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  1. 3 medium cucumbers

  2. 2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, (Neufchâtel) (6 ounces)

  3. 1/4 cup chopped smoked salmon, (1 ounce)

  4. 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  5. 32 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread, crusts trimmed

  6. 1/4 cup salmon roe, or red caviar (2 ounces) Freshly ground pepper, to taste Dill sprigs, for garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. With a vegetable peeler, remove and discard a long strip of dark green skin from one side of one of the cucumbers. On that same side, continue to pare long thin strips edged in dark green until you reach the seedy portion " you should get about 3 strips. Rotate cucumber a quarter turn and continue paring, working your way around the cucumber. Repeat with the remaining cucumbers " you will need about 3 dozen strips in total. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the cucumber strips and blanch for 5 seconds. Immediately drain and refresh under cold running water. Lay the strips on paper towels to dry. Blend cream cheese, smoked salmon and horseradish in a small bowl. Shortly before serving, spread about 2 teaspoons of the salmon mixture on each slice of bread. Arrange a cucumber strip over each canapé and top with a few eggs of salmon roe (or red caviar). Garnish with pepper and a dill sprig.


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