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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

This is my new favorite appetizer!  Using a cucumber instead of a cracker is such a nice change up.  It’s light, not too filling and full of wonderful flavour. Plus, It’s super easy to make!

I used light cream cheese. I did not add the heavy cream into my recipe and I did not use toothpicks to hold the salmon on. I used 1 cucumber since I was making this for 2 people. I used the rest of the ingredients as needed. The recipe below is great for making these bites for a group of guests.

I found this gem of a recipe on Pinterest.  I made these bites last night for my friend who is gluten-free. Another reason to love this appetizer… it pleases lots of different diet choices.

Smoked Salmon and CCcukebites

2 English cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1″ rounds
1 pound smoked salmon, cut into bit sized pieces
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon horseradish (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional
Toothpicks or tiny party forks

1. Peel cucumbers and slice them into 1″ circles. Arrange on a platter as desired. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the cream cheese.
2. Place cream cheese, dill, horseradish, and cream in a large bowl. Beat until well combined (a handheld mixer really helps here)
3. Spread 1 teaspoon of cream cheese on top each cucumber slice (more or less to taste) then top each slice with a bite sized piece of smoked salmon. Insert a toothpick down the center to keep in place.
4. Serve at once, or keep in the refrigerator until needed.
**I recommend making these as close to the serving time as possible

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Taco Dip

I found this recipe on allrecipes.ca.  I have had this taco dip many times made by various people throughout the years.  This dip seems to be quite the classic.  I searched through the many reviews on this recipe and people have commented that they’ve made it for their kids and now their kids make it for their kids.  Obviously, this one has been around for quite some time.

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In the reviews, I noticed that some people used 8 ounces of cream cheese and 8 ounces of sour cream (instead of the 16 ounces asked in the recipe).  I used the full 16 ounces of sour cream since my husband isn’t a big cream cheese fan and I wanted to see if the cream cheese taste was still strong…and it isn’t.  I used low-fat versions of both the cream cheese and sour cream.

Be sure to use a hand mixer or food processor to smooth out the cream cheese before adding the sour cream and taco seasoning, since your base will come out super lumpy.  I made mine in the afternoon and threw it in the fridge.  I then assembled the veggies and cheese on top before my guests arrived.

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In the reviews I noticed that some people added salsa on the base before adding the vegetables on top.  You can use whatever veggies you like really, some people added red onion to theirs.  In my dip, I omitted the bell pepper and used a Tex-Mex cheese mix.  I also served my dip with  multi-grain tortilla chips.

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This recipe makes 25 servings.

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16 ounce) container nonfat sour cream
1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1/4 head iceberg lettuce – rinsed, dried, and shredded
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 chopped tomatoes, seeded
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives, drained

1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread this mixture in a 9-inch (or a little larger) round serving dish. Top the mixture with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, bell pepper and black olives.

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Salmon with Lemon, Dill and Arugula in Panini

I treated myself to this wonderful sandwich today at lunch. This recipe was taken from Food and Drink magazine (compliments of the LCBO) Autumn 2007.

 

2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely diced red or green onion
1 tsp drained and rinsed capers, chopped
160g can salmon, drained well
1 tbsp fresh dill
3 tbsp spreadable cream cheese
2 of your favorite buns such as panini or focaccia or 4 slices of sourdough
Arugula leaves


1. Place mayo, lemon juice, red onion, and capers in a bowl. Stir. Using a fork, mix in salmon.
2. In a separate bowl, stir dill into cream cheese. Slice buns in half horizontally. Spread bottom half of each with cream cheese. Top with salmon mixture then Arugula. Top with other half of buns to make sandwiches.