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Smoked Salmon Spread In Cucumber Cups

Smoked Salmon Spread In Cucumber Cups

  • Yield: About 48


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons minced green-onion tops
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced capers
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon, finely chopped
  • 6 to 8 very small cucumbers, such as Persian cucumbers (or fewer regular cucumbers)
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, for garnish
  • Fresh dill, for garnish


  • Combine cream cheese, green onion, shallot, capers, lemon juice and zest, salt, and cayenne in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Gently fold in salmon and refrigerate while preparing cucumbers.

  • Peel cucumbers and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Using a small melon baller (such as a Parisian scoop) or the tip of a paring knife, hollow out most of the center area of cucumber slices, leaving a small well in which salmon spread will sit. The size of the cucumber will determine how many cups you get.

  • Peel eggs; cut in half and remove yolks. (Save whites for another purpose.) Working over a small bowl, press yolks through a medium fine-mesh sieve. (Alternately, you could grate yolks on a very fine grater.) Set yolk pieces aside until ready to serve.

  • Spoon salmon spread into cucumber cups and garnish with egg yolk and a tiny sprig of dill. Serve immediately.