Stuffed Cucumbers with Smoked Salmon Roses

We had a small, intimate cocktail party gathering at our house last night for fifteen people. Nothing terribly fancy, just laid back, casual fun with friends. When I was coming up with ideas of which hors d’oeuvre to serve, I came across the ever inspiring White On Rice Couple’s post on stuffed cucumbers. They were so beautiful, and so simple that I decided I would borrow the concept and make something similar, only with smoked salmon instead of prosciutto.

I began by peeling stripes into two English cucumbers (select the straightest ones you can find of similar size) with a vegetable peeler (I do this for no other reason than to make them look prettier, as English cucumbers are thin skinned and not waxed, and therefore need not be peeled).  I then sliced the cucumbers into about one inch thick coins. And with a melon baller, scooped out about a teaspoon’s worth of the seeds, creating a little cup in which to put the stuffing. For the filling I combined one eight ounce package of softened cream cheese, with about a cup of sour cream, one garlic clove (which I grated on my microplane zester), a couple of heaping tablespoons of chopped fresh dill (though I imagine chives or tarragon would be equally delicious), some freshly grated lemon zest, a dash of salt, freshly ground black pepper, and about a half a teaspoon of prepared horseradish (the cucumbers themselves aren’t seasoned so you want the filling to be extra flavorful). I made little smoked salmon roses by cutting long, thin triangles of the smoked salmon (maybe two and a half to three inches in length), and rolling them up from the tip to the base into little spirals. Once rolled, with the back of a pairing knife I gently fold back each of the “petal” layers, and set aside. Right before I was ready to serve I lined up the cucumber cups on a large white platter, and piped in about a teaspoon and a half  or so of filling (using a zip lock bag with the corner snipped off) into each. I then topped each of them with a dill frond, and then with the little smoked salmon roses. (Keep in mind that the cucumbers, filling, and roses can be prepped up to two days in advance, carefully wrapped, refrigerated, and merely assembled before serving… which makes them great for entertaining.) They are beautiful, rich, creamy, and delicious. They have an almost tzatziki like flavor to them which is a perfect backdrop for the salty smoked salmon. Simple. Easy. Beautiful. Delicious. Enjoy!

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18 responses to “Stuffed Cucumbers with Smoked Salmon Roses

  1. This is simple but impressive canapés…VERY beautiful…Lovely contrasting colours, red and green…

  2. I was immediately enraptured with Todd and Diane’s recipe, too. I love your take on it with the salmon!

  3. Oh my gosh..you have done it again! I am so impressed…those are simply beautiful. Wow.

  4. these are gorgeous and impressive. they sound like they’d have amazing flavor.

  5. Darbie

    These were yum-yum-yummy! I’m so glad i was able to make it to the party!

  6. So pretty! I’m sure very tasty as well:-)

  7. Gorgeous colors! Perfect for a party table.

  8. woman&warrior

    We always eat with our eyes first. Looks divine and sounds like it tasted fabulous too.

  9. I saw a similar recipe in my local Harford County Maryland magazine. Cucumbers filled with a cream cheese salsa blend topped with fresh cold lump crab and a sprig of chives. Can’t wait to give this a try. I think cucumber is so refreshing and perfect for summer. Thanks for posting.

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for the idea of party appetizer! They look and sound tasty.

  11. Wow, those are beautiful! I will have to make those. We just caught a bunch of salmon off the coast of B.C. I bet they would be tasty with crab too, perhaps with a touch of lemon zest in the cream cheese filling?

    Oh yum!

  12. Simply gorgeous!! Must try this for my next party. Thanks for the great idea.

  13. How pretty! The colors are awesome! These look really good!

  14. jacobskitchen

    Thanks everyone! They really were delicious, and I was just IN LOVE with them and couldn’t stop taking pictures. Guests schmests, I’m busy photographing these cucumbers! Jeez. lol

    I just love the idea of making these little cucumber cups. I mean, the filling possibilities are endless. And they are so pretty and easy, and fresh, and summery. I will definitely be making a lot more of these in the future! =)

  15. Beautiful presentation, beautiful pictures. Love your post.

  16. Just lovely… I want some now!!! Your blog rocks!

  17. Wow… I was looking for something like this for this evening. Cheers for this
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