We’re well passed christmas and new year’s eve and all the other wonderful holidays, yes we managed to make it through cold January and now it’s time to look ahead to days getting longer again, and springtime is slowly starting to crawl into my head. Allthough there’s still some snow to come and there are no big holidays coming up (although you might be thinking of valentine’s day or easter already) it’s time for another tasty appetizer bite. Yes, only because me thinks you don’t need a holiday or special occasion to enjoy tiny little happy bites. Last month’s cucumber bites with bacon and blue cheese were very popular, if you didn’t see them yet have a look!
Since I really love the smokey taste of smoked salmon in combination with cucumber and cream cheese, I thought of doing a recipe with these ingredients. It’s a wellknown appetizer I know, but I just love it. When I found out that from the first to the last day of January sunset time moved up around 30 minutes, meaning us getting more daylight! :) I celebrated with these happy Cucumber smoked salmon appetizer candies. And you should too! I love this time of the year when you just start to notice that the days are getting longer again! Summer here we come..err…a bit early maybe.
Thinking abou this bite I thought, why not give this wellknown appetizer a new look? You might not know it but I’m a sucker for sweets and candies, yep it’s bad, so bad I don’t even buy candies anymore because I know they all will be stuffed in my face before I even realise it. No it’s actually not that bad, but it’s bad. No worries about that anymore now I have a substitute candy with smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese with dill. There’s nothing better than these and they’re probably way more healthy than regular candy.
Rolling the cucumber smoked salmon appetizer candy
There’s only 5 ingredients you’ll need for this bite and although it’s quite easy to make them, the rolling part is a bit tricky if you want them to look perfectly fine. My first attempt was rolling up a strip of salmon that had rough edges. The plan was to cut it straight off when it was rolled up. I sharpened my knives and made a straight cut…ain’t gonna work. You’ll just squeeze out all the cream cheese and your beautiful candy will be a mess…found that already out for you.
The best way to roll the smoked salmon is by cutting a strip of 4 inch long and 1 inch wide, with perfectly straight edges. Put on a little cream cheese dill mixture and spread it out evenly over the salmon strip. Then roll it up and make sure you roll it up very, very lightly, when you roll it with too much pressure you’ll squeeze the cream cheese straight back into your hands.
Wrap it up!
You could eat them after you rolled them, but it’s way more fun to make them into little candies! Put all your rolls on a plate and leave them in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make the cream cheese a bit harder, which makes the rolls easy to handle when you turn them into candy. While the rolls are cooling down, you can cut cucumber into little triangles, just like you know ’em from the classic candy wrappers. Then take some wooden skewers and put on a cucumber triangle, a smoked salmon roll, and finish with another cucumber triangle. Make sure you make enough of them, because they’ll be all gone before you even realise. ;)
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- ½ pound (230gr) Smoked Salmon
- ½ Cucumber
- ¼ cup (60mL) Cream cheese
- 1 tbsp Dill
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Cut the smoked salmon into strips of approx. 4 inch x 1 inch. Try to estimate in which way you can cut out the most strips to minimize waste of salmon. Make sure the edges are straight.
- Mix the creame cheese, dill and lemon juice together. Spread out about 1 teaspoon of this mixture on every strip of salmon. A thin layer that just covers the salmon.
- Roll up the salmon with a very light touch to prevent squeezing out any cream cheese. When ready leave the rolls in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
- Cut little triangles of cucumber in the meantime and get some skewes ready.
- Take the rolls from the fridge and add a piece of cucumber, a salmon roll and another piece of cucumber.
You can substitute cream cheese for creme fraiche but add in a pinch of salt.
I made them with a little lime and lemon juice but lemon juice works best!