Smoked Salmon "Carrots"

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained of all brine
  • 1 lemon, zested, then squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices pumpernickel bread (The dense, thinly sliced type that comes in a block)
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
Directions

Stem and mince 3 tablespoons of dill, then reserve the remaining stems for garnish

In a food processor, blend cream cheese, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, black pepper, and minced dill, until smooth. If you don't have a processor, mince capers by hand, then use a fork to blend with the other ingredients.

Spread a 1/8-inch layer of cream cheese mixture over pumpernickel slices. Cover cream cheese mixture with a single layer of salmon. Double up where the salmon gets thin.

Using the longest, sharpest knife available, trim all 4 four edges, then slice into long triangles and round the top edges.

Select the best looking dill sprigs and bare the stems after 1 inch from dill top. Place canapes on a serving plate, then insert a 1-inch dill sprig "carrot top" in each canape between the salmon and the bread.


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