• Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites {Low Carb, Gluten-Free}

    by Dorothy Reinhold on May 9, 2018


    Print This Post Print This Post CUCUMBER SMOKED SALMON APPETIZER BITES: Crisp cucumbers are topped with garlic and herb cream cheese, smoked salmon and other garnishes that you might see on your Sunday bagel, for a light, flavor-packed appetizer that pairs beautifully with a fragrant white wine. #shockinglydelicious #appetizer #easyrecipe #smokedsalmon #cucumber #sponsored #cocktailparty #wineoclock

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    Crisp cucumbers are topped with garlic and herb cream cheese, smoked salmon and other garnishes that you might see on your Sunday bagel, for a light, flavor-packed appetizer that pairs beautifully with a fragrant white wine.

    There are many joys of life in Southern California, among them weather that cooperates most of the year, allowing for outdoor get-togethers on a whim, and watching and playing sports all year long.

    We’re big fans of soccer here, and we often pair game-watching with nibbles and drinks, whether the game is at a local field, an away-tournament, or on our TV screen. It always goes better with appetizers and wine. Soccer_Ball

    I was thinking of what to serve that would be low-carb, wouldn’t aggravate gluten-free friends, and would pair nicely with a new-to-me bottle of deliciously fragrant white wine, and it struck me — what about classic bagel toppings, but without the bagel? Let’s put them on crisp cucumber slices, for an irresistible nibble.

    Easy to make Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

    These are among the easiest appetizers I have have ever made.

    Ingredients for Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer BitesAssemble all the ingredients and peel the cucumbers decoratively (don’t they sort of look like soccer balls?). I peel alternate stripes, but suit yourself. You could peel them entirely if you like, or don’t peel them at all.

    Cucumbers and Boursin on ShockinglyDelicious.comCut crosswise slices about 1/4-inch thick. Spread each slice with some softened Boursin Garlic and Herb Cheese. You could also use whipped cream cheese if you like. This acts as the glue to hold the rest of the toppings on snugly.

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comTop each with a thin piece of smoked salmon. Place a few slivers of purple onion, a couple of drained capers, and even a sprinkle of black or white sesame seeds (this pays homage to the sesame seeds that are often on a bagel).

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer RecipeThat’s it! See how easy it is? You can even arrange them on a plate in the shape of a soccer ball!

    What wine to drink with your Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites with Trivento White Orchid WineThe logical wine to choose is Trivento White Orchid Reserve Torrontes. Trivento Wine is the Official Wine of MLS (Major League Soccer), so it’s a natural for soccer-themed parties and potlucks. I was very impressed by the characteristics of the Trivento White Orchid Reserve Torrontes. My go-to wine is generally a Pinot Grigio, and this is an innovative blend of Torrontes (the dominant white grape of Argentina) and Pinot Grigio grapes, whose marriage makes them both better. Breathe in, and you smell a garden of flowers, pineapple, chamomile and white pepper from the Torrontes grapes, wafting with the golden apple and citrus of Pinot Grigio. Your first sniff might cause you to think it will be sweet, but it isn’t. It’s an off-dry, light wine with a refreshing flavor that pairs remarkably well with summer foods. At about $11 a bottle, it’s a perfect everyday wine, as well. Take a look at the Trivento-MLS Loyalty program, as well, where you can sign in on a mobile device, buy Trivento, earn credit and get MLS gear. Score!

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites with Trivento wine and a red soccer ballIt really complements these Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites — the floral wine is a nice counterpoint to the crisp and slightly sweet cucumber, creamy/garlic-y cheese, salty salmon, sharp onion flavors.

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bite with Trivento White Orchid wineThese appetizers paired with that wine….it makes a worthy goal! (See what I did there?  8-) )

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Yield: 20-40 bites

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

    CUCUMBER SMOKED SALMON APPETIZER BITES: Crisp cucumbers are topped with garlic and herb cream cheese, smoked salmon and other garnishes that you might see on your Sunday bagel, for a light, flavor-packed appetizer that pairs beautifully with a fragrant white wine.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cucumbers
    • 1 package Boursin Garlic and Herb Cheese (or similar product, or use whipped cream cheese)
    • 1 package thinly sliced smoked salmon
    • 1/8th of a purple onion, sliced very thinly
    • Capers in brine
    • Black or white sesame seeds

    Directions

    1. Peel the skin of the cucumber alternately in strips, for a fanciful appeal. Slice the cucumber crosswise in 1/4-inch thick slices (too thin and they'll flop around and spill the toppings when you pick them up).
    2. Spread each cucumber round with a bit of Boursin (this will act as the glue to keep the salmon attached), then top with a small thin piece of smoked salmon.
    3. Garnish each with a few drained capers, a couple of slivers of purple onion, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
    4. NON-DAIRY: Omit the Boursin and use the other toppings
    5. VEGETARIAN: Use the Boursin but omit the smoked salmon and use the other toppings
    6. VEGAN: Omit the Boursin and smoked salmon and use the other toppings
    7. Makes about 20-40 bites, depending on how thickly you cut the cucumber slices and how big your cucumbers are.

    Notes

    Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

    http://www.shockinglydelicious.com/cucumber-smoked-salmon-appetizer-bites/

    Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizers and wine with cleats and red soccer ballCheers to a fun season of soccer, whether you play, you watch, or you do both!

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    Easy Cucumber Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites on ShockinglyDelicious.comI was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



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