Sunday, January 30, 2011

Smoked Salmon Zucchini Bites

One of the challenges of a low carb diet is appetizers or Hors d'oeuvres.  It seems like everything is either fried, breaded, baked, or served on a cracker.  I was inspired to create this recipe based on a very similar recipe I found on another blog.  The link to the other recipe is at the bottom of the post.

Smoked Salmon
1 Large Zucchini
Cream Cheese
Dill Weed

Slice the Zucchini as thin as you can.  Top 1/2 of the slice with the smoked salmon and top the other half with the cream cheese.  Sprinkle a little dill weed on top of the cream cheese.  Plate and serve.  To eat, pick up the zucchini bite, fold in half, and eat.

I tested several different ways to cut the zucchini and the above method was by far my favorite.  The super thin slices of zucchini added a bit of interesting flavor and texture, but did not take away from the flavor of the salmon.  The draw back is that you have to fold them in half as the zucchini is too flimsy to hold up on it's own.  If you prefer more crunch and flavor from the zucchini, then you can slice it thicker.  This allows you to pick up the bite and eat it without folding as pictured below.

Three-ingredient appetizer: smoked salmon spirals on cucumber rounds

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