups with Citrus Smoked Salmon
Serves about 8
1 English cucumber, rinsed and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1/4 pound smoked salmon, thinly sliced
zest of one lemon
2 Tb. lemon juice
2 Tb. capers, rinsed and chopped
fresh pepper, to taste
2 Tb. snipped chives, garnish
1. With a small melon baller or teaspoon scoop out a small amount of the center of each cucumber slice to make a cup. Transfer them to a baking sheet or work surface.
2. Finely chop the salmon and transfer to a small bowl. Add the zest, juice, capers and pepper and mix gently. Fill each cucumber cup
with the smoked salmon mixture and garnish with chives. Can be made a day ahead and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.