Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche Spread on Cucumbers

    10 mins
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Buy the best smoked salmon you can find for this recipe – the way the rich fish plays against the delicious tanginess of crème fraiche is just wonderful.  Crème fraiche is available in the cheese section of the dairy section of most supermarkets, and you can also order it online.  It’s smooth and tangy and it can be used in recipes either savory or sweet.  It’s like sour cream on steroids, very nice and so creamy.   

I love the crème fraiche from Vermont Creamery, which is very widely available.  During the holidays I always have a few tubs of their crème fraiche ready to go in the fridge, because it’s so perfect in all kinds of holiday recipes.  Try it on potato pancakes, on baked potatoes, swirled into a soup, in dips, anywhere you would use sour cream.  These little appetizers are absolutely gorgeous, very simple but very sophisticated.  My kids loved them.

After you fill a plastic bag with the mixture, let the kids pipe the spread onto slices of cucumber or small toasts or even mini potato pancakes.  It’s a great task for even little ones.  You can garnish these with minced chives if you like. 

What You'll Need

  • 2/3 cup crème fraiche
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed 
  • ½ pound thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into thin slivers and separated
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Slices of cucumber to serve

How to Make It

  1. Place the crème fraiche, cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, cayenne, and black pepper in the food processor.   Pulse to combine well.  Add the capers and smoked salmon and pulse until everything is well combined, but you can still see bits of the smoked salmon.
  2. Place the mixture into a sturdy plastic bag, and cut a small hole in one corner of the bag.  Squeeze about a teaspoon of the spread onto each cucumber slice in an attractive swirl.

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