13 August 2022

Savoury Cucumber Hors d'oeuvres

Hors d'oeuvres 

Hors d'oeuvres anyone?

What is a hors d'oeuvre you may well ask.

It is a small amount of food served before the main meal.

The word is French.

In English, it is known as an appetiser.

Other words used are:

finger foods

party snacks

starters

canapes

antipasto

noisettes

medallions

morsels

nibbles

nuggets

tidbits

It's now common for plates of hors d'oeuvres to be served as the primary food presented, at gatherings, parties, exhibition openings, training and work events. 

They can be elaborately fancy created from pastry with a creamy sauce filling or as simple as a cube of toast with a topping.

But as many of us are now gluten intolerant, we see more fruit and vegetables being used as the base.

A request for a recent gathering I attended was, 'Please bring a plate of finger food'.

So I created these delightful savoury cucumber hors d'oeuvres with a smoked salmon twist.

Super easy to whip up, gluten-free, keto friendly, crisp, creamy, and delicious.

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Cut your cucumber into rounds about 1cm in depth.

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Pat both sides gently with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

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Using a pre-mixed flavoured cream cheese with garlic and chives, spread the top of each cucumber slice with a generous amount of the cheese.

Now if you cannot find a pre-made garlic and chives cream cheese spread, just whip up your own.

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(recipe at end of blog post)

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Add a chunk of smoked salmon.

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Then a dot of aioli dressing.

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Onto the aioli crisis cross two small pieces of chives for a garnish. 

Plate.

Cover with glad wrap plastic film, and place in refrigerator until serving.

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Garlic and Chive Cream Cheese

150-gram pot of cream cheese at room temperature. 

(Philadelphia brand cheese is great).

1 clove of crushed garlic

1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh chives

Mix all ingredients together until creamy.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Printable recipe HERE

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